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A Bar Mitzvah Legacy Revisited

Evan Ratner, a donor and activist, donated a playground in Greater MetroWest's partner community of Kibbutz Erez in honor of his son Alex's Bar Mitzvah. Some 8 years later, during tense times when bombs were continually falling nearby, Alex comes to visit and sings to the children with his friends from the Whiffenpoofs, Yale's renowned a cappella group.

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Legow Family Israel Program CenterAre you in college and never been to Israel?

Are you an adult looking for a personalized Israel experience?

Are you a teenager who’s passionate about Israel?

Are you a family who wants to introduce Israel to your kids?

Israel has completely transformed what it means to be a Jew, whether you live in Israel or in Greater MetroWest. This core belief in the centrality of Israel lives daily through the Legow Family Israel Program Center (IPC), the heart and soul of the Greater MetroWest-Israel connection.

IPC brings Israel to MetroWest and MetroWest to Israel through travel, the arts, informal and formal education, community holiday celebrations — even yoga! Along with full-time American and Israeli staff, Greater MetroWest is home to the largest number of shlichim (emissaries) in the country, all dedicated to sharing their love of Israel and our Jewish heritage with our community.

The Legow Family Israel Program Center (IPC) also works closely with Federation’s Community Relations Committee, among other agencies, to promote a strong and vibrant relationship between the MetroWest Jewish community and our Israeli friends.

IPC offers myriad programs for teens*, young adults*, and adults. Learn more by clicking on the links at right. We also sponsor:

  • Community-wide celebrations — just ask any of the 700+ people at this year’s David Broza concert!
  • Individualized programs for community members with specialized interests — together with our staff in Jerusalem, we can create volunteer opportunities or arrange for you or your family to visit one of our partnership communities on your trip.
  • Synagogue Involvement — Our shlichim (emissaries) and Rishonim (young emissaries) spend much of their time spread far and wide throughout MetroWest’s schools, synagogues, youth groups, and agencies! Please contact us if you would like to schedule a program.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Contact us at (973) 929-3054. We’re happy to help meet the individual needs of our community members.

*Need financial assistance for trips to Israel? Jewish students in the Greater MetroWest community who have graduated from eighth grade or are at least 14 years old are eligible to receive up to $1,000 in grants from Federation for travel to Israel on a qualified trip. more

Legow Family Israel Program Center
901 Route 10, Whippany, NJ 07981
(973) 929-3054
Israel Office
P.O. Box 7171
1 Ibn Gvirol Street, Jerusalem 91071
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Israel Volunteer Opportunities
Find the right volunteer project for you!

For more information on volunteering with the Legow Family Israel Program Center, contact:
Legow Familiy Israel Program Center

(973) 929-3108

»Click here to find more volunteer opportunities

2014 rishonim

Meet our rishonim: Cheyenne Stein from Raanana, Matan Sidi from Ofakim, Bar Grufi from Rishon LeTzion, Anais Liebermann from Rishon LeTzion, Omer Gavish from Rishon LeTzion

On the ground in Israel
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