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Young Judaea to Offer New Three-Week Summer Program in Israel

Ricky Cheung

Also Reinstitutes Popular Program That Begins in Italy and Ends in Israel

(New York, NY -- January 20, 2006) -- In response to the demanding pace of modern life, Young Judaea, the Zionist youth movement of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, will offer a shorter, more intensive summer program beginning in 2006.

Nofim, the three-week program designed for young people who have a shorter period of time to spend in Israel, will offer complete immersion in Israeli society and culture. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the Middle East by meeting Israeli youth, delving into the culture and exploring the sights. In addition, they will also be able to enjoy the outdoors by taking scenic hikes or going on kayaking excursions.

Also, due to the great popularity of Young Judaea summer programs, a program is being offered for the first time in five years that incorporates a once-in-a-lifetime experience of arriving in Israel by boat, recreating the journey of the ma’apilim, the thousands of immigrants that came to the land of Israel following the Holocaust.

The Ma’apilim program begins in Italy, where participants explore the rich history of Italian Jewry through a three-day stay in historic Rome. Participants then sail the Mediterranean on the ship, Exodus, playing games, attending workshops, socializing, relaxing, and even meeting a survivor from the original historic voyage. The program concludes with a dramatic landing in the port of Haifa followed by a comprehensive five-week program in Israel.

As further incentive to travel to Israel this summer with Young Judaea, participants can even earn college credits. By special arrangement with the Jewish Community High School, a division of Gratz College of Philadelphia, students entering their junior or senior year in Fall 2006 are eligible to receive three college credits.

For more information about Hadassah-sponsored Young Judaea programs in Israel, please call 800-725-0612.


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