More than 17,000 Jewish young adults will participate in the Taglit-Birthright Israel free 10-day tours this season, the largest number of winter participants for Birthright since the program was founded in 2000.

Over the past 13 years, more than 350,000 participants have attended Birthright trips to Israel. The program is expected to reach 50 percent of Jewish young adults worldwide over the next five years.

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“Each year, Taglit-Birthright Israel strives to reach new heights and surpass our own goals and expectations and this year, we’ve gone way above and beyond those expectations,” said Gidi Mark, CEO of Taglit-Birthright Israel.

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