Ellen is director of Marketing Communications at the Jewish Federation. This is her fifth trip to Israel – three of them Federation missions – and she was last there in 2005. She is most excited about being part of such a large group of Pittsburghers visiting Israel together – and the customized Israel experience she'll have, thanks to the tracks and sub-tracks.
Mike is a first-time visitor to Israel. He is a retired state employee and TV and radio sportscaster, who has written three novels. A board member of his synagogue and the Jewish Cemetery and Burial Association, he is most excited about seeing the places where Jewish history began.
Raimy is a Marketing Associate at the Jewish Federation. He lived in Jerusalem for three years from 2007-2010. He is most excited about being a tourist in – what he considers – his own city and seeing so many of the amazing sites he didn't see while living there. And also the shwarma…he's very excited about the shwarma.