After it resumes its free, 10-day educational trips to Israel in the first week in January, Birthright Israel expects 350 people—roughly 80% of them from the United States—to visit the Jewish by the end of the month. By the end of March, it anticipates hundreds of more people to participate.
“Birthright Israel’s upcoming trips will operate under strict safety and security standards set by the Israel Defense Forces’s Homefront Command,” the organization stated. “Additionally, all Birthright groups will undergo a pre-trip orientation,” including “cover adjustments to the schedule, and to safety and security parameters.”
“Alongside a fun and meaningful experience, we want our participants to understand what happened on Oct. 7 and gain meaningful insight on how the events affected Israeli society and Jewish communities around the world, and how our Jewish lives, values and community help us find hope in these dark times,” stated Gidi Mark, CEO of Birthright Israel.
Summer trip registration will start by mid-January, Birthright said.