Thirty people from Chabad of NW Bergen County in Franklin Lakes and Chabad of Old Tappan joined more than 500 others from other New Jersey and U.S. Chabad centers to create the largest delegation to tour Israel in 2016.
Thousands of people and groups, ranging from the British rock group Manfred Mann to former presidential hopeful Ben Carson, had canceled their trips to Israel in recent months citing security concerns. But “For us, there was never a doubt that the trip would go on” said Rabbi Chanoch Kaplan, director of Chabad of NW Bergen County.
The eight-day trip began on March 27 and included visits to more than 40 historical and modern sites, ranging from the Western Wall and Hebron to the Begin Museum and Yad Vashem.
A return trip is planned for 2018.