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Solidarity Mission to Israel

While December saw a slow-down of stabbings and car rammings in Israel, the “wave of terror” continues, and it is starting to take its toll on our local community.

In November we learned about the tragic murder of 18-year-old Sharon, Mass., native Ezra Schwartz who was known to many in our community.

Three of our local missions (two synagogue trips and Federation’s Teen Mission) scheduled for February have been cancelled because people are fearful.

Israelis need our support as much as ever and there is no better way to show the people of Israel that we care then by saying so in person.  A Solidarity Mission is specifically designed for this purpose, and we have scheduled one for the last week in March.

Scott Isdaner, co-chair of the Jewish Federation’s Missions Committee, said, “Solidarity missions are designed to provide an opportunity for our Jewish community to demonstrate our unity with the citizens of Israel.  We are a worldwide family and when members of our family are experiencing difficult times, it is important for them to know that they are not alone, that we support them, and that we care. Being there is as important as supporting them from afar.”

We plan to arrive in Israel on Monday, March 28, spend three days/nights with our friends in Eshkol–climb Masada, dip in the Dead Sea, experience Shabbat in Jerusalem, and be home for Sunday night dinner with the family.  It’s quick–in and out–and the purpose is to show that we care.

We need to buy our tickets in the next week or so.  If you are interested and want more information, please let me know as soon as possible.

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