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Over 400 members of the Jewish community of Los Angeles arrived this week on a
tour of the country celebrating the Jewish Federation’s centennial.
Sanderson, the president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, said
it was important for the delegation to make the 12,000-kilometer journey to
further strengthen Israel’s bonds with the second-largest Jewish community
in the US.
“Israel has always been and will always be one of our top
priorities,” Sanderson said. “These days young Jews don’t always feel the same
connection to Israel that my generation does, so one of the reasons we support
Birthright is to get as many people to love Israel as we can.”
the week delegates took part in a ceremony held at Tel Aviv University emceed by
actor Haim Topol. They later visited the Western Wall and met with Jerusalem
Mayor Nir Barkat. The visit will draw to a close next Monday at a gathering in
Jerusalem attended by President Shimon Peres and Jewish Agency for Israel
Chairman Natan Sharansky.
The pioneering spirit of the first Jewish
arrivals to Southern California, who helped found the local Jewish Federation in
1911, is reflected in Israel, Sanderson said.
“That’s why we support
Ayalim,” he added, referring to the Ayalim Association that was founded in 2002
to strengthen the communities in the Negev and the Galilee. “Some of the most
interesting things are taking place in the North and South of the country.”