Shalom Life | July 01, 2014

French Taglit-Birthright Expected to Significantly Increase this Year

Birthright in France is poised to increase this year by ten times compared to in 2013

By: Peter Herriman

Published: June 11th, 2014 in News » World

French Taglit-Birthright Expected to Significantly Increase this Year

A year ago the number of French participants in Taglit-Birthright Israel was 100. A year later, in 2014, the birthright program is slated to increase to 1,000.

The Birthright organization has begun to focus on France because of the recent anti-Semitic attacks there. This will also help to expand local Jewish organizations and increase French online marketing for Taglit-Birthright.

Birthright spokeswoman Karine Brown wrote to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) stating, “We have decided as an act of solidarity with this great Jewish community to expose its younger generation to the values of Judaism and Israel through an experiential trip together with young Israelis in order to return to France with a deeper sense of pride and clearer understanding of the Jewish people.”

The age of French Birthright participants, according to Brown, is 21. Many participants come from Paris and Birthright offers free 10-day trips to Israel for 18- to 26-year-olds.

According to Israeli Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett, “Birthright has proven itself as a key program for bolstering Jewish identity and I am certain that it will be an invaluable experience for these French participants.”

It’s certainly a viable program that can strengthen Jewish identity in a country that seems to be plagued with anti-Semitism.

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