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Making Meaning: Participants' Experience of Birthright Israel

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Publication Date: November 2001

Publisher(s): Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies

Author(s): Shaul Kelner; Leonard Saxe; Charles Kadushin; Benjamin Phillips

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Education (Study abroad)

Keywords: Jewish Identification; Israel Experience; Program Evaluation

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This report is the second in a series of reports evaluating the Birthright Israel program. Based on the ethnographic field research of 10 participant observers, it provides an in-depth look at the dynamics and processes that occurred on the trips. The report highlights the role of participant expectations, peer pressure, the Israeli setting, and the impact of having received the trip as a free “gift.”