June 2017 -- Sivan-Tammuz 5777,  Volume 23, Issue 6

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(From left) Cantor Susan Alcott, 78, with her daughter Elizabeth Ziser, 46, and husband Mark Alcott, 77, all of New Rochelle, near Jaffa Gate outside of Jerusalem’s Old City during the UJA-Federation of New York centennial mission to Israel. Photo courtesy of the Alcott family.

Local Residents Joined UJA-Federation of NY Centennial Mission

You’re never too old to try something new. That’s why nearly 50 Baby Boomers from across greater New York City and  some Westchester County residents from New Rochelle, Larchmont and Rye Brook,  travelled to Israel for the very first time, April 29-May 5, to celebrate the Jewish state’s 69th Independence Day and to mark the UJA-Federation of New York’s century of supporting the Jewish community and Israel.


The Baby Boomers, born between 1946 and 1964 during the post-war years of America’s economic surge, embarked on their maiden journey to Israel as part of the largest UJA-Federation mission to Israel in years, the William Rosenwald Mission, featuring 300 visitors on a multi-track trip (http://uja100trip.org).


“The Baby Boomer’s Overview of Israel” saw historic places like Jerusalem’s Old City, Safed and Ceasarea, cultural sites like the Museum for the History of Society and Democracy in Israel at Tel Aviv’s Yitzhak Rabin Center and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv’s trendy neighborhoods Neve Tzedek and Nachalat Binyamin.


Among the Baby Boomers were Sharon Elwin, 57, and Sandra Hellman, 74.

Hellman, who has suffered from serious respiratory ailments and lung cancer, among other challenges, said: “I am so happy to have lived to realize the one thing I’d always wanted to do my whole life – visit Israel.”


“This mission was an experience I will never forget,” added Elwin. “Over the jam-packed week we learned so much from the excellent speakers and knowledgeable tour guides – and I met plenty of wonderful like-minded people from back home. I’m glad I came to Israel with UJA-Federation.”