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

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

Published by: Brandeis University, Maurice & Marilyn Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies

Authors: Theodore Sasson, David Mittelberg (Oranim Academic College of Education), Shahar Hecht, Leonard Saxe

Abstract: This report examines the impact of Taglit-Birthright Israel on its alumni five to nine years after their visits to Israel. The data are derived from the second year 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 mifgash study is a collaborative project of Oranim Academic College of Education and the Marilyn and Maurice Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University.

A quarter of a century of research on the Israel Experience has focused almost exclusively on the Jewish visitors from the Diaspora. Increasingly, however, Israel Experience trips—and Taglit-Birthright Israel trips in particular—include a substantial mifgash—an “encounter” between the Diaspora Jewish visitors and Israeli peers. On a typical Taglit trip, six to eight Israelis, usually soldiers, join the tour group for half or more of the ten-day experience. 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.​
7/1/2008