Nearly 70 Clevelanders Meet Up in Israel

January 24, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Posted in Voices from Israel | Leave a comment
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“I’m so glad that even though I left Cleveland, Cleveland didn’t forget about me!” – Sarah Jaffe, Clevelander spending her Gap year in Israel

Close to seventy young people from Cleveland are spending a year in Israel on a wide variety of gap year and post-college programs. The Jewish Federation of Cleveland in conjunction with Akiva held a dinner at the end of December to connect and hear from these young people. Over 25 young people gathered at a Café in Jerusalem over salads and pasta. We learned how people are spending their time in Israel and brainstormed about how the Federation can enrich their time in Israel. It was fun to see familiar faces and enjoy a delicious dinner. The night ended with coffee, hot chocolate, cake, and hugs.

The Federation is beginning to explore ways we can support these young people while in Israel. If you or your child recently returned from a gap or post-college program in Israel, or would like to get involved with this initiative we would like to hear from you. Please be in touch with Ilanit Gerblich Kalir, Senior Associate in International Operations at


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