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Israel Experiences Ltd Wins Taglit-Birthright’s Excellence Award

Taglit-Birthright Israel, the foundation behind the renowned 10-day, educational, free Israel tours for young Jews, recently awarded a citation for excellence to Israel Experiences Ltd, a Jewish Agency subsidiary company, for three areas: marketing the trip, recruiting for the trip, and providing high-quality programming. Here, an interview with Tal Zimri, director of educational programs for Taglit-Birthright.

Each season the Taglit-Birthright administration bestows the Birthright excellence award on one of the many trip organizers. This is the first time that Israel Experiences Ltd has won the award for all three areas; it has won in the past for recruitment.

Tal Zimri, director of educational programs for Taglit-Birthright, says, “This year, Birthright groups came from all over the world through Israel Experiences, from India in the east to Panama in the west. We also grew the number from North America. It’s partly because of the establishment of a registration center in Israel, and it’s also because Israel Experiences continues to maintain high standards generally, and specifically in recruitment and education.”

How many Taglit-Birthright groups came this year through Israel Experiences Ltd.? 

Last year, in the winter, there were 18 groups; this year, 40 groups each season. The fact that there was a war in Israel only marginally reduced the number of participants. The last group from the United States just left yesterday to return home, and the last group from the former Soviet Union (FSU) are going home on September 9. 

Where do the groups come from?

South Africa, Great Britain, Chile, the FSU. Once a year we bring a group from India, and this year for the first time we had a group from Panama. This year, we brought 21 groups from France (the year before, there had been three).

How do people hear about the program?

Most of the participants come to us through advertising. Sometimes through a Jewish Agency shaliach (emissary). We advertise on the internet. We have a very active and professional phone center. And of course many people hear about it through word of mouth, from our satisfied alumni.

What was the impact of Operation Protective Edge?

Taglit-Birthright groups came to Israel despite the war. During the summer, from May through September 9 there were 60 groups - during the summer alone, including one international group that included American and British participants.

What other special groups are available?

We have groups that include participants from both North America and South America, as well as the ones for both Americans and British.  We have a variety of “niche” tours. For example, we are very proud of our LGBT tours from North America - four of them this year. We have Taglit-Birthright tours that focus on arts, or about culinary arts -- “Taglit Master Chef” groups from the US and from South America. And this coming year, for the first time, we’re running “Taglit in Hebrew,” for children of Israelis who live in North America.

10 Sep 2014 / 15 Elul 5774 0
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נתן רועי נולד ביפו להורים שעלו ב"עליית גומולקה"; בעל השכלה וניסיון של למעלה משלושים וחמש שנות כתיבה תחקיר ועריכה עיתונאית הן בעיתונות הכתובה, בטלוויזיה הישראלית וברדיו (גל"צ); פרסם בישראל 18 ספרים בתחומי צבא ובטחון והחברה הישראלית; מרצה בנושאי תקשורת והיסטוריה הן ברמה אקדמית והן בפני קהל;מחבר תכניות חינוכיות הן בתחום ידיעת ארץ ישראל והן בתחום ההיסטוריה של ישראל; נמנה על צוות ההקמה של "תגלית" ומחבר תכנית היסוד של "תגלית" ב 1995; בעל שלושה תארים : משפטן Llb , היסטוריה ופילוסופיה,תואר ראשון ותואר שני Summa cum Laude; זכה בפרס של תנועת "סובלנות" (1987 ) בראשות נשיא המדינה אפרים קציר ומיכל זמורה-כהן על מאבקו העיתונאי למען חסידי אומות העולם בישראל ומתן מעמד מיוחד להם ולבני משפחותיהם במוסדות המדינה; זכה בפרס של מכון שכטר ( JTS ) בירושלים על הישגיו בלימודי התואר השני בהיסטוריה ופילוסופיה ובמלגה מטעם המכון בסיום לימודיו. נשוי באושר ואב לחמישה ילדים.