My family had the incredible honor this year as a host family for the Rishonim program through the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ. Like many alumni families, we have been enlightened to find that hosting turned out to be much more than “just hosting” an Israeli teenager. We learned so much about our GMW community via our “Rishon,” Yuval Dafadi, and about the many, many ways our community supports Jewish organizations, day schools, and synagogues. Along this journey we bonded more than we could have ever imagined.
I do not have enough words to fully express the many emotions, but do believe that the work these Rishonim do should be celebrated as much as possible before they head back to Israel to fulfill their commitment to the IDF.