Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Gay-Jewish Birthright. The 'Rainbow' Trip

Birthright is a Jewish Israeli registered charity, partly funded by the Israeli government, that sponsors free 10-day trips to Israel for Jewish young adults. Birthright's goals are to diminish the division between Israel and Jewish communities around the world; to strengthen the sense of solidarity among world Jewry; and to strengthen participants' personal Jewish identity and connection to the Jewish people.

It now runs a special program for LGBT youth.

From the Israel Experience Website;
One of Israel's most precious resources is its diversity – in geography, in land, in population and in cultures: It has something for everyone!
If you're looking for your way to see Israel, along with others from the gay and lesbian community, we're happy to show you your way around Israel – exploring the classic sites and attractions of Israel alongside a close acquaintance with the gay community in Israel and the challenges and triumphs it has known in the previous years. Meet the gay community of Jerusalem and hear of their struggle for acceptance in their city, as individuals and as a community as a whole; plant trees in a northern forest, joining the community of the north in their pursuit for recognition and explore moments in Jewish and Israeli history in which important lessons of peoplehood, acceptance of the other and the price of unfounded hate were inevitably learned.

1 comment:

  1. The Israel Experience has run this trip with overwhelmingly positive feedback 3 times in the past 3 years. We are excited that the 4th trip will be offered for summer of 2011. Registration opens on February 15th at http://israelexperience.birthrightisrael.com and will remain open for a short while only. Please contact Rachel at theisraelexperience@gmail.com with any questions.

    This trip is a gift from Taglit-Birthright Israel.