According to Rabbi and Jewish scholar Mahir Reiss, having the opportunity to take a Taglit Birthright Israel trip is a once in a lifetime adventure. Not only does it teach the young people more about their religion, it enables them to get up close and personal with it in a life-changing way. Here, Rabbi Mahir Reiss shares some of the reasons why young people should consider going on the Taglit Birthright trip.
This is not simply an adventure in Israel, Rabbi Reiss explains. Though the voyage is exciting and the participants enjoy themselves immensely, it is meant to be an educational and spiritual experience. The mission of the Taglit Birthright Israel organization is to strengthen the Jewish identity and their communities, the organization’s website explains. This is done by providing young Jewish people ages 18 to 26 with the opportunity to enjoy a ten day experience through Israel.
According to the organization’s website, more than 350,000 people have been able to take advantage of the trip and visited Israel. The trip was originally offered only to college students in the U.S. and Canada; however, it has become so popular since its debut in 1999, that now the trip is offered to people in 64 countries and the organization has expanded the age requirement. Read more