All 1,146 UJIA Israel Experience participants have returned to the UK, with 1,145 going back to their families and one heading to his home in the offices of UJIA.
Jewish News are delighted to announce the winners, chosen by the public from tour groups including Bnei Akiva, BBYO, Ezra Boys and Girls, FZY, Habonim Dror, JLGB, LJY-Netzer, Noam, RSY-Netzer, Sinai and Tribe.
Winners by a small, black, sooty nose are…. Bnei Akiva Tour 4!
Co-leader Daniella Nevies said: “I’m completely ecstatic that we won. The group really got into having a Ted mascot; it gave us an extra goal and made a real difference in bonding the group.”
While most were happy to share album space, one participant, identified only by his first name, ‘Ted’ seemed to treat the whole exercise as a photo-bombing opportunity, with outgoing Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub forced to have stern words with tour member No. 1,146.
‘Ted found his way into so many photos that UJIA organisers decided to cut their losses and turn it into a competition to see which group took the best images of him. ‘
Cassie Matus, head of Israel programmes at UJIA Israel Experience, said: “Ted, represented under the hashtag #tedontour, has now definitely become part and parcel of Israel Tour after another really successful summer.”