Uncategorized Taglit-Birthright Israel: Young Judaea by the Numbers

By Andrea Cure

Our Taglit-Birthright Israel summer season has ended, so we decided to take a look at the trips through the numbers! If you know someone interested in participating in a free, 10-day trip to Israel with Young Judaea, send them the link to get more information. Registration opens September 9! 

2:  The number of Young Judaea buses that participated in Taglit-Birthright Israel’s Mega Event.

7:  The number of partner and specialty buses we brought, including  Second Timers, J Connect Seattle, Birthright Plus, The Columbus Federation, two New Age groups, and a Friends and Family bus.

8: The number of universities that came on Taglit-Birthright Israel with Young Judaea, including two buses from Tulane, and one each from Stanford, Berkeley, Clark, BCI, WPI , VCU, and University of Minnesota.

13:  The number of our  staff members who are Young Judaean alumni, out of 36 total staff.

38: The number of students on Birthright Plus that spent a week at Kibbutz Ketura, founded 40 years ago by Young Judaeans.

46: The number of US States and Canadian provinces our participants represent – we even had a participant from the Netherlands!

80: The number of students who participated in Co-existence Seminars at Kibbutz Ein Shemer, meeting young Israeli Arabs and discussing serious issues.

117: The number of students who extended their trips to explore Israel by themselves.

260: The number of students who participated in workshops at Cramim, the Dead Sea, Hangar Adama, and Shirat Midbar covering desert ecology, homeopathic medicine, dance, and water therapy

280: The number of North American students who were hosted by 56 Israeli families and experienced their unique homes and hospitality.

440: The number of students who volunteered at a diverse array of Israeli NGOs including Yad Lakashish, Leket, Mata Shel Hofesh, Maagale Tzedek and Livnot U’lehivanot.

529: The bus ID number of our Clark trip that learned how to surf in Tel Aviv.

1994: The year Carmi Gilon, who spoke to our Stanford-Berkeley bus, became the head of the Shin Bet, Israel’s equivalent of the FBI.

Countless: The number of memories made while our groups bathed is an ancient Mikveh, rolled down sand dunes, met Israeli Jews, Arabs, and Druze, went snorkeling in the Red Sea, tasted a bunch of Israeli wines, had an eye opening experience in Tel Aviv as they walked through the graffiti tour,  learned about the Holocaust from a survivor, crawled in underground man-made caves, practiced meditation, enjoyed yoga classes, marched in the Gay Pride Parade, and so much more.

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