Israel Program Renamed In Honor of Rabbi Schindler
Israel Program Renamed In Honor Of Rabbi Alexander M. Schindler
A travel and learning program that has transformed the lives of more than 22,000 young people, encouraging their lifelong involvement with Judaism, has been renamed in honor of Rabbi Alexander M. Schindler, president emeritus of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations.
"I am deeply grateful for this honor-all the more so because the programs which will bear my name go to the very core of those commitments to which I dedicate my life of service to the Jewish people," said Rabbi Schindler.
Rabbi Schindler was president of the UAHC from 1973 to 1996, turning the Reform Movement into one of the most vigorous forces in American religious life. He currently serves as president of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture and as vice president of the World Jewish Congress.
"We wanted to find a special project to bear Alex Schindler's name that had themes near and dear to his heart. Two of his life-long passions came to mind: his love of young people and his dedication to Zionism and the State of Israel," said Jerome H. Somers, chairman of the UAHC Board of Trustees.
"For more than 40 years, this program has been taking young people to Israel and turning Jewish culture and history into a living, breathing reality for them," Somers said. "We're especially proud that through this program the Reform Movement takes more young Jews to Israel than any other program in existence, and it has been a model for other movements to ensure Jewish continuity."
This summer more than 1,100 high school and college students representing 300 synagogues from all parts of North America will journey to Israel to take part in the program's extraordinary opportunities, including: a three-day Exodus cruise, recalling the brave Jews who went to Palestine; a visit to Prague and Terezin; five weeks touring Israel, when students climb Masada at sunrise, wander through the Galilee, visit Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Safed, and Haifa, and camp in the Negev; and more.
For more information about The Rabbi Alexander M. Schindler NFTY Israel Experience and other programs of the UAHC Youth Division, call (212) 650-4170.