Since it launched in December 1999, Taglit-Birthright Israel has taken more than 300,000 participants on a free ten-day tour of Israel. How has a fairly young program touched so many young lives? Why is its popularity continuing to rise at a drastic rate?
When speaking to my peers about why they have gone on Birthright, or why they want to go, most of the answers border on, “Well it’s a free trip to Israel.” After coming back from abroad, however, their feelings have almost always changed. “Eye-opening, inspiring, prideful, and life-changing” are some of the phrases used to describe the experience. As a 21-year-old about to graduate college, I feel that it is my time to join ranks among those who have taken advantage of this tour. I am applying for a trip in June.
Before I do, I plan on viewing “Mifgash: Encountering Jewish Identity in the 21st century” with director Seth Kroll in person and I, along with the Boulder Jewish Community Center, invite you to join us for this experience. Both an enlightening documentary about the most radical philanthropic venture in Jewish life today and a testament to its transformative impact, “Mifgash” offers a heartening experience to audiences of all ages. The screening is free for students.
Whether interested in learning more before applying or just learning more in general, come join us for a viewing and discussion with the director on Tuesday, February 21, 7:00 pm, at the Boulder JCC (3800 Kalmia Avenue). $10 at the door or register at www.boulderjcc.org. Free for students and Birthright alums.