A participant in a youth program.
A participant in a youth program. Photo by Tomer Appelbaum
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The Jewish Federations of North America has found a new home for Otzma, its flagship Israel leadership program for young adults. Jerry Silverman, JFNA president and CEO, wrote in an e-mail to Otzma alumni on Friday that Israel Experience Educational Tourism Services Ltd. will assume control of Otzma when this year’s class completes the program in June.

A subsidiary of the Jewish Agency for Israel, Israel Experience runs several teen and young adult trips to Israel and has provided logistical services to Otzma over the years.

“It’s a natural fit for us, since we already work with Otzma and have a strong foundation for these kinds of programs,” said Erez Cohen, Israel Experience's director of long-term programs.

Silverman announced in November that the JFNA was dropping Otzma after 27 years and would focus on building partnerships with other Israel program providers.