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“I didn’t expect to come home and think about nothing but getting back to Israel. But once you find that feeling of connection and belonging, you do anything you can to get it back.
Before Birthright Israel, I was just a girl who was raised Jewish. After that trip, I realized that Judaism is something to be cherished and taken care of.
Over the next four years after I returned from my trip, I participated in a lot of Jewish activities at school. But all I wanted to do was go back to Israel so I could feel those connections again … because I never really felt them at home…
Birthright Israel is crucial in keeping Judaism alive. On these trips, participants are able to experience Israel for themselves and develop their own opinions, which is important to the future of Israel as a country and to the future of the Jewish people. We need our young people to continue to go to Israel, learn, see its beauty and carry those experiences with them forever.
Birthright Israel is the first chance — and sometimes the only chance — that a lot of people have to see our homeland. It’s vital to Jewish people’s future … and to Israel’s future.”
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