Growing up in Deerfield, Illinois, Shabbat dinners at Teri Herbstman’s home always ended with the singing of the Hatikvah. “I remember spending one Shabbat at a friend’s home where they didn’t sing it and suddenly realizing that it wasn’t in the siddur,” says Teri.
“My parents’ decision to end our family’s shabbos service with Hatikvah as well as seeing their involvement in many Jewish organizations definitely helped instill a sense of Zionism in me.
A regular at Bnai Tikvah synagogue and the annual AIPAC conference, Teri served on the executive board of Cornell’s pro-Israel group, bringing Shimon Peres to campus.
When she traveled to Israel with Birthright
at age 19, Teri extended her trip to volunteer with Ethiopian immigrants in Kiryat Gat, Chicago’s...