OU Hosts Record 2,500 NCSY Summer Program Participants at Celebration in Israel

Written by Kol HaBirah Staff on . Posted in Travel

Twenty-five hundred participants in NCSY summer programs, including 114 participants from Maryland, enjoyed American barbeque and live musical performances at Yom NCSY at the Latrun Tank Museum in Israel. Participants hailed from 32 states, Canada, United Kingdom, and Israel and represented the full Jewish religious spectrum.

In addition to the festivities, the event highlighted the 20th anniversary of The Anne Samson Jerusalem Journey (TJJ), NCSY’s premier touring program for public school students. Two recently created programs for participants hoping to spend an additional summer within the umbrella of TJJ — the TJJ Ambassadors and TJJ Ambassadors Poland programs — are geared toward leadership development within the program’s national alumni community. To mark this landmark year, NCSY is establishing the TJJ Founders Scholarship in honor of Rabbi Barry Goldfischer. Rabbi Goldfischer is the current director of TJJ and has been involved with the program since its inception.

The evening featured a special opportunity for participants to meet newly installed Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog, as well as enjoy entertainment from New York-based DJZJ (DJ Jonathan Zar), singers Eitan and Shlomo Katz, and assorted Israeli performers.

U.S.-based programs GIVE WEST and NCSY Sports were able to take part through NCSY’s livestream. NCSY summer programs in attendance at the event included Euro ICE, Israel ID, Kollel, Michlelet, Next Step, 4G Euro, Rescue Israel, to name a few; and over 200 participants of Yad B’Yad, the summer Israel-travel trip ran by the OU’s Yachad division, also took part.

 By Kol HaBirah Staff