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Some annual Jewish summer programs to Israel on hold due to unrest

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American students Tal Eisenzweig (R) and Kelly Roache from New Jersey tour the old city of Jerusalem on February 16, 2011. MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images

Teens and young adults from Southern California, and from all over the U.S., often travel to Israel, some to explore their heritage, some to see the sights.

In particular, numerous Jewish organizations, such as Birthright Israel and the B'nai B'rith Youth Organization (BBYO), host annual summer programs for high school and college-age young people there. 

For many Los Angeles-area families, sending your teen to visit Israel is a long-standing family tradition. Due to growing security concerns, though, some trips there are being postponed or cancelled. However, many trips are going along as planned.

Laureen Sills is the mother of one Southern California teen who is in Israel with one of these programs now, and she joins Take Two to talk about her concerns.

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