NEW YORK – New
York Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued a proclamation on Wednesday declaring May
Birthright Israel Month in New York.
Last month, Taglit-Birthright Israel said the organization had a goal
that by 2013, it would be sending 51,000 people – one of every two young Jewish
adults – to Israel every year.
Since it was established 11 years ago, the organization has sent almost
300,000 Jews to Israel.
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, and
the parent organization of Young Judaea, the Zionist youth movement of
Hadassah, which offers a trip through Birthright, marked the significance of
renewed commitment in sending young Jewish adults to Israel.
President Nancy Falchuk released the following statement:
“Hadassah and Young Judaea applaud
the attention Mayor Bloomberg is paying to encouraging Jewish young people to
take advantage of the life-changing opportunities Birthright provides. His announcement this week, combined
with the Government of Israel’s pledge earlier this year of $100 million to
Birthright, means that many thousands of more people will have the chance to
experience Israel. Mayor Bloomberg
recognizes the validity and the importance of Birthright’s mission – to bring
every young Jew to Israel to amaze, delight, enlighten, revive pride and
connect to the Jewish homeland.
“As always, Young Judaea continues
to help make Birthright the experience of a lifetime for Jewish young people
from around the world.”