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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.

Though Israel is rich in tourism, what sets this ten-day trip to Israel apart is that it’s all completely free. Seems too good to be true? Think again.

Thanks to a group of philanthropists, Birthright Israel has provided free trips to over 750,000 participants from 68 countries. The trip aims to help reconnect eligible participants with their Jewish heritage and inspire a return to Jewish pride and continuity.

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Image and footage credits:

– Berman Hebrew Academy/YouTube
– Charles And Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
– Cottonbro/Pexels
– Gavi Lazan
– HRYMX/Flickr
– IDF/YouTube
– Israel Free Spirit/YouTube
– Israel Outdoors
– Jacob Katz/Vimeo
– Marc Squire/Vimeo
– Mayanot
– Mel Baena/YouTube
– Michal Matzov/YouTube
– QeNa OnliNe/YouTube
– Rabbi Alan Haber
– Shoshanah/Flickr
– Steve Fitzgerald/Wikimedia Commons
– Taglit-Birthright Israel
– The RAD adventure show with host Bald Bearded Bruh/YouTube
– UF Hillel
– UJA-Federation of Greater Toronto
– UJA-Federation of New York
– US Embassy Jerusalem
– VIDitEO/Vimeo
– World Economic Forum
– Zionist Federation of Australia

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