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Weintraub Israel Center sets October 2018 trip meeting

The Weintraub Israel Center is planning its biggest Israel trip for October 2018.

A focus on people-to-people connections will make the trip unique, says Oshrat Barel, director of the Israel Center, emphasizing that this reflects the Israel Center’s mission, “building living bridges between Tucson and Israel.”

Each day, participants will have three or four tracks to choose from, so while first-timers enjoy the “must-see” sights, people who have visited many times “can experience and learn something new about Israel,” says Barel, who will staff the trip along with Todd Rockoff and Stuart Mellan, the heads of the Tucson Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, respectively. The trip co-chairs will be Shelly Silverman, JFSA board chair, and Mary Cochran, Tucson J board chair.

The Israel Center’s goal is to fill two buses of 40 people each and already 40-50 people have expressed interest. To keep the trip affordable, says Barel, four-star hotels will be used, with an option to upgrade to five-star hotels.

The trip dates are Oct. 14-22, 2018, with extensions available to Petra, Jordan, or to participate in the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly, which will be held for the first time in Tel Aviv, Oct. 22-24, 2018.

A trip information meeting will be held Monday, Nov. 27, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, 3718 E. River Road. RSVP to or 577-9393, ext. 8446.