Growing up in Baltimore, Blake Yospa, 26, felt connected to Judaism through the Reform synagogue where his mother worked and he attended Hebrew school. However, after his ar mitzvah, Blake grew less affiliated.
"Being part of a religious minority, I considered myself an outcast,” Blake explains.
However, that all changed in the winter of 2014, when Blake traveled to Israel for the first time with Birthright-Taglit Israel. “I honestly did not feel a connection to Israel or any Jewish community until I went on Birthright,” the Towson University alum remembers.
Blake extended his trip to stay with a friend from home who was living in Netanya as a Masa Israel...