Yom Shlishi, 16 Iyyar 5779
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Israel trip will be politically and religiously Progressive
When Liberal Judaism and the Movement for Reform Judaism teamed up to launch the first ever Progressive UJIA Birthright trip, many people asked me how it was different.
Like other Birthright trips it is FREE to those aged 20-26, who have not already been on an organised educational visit to Israel. It will take in the highlights of the country – from ancient sites to modern cities. Plus there will be all the fun that comes with taking a group of young adults to Israel in the summer.
However this Progressive trip, which takes place from August 15-25, also has some key differences. Chiefly, that it will be politically and religiously Progressive.
Politically, we will be doing things with Yachad and other likeminded charities working towards peace and a two-state solution. We will be going out with Machsom Watch, which goes to West Bank checkpoints and see how things work on the ground. And we will take an in-depth look at the political situation in Israel and, sadly, how right wing it has become.
Religiously, we’ll be going to Beit Daniel, in Tel Aviv, which is the country’s biggest Progressive synagogue. We’ll also go to the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), which is the political arm of the Progressive movement in Israel that does all kinds of great work for pluralism.
Usually you would go to Israel and meet Orthodox Israelis and secular Israelis. The key part of this trip is that it pays attention to that growing middle of Israeli Progressive Judaism.
If you want to find out more about pluralist, diverse and Progressive Judaism, and get excited about Israel, then this is the Birthright trip for you.
Email me today on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more details on how to start a journey that you will never forget.
  • Rabbi Leah Jordan is Liberal Judaism’s Student and Young Adult Chaplain. This trip is a gift from Taglit-Birthright Israel.