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.