14 thousand young adults are expected to experience Israel in the coming months
Taglit is currently opening its winter season and preparing for 2015. During the next few months, Taglit will bring more than 14 thousand young Jews between the ages of 18-26 from around the world to visit Israel as part of the 10-day project.
Gidi Mark, the CEO of Taglit-Birthright Israel, “We are thrilled to kick of the winter season, we will continue to expand and deepen the activities among young Diaspora Jews by bringing them to Israel through Taglit- Birthright Israel. Long-term studies of the project have found that this visit to Israel greatly influences participants”.
The past summer season proved as one of the most dynamic seasons for Taglit-Birthright Israel. During this time, 27,700 young Jews from over 42 countries came to Israel, 8400 of them during operation ‘Protective Edge’. Taglit-Birthright Israel has passed a significant milestone with the designation of the program’s 400,000th participant as well as the program’s 70.000th Israeli participant.
“Each year, Taglit-Birthright Israel strives to reach new heights and surpass our own goals and expectations and this year, we’ve gone way above and beyond those expectations,” said Gidi Mark, CEO of Taglit-Birthright Israel. “We remain dedicated to the ideology that brining the next generation of Diaspora Jews to Israel is a must, not a choice. It is crucial for the survival of the Jewish people as well as for the bond between Israel and the Diaspora.”
The winter season is expected to see about 14,000 Taglit participants from 21 countries. They will join the 400.000 past participants who have arrived in Israel since the establishment of Taglit in 1999. In addition to the regular 10-day tour, each season Taglit-Birthright Israel invests in special niche groups bringing together participants with common interests such as culinary, music, athletics, doctors, fashion, disabilities, among others.
About the Taglit-Birthright Israel Project
Taglit-Birthright Israel connects young Jews to the State of Israel as well as to their Jewish identity through a free ten-day educational tour of the country. Over the past 15 years, Taglit-Birthright Israel has opened the eyes of hundreds of thousands of trip participants to the people and land of Israel. The trip aims to build an understanding, friendship, and lasting bond with the land and people of Israel and to reinforce the solidarity of the Jewish people worldwide. This allows for the creation of new friendships between participants and Israelis as well as deepens their understanding of the country and the Jewish religion and connects participants to their Jewish heritage. Taglit-Birthright Israel is considered the most successful and largest Zionist project in the Jewish world.
Taglit-Birthright Israel has a unique, historical and innovative partnership between the Government of Israel, thousands of individual donors and private philanthropists, and Jewish communities around the world through the Jewish Federations of North America, Keren Hayesod and the Jewish Agency for Israel.
The gift of a trip to Israel started with philanthropists Charles Bronfman, Michael Steinhardt and Lynn Schusterman. Each year, individuals from across the world donate to Taglit-Birthright Israel with the shared belief that it is the birthright of all young Jews to be able to visit their ancestral homeland.
Since its inception in 1999, over 400,000 Jews from over 66 countries have participated in the free 10-day educational tour of Israel. Of these over 70,000 young Israeli soldiers (from prestigious units of the IDF) and students have joined various groups on their tours.
Over the years, several studies have been conducted at Brandies University, located in the USA, demonstrating the lasting effect on Diaspora Jews when focusing on their Jewish identity, their connection to Israel and their ability to promote the country.