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I had to finally write this article to address what I believe is a significant problem with Israel trips not only today but going back several decades since educational tourism became popular. From synagogue and organization missions to Masa programs, and from high school trips to Birthright, we do a horrendous job of exposing Diaspora Jews to Tel Aviv and everything it stands for: modern Israel, the “start-up nation”, religious pluralism, and Jewish peoplehood.
Updated: Jan. 29, 2014
Benji Lovitt takes issue with a number of recent articles which call for improving the level of Birthright Israel American madrichim. He agrees with the diagnosis but thinks that additional training is not sufficient. He calls for a concerted effort by trip organizers to choose madrichim with basic skill sets that will allow them to successfully serve as educators and meaningful facilitators for the Birthright groups they lead.
Updated: Oct. 11, 2012