Taglit-Birthright Israel connects young Jews to the State of Israel as well as to their Jewish identity through a free ten-day educational tour of the country. Over the past 18 years, Taglit-Birthright Israel has opened the eyes of hundreds of thousands of trips participants to the people and the land of Israel. The trip aims to build an understanding, friendship, and lasting bond with the land and people of Israel and to reinforce the solidarity of the Jewish people worldwide.
Taglit-Birthright Israel is considered the most successful and largest Zionist project in the Jewish world. Taglit-Birthright Israel has a unique, historical and innovative partnership between the Government of Israel, thousands of individual donors and private philanthropists, and Jewish communities around the world.
Since its inception in 1999, over 600,000 Jews from over 66 countries have participated in the free 10-day educational tour of Israel. Of these over 90,000 young Israeli soldiers (from prestigious units of the IDF) and students have joined various groups on their tours.
The Euro-Asian Jewish Congress announced the support of the Taglit project in 2018. Thanks to this decision, hundreds of Jewish boys and girls from these communities will have the opportunity to visit Israel free of charge as part of the educational visit. Many of them will have the opportunity to visit Israel for the first time. Cooperation between the EAJC and the Taglit organization will significantly increase the number of participants from Eastern Europe and Asia already this year.
Mikhael Mirilashvili, president of The Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, said: “As the President of The Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, I am glad for the opportunity to take part in this important event, bringing together the State of Israel and young Jews from the diaspora. Birthright Israel’s participants get a special glimpse into our historic homeland, its rich past and promising future. Whether this trip remains a brief experimentation or becomes a meaningful part of their being and identity– is up for each participant to determine on his own. What matters is that every Jew, wherever he may be, will have a place reserved in his heart for Israel and for his connection with his people. Our vast heritage and unique culture are the shared basis we can build our individual and collective future on”.