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Mega Mission participants returned with wonderful memories
Jun 28, 2012 | 2938 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
<i>On the culinary track, mission-goers picked out their own ingredients at the Machene Yehuda Market before enjoying a hands-on cooking lesson in a chef classroom. (Photos by Yosef Adest)</i>
On the culinary track, mission-goers picked out their own ingredients at the Machene Yehuda Market before enjoying a hands-on cooking lesson in a chef classroom. (Photos by Yosef Adest)
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<i>Pittsburghers left their footprint on the Karmiel Family Park by adding their arts and crafts project to a section of the park recently dedicated to the memory of Pittsburgh’s Karen Shapira.</i>
Pittsburghers left their footprint on the Karmiel Family Park by adding their arts and crafts project to a section of the park recently dedicated to the memory of Pittsburgh’s Karen Shapira.
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<i>Eight buses shuttled participants all over Israel, from Karmiel and Misgav to Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.</i>
Eight buses shuttled participants all over Israel, from Karmiel and Misgav to Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.
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<i>Participants ate dinner in the beautiful gardens of the Anna Ticho House just moments before Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat is introduced.</i>
Participants ate dinner in the beautiful gardens of the Anna Ticho House just moments before Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat is introduced.
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<i>Kristen and Dan Friedman showed Pittsburgh pride after walking down Masada</i>
Kristen and Dan Friedman showed Pittsburgh pride after walking down Masada
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<i>Pittsburghers were treated to a private reception at an Israeli Defense Force base with a special performance by famous Israeli singer Einat Sarouf along with the base’s soldiers.</i>
Pittsburghers were treated to a private reception at an Israeli Defense Force base with a special performance by famous Israeli singer Einat Sarouf along with the base’s soldiers.
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<i>Each night was a party on the Mission, complete with music and Israeli dancing.</i>
Each night was a party on the Mission, complete with music and Israeli dancing.
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From June 19 to 28, 290 people traveled to Israel with the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Centennial Mega Mission.

The mission offered program tracks for families, first-timers and veteran Israel travelers. The latter group had the additional opportunity on several of the days to choose from special interest itineraries encompassing archeology, art, culinary, politics, co-existence, outdoor adventure and more.

The mission also featured "mega events" for all participants to join together for special performances and memorable activities such as dancing with Israeli soldiers on an IDF base and descending Masada together with light-sticks after dark.

Mission participants also had the opportunity to see some of the programs and services made possible in Israel through local funding.

(Photos by Yosef Adest)
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