For 10 days over winter break, 69 UT students are going to Israel for free with Texas Birthright Israel, the campus Birthright Israel trip for the University of Texas. From December 27 – January 8, students from all over Texas, including El Paso, Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and across the United States will have the experience of a lifetime as they explore the country, connect with other Jewish UT students and strengthen their Jewish identities.
While in Israel, the students will explore all Israel has to offer, from snorkeling in the Red Sea to visiting the beautiful resort city of Eilat in the south, to adventuring into the mystical city of Tzfat in the north, to celebrating Shabbat in Jerusalem and everywhere in between. Students will be accompanied by Texas Hillel’s Zach Silverman, IACT/Birthright Israel Engagement Coordinator, Shachar Levi, Jewish Agency Israel fellow, Rabbi Moshe Trepp, Jewish Learning Fellowship Educator, and Danielle Polland, Tel Aviv University’s Campus Outreach Coordinator. Recognizing the value of Jewish students visiting Israel, the Israeli government, local Federations and private donations fund the trip so any student who has a Jewish parent or identifies as being Jewish may go on a Birthright trip for free. Zach Silverman, who will be traveling to Israel for his fifth time – third as a Birthright trip leader – says, “Texas Birthright Israel is an amazing opportunity for our students to not only enjoy Israel for the first time, but to do it with their fellow students, immersing themselves into an immediate community when they return to campus!”
To learn more about Texas Birthright Israel, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The next trip is from May 20-May 30 and sign up is available for those who want to pre-register at www.texas2israel.com. Texas Birthright Israel is an adventure of a lifetime!