For LGBTQ Jews, Niche Birthright Israel Trip Offers Raw Emotion and Self-Discovery

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Since 2000, Birthright has provided free 10-day educational and cultural trips to Israel for more than 500,000 Jews ages 18-26. Niche Birthright trips like the LGBTQ trip ensure that all eligible participants feel they have a place in the often transformative experience of discovering Israel. Bex Zank: “I came to Israel in attempt to get […]

Canadian LGBTQ Birthright Israel Trip

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First-Ever Canadian LGBTQ Birthright Israel Trip Wants Participants to ‘Embrace Jewish State as Region’s Beacon of Acceptance’ The first-ever Canadian LGBTQ Birthright Israel trip wants participants to “embrace and be proud of the Jewish state as a beacon — the only openly country in the Middle East that accepts the gay community,” one of the organizers told […]

American Hispanics, Gays Are Target Markets for Israeli Tourism Drive

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Simultaneous campaigns to both traditional, religious tourists and the global gay community isn’t a problem, Tourism Ministry says: ‘Contradictions make us unique.’ Israel has retained a new public relations agency in the United States and is embarking on a plan to tap two new markets – American Hispanics and gays. MWW PR, which represents blue […]

Queers in the Holy Land

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Zoe Schlanger, a young Newsweek writer, took part in Birthright’s LGBT trip to Israel, but didn’t go on the trip a blank slate. “My image of Israel has been shaped by an anti-war upbringing and by learning my trade in newsrooms where stories about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict routinely feature a lot of dead Palestinian kids.” What did […]

Obsessed With Bro Masculinity?

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UChicago gay alum Jonathan Paul Katz explores Birthright Israel trip advertisements and “sexy hasbara:” could it seem that we are going through a “bro” phase in Jewish media? After I weighed in on the brouhaha over racist emails at the Alpha Epsilon Pi chapter at the University of Chicago, I arrived on campus at my […]

Learning to Brand Israel on Campus

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Birthright Israel Excel aims to identify future leaders within Jewish communities from across the United States. Taglit-Birthright brought together a delegation of students from some of the United States’ most prestigious universities on Wednesday to learn about improving Israel’s image on the global stage. Students from Princeton, Stanford, Yale and, Pennsylvania State participated in the […]