JERUSALEM, August 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
Over 120 American teenagers on Camp Morasha's Sulam summer program, operated by Keshet: The Center for Educational Tourism in Israel, will host Israeli peers in Eilat from August 6-8, offering them rest and relief from the constant barrage of rocket attacks. While traveling throughout Israel during Operation Protective Edge, Sulam campers have participated in many volunteer projects to support Israeli citizens and the Israel Defense Forces. In Eilat, the two groups of teens will have an opportunity to connect and share experiences while having fun and enjoying water sports.
Parents of Sulam participants and their communities raised the funds so that their children could do something meaningful for some of the Israelis suffering throughout this difficult time. According to one parent, "it is important that we the parents, take this opportunity to show our children that Jews respond to challenging times by mobilizing resources to bring love and support to one another."
"It is a real challenge to find the proper balance of continuing the fun 'Sulam experience' while educating our kids about the current situation and running a program that helps the Israeli people," said Rabbi Aaron Fleksher, Head of Sulam. "With the help of our parent body, we have the tremendous opportunity to provide the Israeli children with a much needed getaway, where Sulam can continue to enjoy Israel while simultaneously doing a tremendous chessed. I couldn't think of a more powerful message to send our kids home with."
"I've had the opportunity to speak to the Sulam group on a number of occasions about the current situation in Israel, and they've shown great maturity and understanding and have made a real contribution to Israeli society," said Yitzhak Sokoloff, Founder and President of Keshet.
Sulam is the premier Israel tour of Camp Morasha, a Modern Orthodox summer camp in Lake Como, Pennsylvania. The program has been running for over 30 years and is designed for graduates of 10th grade (age 16).
Keshet: The Center for Educational Tourism in Israel is an Israel-based educational organization that creates high quality Israel travel programs for a wide range of clients from all over the world and all across the political and religious spectrum. Keshet's mission is to provide a holistic Israel experience that will continue to resonate and inspire our participants well after they return home. Keshet youth programs encourage identification with Israel and the development of Jewish identity through encounters with Israeli society, experiential learning about Judaism and Jewish history, and exploration of the natural beauty of the Land of Israel. For more information about Keshet: The Center for Educational Tourism in Israel, click here.
SOURCE Keshet Educational Journeys