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Book Cover of the Week: What We Brought Back

Thursday, August 07, 2014 | Permalink

Posted by Nat Bernstein

As summer programs and, God willing, this summer's war between Israel and Hamas draw to a close, one has to wonder at the experiences of the Jewish teenagers, college students, and young professionals who traveled to and within Israel through Taglit Birthright, study abroad, or other opportunities over the past few weeks. Facebook flooded with updates and op-eds; Instagram housed a gallery of "bomb shelter selfies" with new friends; emails home detailed each day's travel log and security considerations. How will these young people reflect on their (first, for many) time in Israel?

The image of the Old City inside a shaken souvenir snow globe seems rife with symbolism, especially now.

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    Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

    Like Israel? Like Books?

    Wednesday, February 11, 2009 | Permalink

    Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter 

    Then we have the perfect trip for you! Registration for the Jewish Book Council and Hillel’s Taglit Birthright Israel Journalism/Literature trip opens next week.

    Israel was built on the written word: the words of the Torah that first designated Eretz Yisrael, the words of the Sages and rabbinic figures who recorded the history of the land, the words of Theodor Herzl who inspired the modern concept of a Jewish state, the words of the journalists who brought the plight of those aboard The Exodus into living rooms across the world, the words of delegates who crafted the Balfour Declaration and Israel’s Declaration of Independence, the words of authors who inspired a struggling nation in its early years, and the words of the next generations of writers who explore, deconstruct, and promote the fast-paced, vibrant and tumultuous culture of living in Israel. With the Taglit-Birthright Israel Hillel/Jewish Book Council trip to Israel, these words come off the page and become an unforgettable experience.

    Registration for Summer 2009 will open on February 17th for anyone who ever applied in the past (but didn’t go) and Feb. 19th for totally new applicants. Registration is open until March 4th. To register, please visit