Taglit-Birthright Israel is an innovative partnership between the people of Israel through the Government of Israel, private philanthropists and thousands of donors and Jewish communities around the world (North American Jewish Federations through the Jewish Federations of North America; the Jewish Agency for Israel; and Keren Hayesod).
They’ve just returned from Israel and here’s what they have to say:
Corinne Aghabi (Los Angeles)
Seriously the best trip of my life, no doubt. I would do anything to be able to go back with Mayanot!
Lory Passov (Arizona)
Mayanot Birthright is so amazing. It was truly the most wonderful experience to go to Israel through Mayanot. I feel so lucky to have had this opportunity.
Caitlin Duffy (WashU)
Mayanot Birthright was so incredible! I had such a great group to travel with, amazing tour guides, and so much fun. It was such an amazing experience and I will never forget it.
Douglas Kopelman (New York City)
The Mayanot trip showed me that we are all Israeli, that we are one people sharing a common link to the most beautiful place on earth!
Phil Burg (Cincinnati)
Absolutely unbelievable. This trip with Mayanot really allowed me to experience Israel and learn so much about the country and Judaism. I would recommend that everyone take time out of their busy schedule and plan a trip with Mayanot because it was such a great experience and one that I will never forget.
Eli Gluckowski (New York City)
The best 10 days of my life! What are you waiting for? You must go on a Mayanot Birthright trip! Mayanot was so awesome! The best group of people, the best soldiers! I’m really missing everybody so much!
Jonathan Ciangiulli (Rockville, Centre, NY)
The friendships I have made with other people in my group and with soldiers from Israel will drive me to go back to Israel, possibly move there. It changed my life, and at no point did I feel unsafe, or threatened.
Jessica Friedman (Madison Heights, MI)
My trip to Israel with Mayanot was amazing. Mayanot provides the best all-around trip to Israel because there is a great balance between learning about Jewish history and culture during the day and also being able to explore the nightlife at night. I feel like I learned so much about Israel and about being a Jew. I can’t wait to go back!
Max Gitenstein (ASU)
Mayanot was the most amazing experience I’ve ever had! Not only did I strengthen my Jewish identity and saw the land of Israel for free, but I made 40 new friends in the process.
Stevey Weiss (U. of Michigan)
It was a great experience and I recommend it to ANY Jew who as not been to Israel before. This program is great, they think of every possible aspect that would enrich the experience, and they add it to the itinerary.
Jackie Laban (Coastal Carolina University)
The most amazing experience of my life. Nothing could beat it.
Sophia Stone (ASU)
Best 10 days of my life!
Ariel Lioznyansky (Langara College)
The best time you will ever have!
Mandi Levin (Connecticut)
The past 10 days have been the best experience of my life. I have learned more about Judaism and myself. I came on this trip without any friends and left with 45 new friends.
Seth Kahn (U. of Delaware)
Because of my trip to Israel with Mayanot I feel more connected to Israel and the Jewish people. The whole experience made me want to learn Hebrew and move to Israel after college.
Michelle Beckerman (Lehigh U.)
My trip to Israel on Mayanot was the most inspirational 10 days of my life. I learned so much, met so many new and exciting people and really became aware of what it meant to me be Jewish all in such a short span of time. Because of Mayanot I really want to become more involved with Israel and visit again!
Jordan Claffey (Havertown, PA)
This was the best thing I have ever done and I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity. All of the people that I came into contact with during my trip were nothing short of the best. I am truly inspired in so many way to become a contributing member of the Jewish community both in the States and in Israel…If there is anyway that I could assist Mayanot now or in the future I would be honored. This trip has changed my perspective on life and I am grateful for that.
Amy Ovadia (California Polytechnic State University)
Mayanot helped me discover the beauty of Israel. I now see it in a new light; I see it as one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. From the Israeli dancing to the mouthwatering falafel and pita, Mayanot allowed me to see the Israeli culture that I yearn to get more of.
Stefanie Ferdinand (University of Illinois)
Mayanot gave me the experience of a lifetime in just 10 days. I could not have asked for a more perfect trip than the one Mayanot gave me.
Ben Kollasch (Wright State University)
A life changing moment that every Jewish person should experience.
Shirly Teller (U. of Texas)
All I have to say is that Mayanot was one of the best times of my life. I connected with so many people so quickly, and I felt like I was at home the whole time. I didn’t want to leave, I want to go back!