Birthright trip offering college credits for first time
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Birthright trip offering college credits for first time

Students will be entitled to three academic credits at their institutions, program says

Birthright Israel participants at the Tel Aviv Port, June 2015 (Nimrod Saunders)
Birthright Israel participants at the Tel Aviv Port, June 2015 (Nimrod Saunders)

The participants of the first Birthright trip offering academic credit are now in Israel.

Some 50 students from colleges and universities in the United States are participating in the inaugural cohort and will be entitled to three academic credits at their academic institutions, according to Taglit Birthright.

They will attend courses at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, or IDC, and at Ben-Gurion University in the Negev during their two-week stay.

At the IDC, the students will learn about “The challenge of terrorism in Israel and the Middle East” and visit an Iron Dome battery in the field. At Ben-Gurion, they will study “Global warming, renewable energy and the desert ecosystem,” which includes snorkeling in the coral reef in Eilat.

Birthright Israel provides a free 10-day to two-week trip to Israel for Jews aged 18 to 26.

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