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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
The Israel Tech Challenge, three years in the making, is taking place this week, with 25 of the best Jewish college students in the world (chosen from some 500 applicants) in Israel for an intense insider look at how the Start-Up Nation does its magic. The Challenge — a cooperative effort between The Jewish Agency, the Government of Israel, and private investors — is designed to connect top students from the diaspora with tools and networks to enrich their careers in the hi-tech industry, and to develop connections with the Israeli high-tech industry.
Updated: Jan. 08, 2014
Israel Birthright NEXT realized there wasn't an easy way for their alumni to share their traditions around the holidays and let other alumni know where their celebrations were taking place. NEXT developed an interactive map that allowed their alumni to find celebrations near them and share their own High Holiday celebrations.
Updated: Aug. 20, 2013
Onward Israel has begun its second year of operation this month, bringing over 500 students on 22 programs from around the world to Israel, with the goal of eventually reaching thousands annually. The ultimate purpose of Onward Israel is to exponentially increase the number of Taglit and teen programs alumni who return to Israel for a transformative identity-building second visit, eventually reaching a stage where such experiences are available to all who want them and become a rite of passage for Jewish young adults throughout the Jewish world.
Updated: Jul. 16, 2013
Sharna Marcus, Director of Education at Shorashim addresses a key question: 'How do you better train morei derech and madrichim to increase their effectiveness on the Taglit-Birthright Israel trip?' with a comprehensive answer.
Updated: Jun. 18, 2013
Morlie Levin of Birthright NEXT & Chip Edelsberg of the Jim Joseph Foundation write about how they are trying to answer a big question: How do we, as a collective, effectively foster the Jewish living and learning journeys of hundreds of thousands of newly Birthright Israel inspired young Jewish adults at this critical life stage?
Updated: Jan. 29, 2013
Jessica Steinberg writes about the special Birthright 2012-2013 winter season Bus No.195 with 20 participants with Asperger’s Syndrome, now known as the “Mishpocha”, a project of Shorashim/KOACH, the college organization run by the Conservative Movement.
Updated: Jan. 15, 2013
Michal Shmulowitz writes about a Jewish Agency-affiliated pilot program, Samai (“the sky” or “listen to me” in Amharic), that brought 15 Israeli-Ethiopian teens on a visit to their ancestral homeland earlier this month. They were a light-hearted, polite, and often hilarious group of 16 to 18-year-olds, many of them Orthodox, from all corners of Israel.
Updated: Jan. 15, 2013
Jason Lansner writes how in Washington, DC, the Birthright Israel alumni community was reunited in October 2012 through the Reverse Mifgash – a program offering ten days of social, educational, cultural and religious programming for Israeli and American alumni of DC Community Taglit-Birthright Israel Trips sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.
Updated: Nov. 06, 2012