Honeymoon Israel uses a highly subsidized group trip to Israel as a catalyst for building a lifelong Jewish community at home. Neighborhood-based cohorts of couples from all across Atlanta who come from the fringes of Jewish life, spend nine exhilarating days in Israel sharing fun, meaningful experiences with couples from their city. Then, the journey continues at home as couples learn, grow, and explore together. HMI is so much more than a trip to Israel. The cohesive community built on the ground in Israel is sustained and nurtured, formally through HMI organized efforts and informally by grassroots efforts from participants themselves. The result is organic neighborhood-based micro-communities of young families, intimately sharing their joys and challenges, inspired to continue their Jewish journey within the context of the local Atlanta Jewish community.
With the advent of COVID-19, HMI has been able to successfully pivot to virtual community building and programming on both a local and national level. In the Atlanta area, alumni are connecting to one another and to Jewish meaning by engaging in virtual Shabbat gatherings, Jewish learning, social interactions, and fun stress-relieving programs. ‘HMI at Home’ guides us on how HMI can continue immersive and meaningful deep engagement until travel to Israel can resume.
Debbie Levinson l Lindy Radow
Education & Engagement Co-Chairs
Sheryl Eisenberg I Lynn Saperstein | Michelle Simon
Social Action Co-Chairs
Cheryl Ahlzadeh I Vanessa Frank