Lightning Round Interviews with Annabelle Blum, Nancy Johnson Horn, and Jeanette Kaplun

Since landing in Israel, the Media Magnets Trip has been an absolute whirlwind! On the way from Tzfat to Jerusalem, we caught up with three Media Magnets to talk takeaways and emotional moments, and to shed a few tears.

Annabelle Blum

What’s one word that best describes your journey so far?

I have two words — amazing and complete.

What’s your favorite place or experience?

I loved visiting two synagogues in Tzfat.

Tell us about your most emotional moment.

Spending time with Uri and his interpreter at the Nalaga’at Center was amazing.  Getting to know what they do there blew my mind. I was so thankful to be there with them.

What’s your greatest takeaway from day 2?

Seeing the refugees being treated at an Israeli hospital was shocking. It was one thing to hear their stories from an Israeli doctor, but it was another thing to see the patients who are being saved by Israelis. It was really powerful and we need to spread the word.

Nancy Johnson Horn

What’s one word that best describes your journey so far?

The journey has been very meaningful.

What’s your favorite place or experience?

My favorite experience so far has been our talks with Adrienne. She is fantastic and inspiring — with talks about creating a paradigm shift and purpose. Her talks have helped me look at our experiences through a new lens. I want to thank the JWRP for giving us Adrienne.

Tell us about your most emotional moment.

My most emotional moment was going to the hospital and hearing Dr. Ron Katz speak about the work that the hospital has done to help Syrian refugees. He shared how he treats everyone because they’re his patients, and doesn’t think about where they come from and where they’re going. They just need help and he gives it to them. As someone who has a son who has type 1 diabetes and who was just hospitalized three months ago, it was very emotional for me to see someone helping those in need.

What’s the most delicious food you’ve eaten?

The breakfasts have been amazing and I’ve been loving the Israeli salads. Roberg Restaurant was fantastic. The soup had carrot and squash in it and there was eggplant with honey. It’s so nice to know that everything is kosher. It’s all so good and I’m incredibly appreciative.

What’s your greatest takeaway from day 2?

We all need to have compassion for each other and for what we’re all going through. If someone isn’t happy in the moment, maybe they need a little more understanding. If I can give that to anybody — along with a hug, I want to do that!

Jeanette Kaplun

What’s one word that best describes your journey so far?

Inspiring.

What’s your favorite place or experience?

It was really great to walk through Tzfat’s galleries and to get a taste of the beautiful city. But I have to say that the sunset over Jaffa was my favorite experience so far. I have a soft spot for sunsets and I just loved it. It was gorgeous.

Tell us about your most emotional moment.

It’s hard to pick just one moment, especially because it’s only the second day of the trip and we haven’t even visited Jerusalem yet. I know that once we step foot at the Kotel and visit Yad Vashem, it will be very emotional. As soon as you return to Israel, you feel like you’re home and that’s a very emotional feeling by itself. And then it’s just layer after layer after layer that you add on that makes you feel so connected to your people and to your traditions.

What’s the most delicious food you’ve eaten?

Like everybody else, I love the hummus! But the coffee is amazing, too. It isn’t a food, but it’s fuel!

What’s your greatest takeaway from day 2?

I love that everybody has a story to share and I love listening to everyone’s stories. There’s so much that we can learn from one another, whether it’s from the people in this room or the people who we’re meeting during each stop. We’re here to learn from each other and I feel inspired in so many ways.

 

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