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Special needs Birthright tours Israel

August 25, 2014 09:19

Despite the ongoing rocket fire on targets throughout the country, Yachad, Israel Free Spirit and other organizations brought seventeen disabled teenagers to Israel on a special Taglit-Birthright Israel trip in which they will celebrate a joint Bar Mitzvah.

According to organizers, such trips require “additional resources, with fewer participants per bus, a higher staff-to-participant ratio, and special logistical arrangements” above and beyond the requirements of regular Taglit-Birthright Israel trips.

“The group is celebrating their Bar Mitzvah in Safed on Tuesday August 26,” a spokeswoman for the trip said, adding that the “participant's disabilities vary” and include autism, anxiety disorders, developmental delays, obsessive compulsive disorders and other disabilities.

The group has visited such sites as Masada, the Dead Sea, the Western Wall and Yad Vashem.

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