Zachary Narrett of Montclair was among a group of 19 who went on the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning’s Solidarity Mission, an intensive five-day journey through Israel. Participants, who came from Jewish communities in the United States, Canada, and Australia, wanted to gain a deeper understanding of what occurred on October 7, and what communities can do to better support humanitarian needs of Israelis.
“Our goal for this special travel program was to offer an intimate group of Melton learners from across the country and world the opportunity to better contextualize what happened on October 7, and the impact it and the ensuing war and hostage crisis continue to have upon Israeli society,” Melton’s international director, Rabbi Morey Schwartz, said. “After more than 100 days into this war, we wanted to inspire them by creating opportunities for them to witness first-hand the resilience of Israeli society, and to empower local activism upon their return home on behalf of the Jewish people.”
The group volunteers with Eran’s Angels, a non-governmental aid organization that was part of Brothers in Arts and had actively protested the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before October 7. After the attack, the group pivoted its activism toward supporting the humanitarian needs of Israel’s internally displaced residents, and active-duty and reserve-duty IDF soldiers; the group provided them with food, clothing, and access to therapy. For more information, go to