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Birthright Israel has announced a new program: the Tel Aviv Urban Experience. The Tel Aviv Urban Experience is a first time 3 day event (June 7, 9 & 10) that aims to enable Taglit-Birthright Israel participants to experience contemporary Tel Aviv up-close and personal by exploring the fields of high-tech, fashion, culinary, art, dance, music, theater, photography and the energy that the city has to offer.
Updated: Jun. 10, 2015
Gary Rosenblatt writes about two new programs for returned Birthright Israel participants that are seeking to fill the vacuum caused by the closing of Birthright NEXT, which had been created to translate the participants’ enthusiasm for Israel into involvement in Jewish life back home. One Table, is based on the success Birthright Next had for several years in helping to sponsor Friday night Shabbat meals for Birthright alumni. Another innovative program, Bring Israel Home, offers a weekend retreat with fellow Birthrighters from their group of 40 bus mates, plus the Israeli participants, to those groups who complete 100 points of Jewish activity in the three months following their trip.
Updated: May. 27, 2015
Taglit-Birthright Israel opened registration earlier this week for Cohort 3 of Taglit Fellows, the professional development program launched in 2014 in partnership with the iCenter for Israel Education as an educational intensive for exceptional Jewish leaders and aspiring Jewish educators looking to staff Taglit-Birthright Israel trips. The first two cohorts were comprised of nearly 200 Fellows who were selected from over 1,000 applicants. The program will welcome in another group of highly motivated and talented individuals to increase the quality of the Taglit-Birthright Israel experience and to play significant roles in the ongoing Jewish journeys of young adults.
Updated: Apr. 29, 2015
The present report, focusing on findings from a study of summer 2014 applicants and participants, is the latest in a series of studies of Taglit-Birthright Israel. The report focuses on understanding the degree to which the change in the applicant pool affected perceptions of the trip experience, the impact of the trip itself on connection to Israel and sense of Jewish identity, and the impact of the conflict in Gaza on trip experiences and trip impact.
Updated: Apr. 16, 2015
Last summer, our routine evaluation of Taglit-Birthright Israel became a serendipitous natural experiment allowing us to assess the feelings and beliefs of 18 to 26-year-old American Jews about Israel before and after the Israel-Hamas war. The research gives us an unparalleled chance to assess whether or not Israel’s conduct in the war alienated or promoted support for Israel. Applicants to Birthright are a large and fairly representative group of young adult Jews.
Updated: Mar. 19, 2015
Taglit Fellows Trains Second Cohort with Skills, Strategies to Enrich Taglit-Birthright Israel Experience
The second cohort of nearly 100 Taglit Fellows convened last month in San Diego for four days of learning with experts in Jewish, Israel, and experiential education. “Taglit Fellows” is the professional development program launched in 2014 by Taglit-Birthright Israel and implemented in partnership with the iCenter for Israel Education as an educational intensive for exceptional Jewish leaders and aspiring Jewish educators looking to staff Taglit-Birthright Israel trips.
Updated: Feb. 25, 2015
Birthright for Honeymooners: New Program Seeks to Bring Jewish Newlyweds to Israel on Heavily Discounted Trips
Inspired by Taglit-Birthright’s free trips to Israel for college students, a brand new program will bring Jewish newlyweds from North America on heavily subsidized honeymoons to the Holy Land. The program, Honeymoon Israel, has just obtained initial funding to finance two pilot trips this spring, each of which will bring 20 couples on nine-day tours of the country. The first trip will target couples from Los Angeles and Phoenix, and the second one, couples from Los Angeles and Atlanta.
Updated: Nov. 12, 2014
In response to an article by Robbie Gringras, Andi Meiseles, North American representative for international academic affairs at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, shares his thoughts on something that has been troubling him professionally and personally for several years: the unintended consequences of the success of Birthright.
Updated: Nov. 05, 2014
The two-year Minyanim program allows alumni of Taglit-Birthright or Masa in Bulgaria, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia, Poland, The Czech Republic and Russia to continue their Jewish and Israel studies, increasing community activism in Eastern and Central Europe. Minyanim sees intellectual engagement as pivotal to Jewish values. The program ignites a love of learning as participants delve into Jewish textual sources and explore various religious streams and Jewish communities around the globe. The program teaches participants methods of fostering living, relevant Israel relationship in their local communities. There is also a focus on Jewish communal services: management, fundraising, and methodologies in informal Jewish education.
Updated: May. 26, 2014
Concerned about declining interest in its free 10-day trips to Israel, Taglit-Birthright has hired a marketing agency to seek out new participants, targeting college students with little or no connection to the Jewish community. According to figures obtained by Haaretz, registration among North American Jews for Birthright’s summer trips dropped by more than 17 percent between 2011 and 2013. This followed a consistent upward trend ever since the program was launched 14 years ago.
Updated: May. 14, 2014