My experience as a Shinshin (young Israeli emissary) in Atlanta for the past two months can be expressed through the song by the Israeli band, Hatikva 6. The song begins with a guy saying, "Here I am. I came to the world to give the time. Hello everyone, I'm ready!" He asks himself, "What is my purpose in this world?" It brings me back to the day I boarded a plane to Atlanta with seven other Shinshinim and went on the journey of a lifetime.
It wasn’t until Dr. Ron Eichel moved to Atlanta and immersed himself within the city’s compassionate and welcoming Jewish community that he began to fully live out a regular practice of tzedakah (giving back).
“I didn’t come from a background of philanthropy and was drawn in by close friends to become involved,” he said. “I felt that the Jewish community was such a big part of my success professionally that I wanted to give back as much as possible.”