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Christian group resumes bringing students to Israel on Birthright-style trips

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This summer, hundreds of young men and women will flock to Israel on “birthright” tours, learning about their religion and the country’s history, after having been kept out for the past two years due to strict COVID-19 restrictions.

However, the religion they will be learning about is Christianity, and the tour is not through the Jewish Taglit-Birthright program but through a Christian organization known as Passages, which brands itself as the “Christian Birthright.”

More than 620 Christian students from 23 universities are projected to visit Israel by the end of this summer, and more than 450 have already come for a nine-day tour aimed at developing participants’ knowledge of the country, biblical history and leadership skills, Passages says.

The company’s founding CEO, Scott Phillips, says he felt motivated to create Passages after living in Israel and seeing young Jews from around the world visiting the country.

“My wife and I would look around, and we would see young Jews coming to Israel through Birthright, then we’d look around at the Christians coming to Israel and it was mostly older travelers,” he told The Times of Israel last week. “We’d look around and say, ‘Where are the young people, where are the Christians?’”

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© The Times of Israel

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