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11.13.15 Issue

by Sherrie Saag, Communications, JFO

Travel to Israel this Spring on a community mission, March 28-April 4, 2016. Jewish Omaha will join together with thirteen other Jewish communities to travel the country and visit our partnership region in the Western Galilee.

Join Mission Chairs Pam and Bruce Friedlander, Federation CEO Alan Potash and National Partnership Chair Zöe Riekes on a trip of a lifetime. “We both loved our last Partnership trip,” said Bruce, “We have family in northern Israel and our Partnership friends are terrific. We are ready to go and look forward to having community members join us.”

Jan Goldstein and Zöe Riekes are also taking the trip, and Bruce views their participation has “priceless.” “They know where to go, what to see and why. The trip will be one-of-a-kind.”

The PartnershipTRIP2Gether also offers an optional three day add-on to take part in the P2G@20 Partnership2Gether Mega Event, celebrating 20 years of Partnership2Gether.

The community is invited to an information meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Kripke Jewish Federation Library to find out more.

The trip begins with arrival at Ben Gurion Airport and departure for the artists’ village Ein Hod. Founded in 1953 by the Dada artist Marcel Janco, Ein Hod is the only artists’ village in Israel and one of the few of its kind in the world. About 150 artists and their families inhabit Ein Hod. They live, work and create in the village nestled in the Carmel mountains.

Day Two is spent with our Partnership family in the Western Galilee with visits to the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya, Israel’s only underground hospital facility, and the Ghetto Fighters Museum. After lunch, tours continue to interest points throughout the city of Akko.

Day Three tours Israel’s Northern Borders and the Golan Heights. A morning geo-political tour with Col. (Ret.) Kobi Marom includes the Helicopters Disaster Memorial in Sh’Ar Yishuv and Mt. Bental to view the Syrian border. Discussion will include the challenges Israel faces in light of the Syrian Civil War.

This evening is dinner at the Dobrovin Farm, founded in 1900 by Baron Rothschild.

The tour continues on day four to the mystical city of Safed and more art at the Kosmic Kabbalah Art Gallery, hiking Mount Heron, a Kabbalistic study session and then a picturesque drive to the Sea of Galilee. The evening begins with arrival in Jerusalem and preparations to enjoy Shabbat and Sunday in the ancient city.

On the final day, the group heads to Rehovot to visit the Ayalon Institute and then to Tel Aviv and the Palmach Museum. This evening, the optional Partnership Mega Event 20th Anniversary begins.

For more information, please consider attending the Nov. 17 information meeting or contact Julee Katzman at or Zöe Riekes at