Israel Seminars provides programming specially adapted for Birthright participants. Contact your Birthright provider to ensure Israel Seminars programming is part of your itinerary.
See comments below from participants in Israel Seminars' programs for
Birthright/Taglit groups, including:
Daniel H., Participant, NY:
"I enjoyed the seminar, I believe many people gained a lot of knowledge on the current situation in Israel which is what many Americans should know."
Michael, Birthright Group Counselor:
(You're a magician!)
Neta K., Soldier with group:
"אף פעם לא ראיתי אותם מרותקים כך! אחד-אחד הם הבינו מה הקירבה שלנו כחיילים והגיעו להזדהות אמיתית. מדהים!"
(I have never seen them so fascinated! Every single participant understood our closeness as soldiers and really identified with us. Amazing!)
James W. Director of Education & Development, Hibba: Taglit-Birthright Israel Provider:
"Just btw they loved the talk the other day. 7 people said it was the highlight of their trip!"
You're a magician! Michael, Birthright Group Counselor
Very informative, interesting. Participant, MO
Very interesting. Definitely made me more aware of the issue. Participant, OK
Very interesting and made me more aware of the politics in Israel and how real the situation is Kay, NY
Having soldiers in group, adds much value…very interesting debate. Participant
Very interesting Ben W.
Good seminar. Leyeya P., MO
זה היה מצויין, מעניין, במקום, פשוט פנטסטי!
(It was excellent, interesting, just right, just fantastic!) Tom D., Israel
Very good. I'm extremely interested in these issues and study them extensively Will S., OH
A great presentation. Really made me think of things. As an Israeli soldier I could relate and explain and express a different opinion. We had enough time so everyone could talk and say what they want. The host was very good and charismatic. A great seminar. Soldier participant, Israel
It added greatly to my knowledge as I am not well versed in Israeli current events. Mark A., FL
Wonderful discussion. Thought provoking and informative Sara W., NC
A lot of facts about the Gilad Schalit situation were presented and different factors were analyzed. I learned that the decision is much more difficult than first assumed. Participant, NY
Realized there were more than 2 sides to the situations. And there are so many different ways we could deal with it, and how vastly the terrorists being released outnumbered the Israelis. Participant
It was very interesting, I have learned a lot. Olivia W., CO
Great program. I think it's important to take another survey of the Israeli people if they would release him, a more recent one, because he may not even be alive now. Soldier participant, Israel
It made me think about how tough it is to make deals for soldiers and Jews and how hard it is for everyone. Makes me want to learn more. Participant, NY
I think it was a very interesting program. I enjoyed it very much. Isaac S., NY
Very good. Learned a lot. Knowledgeable teacher. Helped see the situation in a new light. Participant
Material presented in clear and logical manner. Relevant to Birthright participants. Important that it was interactive and engaging. Adele B.,Birthright Group Counselor
Great seminar, very informative. Participant, NY
Great perspective on something we're not used to relating to in our daily life. Participant, NY
Interesting, factual Rita L., NJ
Very interesting, interactive, with good fact-based discussion. Bobby K., NH
I think that the seminar was very intellectually stimulating. I enjoyed learning about Israeli affairs and it really forced me to understand all the relevant perspectives. Robert Z., NY
I found it to be interesting and enlightening to discover the various perspectives, and consequences of the decisions that might be made. Emily T.
Very interesting and compelling. Educational dialogue Jon L., FL
Enjoyed the open discussion, it opened my eyes to the reality of living in Israel. My knowledge about how the army is a part of every citizen's life has grown substantially. Participant, NY
הסמינר היה מעולה, העלה המון ספקות לגבי מספר גופים שונים שלא חשבתי עליהם ומה הם יכולים לעשות בעניין. היה מעניין ומחזק מבחינה ריגשית וגאווה אישית כחייל צה"ל.
(The seminar was excellent, it raised many doubts about a number of groups [in Israeli society] that I hadn't thought about, and what they can do about this issue. It was interesting and strengthened me emotionally and made me proud to be a soldier in the IDF.) Matan L., Soldier, Israel
דיון על נושא טעון שנעשה טוב מאוד! היה מעולה ומרתק.
(This discussion, about a very sensitive issue, was done very well! It was excellent and fascinating.) Sharon B., Soldier, Israel
Thank you so very much for enlightening the others. It is truly a pleasure to speak with so many passionate Jews. William H., FL
אף פעם לא ראיתי אותם מרותקים כך! אחד-אחד הם הבינו מה הקירבה שלנו כחיילים והגיעו להזדהות אמיתית. מדהים!
(I have never seen them so fascinated! Every single participant understood our closeness as soldiers and really identified with us. Amazing!) Neta K., Soldier, Israel
Great info, showed all perspectives on issue Participant
I enjoyed the seminar, I believe many people gained a lot of knowledge on the current situation in Israel which is what many Americans should know. Daniel H., NY
I think this program was beautifully done and really challenged me to consider all angles of the conflict Participant, NY
Presentation was effective in that it was not informative but engaging as well. It made me really evaluate the topic of Gilad Schalit and his release, a topic I wouldn't have focused on in great depth. Joshua H.
I thought it was important so you can get an idea from many different views. It opens your mind. Jon H. NY
Today's seminar has made me want to know more about current affairs and do anything I can, no matter how small, to help the release of prisoners without the release of terrorists. Abbe G., VA
It was incredibly humbling to hear all of us agree that the life of thousands of Jews is more important than our own lives. I feel a lot of emotion due to this topic, but I'm glad we discussed it, otherwise I'd be ignorant to reality Emma M., CA
It was interesting to see how strongly one can feel about both sides of an issue and helped me to see more viewpoints and understand perspectives. Participant, PA
It definitely helped me understand the situation better by looking at the situation closer and more personal. Putting myself in other people's shoes. Yonatan M.
I only knew the basic facts about the case. I am very happy to know more about it now. Participant, NY
It was great to talk about different situations and hear each other's opinions, especially the soldiers. Jenn
The program today did well to raise awareness in to issues we as Americans simply cannot empathize with. I take away with me the duty of responsibility; the need to raise awareness on others, and make them think. Those with knowledge make the best decisions. Ashley C., CA
This seminar opened my eyes to the many different perspectives people have and made me able to relate to these perspectives. The seminar definitely opened my eyes. Participant, NY
It showed the complexities that go into all the scenarios for all groups of people and how they are affected Henry M.
Just btw they loved the talk the other day. 7 people said it was the highlight of their trip
James W. Director of Education & Development, Hibba: Taglit-Birthright Israel Provider
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