THREE GENERATIONS TO EMBARK ON THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME WITH THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF BROWARD COUNTY.
Stacey Schulman never imagined that she would meet the man of her dreams on a trip with the Jewish Federation of Broward County. Now married, and almost eight years and two sons later, she is getting ready to pack her bags again—except this time it will be for The Trip of a Lifetime.
Together with her parents, David and Carrie Schulman, and her grandparents,
she will be joining the Jewish Federation of Broward County on an extraordinary adventure, experience Israel through a completely different lens.
From November 5th to 13th, our Broward County Jewish community will be coming together in celebration of shared values and commitment by journeying through our spiritual homeland. The itinerary is jam packed with opportunities to personalize the trip with unbelievable excursions such as culinary tours with an Israeli chef, tours of a tulip winery, Tornado boat rides along the northern shore, rappelling at Keshet Cave and a bike tour in Tel Aviv.
“This trip is all about opportunities. There’s the opportunity to experience Israel with generations of family members,” said David. “There’s also the opportunity to experience things that most people will not have the chance to do or to see.”
“The last time I went to Israel, Stacey was a little girl, so it will be different to go with her now that she is a grown woman and the mother of my grandchildren,” added Carrie.
Stacey growing up is not the only change. Carrie, who has multiple sclerosis, will be using her wheelchair during the trip. “I know there will be something for me and I am lucky that I have a husband who does not mind pushing me,” she says.
The Schulmans are not the only generations to be traveling. Debbie and Frank Gober will be joined by Debbie’s mother and their eldest daughter, Serena.
“Just one look at the itinerary will make people realize that this is an extra special opportunity,” Debbie said. “We will get to meet the Prime Minister and the President. We will get to have dinner with the Naval Service Unit and the Maccabi Haifa Basketball team. There will be a Kabbalat Shabbat at the Kotel. You just can’t arrange a trip like this,” she adds.
Even more special is Debbie’s mother, Dolores, who will be celebrating her 79th birthday in Israel. And she is also keeping a promise she made to her husband long ago, who wanted so badly to go to Israel with their daughter’s family.
“We always said that if we make another trip, we will go with Federation and Debbie. But, then Jerry passed away,” Dolores said.
Twenty-seven year old Serena readily admits that she has lived a very secure life knowing that she never had to fight for a Jewish state.
“My grandparents saw Israel’s creation. My parents saw its struggle. For me, it has always been a constant,” Serena said, while adding “Now, for the first time…we will all experience it together.”