Background: The idea for the Reverse Mifgash (“encounter”) originated from a Birthright alumna who was committed to bringing Israeli participants to the United States following her Birthright Israel: DC Community trip in 2007. This unique program was designed to bring selected Israelis to Washington, DC for a ten-day trip, consisting of social, educational, cultural and religious programming.
Goals: The main goal of the Reverse Mifgash is to re-engage American and Israeli Birthright Israel alumni in Jewish life and ensure that their connections to each other, Israel and their local Jewish community continue to grow. For the Americans, the intention is increased engagement in the Greater Washington Jewish community and a stronger commitment to Israel; for the Israelis, knowledge about and appreciation of American Jewish life and culture. For both the Americans and Israelis, the expected outcome is increased involvement in local Jewish communities and global Jewish networks.
Programming: The 10-day program includes a variety of Jewish experiences, as well as cultural and social events. The Israelis are exposed to many aspects of the DC Jewish community, including visits to synagogues and museums, tours of Jewish agencies and discussions with Jewish professionals. The Americans and Israelis also participate in events throughout the ten days that include volunteer projects, social and learning opportunities, a Shabbat celebration, and more.
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