One sip and they were gone
THREE BBYO boys have been sent home from their Israel tour after a parent allowed them sips of his beer.
Ian Kersen said his son Gil sipped his beer on the “family night” in Jerusalem at the end of the tour, as did his son’s friends Daniel Levene and Ben Fink, despite warnings that drinking alcohol would mean an early flight home.
BBYO director Howard Shooter said: “BBYO has a strict policy on drinking alcohol. Parents and participants sign a contract prior to going on Israel tour acknowledging that if their children drink alcohol during the programme, they will be sent off the programme.
“We always regret having to send participants off the programme. This was a decision made by the UJIA, Israel Experience and BBYO together.”
UJIA said that out of nearly 1,900 teenagers, seven had been sent home this summer, five for drinking and two for disruptive behaviour.
Mr Kersen said: “Daniel and Gil are at Immanuel College together and go to BBYO at Pinner Synagogue. They were really involved. They loved it. Now they have been totally excluded.”
His son Gil said: “We were pulled away from our friends without warning, and we never got to say goodbye.”
Mr Kersen said: “This incident has left my family with such a foul aftertaste. The policy is ludicrous over something so small.”