Did you know that the Detroit Federation sends more people to Israel each year than any other Federation community in North America?

Our strength in numbers goes the distance in building community and lifelong friendships here in Metro Detroit and with  the Central Galilee, our home base  in Israel where we have partnered for almost 20 years to create personal and enduring connections.

The year was 1993

They called it a  “Miracle” Mission. In celebration of Israel’s 45th Anniversary, Federation launched its first record-breaking, community-wide mission to Israel, 1300 members strong. Those who were there will never forget the sight of El Al’s chartered planes as they landed for the first time ever at Metro Detroit Airport. The rest is history.

 

Michigan Miracle Mission April 1993

“We are here.” First steps of an incredible journey: Federation’s first community-wide Michigan Miracle Mission, April 18-28, 1993

April 19, 1993: Joel Tauber in Modi'in with Michigan Miracle Mission

Joel Tauber at the podium in Modi’in with Michigan Miracle Mission, April 19, 1993.

Assembled for an mega event: Michigan Miracle Mission, April 1993

Michigan Miracle Mission participants, assembled for a “mega” event: front row on the right: Diane Klein, Penny Blumenstein and David Hermelin (of blessed memory).

Michigan Miracle Mission April 1993

A walk to the Haas Promenade in Jerusalem: Michigan Miracle Mission, April 1993

Women at the Wall: on a Miracle Mission, 1993

Women at the Wall: on a Miracle Mission I, 1993

 

A "Bus Group" at the Wall: participants on Federation's  first Miracle Mission, 1993

A “Bus Group” at the Wall: participants on Federation’s first Miracle Mission, 1993

Since that first mega mission, Federation has sponsored five other community-wide missions, including two unforgettable Family Missions to Israel, ranging from 400 to 1,200 participants. Organized and sponsored by the Federation on a regular basis are numerous smaller missions, geared to teens,  college students (Community Taglit “Birthright Israel”), young adults, women, adults in the Florence Melton School, and groups participating in Federation’s Annual Campaign and leadership development.

Over the years, thousands upon thousands of photos in Israel have been snapped and treasured.  In Archives we look back at a handful below.  See anyone you know?

The year was 1995: Miracle Mission II

Michigan  Miracle Mission II, April 1995

Michigan Miracle Mission II, 1995; Photo op in the Old City of Jerusalem; Arnold Serlin took the winning shot in the Mission Photo Contest.

The year was 1999: Miracle Mission III

Shimon Peres meets and greets Michigan Miracle Mission III

Shimon Peres meets and greets Michigan Miracle Mission III at a planting ceremony in Modi’in, April 1999

 

The year was 2004: Miracle Mission IV

 

Haas Promenade, Miracle Mission IV, April 2004

Haas Promenade, Miracle Mission IV, April 2004

Sharing moments, lasting impressions

Salami send-off compliments of Doreen Hermelin, Miracle Mission IV, 2004

Salami  and rye send-off at DTW Airport, compliments of Doreen Hermelin, Miracle Mission IV, 2004.

B'nai Mitzvot: sharing the experience on Federation's Family Mission

B’nai Mitzvot: Robert and Jack Canvasser  share the experience on Federation’s Family Mission, 2005.

Federation's Miracle Mission for Teens, 1996

Federation’s Miracle Mission for Teens, 1996

 

Federation CEO-in-the-making. Scott Kaufman (left) on a mission in July 1998.

Federation CEO- in-the-making. Scott Kaufman (left) on a mission in July 1998.

Walk for Israel, Sunday May 5th

In celebration of all Michigan Miracle Missions and highlighting the 20th anniversary of the first Miracle Mission in 1993.

Temple Shir Shalom, 3999 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield Township, MI 48323

 

 

 

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