Known as the (then) oldest regular cast member ever hired by “Saturday Night Live,” actress and comedian Michaela Watkins will visit Israel this week as part of Media Magnets, a mission of 30 women known for their online engagement in social media.
Watkins, who was 37 when she joined “SNL,” currently stars on the Hulu show “Casual” as Valerie Cole, a newly divorced therapist who is just re-entering the world of dating, and recently starred alongside Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler in “The House.”
The Jewish actress, now 46, said she felt the urge to come to Israel after scrolling through her friend’s Instagram page. She told her manager she wanted to go to Israel and “eat that hummus.”
Watkins, along with 29 fellow female influencers, will be doing just that, while visiting Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Safed and Ein Gedi throughout the eight-day trip.
Watkins said in a statement that she is “always excited and interested in doing things with a group of women that I don’t know and I really feel that for where I am today I need to go to Israel and experience Israel as an adult and just observe and listen and let that be part of my becoming.”
The trip is meant to introduce the women to various aspects of Israel, as well as their Israeli counterparts. This particular group has a combined following of more than ten million people who read their blogs, watch their videos and follow their Instagram feeds.
The media trip is organized by the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project. Nicknamed Birthright for Moms, it’s a mostly free trip to Israel focused on Jewish values that partners with 200 other Jewish outreach centers and organizations, ranging from Federation to Aish HaTorah and Israel’s Ministry of Diaspora Affairs.