Taglit Israel celebrates 10th anniversary

Buenos Aires awards cultural prize to artists inspired by organization’s trips to Israel

Source: Ynetnews, 12-28-10

Taglit-Birthright in Argentina marked its 10-year anniversary recently with a series of events, including the opening of an art exhibition inspired by Taglit at the Carla-Ray Gallery in Buenos Aires, which received honors from the city.

The event was attended by the Israeli ambassador to Argentina, Daniel Gazit, and the vice president of Taglit Marketing and Development, Prof. Ada Spitzer.

To celebrate its tenth anniversary, Taglit-Birthright Israel initiated a unique project in Argentina, combining social responsibility and art.

A group of students from the ORT Jewish High School in Buenos Aires created models of aircraft made of wood. Dozens of leading Argentine artists, Jews and non-Jews, painted on the planes, their inspiration being “the desire to identify”, as expressed on Taglit-Birthright Israel trips, which bring young Jews between the ages 18-26 to Israel, for a free ten-day educational trip.

The aircraft represent the trip to Israel and the participants’ experience of discovering their identity that takes place during their stay in Israel. The exhibition has received the support of the Buenos Aires city government.

The painted aircraft project was awarded the Cultural prize for social entrepreneurship last Thursday, by the Ecumenical Social Forum in Buenos Aires. The prestigious prize acknowledges initiatives aimed at improving community life and encouraging community solidarity.

Painted aircraft project (Photo: Taglit)

During the ten years of its existence, Taglit has brought over a quarter million young Jews from around the world to Israel. To date, 10,000 young Jews from Argentina have participated in Taglit-Birthright Israel trips….READ MORE

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