Our Homeland, Our Future

Israel Free Spirit Birthright, the OU’s Birthright Israel program, aims to keep the Jewish community vibrant by connecting our young adults, sharing the magic of Israel, and strengthening engagement in Jewish life.
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Photo: For many participants, touching the Kotel on Birthright, often for the first time in their lives, is the realization of a dream passed down from generation to generation within their own families.


FIRST BIRTHRIGHT TRIP BACK TO THE HOLY LAND

In late May 2021, Israel Free Spirit became the first Birthright Israel trip to return to Israel post-pandemic, bringing a group of 17 fully vaccinated young adults from diverse Jewish backgrounds to Israel for eight days, where they toured Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Masada, the Golan Heights, and the Dead Sea. The summer continued with 17 more Birthright Israel trips arriving through Israel Free Spirit. As the first group allowed into the country, Israel Free Spirit was recognized in many media outlets, from Arutz Sheva to Oregon Jewish Life.

Gidi Mark (center), International CEO of Taglit Birthright Israel, together with members of Israel Free Spirit's first group to land in Israel post-pandemic.
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