Adaptive Israel Trip Forges Special Bonds

Jesse Frankel, 21, recently returned from a trip he didn’t want to end. A participant in a Taglit-Birthright Israel project made possible as part of a partnership between trip provider Mayanot and the Friendship Circle – an international network of Chabad-Lubavitch programs that work with children and young adults with special needs – he spent 10 days touring the Holy Land with his peers.

Asked about his favorite part of the trip, he enthusiastically inquired if it had to be just one thing.

“I liked everything about the trip,” he said. “I told my dad I didn’t want to leave.”

But even though his time in Israel had to come to a close, the friendships he made and the memories he brought back with him, he said, are here to stay. And that’s not all.

“We learned a lot of new Hebrew words,” he said. “It was awesome.”


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