Twenty eight young adults with special needs are in for an Israel experience designed to connect them with their heritage and the community as much as possible on a special Chabad-Lubavitch run Friendship Circle/Taglit-Birthright Israel trip
Now in its fourth year, the free trip gives young people with special needs the opportunity to take part in the carefully-tailored program.
The trip left for Israel on July 10, 2011 with participants from Philadelphia, Quebec, California, Ohio, Maryland and Boston. Participants will be taking part in age-appropriate activities on a schedule that allows for orientations and discussions to help activities resonate with participants; camel rides, beach games, and tours of Jerusalem’s Old City and the Dead Sea are just a few of the items on their itinerary.
The special program is run by Chabad-Lubavitch - Friendship Circle in a partnership with Birthright trip provider Mayanot, which dedicates one bus a year to the Friendship Circle. The trip fits in with Friendship Circle’s goals of both raising awareness of people with special needs and helping them integrate with society, and fueling the Jewish pride of those with special needs.