Favorite

Despite Unrest, Group Heads to Holy Land 

"I think this is an important time for Israel — for America — and it sounds cliched to say this, but for freedom in general," says attorney Eliot Bender, one of the travelers.

He's not apprehensive about his fourth trip to the Holy Land, he says — "just don't call up my wife, my mother or my sister."

The local Jewish Community Federation sponsors several missions to Israel each year. Each mission has the twin goals of demonstrating support for Israel and introducing American Jews to their history.

The group is smaller than in past years, according to participants. Nine from Richmond are making the journey, while in more peaceful times 15 to 20 went. In Israel, the group will join missions from other locations for tours, talks and even an address by Benjamin Netanyahu. They will return Friday.

"I have no fear," says Gilbert Grossman, 68. On this, his fifth trip, he plans to stay six extra days to visit his 30-year-old son, who is attending yeshiva (school) in Jerusalem. "I wish he would give me some sidearms or something, so if any problems came up I could defend myself," Grossman, a former Air Force officer, says jokingly. "But I know that's not going to happen. Jerusalem is not a violent city, he says, and he feels as safe as he would in Richmond — or safer."

Bender also plans to stay a few extra days. If any violent incident happens during the trip, he says, he hopes to be there to experience it firsthand. "I'll take my camera with me," Bender says, "but I hope I don't have to use it for anything besides me standing on rocks." —
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Connect with Style Weekly

Most Popular Stories

  • In Memoriam

    In Memoriam

    Three titans who defined local culture
    • Dec 1, 2020
  • Moving Puppets

    Moving Puppets

    All the Saints Theatre Company is relocating its puppet barn.
    • Dec 1, 2020
  • Cable Junction

    Cable Junction

    How data centers and new underwater cables could transform Richmond’s economy.
    • Nov 24, 2020
  • Mystery Man

    Mystery Man

    Midlothian transplant Josh Pachter is an editor to mystery writers around the world.
    • Nov 24, 2020
  • More »

Copyright © 2020 Style Weekly
Richmond's alternative for news, arts, culture and opinion
All rights reserved
Powered by Foundation