NEW YORK (Dec. 1)
A group of 54 young Americans who volunteered to work in Israel during the “Peace for the Galilee” campaign have joined together to form an aliya garin (nucleus) and will be emigrating to Israel together, Moshe Shechter, director of the Israel Aliya Center of North America, announced.
The members of the garin are college students and young people from the New York City area. The name they chose, Garin Maksheh, is a shortened form of Garin Michevrat Kayitz Shalom HaGalil, commemorating their summer of volunteer service in Israel during the war in Lebanon.
The young people went to Israel as part of the Israel recruitment drive, which sent over 750 Americans to Israel this summer to help ease the manpower shortage in Israel caused by the massive call-up of civilian reservists for active military duty. The volunteers worked in storehouses and helped save the summer harvest in the Golan, where the young people may end up living one day if they can make their dream come true to establish a young American settlement in Israel.