July 15: Important Teen Mission Communication

July 15, 2014 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

Dear Teen Mission Parents,

As you know, the situation in Israel continues to change hour by hour. The teen’s safety and well-being is our first and central priority, and due to the ongoing uncertainty of the situation—and the unlikelihood of Hamas honoring a ceasefire—we have made the decision to bring the mission home. Please be assured our teens are doing well and have continued their activities today. They are on their way to their hotel in Tiberias in the north, and we will message you when they arrive.

Work is now underway to coordinate the flights home, and we anticipate that it will take a few days to complete. We will share the travel information as soon it has been finalized. Meanwhile, they are in excellent care with our clergy and staff, and we will continue to find engaging and safe activities for the mission.

While we are saddened to end the mission early, we believe it is the right decision for our teens, as well for their parents and the community as a whole.

If you have questions, you may contact Amy Neistein, Director, Federation’s Israel & Overseas Department at (248) 205-2543.

Thank you all for your support and patience.

Sherri Ketai, Chair

Scott Kaufman, CEO, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

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