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Shapiros catch the spirit of Israel through a JNF tour


Valerie and Jim Shapiro of Orlando recently led the Jewish National Fund's Spirit of Israel Tour on Nov. 1-8. They visited the north, the Negev, and Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Explaining why they decided to go to Israel at this time, Valerie stated "More than ever we feel the need to stand with Israel and support its people in these challenging times." Seven others from Orlando joined them on this tour.

Upon returning, Valerie said, "JNF's Spirit of Israel Tour exceeded our expectations. It's a great trip for anyone. We had 13 first timers and the others had been several times, it was wonderful to see Israel again through their eyes. One of the highlights included a visit to the new Halutza community in the Northern Negev. The young people are the new generation of pioneers in Israel and it is amazing to see what they have created from sand-schools, a medical center, and acres of crops." 

JNF will sponsor another Spirit of Israel Tour May 18-26, 2016. This trip is a luxury experience with access to exclusive sights, inspirational leaders and unique opportunities to witness and participate in Israel's extraordinary history and future as it continues to grow in the 21st Century.

For more information about the tour, visit http://www.jnf.org/travel/missions/spirit-of-israel-spring-tour.html


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