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Taglit-Birthright Israel (Hebrew: תגלית‎), also known as Birthright Israel or simply Birthright, is a not-for-profit educational organization that sponsors free ten-day heritage trips to Israel for young adults of Jewish heritage, aged 18–32. Taglit is the Hebrew word for 'discovery'. During their trip, participants, most of whom are visiting Israel for the first time, are encouraged to discover new meaning in their personal Jewish identity and connection to Jewish history and culture.Since trips began in the winter of 1999, more than 600,000 young people from 67 countries have participated in the program. About 80% of participants are from the United States and Canada. The number of participants has not grown beyond 40,000 a year due to budgetary constraints.

Molly shared her experience "When I went on my Birthright trip I was dating a non-Jewish guy at the time, who I was moving in with a week after I got back. I felt like they were trying to convince us why it’s a good idea to marry a Jew, and it made me very uncomfortable, like I was a disappointment to them."

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Volunteer (Former Employee) says

"assisted prepare care packs for expecting mothers so that they will have the support that they need during their pregnancy."

Former Employee - Assistant says

"I worked at Birthright Israel part-time for less than a year Cons: Avoid. Employees have verbal altercations daily, passive aggressive and rude attitudes, employees cross personal boundaries, management completely out of touch with the reality because they are out of office and out of state, HR doesnt consider laws outside NY, dishonest in interview about several items"

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at Birthright Israel full-time Cons: - Terrible leadership from C-suite - LOTS of turnover - Major issues between field and headquarters (without strong leadership to change dynamic) - HR department is not staffed correctly / does not have handle on internal HR issues or benefits/needs - Wrong people in the wrong jobs - No constructive reviews/feedback - No career advancement / No recognition of effort"

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"I worked at Birthright Israel for more than a year Cons: Managerial incompetence reflecting discord among donors; Culture of political self-preservation over authentic collaboration; Just using buzzwords and jargon usually replaces real thinking or strategy; Management tends to spin a distorted, overly-rosy view despite flagrant problems; Epitomizes the problems of the Jewish community, but not enough of the positives."

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"I worked at Birthright Israel Cons: Lack of training Lack of upper management and communication Lack of wanting you to succeed with no direction Unorganized as a company (Foundation side) Not technologically advanced"

Former Employee - Marketing and Communications says

"I worked at Birthright Israel full-time for more than a year Cons: - No clear direction or leadership - Three parts of Birthright Israel (Foundation, Taglit, NEXT) do not work well together. Frequently at cross-purposes. No alignment of common goals or priorities. - Very political work atmosphere - Promotions and advancement based more on office politics"

Former Employee - Associate says

"I worked at Birthright Israel full-time for more than 3 years Cons: Everyone is working so many hours and likely doing 2-3 people's work loads. So most workers/bosses don't have enough time to properly manage or do bi-yearly check in's. If you ask for a raise or bonus, you often get "mislead" or have to wait an extra long amount. Similarly, they are supposedly only given every 2 yrs in August(they believe that this 2 year wait is standard and if it is given it may not even be 10 %). Very often if someone quits or goes on maternity leave instead of finding a replacement, Taglit then forces it's employees to take on this person's workload without additional compensation. Reciprocally, they don't understand later why their workers are disgruntled."

Former Employee - Recruiter says

"I worked at Birthright Israel part-time for more than a year Cons: Not a ton of support from the actual birthright staff, had to do a lot of things on my own"

Current Employee - Senior Director says

"I have been working at Birthright Israel full-time for more than 3 years Cons: Can be quite political, mixed quality of management"

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at Birthright Israel part-time Cons: poor leadership and very political"

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at Birthright Israel full-time Cons: Petty politics, stemming from donors to executives muddies the vision"

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