Hey again, AZA and BBG!
Welcome back to #KeepingPace, but this time it’s July! This month has been absolutely crazy (in the best way possible, of course) and I’m so excited to share a little snippet of it with y’all.
So where did we leave off last time? Ah yes…packing for Israel. Well, I did indeed finish packing but my luggage was very heavy (let’s just say my suitcase didn’t roll much towards the end of the trip). Now that we’ve got past the overpacking, let’s get into all that was International Leadership Seminar in Israel 2022.
You know how time is fake? Well, ILSI surely made it seem that way. Every day felt like a year long, but the three weeks flew by in the blink of an eye. It’s true what they say: time flies when you’re having fun... and eating copious amounts of schnitzel in Israel. No, but honestly, ILSI was an awesome experience. There’s no way for me to explain everything we did without writing a novel, but let’s cover the highlights (even though almost every moment was a highlight).
Here we go, my top five ILSI moments in no particular order:
Okay, phew, that was a tiny insight into the wild and wonderful trip that I experienced this summer. ILSI was also a trip of personal growth for me. Last month I talked about self-care in finding the little things that make you happy – another aspect of that that I needed to work on this month was focusing on myself. Some of you may relate, but I’m the type of person who will drop everything to do anything for my friends. It’s something I pride myself in, but simultaneously, it sometimes places me in difficult situations. This month, I worked on finding the balance between advocating for myself and supporting those that I care about. It’s a tough skill to build, but once I set aside time and space for myself, I was able to take a breath and enjoy my summer experience more than I was before.
After landing at the JFK Airport at 6 in the morning post-ILSI, I got an airport Covid test and then hopped in a car to Perlman. Although the first day was full of sleep and reenergizing, being able to visit Kallah was amazing. I absolutely loved getting to meet so many of you, whether hanging out at the picnic tables or dancing together during Shira, thank you for welcoming me with open arms and smiling faces. On another note: stargazing at Perlman…wow it’s a treat! Reuniting with Dani and Danny and finding our new favorite activity of looking up at the Lake Como sky was so special. My 5-day visit went by way too quickly and the post-Perlman sadness still hit hard, but I’m now even more excited to begin visiting all of you in your home communities.
So, now…what am I up to?! Well, International August Executives conference is right around the corner so I’m spending lots of time back at my desk preparing to have a stellar Execs and an extraordinary year. While I’m starting to prep where I’ll be heading to start the year off, reach out if there are places or things you want me to see! I can’t wait to take you all along for the ride with me.
AZA and BBG, as you end your summers and start new adventures, do the things that better your experience. Take time to get in the right headspace for a crazy year, have fun before returning to school, and please, reach out! I’ll need people to play Game Pigeon with as I start spending lots of time on the road. Get ready, things are feeling real!
78th Anita M. Perlman International N’siah
Avi Gorodetski is the 78th Anita M. Perlman International N'siah from Northern Region East: DC.
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