Scenes from the Archives
By Vivian Henoch, Editor myJewishDetroit
April 1, 2013
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.
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
The year was 1999: Miracle Mission III
The year was 2004: Miracle Mission IV
Sharing moments, lasting impressions
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