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December 14, 2018  RSS feed

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Local teens invited to apply for 10-day trip to Israel

Jewish teens who will be entering 10th or 11th grades for the 2019- 20 school year are invited to apply for an opportunity to travel to Israel as part of a 10-day Tikkun Olam Teen Israel Travel program.

This cultural exchange effort falls under the umbrella of the Jewish Agency’s Partnership @ Gether program that connects 450 Jewish and Israeli communities in 46 city-to-city or region-to-region partnerships. This allows more than 350,000 participants per year to have meaningful ongoing connections between Israelis and Jews around the world.

For local Jewish teens, the Partnership 2Gether program connects them with the Hadera-Eiron region of Israel, which has a Sister City relationship with the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties.

This is an opportunity for local Jewish teens to be hosted by and feel a part of a family of an Israeli teen. The trip is offered from June 30 to July 11 and is highly subsidized by the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties. An adult chaperone will accompany the group.

Teens will travel through Israel with both Americans and Israeli friends from 10 Southeastern U.S. communities. The trip combines touring and community service, planned programs and free time with an Israeli family. The program aims to forge friendships for a lifetime. Participants will travel with Israeli and American peers to climb Masada and swim in the Dead Sea. They will also visit the Western Wall and tour Jerusalem. A guided tour at Yad Vashem – the Israel Holocaust Museum – is on the schedule.

Volunteering at the Israeli Food Bank and work in the fields to gather eggplants will be more ways of experiencing life as an Israeli. Also planned is cutting trees down for fire prevention on Mount Carmel. The teens will walk and wade through water tunnels and we will learn about the history of Israel, as well as get to explore shopping malls, restaurants and take beach excursions.

An informational meeting is planned for some time next month.

For more about the informational meeting, contact the Jewish Federation Director of Arts, Culture and Education, Maxine Kaufman, at (727) 333-3106 or

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