Land of Milk and Honeymoon: Israel may offer free vacation for newlywed Jews
Idea proposed during online brainstorming session which attracted thousands of participants and generated a wide array of ideas.
A fully-paid honeymoon for newly-married Jewish couples from the Diaspora is one of the ideas being explored by the Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs Ministry and the Jewish Agency, according to Maariv newspaper.
The idea was raised in a recent online brainstorming initiative aimed at strengthening Jewish identity around the world. Called Securing the Jewish Future, the online discussion attracted thousands of participants and generated a wide array of ideas.
Recommendations based on input from the brainstorm were presented to the Jewish Agency's Board of Governors this week.
A ministry source said that the proposed honeymoon project, nicknamed Milk & Honeymoon, would be similar to the Birthright-Taglit program, which brings young adults to Israel for 10-day visits.
Couples under the age of 35 will be eligible for the program for three months after their marriage. They will get a 10-day, fully-paid tour of Israel, with special tours for mixed couples (in which only one of the partners is Jewish.)
The ideas from the brainstorm will be formalized into project proposals over the coming months, before being presented to the Knesset for funding in the 2015 budget. The overall initiative to strengthen Jewish identity in communities abroad will require an annual government investment of some NIS 1 billion.
This sum, half of which will be money already spent on identity-boosting programs such as Birthright and Masa, will have to be matched 2-1 by participating Diaspora organizations.
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