“Healing the world,” group of Israeli students stay with senior citizens while giving back to Milwaukee community

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – Teens from Israel are in Milwaukee this week. It is part of their mission to help people around the world.

Ovation Communities, a local senior living facility, hosts the teenagers.

“The idea is to build bridges between Israel and the United States, between their Jewish community and our Jewish community,” he said. Tanya Mazor-Posner, Vice President of Development at Ovation Communities.

Over the next week, students will be making various stops around Milwaukee to help in any way they can.

“We call it ‘Tikkun Olam,’ which means healing the world,” said David Bitan, the student’s team leader.

With less than 24 hours under their belts in Milwaukee, students were already at the Despenza de la Paz Food Pantry on Milwaukee’s south side.

They helped with the pantry’s community garden, hydroponic farm, and organized diapers that were stacked in closets.

“So we’re going to pack it up and after this we’re going to put the diapers in,” said one student as he picked up large bins.

When students are not volunteering with community organizations, they will spend time next week building relationships with seniors in Ovation Communities.

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