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World Zionist Organisation invites young Jews worldwide to spend Jerusalem Day in Israel

The World Zionist Organisation is set to begin an initiative on Tuesday to draw young Jewish adults from all over the world to Israel during the last week of May for them to take part in Jerusalem Day celebrations.

This year marks 50 years since the unification of east and west Jerusalem under Israeli control, serving as the impetus for this year’s L’Haim Yerushalayim (Cheers Jerusalem) initiative, which the organisation hopes will become an annual programme with changing themes.

WZO vice chairman Yaakov Hagoel told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday that the programme strives to reach people between the ages of 18-30, especially those who are disconnected from their Jewish identity.

In cooperation with various government ministries, the Jerusalem Municipality, the Jewish Agency, other Jewish and Zionist organisations as well as student bodies, WZO will launch a massive social media campaign hoping to spread the message far and wide. Israeli airline El Al is also cooperating, offering participants a 10 per cent discount off their flights to Israel.

Another aspect of the programme is that participants will be hosted by Israeli families.

“Being hosted by Israeli families will allow the participants to get a real feeling of life in Israel; they will get to experience the great atmosphere, the food, aromas, celebrations and the joy,” Hagoel wrote in a message posted to the programme’s website.

“Getting the chance to take part in events in honour of Yom Yerushalayim [Jerusalem Day] will add to the participants’ sense of belonging and will be an extra unique experience for them,” he added, calling on heads of organisations to pass on the information to communities around the world.

Next year, the WZO hopes to run the programme again in celebration of Israel’s 70th birthday.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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