The Times of Israel
Shalom Chevrei Lapid,
As we have shared, our colleague Chaim Fischgrund, has been developing a draft of a Core Program around which we would like to unite all the Lapid organizations. It was developed along the lines of parallel core programs used by Taglit and Masa, with adaptations for high school age programs and the diversity they represent.
It will go far to elevate the prestige and professionalism of Lapid programs as a key pillar of the Israel programs world when we unite around a common core program, and it will enhance our lobbying efforts for the benefit of the whole category.
This paper was created in the past 6 months, in anticipation that the teen travel sector will be recognized and upgraded in the coming years. The ideas in this paper reflect the collective views of key players in the field. There are some differences in positions among the greater Lapid family, but the belief in the power of travel to Israel prior to age 18 surpasses all differences.
It is very exciting and touching to hear that despite the hard times Isarel has been going through, and maybe BECAUSE the hard times, 350 young people from all over the world, left it all and came to join the IDF.
Good luck to everyone !
Alexander Muss High School students, spending 6 weeks in Israel, raised 2,000$ overnight for food and supplies for IDF soldiers.
The Power of Giving, GA 2011
Lapid celebrates half a million teens on Israel high school age programs, plus triplets
A $25,000 challenge grant has been made to the American Hebrew Academy by the parents of a recent Academy graduate.
Every year, close to 15,000 Diaspora Jews come to Israel on one of the Lapid Coalition's high school age programs