UIA Victoria visits Israel

July 15, 2019 by Community newsdesk
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UIA Victoria recently ran a tour to Israel led by Nathan Shafir and his wife, Ruth.

The tour set out to be different to many other tours to Israel, aiming to give the 23 participants a view of Israel, not only in terms of projects supported by Keren Hayesod – UIA, but also to see Israeli high-tech projects and more.

The tour covered the length of Israel with one particularly interesting day down south where the participants visited Israel’s largest solar power plant in the Negev and lunched in Beersheva with two guest speakers.

The first speaker was a long-time resident of the south who explained to the group about the development in the area. The other speaker was a young woman who had immigrated from Ukraine as a young girl, with support from Keren Hayesod – UIA. Both speakers provided fascinating insights.

UIA projects were visited. In particular, the group spent time at an Amigour facility that aims to give the elderly immigrants a place in which to enjoy their elderly years. The highlight at Amigour was a concert by residents, followed by an opportunity to visit the apartment of one resident, a retired professor who is still actively writing in his 90’s. The residents freely mingled with the group, allowing the participants to get a feel for how UIA supports people in need, in particular immigrants who have come to Israel over the years.

But the tour was not all hard work and projects.

Touring was important. Some of the highlights included the regular tourist destinations, such as Caesarea and of course, an extended walking tour through the Old City, which was led by an expert guide. Other touring included places less frequently visited, such as the Ralli Art Museum in Caesarea and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

UIA runs several tours each year to Israel.

If you are considering a trip to Israel, there is no better way to gain an Israel immersion experience. Call UIA on 1 300 ISRAEL (1 300 477 235) today to enquire about forthcoming missions.

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