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Birthright trips: First Poland, then Israel

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According to a recent PEW report, only 45% of American Jewish adults knew that six million Jews were killed in the holocaust. This statistic should be a wake-up call for Jewish leaders and educators.

I have been deeply involved with Jewish experiential education for nearly 15 years, including ‘March Of The Living’ and ‘Birthright.’ Based on my observations, I suggest that we connect both programs. We must draw a clear line between Jewish victimhood and the Shoah on one hand, and the State of Israel on the other.

Back in 1999, when Birthright was founded, Jewish decision-makers and leaders believed that young Jews would find it easier to connect to modern/vibrant/exciting Israel than to their ancient Jewish roots and past. On those assumptions, Birthright proceeded for........

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