Encountering the Other, Finding Oneself: The Taglit-Birthright Israel Mifgash

Publication Date: December 2008

Publisher: Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies; Oranim Academic College of Education

Author(s): Theodore Sasson; David Mittelberg; Shahar Hecht; Leonard Saxe

Research Area: Culture and religion; Education

Keywords: Israel attachment; Youth; Informal Education; Program Evaluation

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Israel Experience trips—and Taglit-Birthright Israel trips in particular— increasingly include a substantial mifgash—an “encounter” between the Diaspora Jewish visitors and Israeli peers. The aim of the present report is to improve understanding of the formal and informal components of the mifgash, as well as the significance of the experience for North American and Israeli participants. The report and accompanying survey frequencies are available in Hebrew and English.