If you’re wandering through the streets of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, you’re guaranteed to run into at least one or two groups of young Jewish tourists from across the world all experiencing Israel for the first time. Who brought them? The answer is likely to be Birthright Israel. What does a program like Birthright Israel teach about Jewish peoplehood? Is it important for non-Israeli Jews to connect to Israel? This resource gives learners the opportunity to grapple with these questions, debate what the goals of Birthright should be, and to brainstorm additional  approaches to stemming the “continuity crisis” facing the American Jewish community.

Lesson Attachments​

The learners will: 

  1. understand how and why Israel has come to be the major focus of the attempt to address the American Jewish “continuity crisis”.

  2. know the goals of Birthright and its impact on Jewish identity among younger generations of American Jews.

  3. be able to argue for and against the necessity for all Jews to visit Israel.

Unpacked for Educators materials include:

  1. An educator’s guide that  contains many rich components. These are organized under the following titles: 

  • review (questions that relate to the video)

  • discussion

  • activities

  • reflection

  • further learning

  1. A video designed to spark interest in the topic.

  2. A lesson plan (link in the attachment above) that incorporates additional building blocks for the construction of an engaging and interactive lesson.

Computer, Projector, Student Handout

The website link includes a “further learning” section in the educator’s guide.

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