The Birthright Israel project is accompanied by extensive studies on the participants' opinions and reactions during and following the trip.1 From these studies it becomes clear that three main factors determine the project's success: the quality of the guide, the experience of a common bus community, and the "mifgash," the encounter with Israeli personalities and peers. [...] the Shabbat services and meetings to which they return, either on campus or in communities, is the same old experience in which they often did not want to participate. [...] many questions remain.
The Largest Jewish Communal Educational Experience Ever Manfred Gerstenfeld Jewish Political Studies Review; Spring 2009; 21, 1/2; Docstoc pg. 208
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