MASA and Taglit Reception at Israeli Embassy in Washington DC Nov 8th

November 8, 2009 / 21 Cheshvan 5770

Joining Hands (from left): Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky with Taglit-Birthright Israel co-founding chairmen Charles Bronfman and Michael Steinhardt and Israel's Ambassador to the US Michael Oren commit to increasing the number of Jewish young adults visiting or spending time in Israel at an event today at the Israel Embassy in Washington, DC. The event, held before the opening of the GA, included dozens of alumni from both Taglit Birthright Israel and the Jewish Agency's MASA-Isarel Journey, and Federation and Hillel leadership.

Singing Hatikvah

“Our aim should be that 100 percent of young Jews should be connected with Israel - we have to make sure we reach everyone," Sharansky said.

This was the first time an event was held with the leadership of both Birthright, which attracts young Jews for a 10 day trip to Israel, and of MASA, which promotes a semester or year of study or volunteering in Israel and is a joint project of the Government of Israel and the Jewish Agency.

Photos Credit: David Karp

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Liaison to the Foreign Press, Jewish Agency for Israel
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