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  • Samara Wolk

Strengthening my Judaism Through Birthright Israel

Updated: Jul 11, 2023



In May 2022, I visited Israel for the first time as a participant on a birthright Israel program. The ten-day trip to Israel visited historical and cultural destinations such as Jerusalem’s Old City, the Western Wall, Masada, the Dead Sea and the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. We interacted with Israelis from all walks of life and had the opportunity to experience the beauty of Israel. We also learned about Israel’s history, culture, politics, contemporary issues, and Jewish heritage. The purpose of the trip is to provide participants with a life-changing experience that strengthens their ties to Israel and their Jewish identity.


I participated in this trip because I heard terrific experiences from my friends. However, after returning home to Canada, I noticed that I had created memorable experiences that strengthened my tie to Israel and my Jewish identity. I had the chance to learn about and appreciate the Jewish people’s diversity through various activities and interactions.


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