(JTA) — Thirteen Jewish teenagers will visit Israel on a trip that is believed to be the first-ever tour of the country designed for disabled and chronically ill teens.
The 10-day program, Wish at the Wall, is sponsored by CHAI Lifeline, an international children’s health support organization. It will leave for Israel on Jan. 26 from Kennedy Airport in New York.
The teens, 11 of whom use wheelchairs, will be accompanied by a full medical staff.
Like most teen tours to Israel, the trip will include a trip to Masada, where the teens will ascend via cable car and then climb the final feet like every other tourist, in their case by pushing themselves the last several feet to the top. Modifications have been made to assure wheelchair access to every activity.