I am one of about 5.7 million Jews that live in the United States. As a Jew, making the trip to Israel is always something high on the bucket list. And as a convert to Judaism I have always felt pressure that I should have a strong connection to the state of Israel. Over a year ago my father-in-law suggested we go to Israel as a family for his 70th birthday. He may have said it as a wish he didn’t think would actually come true. A few weeks later my husband and I told him the dates we were available and the planning began.