And yet, surprisingly, I left Israel with a deeper commitment to being more Muslim. While our tour guide Michael Bauer was sharing his perspectives on Israeli culture, he mentioned that most Jews were non-secular. In fact, many Jews celebrated Passover and observed Shabbat more so because of their cultural significance and not their religious significance.
Nearly all of the REALITY trip participants at the gathering had a leadership role, which deepened the community experience. Some led seminars on storytelling, performed, emceed, facilitated panel discussions. One alum even led partner yoga and a dance break. My assignment was in line with my curiosities post-trip—I was the panel moderator for the breakout session on minority experiences in Israel.