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      LA Sends Largest-Ever Jewish Federation Mission to Israel

      More than 400 Jews from Los Angeles, Tel Aviv’s sister city, are celebrating the local Jewish Federation's 100th birthday in Israel.
      By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
      First Publish: 10/24/2011, 9:44 AM

      Tel Aviv, LA's Sister City
      Tel Aviv, LA's Sister City
      Israell news photo: LA Jewish Federation

      More than 400 Jews from Los Angeles, Tel Aviv’s sister city, are celebrating the local Jewish Federation's 100th birthday in Israel.

      The delegation's organizers say it represents the largest group of travelers from Los Angeles traveling together on an organized mission of this kind. Participants include prominent Jewish community leaders and philanthropists from Los Angeles, as well as congregants of synagogues traveling with their rabbis and spiritual leaders. 

      Personalized itineraries include tourist destinations as well as visits to numerous human service programs throughout Israel that are funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.

      The visiting members will attend a cultural celebration, including opera, dance, TV, film and art featuring participants, in Tel Aviv on Tuesday.

      The group will recite the traditional “Shehechiyanu” blessing Thursday at the Haas promenade in Jerusalem with Mayor Nir Barkat.

      They will welcome the Sabbath at the Western Wall (Kotel) Friday evening.

      Next week will see the dedication of a new community center at Ayalim Village funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. The mission will round out its visit with a closing gala meeting with President Shimon Peres and Natan Sharansky