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This Birthright Israel Plus program is primarily based at the Hinam Center for Social Tolerance. Located in the heart of the historic Arab village of Abu Ghosh, you will experience firsthand what it’s like to live in the community. You’ll get to know local peers, sample local cuisine (best hummus in Israel!) and discover what it means to be an Arab-Israeli in today’s world!
From here, your journey will continue just over the hill in the secular kibbutz of Kiryat Anavim. Here you will learn what it means to live on a working kibbutz, learn how it fits into Israel’s modern economy and experience the close social ties of this collective society.
Lastly, you will arrive at the Hassidic (ultra-orthodox) Jewish community of Telz Stone. Here you will learn how this centuries-old form of Judaism continues to thrive in the modern world while experiencing colorful Shabbat traditions that few outsiders have the opportunity to witness.
Along the way, you’ll live independently with new friends, prepare meals as a group and share in these rich cultural experiences together.
About the Hinam Center for Social Tolerance
The Hinam Center is an organization that promotes social tolerance through significant, in-depth meetings between people from different identities. The Center allows participants to live with others for brief periods of time, in communities and locations that are outside their comfort zone.
The Hinam Center was established in 2015 and has organized dozens of programs for diverse populations. Programs range from single day programs to four-month journeys.
- Pick-up and drop-off in Jerusalem
- All meals and accommodations provided
- Sample culinary, dance and musical riches in a traditional Arab village
- Gain new perspectives by meeting with Muslim and Jewish religious leaders
- Learn what it means to live on a contemporary Israeli kibbutz
- Discover the hidden world of Hassidic Judaism over a memorable Shabbat
- Anyone traveling on a Birthright Israel experience this coming winter/spring 2018-19
- Anyone who already traveled on a Birthright Israel experience since Winter/Spring 2016-17
The program begins with a hotel overnight in Tel Aviv and returns to Tel Aviv in the afternoon. Dates are subject to availability.
- January 1 – January 5
- January 8 – January 12
- January 15 – January 19
- January 29 – February 2
The program cost is $250 and includes all meals, domestic transportation, all programming, AND the cost of your flight extension.
Once you’ve been fully confirmed on your Birthright Israel trip, you can register to be a part of any Birthright Israel Plus program. You’ll fill out a short registration form, which will also include the opportunity to request a specific flight extension.