Israel now, Birthright tomorrow!

23 Jan
birthright blog

Sarasota-Manatee teens in Israel, June 2012

If you didn’t already know, there are tons of opportunities for you as a teenager to travel to Israel with funds or programs provided by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.  You may also know that there is a program called Birthright for students 18-26 years of age. Birthright was initially designed to provide a young Jew a free trip to Israel if he or she has not had the privilege of visiting this beautiful country before the age of 18. The issue?? Many students have been denied the opportunity to participate on Birthright because they have traveled with other organizations prior to turning 18, making them ineligible to go on this free program.

Well, that has all changed thanks to the leadership of Birthright! “While those who have taken educational trips to Israel after turning 18 are still not eligible for Birthright, youths who took such trips before 18 can now go on Birthright from ages 18-26,” Noa Bauer, Birthright’s vice president of international marketing, told Yes, Sarasota-Manatee high schoolers, even if you’ve been on Young Ambassadors, March of the Living or received a S.K.I.P. scholarship…you are now able to go on this great program. So if you were concerned about going on any of these programs because you would not be able to do Birthright in college, you now can!

For more about Taglit-Birthright’s decision on why to expand one’s eligibility, please visit this article.

If you would like to know more about our teen travel opportunities to Israel and beyond, please contact Amber Ikeman at or 941.343.2106.

Our teen travel opportunities such as the Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors Teen Leadership Program are made possible through The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee’s Shapiro Teen Engagement Program, the generosity of Sam and Sally Shapiro and other generous donors.


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