Birthright expands program to age 32

Birthright Israel Raises Eligibility Age to 32
By Ian Lovett
December 6, 2017

Birthright Israel, the organization that sends young Jews on free trips to Israel, will raise the age of eligibility to 32 from 26, widening the pool of applicants for the program meant to bolster Jewish identity and connection with Israel. Birthright was founded in 1999 amid fears that the U.S. Jewish population would shrink as more young people married outside the faith. Since then, the organization has funded trips to Israel for Jews between the ages of 18 and 26. The program has grown rapidly, from just over 9,000 participants in 2000 to roughly 48,000 participants this year, most of them Americans. READ MORE

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