Taglit-Birthright Israel opened its winter season recently with a group of 40 participants arriving at Ben-Gurion Airport from France. The French youngsters could not contain their enthusiasm.
“I am looking forward to having the time of my life in the country we all belong to,” said Cecile Mayer, 25, from Paris. “I have many expectations and I am really excited to visit and discover the Holy Land.”
Taglit-Birthright will bring in 17,000 young adults from 32 countries – a record number of countries for a winter season.
'The place that makes us feel like home' (Photo: Yotam Frum)
“We are looking forward to a very successful season filled with new and stimulating experiences,” said Gidi Mark, international CEO of Taglit-Birthright Israel. “Taglit-Birthright is constantly updating and upgrading its programs and this winter season promises to enlighten, entertain and educate participants in new ways.
"This year alone they have enabled 4,000 North Americans to visit Israel
and we are happy to have had their support for the past five years,” he said.
Taglit-Birthright Israel’s winter season will see many special niche groups participating in the experience. These include culinary, fashion, a “Start-Up Nation” group and a group of young Jews with Autism and Asperger's syndrome.
Parisian Daniel Bettache, 23, summed up the feelings of many Taglit-Birthright Israel participants. “In my gap year, I traveled from China to Spain and from Egypt to Turkey, but Israel is the one place that makes me feel like home.”