(August 23, 2018 / JNS) Taglit birthright Israel celebrated its 18th birthday on August 21st with a series of events in Tel Aviv for 1,000 participants from the former Soviet Union or FSU.
The festivities included self-navigated tours of Tel Aviv, a "Mayumana" show at the Abraham hostel, Zumba and beach volleyball, and a mega event hosted by Taglit-Birthright International Israeli Gidi Mark's International CEO, as well as Genesis Philanthropy Group vice-president. president for social relations Dorit Golender.
The celebration also included an education fair with a range of learning opportunities in Israel, as well as a nightly dance party.
"We are proud to not only mark Taglit Birthright Israel's 18th anniversary, but also a record number of 5,000 participants coming from the former Soviet Union countries this year," Mark told the attendees. "They joined more than 50,000 FSU alumni who have already made this life-changing journey."
Birthright and Genesis have been working together for 10 years to design enrichment experiences for young Russian-speaking Jews.
"I know that everything you saw and heard, people you met, the land that you touched – all of this will be a trigger for your own inner discoveries," Golender said. "We know that because more than 50,000 young Russian-speaking Jews have already made this journey, connected with their spiritual and historical roots, and rediscovered the meaning of the unity of our people."