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Local residents return from trip to Israel

Local residents return from trip to Israel

Some members of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley made it back to the U.S. just in time after a rocket landing new the Tel Aviv airport led to flight restrictions to Israel.

They returned from Israel Monday, but the travel plans of two local teens are in limbo.

Three members of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley just returned yesterday after spending 10 days in Israel.

They say they are worried about their community partners and the two Lehigh Valley teens now stuck in the country.

"They are there on a teen experience and it will be good to have them home," said Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley leader Iris Epstein.

Epstein says she's praying for two local teens now in Northern Israel.

The FAA has prohibited US flights in and out of Tel Aviv for the next 24 hours.

The teens are staying with community partners and aren't due back until Sunday.

Epstien, Judy Diamondstein and Vicky Glaser got back Monday after visiting the Yoav Region.

"Thank God for the Iron Dome and the United States of America for supporting that through their generous funding because it really is a lifesaving apparatus," said Judy Diamondstein.

The local trio was part of a national contingent of Jewish Federation leaders visiting different in areas of Israel.

During their stay, the women had to seek shelter during a half dozen missile attacks.

"I don't know how people who live in Israel deal with it all the time constantly. It just doesn't stop. The rockets keep coming," said Epstein.

Diamondstein says when this latest round of attacks began a few weeks ago the contingent ran to Israel not from Israel because it wanted stand with its brothers and sisters in times of crisis.

But Epstein says trips for young people have been canceled until further notice.

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