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"Visiting Israel has a very
powerful impact on a young per-
son's sense of Jewish loyalty," he
said. "Providing programming be-
fore they go and when they come
back can greatly enhance a teen's
Jewish commitment and serves
as a motivation for their friends."
A retreat before the trip is also
being planned, according to Tova
Dorfman, the director of the Is-
Once the teens return, they
will participate in an education-
al debriefing and social activities.
"The idea is to preserve the
sunrise at Masada," said Jeff
Kaye, the community shaliach
with the Michigan/Israel Con-
nection. "Every Jew has a rela-
tionship with Israel and that
relationship has to be developed."
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director of the AjE, hopes the ex-
perience will help solidify Jewish
identity and breathe new energy
into the teen community.
"Israel has proven to be a ma-
jor Jewish learning lab," Mr. Gel-
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and liven up the classroom, it's
more effective to give kids a di-
When that experience takes
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and trip leaders such as college
students who feel a strong con-
nection to Israel, "it can be a pow-
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to create a tradition of sending
kids to Israel as part of their Jew-
ish identity. We want teens to
think of going to Israel as a mile-
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