What do traditional Jewish sources have to say about modern relationships, sexuality & gender – if anything at all? The goal of Birthright Israel Plus extension programs is to have a more intimate, personalized experience of Israeli society and culture, focused on your choice of topic. On the Birthright Israel Plus: Sexuality & Torah program at Pardes, we will grapple with Jewish traditional sources, visit cutting-edge organizations, meet with leaders, students, activists, seekers, philosophers, agents for change and those being changed.
Who should come on this program?
This program is ideal for anyone who is on a personal journey to learn more about themselves and their relationships through the lens of Jewish text. The Birthright Israel Plus subsidy applies to anyone who will be participating on a Birthright program this summer or who has participated on a Birthright program over the past year.
Day 1: The “I” in Identity
Day 2: (Me) & My Relationships
Day 3: Gender & (in)Equality
Day 4: A Sexual Ethic of One’s Own
In all likelihood, you will have a few days off between the conclusion of your Birthright Israel trip and the start of the BRI Plus extension which will require you to be in Israel on your own during this gap between programs. This will afford you time to experience Israel independently, but also requires a certain level of maturity.
Your Birthright Israel deposit ($250) may be used to pay for the Birthright Israel Plus program. During your BRI Plus registration, you will be able to authorize Birthright Israel to use your deposit towards their BRI Plus program. If you register during your Birthright Israel trip, you will still have to pay $400, with the option to pay the balance at the end of registration for the Birthright Israel Plus program. At this time, this policy is in effect for Spring-Summer 2017 season only.
Participants may redeem their deposit at the end of their Birthright trip if they cancelled their BRI Plus participation at least 6 weeks before the program start date.
We will be sleeping at a boutique hotel in the Baka neighborhood in southern Jerusalem, a 5-minute walk from the Pardes Institute and 7- minute walk from the trendy Emek Refaim area. All meals on the program will be provided as either group meals at restaurants or as a stipend to eat out independently during free time.
If the Pardes Birthright Plus dates overlap with other Pardes programs, participants who are interested are welcome to join the classes of those programs.
Birthright Israel Plus is an official program of Birthright Israel.
For more information, and to register, click here or email Carm at firstname.lastname@example.org.