Taglit-Birthright Israel - Israel Free Spirit! Maximum Experience. Less Fluff.
We believe your Israel
experience should be as exciting and meaningful as possible. The Israel Free
Spirit trip is a hands-on journey where you'll gain a rich appreciation for the
beauty of Israel and a deeper connection to your global Jewish community and
vibrant and enduring Jewish homeland.
Our program is
designed for people of all Jewish backgrounds and affiliations and promises to
be an adventure you'll cherish forever. Most importantly, you'll form a
lifetime of new friendships with fellow travelers and Israeli peers who will
accompany and enrich your experience. Assuredly, there’s no better way to
experience Israel than with Israelis by your side.
For winter 2013-14, in
addition to our universal Israel Free Spirit program, we present Make a
Difference for those interested in social justice and community building, Arts
& Entertainment for the performers out there, and Israel: Your Story for media and journalism. We'll also be offering
our Yachad and JACS program and our single gender trips. There are so many
options with Israel Free Spirit that you’ll be sure to find the best trip fit
for you and your friends!
OU presents the "Israel Free Spirit" trip as a ten day
Taglit Birthright-Israel experience which emphasizes the spiritual connection
between the land of Israel, the people of Israel, contemporary Israel, and our
vibrant Jewish tradition. We know you
have a lot of choices and we value your “Free Gift” as much as you do and look
to maximize every moment of your experience.
Our vision is to share the magic of Israel with young Jewish
adults of all backgrounds and interests.
We believe that intimate encounters with the People of Israel in their
communities and the land of Israel through activities such as volunteering,
hiking, biking, rafting, etc. present unique opportunities. Through these
active learning experiences, our participants are able to appreciate the
complexities of Israel while forming lasting bonds of friendship as a group.
On an Israel Free Spirit trip you’ll hike Israel’s lush
landscapes, spend time with Israelis and Israeli soldiers, see artistic and
archaeological treasures and journey to the Western Wall/Kotel, the sacred
remnant from our Holy Temples built millennia ago.
The OU “Israel Free Spirit” trip is a collaboration of NCSY, JSU
(Jewish Student Union), Aish, MEOR Yachad/NJCD, JACS, and many other allied
agencies that have pooled their resources to provide you with the experience of
Israel Free Spirit offers different types of 10-day trips to
accommodate participants of varying backgrounds. Most of our trips are designed
for participants with an interest in experiencing Israel to its fullest. Some
of our trips offer unique opportunities for those interested in social justice,
media, and the arts. We also offer trips for developmentally disabled, 12 Step
participants, single gender, and more.
What unifies all of these Israel Free Spirit programs is our basic
philosophy of providing an active, spiritual and meaningful encounter in
The mission of the OU is to engage, strengthen, and lead the
Orthodox Jewish Community, and inspire the greater Jewish community.
During the past century, the OU has become the world's foremost leader in
kashrut supervision, Jewish outreach, synagogue services, adult education, political
action, and advocacy for the disabled.
The Trip Staff Team
Free Spirit wants to give you the greatest staff possible on your trip. That’s
why in addition to the Israeli tour educator, you have dynamic and relatable
American staff with extensive leadership, knowledge on Israel, and informal
education experience. Our team is comprised of Jewish educators (collegiate and
young professional), JSU & NCSY staff, and Taglit-Birthright Israel alumni.
line with our mission of maximizing your trip we go beyond the required two
American staff per trip and usually add a third American staff member for an additional
dimension to the trips and more one on one attention. Israel Free Spirit has a pool of experienced
Israeli tour educators that have led many trips for us in the past and only the
best are asked to return. We also add on an Israeli specialist called a
‘Madrich Chevrati’ on many of our trips to give that added authentic Israeli