“After I came back from school in the States for six years I was pushed to go on Birthright—it was my last year of eligibility. I think that was the turning point. I ended up becoming really involved in Birthright: I was a madrich for four or five trips and then I became co-chairman of the program.
My overall understanding of community and my appreciation of being Jewish really changed. My involvement with Birthright made me understand the importance of being Jewish. It made me capture my Jewish identity differently; I realized what my Jewish identity meant to me. It had a very powerful impact on me.”