Alt-left Jewish Voice for Peace group begins anti-Zionist campaign at American universities to persuade Jewish students to sign pledge against accepting free ‘propaganda’ Birthright trips to Israel.
A pro-Palestinian Jewish group in the United States is waging a campaign to convince young Jews to shun Birthright – a program that offers free 10 day trips to Israel to strengthen diaspora Jews’ connection with the Jewish state.
The Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) advocacy organization is urging 18-26 year-olds eligible for the trips to sign a ‘pledge’ that they will “not go on a Birthright trip because it is fundamentally unjust that we are given a free trip to Israel, while Palestinian refugees are barred from returning to their homes.” Continue Reading »
The Ministry of Diaspora Affairs is planning a 3-pronged program to encourage mass aliyah of French Jews with a focus on jobs, education & housing.
The Israeli government has been planning a new program to encourage French Jews to make Aliyah, Maariv reports Friday.
The program, which will be implemented over a 3-year period, is intended to help French Jews emigrate to Israel on a large scale – following reports that French Jewry has been leaving en masse due to anti-semitism.
The program will also receive state funding, according to the report.
According to information gathered at the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, tens of thousands of French Jews emigrated in 2013 to London, Canada and the United States. Continue Reading »
Not many remember that when the flagship program 13 years ago was launched, it had many detractors. But today, few initiatives enjoy this much support from the Jewish world.
Some critics see Taglit-Birthright as nationalist and right-wing, but the former leader of Israel’s left and architect of the Oslo peace process isn’t worried at all.
Birthright group meets up with area security director and visit IDF outpost on the Israel-Lebanon border – IsraelandStuff/PP
“People say Birthright is right-wing but they’re wrong,” says Yossi Beilin, a former head of Israel’s justice, economics and religious affairs ministries. “I’m all in favor of a debate on Israel’s policies and don’t think Jews in the Diaspora should blindly support it, but this has nothing to do with visiting Israel.” Continue Reading »
After Disappointing Results, NEXT Alumni Shuffled to Jewish Federations, Jewish Youth Groups & Synagogues that host religious & social events.
By Seth Berkman
Birthright Israel NEXT is ceding its follow-up role in connecting young Jews to their Jewish identity after the free trips they take to Israel via the Taglit Birthright Israel program.
The 4-year old program is replacing its staff in New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and other cities where there are large concentrations of Birthright alumni, for whom NEXT, until recently, directly created and hosted activities. Instead, NEXT has hired regional directors who are directing alums to already established organizations. Continue Reading »
American Billionaire couple says the donation will bring another 5,000 young adults on free trips to Israel in 2012.
By GIL SHEFLER
Jewish-American billionaire Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam donated 13 million dollars to Birthright-Taglit, it was announced on Tuesday.
The couple’s gift to the organization, which brings young Jewish adults on free trips to Israel, came in addition to the 20 million dollars they already gave it earlier this year.
Taglit Mega Event – Photo: Courtesy
“We are so grateful to the Adelsons for all they have done for us,” said Gidi Mark, CEO of Taglit-Birthright Israel. “This new gift brings their total giving to over $140 million and moves us significantly toward our target of 42,000 participants this year. Continue Reading »
The Bible Lands Museum is launching on Wednesday a new tour created for Birthright that shows the Bible as Israel’s true birthright.
The Bible Lands Museum is launching on Wednesday a new Jewish Heritage Tour created for Birthright-Taglit that shows the Bible as Israel’s true birthright.
The Museum is gearing up for 1,200 Birthright visitors from North America, and the tour is part of the Museum’s Birthright Israel Education Fair.
Birthright group arrives in Israel - Israel news photo: Birthright PR
“Understanding the legacy of the Jewish people in modern Israel is inseparable from understanding the importance of our biblical history – our birthright,” says Amanda Weiss, director of the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem. Continue Reading »