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January 10, 2014 8:16 am

Taglit Birthright Generates More Than $825 Million for Israeli Economy

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Taglit-Birthright Israel trip participants with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: Taglit-Birthright Israel. – The Taglit Birthright Israel program has contributed over $825 million to the Israeli economy over its fourteen year existence, according to a new study released by the global accounting firm Ernst & Young.

According to the report, the largest portion of the total was from “direct contributions such as travel, admissions and tour guides in Israel totaled $565 million.” Other indirect contributions came from local spending and other areas such as extensions and return trips, totaling $260 million.

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“For years we have conducted research showing our program’s effectiveness in promoting Jewish continuity. With this study, we validate the important contribution we make to the Israeli economy,” Taglit-Birthright Chief Executive Office Gidi Mark said in a statement.

Founded in 2000 as a joint venture between the Israeli government, the Jewish Agency and American donors, Taglit Birthright has brought over 350,000 young Jews from 54 countries to Israel on 10-day tours.

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