Talia Lidar, Federation's Israel representative, just wrapped up a two-week trip to the United States where she attended the Jewish Federations of North America's General Assembly in New Orleans, and met with staff at Federation and several local agencies whose programs and initiatives are supported by the Federation annual campaign.Lidar reports that Federation involvement in Orr Shalom, Israel's largest provider of residential and therapeutic services to youth at risk, is "changing the face of how Israel works with children who, because of severe abuse and/or neglect, cannot live with their biological families." She explains that prior to the establishment of Orr Shalom in 1980, Israeli social workers would place these children in large institutional settings.Jeri Zimmerman, director of Federation's Center for Israel and Overseas, is currently recruiting men and women, ages 30-50, interested in interacting with their Israeli peers. Participants will explore such intriguing questions as "What does Judaism mean in your life?" and "Where are you in your Jewish journey?" during three virtual meetings with influential Israeli figures. Then, from June 30 to July 3, they will travel to Israel for an intensive seminar. Federation will pay for study sessions and subsidize the costs of travel to Israel.