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Freestyle Mission being planned geared towards older adults

Are you an active older adult longing to visit Israel? Next year, you could have your chance. Jewish Federation and Jewish Family Service are teaming up to create a mission specifically tailored to the needs and interests of older travelers. There is still time to sign up to join the trip in Spring 2022.

JFS Program Manager and Community Liaison for Older Adults Carol Wilson is facilitating planning sessions along with Federation’s community shaliach, Gavriel Siman-Tov. Siman-Tov will be teaching conversational Hebrew and offering tips on getting the most out of a visit to his home country through Zoom sessions throughout the fall and winter in preparation for the trip in the spring. 

“This is really an opportunity to go at your own pace and take part in the activities that interest you,” said Wilson of the unique format of the mission. “We want everyone to feel comfortable and excited about the trip that they have a part in planning.”

The goal of the trip is to build new and strengthen existing relationships within the older adult community, learn about partnerships in Israel as well as developing new relationships with Israelis in the Lehigh Valley’s partner community of Yoav.

Siman-Tov promises to ensure that participants won’t feel just like run-of-the-mill tourists.

“I’ll be giving them an insider’s perspective on how to get around and things off the beaten path they may want to see,” he said.

To join in on the Freestyle Mission, contact Carol Wilson at 610-821-8722 or