Not even a year has passed since being on the FZY movement team and whilst studying out here in Tel Aviv the thought of making aliyah has been constantly on my mind. The sun is shining, the culture is epic, the people are eager to engage in debate and the city is an insane place to live. I can’t imagine coming home in September feeling outside the centre of this buzz! But enough about that, this summer I have the unique and wonderful opportunity to represent the white and blue, our Jewish State, Israel as I have been selected on the rosta for the first ever Israeli National Lacrosse Team! For those of you who don’t know what lacrosse is about (you’re missing out!), it is basically hockey but (way cooler!) played in the air instead of along the ground. The game originated from the Native Americans with sticks that look like fishing nets. It is fast paced, skillful, potentially aggressive and a hell of a lot of fun.
This Summer, Israel’s National Lacrosse Teams are set to compete in the European Championships in Amsterdam – an historic moment for this country. For all you Zionists – this is a positive story of Israel (just turned 64) as a flourishing country eager to compete on the international stage. This is a story of young men and women, striving for recognition on the world sports stage and it is an amazing story to be a part of.
As a newcomer nation, the team has to fundraise for their place in the tournament. As such, each member of the team has been given a target and if we fail to meet our targets then Team Israel will not be able to compete. The support of the Zionist Diaspora is crucial and who better than the FZY community behind me and Team Israel to help spread the word!
I can’t even put it into words what wearing ISRAEL on my shirt would mean to me. Just thinking that in less than a couple of months, I will walk out onto the pitch with my fellow team mates, head held high waving the Israeli flag makes me overwhelmed with excitement and pride.
For those of you who I have had the honour to lead or work with, I hope that your FZY journey has continued and is thriving as you are the ones who make the movement what it is. I look forward to hopefully seeing the terrific Tour 2012 madrichim at some point this summer so let me know when you guys are coming out!
Miss you all.
FZY love & banter,