38 twelfth graders from Hod HaSharon, Israel recently visited Rockland and spent a fun-filled ten days with area host families. JCC Rockland sponsors the Hod HaSharon program annually which is made possible in part by a grant from the Jewish Federation and Foundation of Rockland County.
The teens arrived on Thursday, March 22 and kicked off their trip at a community Shabbat dinner held at JCC Rockland on March 23. Also that weekend, the Israeli teens spent a day with Rockland teens and participated in sporting events followed by lunch, a visit to a local senior living facility and an evening of bowling and fun.
A number of other exciting outings took place as well including visits to the UN and the Statue of Liberty, an overnight trip to Washington DC and a thrilling day at 6 Flags Great Adventure. In addition to these planned activities, host families treated the visiting teens to additional experiences while bonding and learning about their different cultures.
Monica Rosenbaum, JCC Rockland’s Director of Youth & Family Engagement, runs the Hod HaSharon teen program. Says Rosenbaum, “Many Jewish teens in Rockland who attend public schools have limited exposure to teens in Israel. This program allows our American and Israeli teens to interact, learn about each other and form lasting friendships. Many of our local teens and families stay in touch with their Israeli guests years after their visits.”
Federation's Compelling Needs grants to JCC Rockland are made possible by our generous donors.