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.

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Mar
26

A Special Screening of LIKE: Please Note the Date Change to March 26

PLEASE NOTE: Due to an unforeseen scheduling issue, Jewish Federation’s screening of the film LIKE is being moved to Tuesday, March 26. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to seeing you at the Maple Theater on the 26th.

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Mar
28

What’s a Jew to Do? The Jewish Response to the Rise in White Nationalism.

March 28th | 6:30 to 8:30 PM The Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills. As Jews, we are painfully aware that antisemitism is on the rise. In 2017, our country saw a 57% spike in incidents motivated by anti-Jewish bias including physical assaults, vandalism and attacks on Jewish institutions according to the Anti-Defamation League. In […]

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30

JFamily Detroit and NEXTGen Detroit present: The Havdalah Hang Out

Add some light to your Saturday night! Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 4:00 – 5:30 PM Temple Emanu-el 14450 W 10 Mile Rd, Oak Park, MI Help us say goodbye to Shabbat and hello to new friends at our first ever Havdalah Hang Out! What better way to start a new week than with an […]

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31

Making Moves: A Morning of Strengthening Your Body and Mind

Sunday, March 31st | 11:00 AM-1:00 PM The Lean Body Studio 29924 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak 48073 Cost: $10 Making Moves Join NEXTGen Detroit for this ladies-only event as we reimagine how we… THINK Hear Ricki Friedman of BREAK the Weight discuss how to implement sustainable healthy habits into your life. MOVE Experience The Lean […]

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