During this 10-day educational journey, participants discover Israel from its historical Jewish landmarks to its highly diverse society and thriving high-tech and cultural scenes.
The sites, experiences and educational framework serve to motivate an inner quest that promotes continued engagement with Jewish concepts, values, communal life and Israel, long after the trip ends. Birthright has mastered the ability to learn, reassess and evolve, in accord with the changing needs of young Jewish adults in today’s era.
One of the most celebrated components of Birthright is the Mifgash, the encounter between overseas participants and young Israelis – primarily IDF soldiers or officers – who join each group. The deep bonds that form are among the highlights of the participants’ experiences on Birthright, and often last years.
Taglit-Birthright Israel was established in 2000 by a group of visionaries, in partnership with the Israeli government, as a response to increasing assimilation, decrease in Jewish communal life and disassociation from Israel. Birthright’s mission is to provide every eligible young Jewish adult (18-32) worldwide with the gift of a 10-day educational trip to Israel, strengthening his or her Jewish identity, and connection with the local Jewish community and Israel.
To date, 750,000 young Jewish adults from 68 countries have experienced the gift of Taglit, including 110,000 Israelis and almost 6,000 participants from Australia alone.
"The experience was truly something else. The friendships, emotions and welcoming feeling are memories that I will never forget. The shared experience connected us not just with other Australian Jews but also with our Israeli counterparts. I’ve come back different, more grounded by my identity.
I think if I had to summarise the trip in one word it would be “inspired”. Even though I grew up attending many Jewish frameworks, I feel re-inspired by all the new and different things I’ve been exposed to and the impromptu discussions we had about what being Jewish can mean. I try to incorporate these more into my day to day life."