Taglit-Birthright Israel launches biggest season in its history

[Editor’s Note: We want to proudly present the film, made for UCI in 1992 by Thurmon Mitchell, ALIYAH! Accepting the Challenge Together. It is every bit as relevant today as many Jews around the world seek to “go up to Jerusalem” and make “Aliyah,” or “the act of going up,” to their ancient homeland, Israel. See many more of our archived films here – uc4i.org/archives. Taglit or Birthright Israel seeks to ensure the future of the Jewish people by strengthening Jewish identity, Jewish communities, and connection with Israel via a trip to Israel for the majority of Jewish young adults from around the world. ]

Taglit-Birthright Israel launches biggest season in its history

Some 33,000 Jewish youngsters from 33 countries expected to visit Israel this summer • Season kicks off with 131 groups expected to arrive this week • “This summer we will celebrate 600,000 participants,” says Birthright CEO Gidi Mark.
Yori Yalon


Taglit-Birthright Israel participants

The Taglit-Birthright Israel program is launching the largest season in its history, with 33,000 Jewish youngsters from 33 countries expected to visit Israel this summer.

The program offers free 10-day trips to Israel in an effort to strengthen the connection between young Diaspora Jews and Israel.

The organization is kick-starting the summer with 131 groups expected to land in Israel this week.

Additionally, the Taglit Plus program will be unveiled this season, giving participants the opportunity to continue touring Israel for a further four to five days after the end of the 10-day trip, and to choose enrichment programs from various fields of interest.

“This summer we will celebrate 600,000 participants,” said Birthright Israel International CEO Gidi Mark. “We are proud to mark this benchmark, which represents, beyond the number, the change in which Jewish youth in the Diaspora sees Israel and Jewish identity.”

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