The jerusalem post
12:42 | 01/11/18

On a mission of hope

Special-needs young adults on Birthright trip (photo credit: PR) Special-needs young adults on Birthright trip (photo credit: PR)
Special-needs young adults rode in jeeps on the Golan, floated in the Dead Sea, planted trees, visited the Kotel, rode donkeys and interacted with IDF soldiers like themselves.
Michelle Wolf was used to hearing “no” when it came to her son, Danny, 23. Danny has limited mobility and a complicated medication regime. He needs help eating and dressing. As such, although Wolf has worked on and off as a Jewish communal professional in California for decades and sent her daughter on Taglit-Birthright Israel trip, she could not imagine Danny would be able to go to Israel with his peers. Birthright trips are known for their fast-paced, grueling schedules, including intensive physical activities and moving from hotel to hotel, and Danny would not be able to handle such an experience.

Everything changed in September, when Wolf got an email from the national Conservative-affiliated Camp Ramah Tikvah network, letting her know Birthright was running the first-ever Amazing Israel-Ramah Tikvah trip for young adults ages 18 to 29 with disabilities. Danny, who has been an overnight summer camper at Camp Ramah in Ojai, California, for nine years, was a candidate to go.


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