How difficult is it to learn the names of 40 strangers… all at once? For me, at least, the answer is “very.” I’ve had the privilege of leading two URJ Kesher Birthright trips to Israel, and names, it seems, are always the immediate challenge.
Yes, there are other, more pressing matters, such as finding a lost luggage, dealing with that one participant who never showed up to the airport, and making sure everyone is drinking enough water to survive a trip to the desert.
But learning everyone’s names is harder than all of those things.
Birthright trip leaders spend their entire... Read More