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Despite Disabilities, A Young Couple Finds Love at Mayanot Birthright Israel

When Zak Khazanovich was in middle school, he once drew up a list of goals he planned to reach in the future. Included were many things that other kids might also wish for, but conspicuously missing was the prospect of marriage.

Khazanovich, 20, who suffers from cerebral palsy, had a life changing experience last summer that put marriage back on his list. Rabbi Mendy Levertov, Chabad representative in Khazanovich’s hometown, Phoenix, AZ, recommended that he sign up for the 10-day Taglit Mayanot Birthright program and experience Israel for the first time.

Rachel Goodman, also 20, has Asperger’s syndrome. Like Khazanovich, she had unsuccessfully signed up for various Taglit Israel programs before, but now both finally found themselves enrolled in the summer program. Goodman, who lives in Tucson, first connected with Khazanovich on the birthright program’s Facebook page.

via Despite Disabilities, A Young Couple Finds Love at Mayanot Birthright Israel – News – Chabad Lubavitch World Headquarters.

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