Rena’s Reflections

Rena Abelman Headshot

Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah

“One of the things I love about Israel is right before Jewish holidays when you can feel that the holiday is coming not just at home but also in the general atmosphere and on the streets. People are in a rush to get their shopping done, the radio plays the right songs for the specific holiday, the signs on the bus stop are wishing you a “chag sameach” etc. At that point, my home and the world just seem to be in sync.”

Rena, 26, was born and raised in Jerusalem, and is the fourth of five children.  After high school Rena participated in a religious pre-army program for young women in Yerucham, a small town in the Negev desert which turned into her favorite place in Israel and her second home. In the army, Rena served as a teacher in a high-school equivalency program for soldiers. Before becoming a shlicha, she lived in Be’er Sheva where she studied Education and Jewish history at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.