Connecting Detroit and Israel

Did you know that the Detroit Jewish community sends among the largest number of individuals to Israel on missions?

Missions to Israel and to other overseas Jewish communities enhance Detroit Federation’s goals for building community, strengthening Jewish identity, and for campaign and leadership development. The “added value” of our missions program is the opportunity to create long standing personal relationships between community members in Michigan and the Central Galilee, partner communities since 1994.

Detroit Federation has sponsored six community-wide missions to Israel since 1992, ranging from 400 to 1,200 participants. The Federation also annually sponsors a variety of smaller missions for campaign and leadership development.

While Detroit Federation may not have a community mission scheduled at this time, your local congregation and Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) are also good sources for you.

» Looking for a Taglit – Birthright Israel experience? Click here.

Israeli Camper Program

In 2002, during the Intifada in Israel, Detroit community leaders decided to bring 325 Israeli youth from Federation’s Partnership2Gether region to Michigan to participate in a Jewish summer camp experience at Tamarack Camps. Today the annual Israeli Camper Program, in partnership with Tamarack Camps, continues to be an extremely positive experience for the approximately 85 Israeli campers and local host families alike.

» See photos from our Israeli Camper Program on Flickr.

Teen Mission

Geared toward Metro Detroit Jewish teens in grades 9-12, the Teen Mission is a biennial, month-long trip to Israel. The Detroit teens travel together as a local community with Israeli teens from Detroit Federation’s Partnership2Gether region, the Central Galilee. The educational program provides opportunities to learn about Israeli society and culture, and to explore historical sites and the land of Israel. The Teen Mission is in partnership with Metro Detroit congregations and Tamarack Camps. Following the mission the Detroit and Israeli teens reunite in Detroit.

» See photos from our Teen Mission on Flickr.

» Questions? eMail Jackie Yashinsky or call (248) 952-9030.
» If you are interested in Teen Mission 2016, click here.

Detroit Community Taglit – Birthright Israel

Detroit Federation sponsors Community Taglit- Birthright Israel trips. Forty young adults from Metro Detroit, age 22 – 26, participate as a local community on the 10-day trip to Israel. The group is joined in Israel by 8 young adults from Federation’s Partnership2Gether region. In addition to touring Israel’s most popular sights, the trip includes special activities in the Partnership region, including dinner with host families and volunteering opportunities. The Israeli and Detroit participants from Detroit’s Community Taglit-Birthright Israel trips reunite in Detroit following the Israel experience.

» Questions? Email Jaime Bean or call (248) 205-2561.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events
Nov
19

Saving Lives When Disaster Strikes: An Evening with Dr. Ofer Merin

Join us as we welcome renowned Israeli cardiac and trauma surgeon Dr. Ofer Merin to Detroit for this special community-wide event presented by Federation’s Maimonides Society. Dr. Merin will speak about his experiences in the field and the challenges of providing medical care in disaster zones and responding to terror incidents.  Monday, November 19 | […]

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Nov
24

Latke Vodka

Latke Vodka has a new beat, and it’s about to drop. Late Night Food | Ca$h Bar | 21+ Only | Dietary Laws Observed

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Wine Down
Nov
28

NEXTGen Interfaith Couples Wine Tasting

NEXTGen Interfaith Couples is kicking off the year with a wine tasting event. Wednesday, November 28, 7:00 to 9:00 pm “Wine down” with NEXTGen Detroit Interfaith Couples! Join us for a private wine tasting with our friends at Michigan By The Bottle and the opportunity to get to know other local interfaith couples. Ticket price […]

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Dec
2

Israel Education Symposium – Building A Community Thread

with special guest speaker Dr. Zohar Raviv, International VP Of Education, Taglit-Birthright Israel Come join us in building a community thread, a shared language throughout the community regarding Israel and Israel education. Join educators, lay leaders and professionals of leading community organizations and be a part of the conversation. December 2, 2018 | 9:0O AM […]

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