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If the Birthright-Israel model could be adapted to the realm of teen education and engagement there would be a “change in the rules” and organizations would be incentivized to grow and reach out to new populations. Furthermore, most if not all the abovementioned advantages would emerge in the teen realm as well.
Updated: Mar. 29, 2017
Taglit-Birthright Israel has brought hundreds of thousands of diaspora Jewish young adults on tours of Israel. Drawing on data from a large-scale program evaluation, we ask how the program affects participants’ feelings of homeland attachment and political views on contentious homeland issues. North Americans who traveled to Israel with Taglit between 2010 and 2012 were surveyed together with a comparison group of applicants to the program who did not participate.
Updated: Dec. 10, 2014
Gur Alroey, chair of the School of History at the University of Haifa and director of the Israeli school’s pioneering Ruderman Program for American Jewish Studies, has likened a 10-day United States trip for the program’s students to “Reverse Taglit,” referring to the free Taglit-Birthright trips of the same length that bring diaspora Jews to Israel. Last month, the Ruderman Program’s inaugural class of 21 graduate students took part in that immersive U.S. journey, attending lectures, meeting community leaders, and touring historical and religious sites that reflect the American Jewish experience.
Updated: Jul. 16, 2014
When we were developing JCC Association’s Statement of Principles in 2012, we knew that if we were to help JCCs and their members lead engaged Jewish lives, then Israel needed to be at the heart of what they do. We didn’t want them to just pay lip service, incorporating Israel into a weeklong focus at some point, but rather to weave its essence throughout their programs, events and activities. But how do you put Israel into the very air of a JCC when so many staff to which that task would fall have never set foot in the land? To that end, JCC Association’s Israel Center, working with Taglit-Birthright and Amazing Israel, our tour provider, put together a trip for young Jewish communal professionals, so that they could experience Israel firsthand and bring it back to their JCCs.
Updated: Jul. 16, 2014
Rabbi Daniel Groper proposes an idea to encourage young Jewish couples to connect with their Judaism. He believes it is time for a new iteration of Birthright – one that focuses on young Jews at a critical time in their lives, the period between a couple getting married and choosing to settle down. He proposes establishing Birthright Plus One, a highly subsided trip to Israel as a first year anniversary gift from the Jewish people.
Updated: Dec. 11, 2013
Emily Comisar discusses a recurring question. How we get Birthright Taglit participants to feel a sense of responsibility to the community, to engage in it in whichever way is most meaningful and make it a more welcoming place for a rising generation of young Jewish adults? At a recent professional conference, she gained some insights about this question.
Updated: Jun. 19, 2012
The UJA Federation of New York is implementing an innovative plan: 'Birthright Israel for Boomers' - a tourism program aimed at adults that follow the outline of programs already in place for the younger generation. Next week the project's first group including people in their 50s and 60s, who will all be visiting Israel for the first time, is set to arrive in Israel. Many of the 34 participants have children who have visited Israel through similar programs.
Updated: Apr. 30, 2012
This first-of- its-kind academic conference to be held at Brandeis University on May 23-24, 2012, will explore what scholars, practitioners, and policy makers have learned and can learn from Taglit-Birthright Israel, the largest single educational program in the Jewish world today. The goals of the conference are to expand the number and variety of scholars and public policy intellectuals engaged in the examination of Taglit, to explore Taglit as a social experiment in educational innovation, and to review and integrate current knowledge on a wide variety of substantive issues.
Updated: Apr. 29, 2012
This summer, PELIE, the Partnership for Effective Learning and Innovative Education, will again sponsor Teacher Trek and is excited that Taglit-Birthright Israel has again expanded the age limit to include participants between the ages of 18-29. Participants are eligible if they are Jewish, have never been to Israel before on a peer trip and work in a part-time Jewish education setting.
Updated: Dec. 29, 2011
Understanding the Jewish Identity and Experiences of Russian-Speaking Young Adults: A Study of the Taglit-Birthright Israel
This report examines the socio - demographic characteristics, backgrounds and current Jewish and Russian identities and engagement of Taglit participants with roots in the FSU. It then examines their Taglit experience and the impact of the trip. Finally, the report explores potential avenues to engage this group’s unique Russian-Jewish cultural and linguistic heritage and draw them into American Jewish life.
Updated: Dec. 06, 2011