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Student Union Leaders Travel to Israel

by Julie Gruenbaum Fax

December 16, 2009 | 5:09 am

Twelve students who demonstrated leadership at Jewish Student Union clubs will travel to Israel this winter break on Footprints to Israel, a highly subsidized 10-day trip to explore Jewish roots and practice Israel advocacy.

Jewish Student Union runs 20 clubs in high schools around Los Angeles, where students come for lunch and Jewish study.

A committee chose participants from among a pool of students who had raised funds for JSU, completed study and community service hours, brought other students to JSU events and wrote an essay about Israel. Those selected to participate paid $500 for the trip, which was underwritten by Ezra and Lauren Kest of Los Angeles.

Participating students are: Jonathan Levine (Soille San Diego Hebrew Day School); Elad Menna (Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies); Michael Rosen (Calabasas High School); Mia Finestone (Beverly Hills High School); Alexander Byzer (Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies); Brian Kohanchi (Calabasas High School); Rebecca Wagner (Westlake);  Melody Khobian (Beverly Hills High School); Ela Ben-Horash (Grant High School); Nazanin Novinbakht (Beverly Hills High School); Yael Nachum (Tarbut V’ Torah); and Scott Kaiser (Agoura High School).

For more information, visit jsu.org.

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