Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Taglit-Birthright Israel

Photo Credit: Taglit-Birthright Israel

Starting tonight, I'm leaving on an educational journey of self-reflection and educational immersion to Israel.  Taglit-Birthright Israel is a gift from Israel and private philanthropists to educate Jewish young adults through an all-expenses-paid ten-day trip to Israel.  This trip encourages young adults to learn more about Israel and strengthen ties to the country in solidarity and understanding.  Over 260,000 people from 52 countries at all levels of traveling experience and Jewish religious backgrounds have taken the journey thus far, and all have returned with a new understanding and appreciation for Israel and its people.

My itinerary includes stops at Jaffa, one of the world's ancient ports and home to a heterogeneous population of Jews, Christians, and Muslims; Yad Vashem, Israel's national memorial to the Holocaust; the Western Wall for personal reflection and prayer; and of course, the Dead Sea, the lowest place on Earth and site of many health and well-being pilgrimages.

The actual cost of this trip is about $3,000 per participant, which includes airfare, overnight accommodations, most meals, travel costs within the country, hosts, and so much more.  I'm thrilled to have been selected to participate and receive this gift, and I wish many, many thanks to the Birthright Israel Foundation and all of its donors for the opportunity.  Click here to donate to the Foundation or visit the Taglit-Birthright Israel website to apply and learn more about the trip.

Taglit-Birthright Israel provides a gift of first time, peer group, educational trips to Israel for Jewish young adults ages 18 to 26 from around the world. Taglit Birthright Israel is a unique partnership between private philanthropists through The Birthright Israel Foundation; the people of Israel through the Government of Israel; and Jewish communities around the world (North American Jewish Federations, Keren Hayesod and the Jewish Agency for Israel).

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