Portrait of an Israel Outdoors Group

All-star veteran staffer Ali Spechler has staffed a number of free Taglit-Birthright Israel trips with Israel Outdoors.  When she is not leading groups of 40 people down the Snake Path at Masada she paints about her experiences.  Below are some of her fantastic paintings that are based on participants on the trip she led this…

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Sing Us a Song of Birthright

Singer/songwriter and Israel By Foot participant Bonnie Gleicher was so moved by her experience on her Israel Outdoors trip this past June that almost immediately after she returned she wrote the following song about her love of Israel.  Bonnie is looking for other New York based musicians to help her record this song.  If you…

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Five Ways to Keep in Touch

Wow, more then half our our expected 5,000 participants of the summer season have already left on their Israel Outdoors trips and it is not yet July!  For those of you who have already gone on trips, below are some suggestions from Group TL-27-537 alumna Tara Witt on how to keep in touch with all…

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We are the Champions!

On June 6th, several Israel Outdoors groups participated in Taglit-Birthright Israel’s first ever Sports Mega Event.  Below is an account from Yaniv Havusha, staffer of Israel Outdoors group TL-28-447, the gold winners of the event. Anyone who has ever gone on a Taglit-Birthright Israel trip with Israel Outdoors will tell you what an amazing experience…

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Staffer’s Wish Comes True

Congratulations to Israel Outdoors Staffer Joseph Shamash for the success of his video One Wish Jerusalem!  This video, has been reviewed by Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz and has already been viewed over 130,000 times on Youtube.  Joseph hits the streets of Jerusalem and asks Muslims, Jews, Christians, etc. if you could have one wish filled today…

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Safed in the News

Alumnus Nathan Serota filmed the following news segment about the mystical city of Safed while in Israel with Israel Outdoors group TL-26-527 in the summer of 2012. Nathan is the former Associate Producer and current Assignment and Web Editor at Hawaii’s television news channel KITV.  Thanks for sharing Nathan!

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Multi-Generational Israel Experience

What a unique reunion experience!  This past December, many people had the unique opportunity to visit Israel with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.  On November 26th, 2012, 25 seniors aged 70 and older who had never been to Israel departed on the Federation’s Israel Dream Mission. On December 20th, group TL-27-46 traveled to Israel…

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Israel Outdoors’ Very Own Jimi Hendrix

Israel Outdoors (TL-17-219) alumnus Max ZT has been called the “Jimi Hendrix of the Hammered Dulcimer” by NPR.  He is the 2005 National Hammered Dulcimer Champion.  He and his band House of Waters have shared the stage with multiple world renown musicians including Ravi Shankar and Jimmy Cliff.  Max ZT has recorded with Victor Wooten,…

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Shyella & Amit’s Engagement Story

Shyella Mayk and Amit Shuker are both several time veteran staffers. We were shocked, thrilled and honored when Shyella called our office to tell us that Amit had proposed on New Year’s Eve while staffing an Israel Outdoors trip. Shyella shares her story with us below. In December of 2008, Amit and I staffed a…

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