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Michael Levin, an American immigrant who died fighting in Lebanon, will be remembered on Thursday among other victims of this summer's war, as 2,000 overseas Jewish students studying in Israel participate in a solidarity mission to the North.
Sponsored by Masa, an initiative of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Government of Israel, the event, called the "Train Journey to the North," will include a parade through the streets of Acre, a tour of Acre's old city and a concert which will be attended by VIPs and students from the Acre Naval Academy.
Among the expected dignitaries are government representatives and members of Knesset, including Cabinet Secretary Yisrael Maimon. They will join the students as they travel by train from Jerusalem, meeting IDF soldiers who fought in the war in Lebanon along the way.
The concert concluding the festivities will include a song dedicated to Levin. Before immigrating to Israel and joining the IDF, Levin was a participant in the year-long Israel study program, Nativ, a program now sponsored by Masa. Levin was killed in Lebanon on August 1, 2006.
Masa, Hebrew for journey, is an organization made up of 140 different programs that provide Jewish students the opportunity to study in Israel. This year, over 8,000 students will be visiting Israel through Masa, according to the organization.
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