A Mission For All
Organizers seek to recruit young adults
for 10-day Israel trip.
he Jewish Federation of
Metropolitan Detroit's lead-
ers are pleased that 595 par-
. ticipants have already signed
up to go to Israel on Federation's
Michigan Miracle Mission 4 on April
With a goal of 800 participants, mis-
sion director Sally Krugel said Federation
is "working very hard to at least educate
as many people as we can so it will be in
their thoughts and minds that this is pos-
sibly something that they want to do."
With an average age of participants
in the mid-50s, Krugel said that organ-
izers are seeking others of all ages at
least 18, but they understand the reali-
ties of the times, and they hope for a
"Young people's lives are so busy,
they don't make decisions until they
have to," she said. "We're not discour-
aged. We certainly think that there will
be a very nice participation from
As well as the trip's length, the $2,895
price tag is also a factor, he said. "Single's
missions are a week and they're heavily
So far, about 40 younger participants
have signed up for the trip, nearly 7 per-
cent, but "it wouldn't shock me if we get
a spike at the end of the year," he said.
"It'd be nice if 10 percent of the 800
could be young people."
Kaufman said two other private meet-
ings have been held in people's homes to
recruit young people, with a selling point
of little missions within a bigger mission.
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Above: Gary Taback of West
Bloomfield and Susan
Wartell of Bingham Farms
listen intently at a recruit-
ment meeting. Left: Marion
.Wolock and Zena Baum,
both of Bloomfield
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young people; we just don't think it will
come in now."
Scott Kaufman, immediate past presi-
dent of Federation's Young Adult
Division, acknowledged the challenges.
"Ten days is a long time to leave little
kids with grandparents," said Kaufman, a
frequent speaker at Miracle Mission
recruitment meetings along with mission
co-chairs Peter Alter and Dr. Richard
"There's also single people who would
rather, to be honest, go on the national
single's mission," Kaufman said. "Despite
those hurdles, we do have some people
very committed to go."
not going to be going with 800 people,"
he said. "The two young adult buses will
be doing something on their own except
for the mega-events."
Kaufman said the targeted meetings
got about half the people to at least
think about going. "Once you hear
people talking, there's a kind of group
dynamics," he said. "Having a separate
meeting is good, and we'll see it pay
For more information, call
Miracle Mission director Sally
Krugel, (248) 203-1485.
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