A meaningful gesture, indeed. However I felt sad when a woman wrote it was hard to convince an academic to let her come here for a week. The woman is Jewish. Israel , I wish, should not be an exotic or unusual place for Jews to come. I came to live here from North America. My first visit was when I was 15. Why is it news when a few dozen Jews visit their spiritual home, which is also their back up place should their host country become unfriendly to Jews. News is when 1000's come or when NefeshbNefesh delivers a planeload of new immigrants.
Thanks for the effort though- I know lots of Jews who could not find us on a map.