Nathan Colbert participated in an Israel by Foot trip with Israel Outdoors this past summer and was recently published in the online newspaper Times of Israel. On the site, he talks about how his Israel Outdoors trip was incredibly meaningful.
During July of 2014, I went on my once in a lifetime trip to Israel through Taglit Birthright Israel Outdoors; specifically the Israel by Foot trip. If you do not know what Birthright is, it is a 10 day guided trip with roughly 40 of your peers. It was officially initiated in 1999 by the Israeli government with the belief that any Jewish person has the right to at least visit Israel, no matter what branch of Judaism or economic bracket you fall under. It is heavily subsidized, so the only expenses you have are a refundable security deposit, your transportation to NYC if you are in the states, and lunch/shopping. Everything else is paid for. This was the trip of a lifetime and it will continue to shape and direct my life’s path in ways that I can not imagine. Read More.