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Taglit-Birthright Israel

Taglit-Birthright Israel

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Widely known as the most successful educational program in the

Jewish world, Taglit-Birthright Israel was launched in winter 2000

to ensure Jewish continuity by strengthening Jewish identity

among unaffiliated young Jewish adults. Taglit-Birthright Israel

provides young Jews (ages 18-26) with a first time, 10-day

educational trip to Israel which strengthens their Jewish identity

and their attachment to the Jewish community and to the

State of Israel. Taglit-Birthright Israel has become a flagship of

innovation, while bringing unprecedented numbers of Jewish

young adults to Israel - 40,000 a year and growing in contrast

with 1,500 on all programs prior to the project’s inception.

This dramatic increase has created a critical mass of enthusiastic

returnees who are reshaping Jewish life on campus and in their


In Israel, the project has contributed more than a billion shekels to the

economy. More importantly, tens of thousands of young Israeli adults,

mainly from the IDF, who have participated in structured encounters

(‘Mifgashim’ in Hebrew) with their peers from abroad, feel greater

pride in being Jewish and Israeli.

Initiated by philanthropists Charles Bronfman and Michael Steinhardt,

Taglit-Birthright Israel is a partnership between a select group of

international Jewish philanthropists, the Government of Israel and

local Jewish communities (through UJC/Federations, KH and JAFI).

An unprecedented generous contribution made by Dr. Miriam and

Sheldon Adelson has made the educational trip available to tens of

thousands of wait-listed participants.



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