A group of Winnipeggers are heading overseas Wednesday in a solidarity mission for Israel.

Nineteen people will embark on a six-day trip to the region in conflict.

Shelley Faintuch with the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg stressed the purpose and importance of the group’s mission.

“It's important for Israelis to know that it isn't just Canada's government that has been incredibly supportive, but their people,” said Faintuch. “We want to show people that we care.”

The group will visit with various families impacted by recent events that have occurred in the country.

“Fully a third of the participants are not from the Jewish community at all,” said Faintuch. “We have a non-Jewish student, we have members from Bridges for Peace Canada, we have someone who works for the government.”

The mission will include a visit to the Gaza border, and a meeting with the Canadian Ambassador to Israel.