In an age where many members of the Community have been to Israel in some capacity – whether for Tour, Gap Year or vacation – UJIA Birthright and Maccabi GB have combined to offer a unique sporting trip to the Holy Land – and it is absolutely free.
UJIA Birthright in partnership with Maccabi GB is a one-of-a-kind 10 day programme where participants aged 20-26 will be taken all over Israel taking in sporting, religious and cultural experiences.
Those who take part in the programme will be able to explore their Jewish identity whilst engaging in activities such as visiting Ramat Gan Stadium for an Olympic experience with an Israeli sporting hero; kayaking down the River Jordan; embarking on water hikes through Ein Gedi and the Golan Heights; visiting the Kfar Maccabiah – home of the Maccabi Movement; and much more.
To be eligible for the trip, which takes place in July 2014, applicants must have never been to Israel on an organised educational programme and have at least one Jewish parent who is not actively practising another religion.
Speaking about the tour and Maccabi GB’s links with UJIA Birthright, Maccabi GB Event Coordinator, Emma Nagli said, “This is a very exciting new venture for Maccabi GB, working with UJIA Birthright. An opportunity to take students and young professionals to embark on a unique journey discovering what amazing attributes Israel has to offer, through a sporting focus, is one we are eager to support.”
UJIA Birthright and Israel Engagement Co-ordinator David Neifeld, said, “Taking part in an educational trip to Israel can be a transformative event and we are really pleased to be working with Maccabi GB on creating a UJIA Birthright programme which will inspire young people who love sport and love Israel.”
For more information on this unique sporting trip to Israel visit www.maccabigb.org/ujiabirthright