6/29/17: 20th World Maccabiah Games Update: ISRAEL CONNECT
Message from Beth Margolis and Tonja Magerman, Israel Connect Co-Chairs
We arrived in Israel yesterday and really enjoyed being with the athletes that are attending Training Camp. We can't wait to get started on the Israel Connect experience.
Co-Chairing the Israel Connect Program has been an amazing experience for so many reasons.
We were able to make some great connections through the Seed The Dream Foundation. They introduced us to Stand With Us, an agency in Israel, whose main focus is educating young people and creating ambassadors for this great country. Together we created a Shabbat Program that will include a service given by the two Team Rabbis, a Shabbat dinner, and breakout discussion groups that will center on the athletes personal Jewish experiences, concerns, and questions, and the IC theme of US/Israel Relations. The athletes will be introduced to practical verbal tools to explain and support what Israel is all about. We have IDF guest soldiers that will travel regularly with athletes on the daily tours and stay at the IC hotels throughout the Program. The professional guides from our partners, Archeological Seminars will connect each daily tour with the thematic material. We have great partners with the Kfar Maccabiah staff who helped us put together a BBQ party for July 1st, that will celebrate US and Israel Together, and our Closing Luncheon Program that will celebrate the 4th of July and the send off for Team USA.