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August 02, 1996 - Image 97

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1996-08-02

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For Metro Detroit Young Adults,
There's No Mission Impossible

W

e're back from our
Singles Mission so-
journ. The question
is, how can you
learn thousands of years of
history on a 10-day visit to
Israel and then recount it?
Here's the Cliffs Notes.
For the complete story, ask
any of the 27 metro Detroi-
ters who traveled to Israel
on this year's Singles Mis-
sion.

:7>::.**Wp;

Independence Hall
We sat in the same room
in which Israel was de-
dared a state.
"Being in Independence Shabbat at the Wall with Donna Traub, Jim
Hall was very moving," said Rosenberg, Nancy Singer and Jon Berlin.
Mission participant Julie
Tracht. "I was touched when the gic importance it plays to the
tape replayed the declaration of state's security.
"Until you're there and see
Israel as a state. I got the chills.
[They] went through my entire what they're talking about, you
cannot fully understand the is-
body."
sue," said Jon Berlin.. "I learned
so much."
Site Of March '96 Bus
Bombing
Beit She'an National
Before venturing out
Park
on our first free evening
The excavations at
in Tel Aviv, Detroit's
Beit
She'an revealed a
Bus 9 participated in a
city built by the Romans
candlelighting ceremo-
2,000 years ago.
ny in memory of the in-
"It's really incredible
dividuals who were
that
places existed so
MICHELLE
COHEN
murdered this past
long ago that are now be- '
EYE SPY
March in the bus bomb-
ing found. To be standing
WRITER
ing. Donna Traub, an
in an area that was once
Israeli American, trans-
totally
covered
and just dug out
lated the message on the memo-
was
really
amazing,"
said Sheri
rial plaque and lit a candle on
Lee.
behalf of Detroit's Mission par-
ticipants.
Witnessing Peace In Jericho
While driving to Jerusalem,
Tubing Down The Jordan
Bus
9 passed a car accident in this
River. ,
Palestinian
region. We watched
We made our way down the
as
armed
Palestinian
and Israeli
Jordan River in inner tubes, help-
soldiers
stood
next
to
one
anoth-
ing each other avoid crashing into
er
working
together
to
clear
the
trees, rocks and one another.
accident.
Even
though
the
soldiers
"Floating down this ancient riv-
er that you hear about constant- couldn't hear or see us, we ap-
ly and is a part of history was plauded the two sides for uniting
and working peacefully as we
fantastic," said Mike Kahan
passed the site.
"It's taking baby steps. You got

The Golan Heights
We ascended the Golan • to start somewhere," said Jill. Sil-
Heights by jeeps and learned ver "They have to learn to live to-
about the complex debate re- gether."
garding whether Israel should
give up this land and the strat,e- Arriving In Jerusalem
"When we arrived in
Jerusalem with all 360 people,
we sang songs with our arms
wrapped around each other,"
said Nancy Singer. "I've sung
these same songs so many times
before, but they
Singles Mission were much more
— UJA 1996:
meaningful to

Mindy Hayman, me as I was
Sheri Lee and
overlooking
Jeremy Kahn
Jerusalem." ❑
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