Tens of thousands of Canadians have experienced Israel on a Taglit-Birthright Israel program thanks to a funding partnership between the Israeli Government, private donors and Jewish Federations across Canada. Canadian federations have consistently supported Taglit-Birthright Israel because of the indelible positive impression it leaves on individual Jewish identity and their local Jewish community.

Participation in this unique immersive program has grown steadily since it began in December 1999. By bringing our young people directly to the heart of the matter, the Jewish homeland, at a pivotal time in their lives, we instill in them a profound love for Israel, Kehilla (community) and Judaism.

Canada Israel Experience, a department of Jewish Federations of Canada – UIA, is the sole provider of Taglit-Birthright Israel experiences in Canada. For over 20 years, we have witnessed the life changing impact that Taglit-Birthright Israel has had on our young people and their local Jewish communities. This is possible because of the generosity of Canadian Federations and individual philanthropists from coast-to-coast.

Nikki Holland, President & CEO

Statement on behalf of all Canadian Jewish Federations