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December 25, 1992 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-12-25

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ornmunity's Miracle Mission to Israel
vvideTranging events planned.


Modi'in with Israeli chil-
dren, and they will
ascend to Jerusalem and
recite Shehechiyanu.
On Tuesday, April 20,
the group will hear a
speaker discuss "Israel
at 45"; they will visit
Ethiopian and Soviet
absorption centers; meet
with representatives of
the Gush Emunim move-
ment, and visit Tel Aviv
Wednesday, April 21,
will include a trip to
Haifa; a high-tech indus-
try visit; lunch at a
youth aliyah village with
Ethiopian students; a
visit to the former Bri-
tish prison at Akko; and
a barbecue dinner on the
shore of Lake Kinneret
followed by a boat ride.

ederation's Miracle Mis-
sion is still accepting
stand-by applications for
its April 18-28 journey to
Israel, according to
Mission co-chair Jane
Some 1,284 spaces on
three El Al jets have
been booked. Tami Mar-
golis, the director of the
Federation- and Jewish
News-sponsored Michi-
gan Miracle Mission,
said those on stand-by
still have a good chance
of taking the trip. The
cost of the mission is
$1,993. Federation will
accept $500 application
deposits up until Feb. 1.
There are about 20 first-
class openings.

The Mission will base
itself in Jerusalem and
take day trips to differ-
ent parts of the country
each day. The only ex-
ception will be an over-
night stay in the north-
ern part of the country.
Mission participants
will, however, hold their
rooms in Jerusalem and
will not have to take
their luggage with them.
Ms. Sherman said that
34 busses will transport
Mission members to sites
all over Israel. A sample
itinerary has already
been released:
On Monday, April 19,
participants will take
part in an opening cere-
mony, planting trees at

The trip's
has been

Thursday's itinerary
will include a jeep ride
through the Golan
Heights; a trip to Safed;
a visit to the National
Water Carrier; explo-
ration of the Beith Shean
archeological digs, and a
drive along the Jordan
Rift Valley to Jerusalem.
On Friday, April 23,
the Mission will explore
the Old City of
Jerusalem, including the
tunnel beneath the
Western Wall and the
Herodian Mansion; there
will be a visit to the
Holyland model and
David's Tower Museum;
a Miracle Mission soli-

darity march; and candle
lighting at the Wall.
Saturday will include
Shabbat services, a
walking tour of Old
Jerusalem, a trip to the
Israel Museum and a
Yom Hazikaron program
after Shabbat.
Sunday is Yom Hazi-
karon (Memorial Day) in
Israel. The Mission will
visit the hilltops around
Jerusalem; see the
Scrolls of Fire by Nathan
Rappoport; observe a
special service for
Israel's fallen soldiers at
Latrun; visit Yavne,
Detroit's Project Renew-
al neighborhood; and cel-
ebrate Independence Day
at Yavne.
Monday, April 26, will
include tours of Masada,
the Dead Sea and other
locations; Tuesday's itin-
erary has on it a visit to
Yad Vashem, the Holo-
caust Memorial, and a
farewell dinner-dance
prior to departure for
Approximately one-
half of the Mission par-
ticipants are going to
Israel for the first time.
The Michigan Miracle
Mission planners had
anticipated the use of
one El Al jetliner to acco-
modate 200-400 people.
Instead, almost 1,300
responded, requiring the
use of three planes. The
jets will depart and
return to Metro Airport.
Three other cities have
sponsored similiar mis-
sions, including Phila-
delphia, Montreal and
New York. None have
been on this scale, howev-


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