John Gandel AC and Pauline Gandel have been the Principal Australian Supporters of Taglit-Birthright Israel, an educational trip for young Jewish Australians, for several years now. Recently they joined forces with a number of other partners and donors to enable a group of 15 special needs young adults with cognitive disability to undertake a Birthright trip to Israel. Each participant is paired with a buddy to assist them, as well as having professional medical staff at hand. The group’s code name is Buzz, which is the Hebrew word for falcon. John and Pauline (pictured on the left) joined the participants and their buddies at a recent farewell function in Melbourne.

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