A couple of weeks ago I was on a business trip in Washington D.C. to assist an orientation sponsored by the Office On Violence Against Women. During an afternoon off, a co-worker and I wondered around D.C. and after much walking, wanted to grab water. The nearest place to get water was a Starbucks situated in a hotel. After purchasing the water, I walked into the hotel lobby. Much to my surprise, I started to feel like I had been there before. After a few seconds, I remembered the chaos and excitement of hundreds of teenagers chilling in the hotel lobby. I realized that this was the hotel that hosted NFTY Convention 2003 when I was a junior in high school!
Many thoughts ran through my mind, memories of who had been there with me, how incredible it was to be surrounded by that many Jews my own age, and how its been just over 10 years! So much has happened in those years. I also got really excited thinking of the upcoming NFTY Convention in Los Angeles and how I have come full circle. About 10 years ago I was a participant and this year I will be leading workshops at convention as part of Reyut.
To read the entire NFTY Convention 2013 post, visit the Reyut blog.