“I wanted to thank you for organizing the wonderful Shuavuot trip to Israel for singles from around the world. I had a great time and met many wonderful people from all over. I now have new friends in Israel, South Africa, and New York that I am in touch with on daily or weekly basis. One of the presenters which I am now proud to call my friend, visited me here in Los Angeles just a few weeks ago.
One of the greatest things about this trip was the fact that it was geared toward older singles. There are plenty of organizations that target singles in their 20’s and early 30’s. But there are very few organizations that successfully organize such trips for older singles. In fact, I can’t even name one. And those organizations that make attempts to create such events, generally do not succeed because of the high cost and lack of funds.
Being single among an Orthodox community, which very much revolves around family, can be quiet challenging and lonely. And many communities tend to pay little attention to older singles while the number of singles in this age category continues to increase.
Succat Shalom however, managed to bring a group of like-minded singles together from around the world. This was a group who cared about their personal growth and were able to share meaningful experiences, and create connections that went beyond superficial friendships. It allowed everyone to spend the Chag together with joy, away from the usual uncomfortable holiday experiences.
A few of my friends wanted to go on this trip but unfortunately couldn’t afford it. I am personally very thankful to have had the opportunity to make it. I had many unusual, miraculous spiritual experiences before, during, and after trip which I will be glad to share at a later time. I am sure a major reason for it all was the pure intentions of the organizers of the trip.
Before going on this trip, I was a bit unhappy over continuous challenges of single-hood. But the trip gave me a different perspective on life and gave me such spiritual strength that I continue to carry till this day.
Thank you for caring and may Hashem bless you with much success on your future events.