Thousands of young Jews gather in Tel Aviv for largest such event since COVID

Thousands of young Jews from around the world gathered yesterday in Tel Aviv for the largest event of its kind since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, the Masa Israel Journey program says in a press release.

Since its 2004 founding by The Jewish Agency and government of Israel, Masa says it has served over 170,000 young people from more than 60 countries.

The event at Hayarkon Park marked the start of its 18th programming year. Attended by 3,000 people, it was also live-streamed to overseas crowds.

It featured a special greeting by President Isaac Herzog, speeches by Diaspora Affairs Minister Nachman Shai and acting Jewish Agency chief Yaakov Hagoel, and a musical performance by the Hatikva 6 band.

Masa says attendees “took part in community-building workshops, consisting of games, and an art wall where Fellows were encouraged to leave their creative mark representing their journey ahead.

“The event also included activity and food booths with countries from around the world, representing the global cultures that make up the Masa community.”

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