Rabbi Michael Safra of B’nai Israel

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I can’t believe I’m doing this. 6,000 miles each way to spend two-and-a-half days in Israel. I met up with our group—8 rabbis and the CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington—in the Newark Airport. Checking in was a little complicated because of extra forms and requirements from the Israeli Health Ministry, but our group had taken the necessary tests and made appropriate preparations in advance. The number one topic before boarding was … the process of reopening our synagogues and thinking forward to the High Holidays. Of course, that’s the side conversation; we know why we are going to Israel right now.

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