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What's more enticing than a free trip to Israel? A free trip to Israel tailor-made for your interests.
Taglit-Birthright Israel, a partnership between the Israeli government, local Jewish communities, Jewish federations and philanthropists, offers free first-time trips to Israel for Jewish young adults between 18 and 26. But these days, trips for special interest groups like medical students, law students, business students, military cadets and even aspiring chefs are another way to entice Jewish young adults to visit Israel.
Between exploring the Kotel, the Negev and the Dead Sea, young professionals spend time with Israeli experts in their field and visit prominent facilities that relate to their interests.
"Going with a special interest group gives people a chance to meet people with similar interests and to connect with Israel and the things that they're specifically interested in," said Miri Pomerantz, program director of the Jewish Book Council in New York, which is co-sponsoring a Taglit-Birthright Israel trip for young professional journalists this summer. While exploring the Jewish homeland, the writers will meet with Israeli novelists, editors of The Jerusalem Post and Ha'aretz and other Israeli professionals in the world of literature and journalism.
For more information on Taglit-Birthright Israel, visit www.birthrightisrael.com.
-- Sharon Schatz Rosenthal
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