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Amidst Conflict, Houston Teens Return From Israel

Jewish students stayed away from dangerous areas during 3-week trip.

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Students of the Congregation Emanu El’s religious school arrive at Bush Intercontinental Airport Monday.

The International Arrivals terminal at Bush Intercontinental Airport was bustling with teenagers in orange T-shirts and their relieved parents.

The 43 students of the Congregation Emanu El’s religious school have just come back from what may sound like a parent’s nightmare.

They went to Israel at a time when the Israeli military and the Palestinian Hamas organization are trading rocket fire.

One of the students is Dylan Solomon. He said he had no worries during the three-week trip, whose route had to be changed once the shelling started.

“To be honest, I wasn’t that scared,” he said, “because towards the beginning of the trip, they ensured us that we were going to be safe the whole time, and I had complete faith in our tour guide and our group. We didn’t hear a single missile or siren.”

His parents, Rex and Maggie Solomon, say they worried about their son’s safety, as any parents would, but they wouldn’t hesitate to let him go again.

“There’s always nervousness,” Rex Solomon said. “When there’s a tornado warning. It happens. I mean, there’s nervousness with international flights. Just look at what happened last week. So, there’s so much danger going on in the world, and when family’s traveling that’s always an issue, regardless of where it is.”

He said thanks to modern digital media, they always knew where the students were.

The trip was sponsored by a local Jewish family and will happen every two years from now on.

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Dylan Solomon is welcomed back from his Israel trip by his parents, Maggie and Rex Solomon.

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