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    • Marc Schulman
    • 29.04.11 | 04:55 (IDT)

    In 1989 I wrote an article published in Midstream Magazine were I suggested a version of what became Birthright- My plan was to give ever Bar and Bat Mitzvah in US a present from the Israel and the American Jewish Community a summer trip to Israel if they attended a certain number of meetings in the interim years. The idea- Bar Mitztvah would not be an end but the beginning, plus it would help maintain contact during key HS years. Finally a summer program will allow a much deeper connection with Israel. On a separate note a conducted back in 1988 the first comprehensive survey for the WZO of Israel program returnees- 25,000. One of the most significant findings- that connection to Israel was highest when students had been on programs that had interaction with Israelis

    from the article: Birthright Israel tours are insulting young Jews' intelligence
    First published 01:56 29.04.11 | Last updated 01:56 29.04.11
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