First-ever Birthright Israel Trip for L.A. Professionals Underway

Free 10-day trip for entertainment industry professionals up to age 29 organized by Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.

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The first-ever Birthright Israel trip for young adults living in L.A. and working in the entertainment business is being organized by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, the Jewish Journal reported.

This summer's trip falls under the "niche-option" trips offered by Birthright since 2012, and which change from year to year.

Birthright-Israel, a joint initiative by the Israeli government, American philanthropists and the Jewish Agency, offers free 10-day trips to Israel to Jews aged 18-26 who have not been on an organized trip to Israel previously.

However, the guidelines have been softened and expanded, and this upcoming trip will allow Jews up to the age of 29, even if they have been to Israel before.

According to the report, this could substantially increase the number of L.A. residents visiting the country. The Federation has sent 600 residents of L.A. residents over the years on Birthright trips.

In addition to the entertainment professionals trip, the L.A. Federation will be co-sponsoring its second "L.A. Way LGBTQ & Ally trip" together with JQ International, whose trips focus on gay rights issues in Israel.

Birthright participants landing at Ben-Gurion International Airport last year. Credit: Kobi Wolf - Gini

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