Initiated by philanthropists Charles R. Bronfman
and Michael H. Steinhardt, birthright israel is the most extensive
philanthropic Jewish outreach program ever to target Jewish young
adults. birthright israel's mission is to present lifelong Jewish
values to Jewish young adults worldwide through a first educational
peer-group trip to Israel.
The birthright israel gift is made possible through
a $210 million partnership from a group of prominent philanthropists,
the people of Israel through their government, local Jewish communities
through United Jewish Communities, Keren Hayesod and The Jewish
Agency for Israel.
The birthright israel gift covers roundtrip airfare
(from various gateway cities in North America) plus 10-days of educational
programming in Israel. Any Jewish youth, 18-26 (post high-school),
who has never been to Israel on a peer-group educational program,
is eligible to apply for the birthright israel gift.
To register, go on line to www.israelforfree.com.
For more information, contact Jordana Ballas at [email protected]
Initiated by Hillel of Greater Toronto, Hadracha
is a bi-annual trip to Israel for active Jewish students studying
in Toronto. With the goal to train and educate students on Israel
advocacy, the Hadracha trips have been extremely successful. In
Israel the students have the opportunity to hear from an array of
top level speakers, educators, journalists, and politicians. As
well, the Hadracha trip travels to Eilat, Toronto's twin city, to
volunteer in the community and help make a difference.
May 2003 will mark a unique
Hadracha trip. Hillel of Greater Toronto is proud to present Hadracha
2003: Through the Footsteps of the Pioneers, a journey to discover
the roots of Zionism in Eastern Europe and Israel. May 18-29th,
ten students will be traveling to Prague and Israel to trace the
story of Zionism. Highlights of the program in Prague will include
exploring the Jewish quarter, Wenceslas Square, a tour of Kafka's
Prague, Therezienstadt. The trip will then travel to Israel where
we will be touring the most significant spots in the country that
paint the story of Zionism, such a few days in the Galilee (the
cradle of Zionism), Jerusalem, and Independence Hall in Tel Aviv.
Our trip will culminate in Jerusalem on May 29 to celebrate Yom
The purpose of this trip
is to train upcoming leaders by providing them hands on education
of Zionism in order for them to return to campus in September and
transmit the knowledge and passion they have acquired to Israel
programming. This is the first time that Hillel is organizing an
Israel trip with a European component. We are very excited about
this initiative and look forward to very rewarding results.