Wednesday, May 11 –Thursday, May 12, 2016Why does Hillel always travel to Israel immediately after Pesah? Many other schools go earlier in the year, when the prices are cheaper and the weather is more temperate. The main answer: we want to be in Israel for Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha-atzmaut. Through the hearts and hard work of our teachers, our students learn to love Israel from their very first year in the ECC; their knowledge and connection grows every step of the way. Our Judaic Studies teachers take primary responsibility for instilling the love and knowledge—but it’s also remarkable how many of our general studies teachers have been to Israel, either through trips they’ve taken on their own or through donor-sponsored February faculty trips. Those trips have helped dozens of our general studies teachers experience Israel; this enables them to partner with the Judaic Studies faculty in helping our students to know and love Israel.