What comes but once every three years, and has more Omaha Jewish teens excited about Israel than any other program?
The next community teen trip to Israel is going in the summer of 2009. “Artza ’09” as it is known, has the support of the Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Center Boards of Directors, and will continue the strong tradition of sending the most Omaha Jewish teens to Israel, with the most outstanding staff and educational and social programming found in the nation.
All eligible Artza participants will receive a $2,000 subsidy toward the cost of the Artza trip; which includes the $1,000 Israel Experience Grant , plus an additional $1,000 Federation subsidy for all Artza participants whose families are members in good standing of the Jewish Federation of Omaha.
Corey Kirshenbaum, CDC Director, is the 2009 Artza Director, and will be coordinating and leading the four- week trip to Israel, with up to 34 Artza students participating. He is no stranger to the Israel Experience, as he has been to Israel on three trips, and in 1996 was the Artza ’96 Director as well.
|David Trubnikov, left, and Brandon Thomas leap over a sand dune in the Negev desert on the 2006 Artza trip to Israel.|
A series of parent and teen information meetings will be held at the JCC and synagogues over the course of the next year, with opportunities to sign up and learn more about this Israel experience of a lifetime.
Since the past two Artza trips, Artza ‘99 and ‘06, much has been developed in the Teen Trip to Israel Experience; the Omaha JCC staff looks forward to working in conjunction with the JCC Association’s Maccabi Israel Experience once again to plan and implement the third consecutive trip with them. The success of the past two Artza trips can be attributed to the leadership of both local Artza directors and chaperones, as well as the professionalism and hands-on details handled by the national JCC Association.
The four-week Israel Experience is comprised of a balanced, exciting, challenging and
|Among the highlights of Artza 2006 was a visit to the Old City of Jerusalem and a stop at the Western Wall for David Sukkienik, left, Scott Egermayer, David Trubnikov and Guy Weinstein.|
|Eating falafel: Jessica Danon, left, Talia Tene, one of the trip’s madrichim (counselors) -- Assaf Nachum -- and Sarah Spooner.|