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September 7, 2013 1:00 pm

Israel’s Tourism Minister Plans Birthright-Style Program for Christians

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JNS.org – Israeli Tourism Minister Uzi Landau says that he hopes to create a program modeled after Taglit-Birthright Israel trips for young Evangelical Christians, as part of an effort to increase Christian tourism in the Jewish state.

“The Christians have a problem with their next generation too,” Landau said, Ynet reported. “We are looking to get closer to this public in order to generate tourism and support for Israel when they return to their homeland, become our ambassadors and view Israel not through CNN‘s eyes.”

The Birthright program, which in January celebrated its 13th anniversary, has brought more than 350,000 young Jews on free 10-day trips to Israel. Landau hopes that the Christian program modeled after Birthright would be funded by private philanthropists— like the Jewish program—and by the Christian community.

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  • At the request of Rabbi Moshe Kempinski (owner of Shorashim of the Old City), I have created an entire business plan to bring Christian high school and college-age students to Israel. Moshe specifically wanted me to bring Christian homeschooled students because I already have been bringing these students and parents for 13 years now. I am one of the founders of the homeschooling movement and Moshe has met with these young people and believes, as I do, that they are the future leaders of my nation. If interested, I will send a copy of the business proposal. Chris Davis, Homeschool Travel & Experiencing Israel.