Participation in Taglit-Birthright Israel trips this summer has doubled from the summer of 2009, the group announced in a news release. Some 21,000 young Jews will take the free 10-day trip to Israel this summer as thousands remain on waiting lists.
More than 250,000 Jews aged 18 to 26 from over 50 countries have traveled to Israel with the Taglit-Birthright program in the ten years of its existence.
The Birthright Israel administration has set a goal that within the next 7-10 years, half of Jewish youth living in the Diaspora will visit Israel through its program. They are increasing fund-raising around the world in order to meet the great demand to participate in the program and to cut the waiting lists considerably.