CHAPTERS 1 DEPLOYING TOURISM How did a leisure activity like tourism come to figure as a political strategy for building bridges between nation states and transnational diasporas? This chapter introduces the case of Taglit / Birthright Israel, a heritage tour program for diaspora Jews, situating it in the context of the broader field of diaspora…

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Serious Fun

The Jerusalem Post June 28, 2010 When Birthright was launched a decade ago, skeptics dismissed the 10-day tours of Israel as little more than a free party for privileged college kids. It was an unfair critique, but it gained traction because it combined the ever popular lament about the “youth of today” with an equally…

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So Near, So Far

New York Jewish Week
May 12, 2010

A traveler’s quiz: When American Jewish tourists arrive at Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport, which two words are they more likely to be greeted with?

A) “Welcome home!”
B) “Passport, please.”
Resist the temptation to choose “A.”

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