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March 28, 1986 - Image 35

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-03-28

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member of the kibbutz and di-
rector of the Agriculture and
Engineering Department at Tel
Hai Regional College. "They
need the example of Jewishness,
and that source of Jewishness
can not only be the United
States. At this time, it is Israel."
The journalists spent the
night at Ayelet Hashahar, and
flew the following day in a char-
tered plane from the Galilee to
Masada. The scenic flight down
the Jordan Valley, with a detour
to circle Jerusalem from the air,
is not on the tour schedule for
the youth programs. Time con-
straints made the flight and the
Masada cable cars a necessity.
Most youth tours climb Masa-
da's "snake path" early in the
morning to avoid the desert heat
and to view the spectacular sun-
A short distance north of
Masada is the Metzoke Dragot
desert field school, near Qumran
where the Dead Sea Scrolls were
discovered. The school has a
commanding view of the south-
ern end of the Dead Sea and the
Judean Desert, and gives tours
and courses on the desert. Rock
climbing and rappelling trips of
one to six days are conducted by
the Metzoke Dragot (Cliffs of
Dragot) guides. .
The guides assured us that no
one is forced to rappel down a
mountain, and youth and adults
who prefer are able to walk
around the descents during the
desert tours. More than 90 per-
cent of the youth, however, are
successful rappellers. No figures
were available in the journalist
On our final day in Israel, we
toured the Abu-Tor neighbor-
hood of Jerusalem, across a val-
ley from the City of David digs
and the Temple Mount. The
neighborhood of Arabs and Jews
was split by the fighting in the
War of Independence and was
divided for 19 years until the
Six-Day War.
Dr. Danny Levine and his
staff at the Melitz Center for
Jewish Zionist Education in
Abu-Tor conduct a half-mile
walking tour of the hillside
neighborhood, using the com-
munity as a Zionist laboratory.
They point out historic points,
tracing their Jewish and non-
Jewish history, and probing the
students' knowledge of the
British and United Nations
presence, the Arab-Israeli wars
and the current political and in-
ternational situation.
Their brochure asks where the
U.S. Embassy is located and
why, the differences between
Jewish and Arab homes in the
neighborhood, how the local
community center is different
from community centers in the
U.S., how the signs of war are
still evident on the bullet-
scarred houses. Many questions
are used during the short walk-
ing tour to make the students
think about Israel's history and
Yad Vashem, the Holocaust
memorial, completed our visit.
Assistant director Elly Dalin
explained that Yad Vashem's

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