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everal weeks ago
Rob Yost left his
home to sail, as part
of a group of illegal Jew-
ish immigrants, to pre-
"It was a powerful ex-
perience," said Mr. Yost.
It also was a re-cre-
ation. The program, spon-
sored by the Youth and
Hechalutz Department of
the World Zionist Orga-
nization, gave 650 teens
from throughout North
America a chance to ex-
perience the life of Jewish
immigrants who, after
World War H, headed for
Palestine — and faced a
Making an Israeli flag.
"We learned about the
immigration boats that Jews leaders made the following and '40s.
Jeff Kaye, of the Michigan/
sailed to Palestine after being in scripted remarks: "We can as-
concentration camps, and we met sume that we may not be allowed Israel Connection, was an Amer-
American Jews who volunteered to board the ship. It is possible ican Zionist Youth Foundation
to help them leave. Meeting these that some of us will be arrested coordinator this summer. He also
people, who did something so im- and taken to a detention camp. played the part of a British guard.
One of the values he found in
portant, made me feel insignifi- Our goal is to board as many
cant," said Mr. Yost, a North ma'apilim (illegal immigrants) this re-enactment was that par-
ticipants learned to appreciate
Farmington High School senior. as possible.
`The port will be full of British Israel before they arrived.
"Being on this boat, I felt like
"Sometimes you lose the first
I was there. This experience was spies, so be very careful when
special and something I'll re- speaking, so as not to pass on few days on an Israel trip because
the kids have jet lag, they are be-
member for the rest of my life."
Once on board the ship, re- coming acquainted with the
Teens toured Jewish sites in
Italy for three days before begin- named Exodus '94, the teens re- group and the element of culture
ning the simulated exodus to enacted the voyage taken by shock," Mr. Kaye said. "For this
Exodus '47 — one of the many group, their excitement peaked
While the participants rode ships that took Jewish immi- when they arrived in Israel."
The high point of the journey
buses into port in Italy, group grants to Palestine in the 1930s
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Protesting for the right to enter Israel under a simulated blockade.