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4 Israeli teens spend time in Pinellas with campers, volunteering in community


Israeli teens teach Israeli dancing at the Jewish Community Camp, which was held on the campus of Temple B’nai Israel and sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties. Israeli teens teach Israeli dancing at the Jewish Community Camp, which was held on the campus of Temple B’nai Israel and sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties. With the premise that nothing builds relationships better than spending meaningful time together, for the last two years the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties has been sending local teens to Israel and finding hosts for Israeli teens to visit here.

This is done through a Partnership Together program in conjunction with the Jewish Agency for Israel, and because the Federation’s sister city in Israel is the Hadera Eiron area, the Pinellas teens visit there and teens from that area come here. The exchange is also part of the Federation’s Tikkun Olam Teen Program and it is designed to enrich the local community and the Israeli visitors.

This summer four Israeli teens – Omer Cohen, Yuval Ladany, Maya Podrazhansky, Liel Gurovich and chaperone Gilad Rosenbaum – visited and participated in an array of tikkun olam projects. Local community members Natalie Feldman and Doug Weiland, Lisa Schmid, and Barry and Polly Kraus, served as hosts.


Campers and Israeli visitors sing “Hatikvah,” the Israeli national anthem, around the flag pole. Campers and Israeli visitors sing “Hatikvah,” the Israeli national anthem, around the flag pole. The teens visitors joined the Sabrim program at Jewish Community Camp, where the teens performed mitzvot throughout the county. The concept of tikkun olam seeped into the activities and taught the kids that everyone has a responsibility to positively impact the world.

Activities the Israeli teens participated in include sorting donated clothing and other sundries at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services and at Clothes for Kids. They also volunteered at Feeding Tampa Bay and a beach clean-up on Gandy Beach.


The four Israelis who visited the area as part of the Federation’s Tikkun Olam Teen Program. The four Israelis who visited the area as part of the Federation’s Tikkun Olam Teen Program. In their second week of the visit they worked with the campers at Jewish Community Camp. Geography lessons about where in Israel the teens live, Hebrew word games, Israeli dances and songs, tastes of Israeli favorites – Bamba and halva – were featured. The group, along with five local teens, also took a trip to Orlando’s Universal Islands of Adventure to meet up with a Jacksonville/ Israel delegation.

For more information on the exchange program, contact mkaufman@jewishpinellas.org or at (727) 333-3106.


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