Your Birth Right: Tip-of-the-Day #192


Are you Jewish, between the ages of 18 and 27, and have neither traveled to Israel nor have lived in Israel past the age of 12? May sound like I'm soliciting you for a dating service, but no, actually you qualify for a FREE 10-day trip to the Holy Land! Really! Here’s how it works:

Taglit-Birthright Israel (also Birthright Israel or Birthright) is a Zionist Jewish organization that sponsors free 10-day trips to Israel for Jewish young adults. Birthright Israel's goals are to diminish the division between Israel and Jewish communities around the world; to strengthen the sense of solidarity among world Jewry; and to strengthen participants' personal Jewish identity and connection to the Jewish people. As of spring 2009, over 200,000 young adults from 52 different countries have participated since the trips began in the winter of 2000.

To be eligible you must be recognized as Jewish by the Jewish community or by one of the recognized denominations of Judaism; or if either parent is Jewish and you do not actively practice another religion, you're golden.

The trip includes airfare from many major cities, hotel stay, most meals, all transportation within Israel, and costs associated with touring the country for the ten-day trip. A $250 USD deposit is required ($250 in Canada) but the deposit is refunded upon return from the trip. Airfare or transportation from a participant's home to the gateway city is not included, although the trips depart from multiple cities.

If you never thought you’d make it to Israel, now may be your opportunity! (That, or moving to NY, feigning homelessness and claiming your country of origin is Israel so you get deported on the U.S. government's dime).


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