Elon Hillel has organized more than a dozen Taglit-Birthright trips to Israel!
Registration for December/January Taglit-Birthright trips will open on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. For more information, contact Ginny Vellani
"After much pondering, I can say it was the best experience of my life!" Harrision Rowe '17
Elon students in Israel, Summer 2013
Elon students in Israel, Summer 2012
Elon students in Israel, December 2011
Why go to Israel with Elon & Taglit-Birthright? Here are quotes from Elon students:
I literally couldn't have imagined 10 days ago how much I would fall in love with my Birthright family and the country and people of Israel. As someone who is not religious and hasn't been connected with Hillel at Elon, I was somewhat nervous about going on Birthright and feared that I would be judged for my lack of involvement or simply just not fit in. My experience couldn't have been farther from that. Bus 1084 was the most welcoming and free-spirited environment I think I have ever been in. Our whole experience was about being connected, knowledgeable, and aware of Israel. Not only did I learn about Israel in a historic and cultural sense, but there was a lot of self-reflection and "soul searching" that I really felt helped center me.... I've learned that being Jewish creates a special bond between people and I feel so happy and fortunate to be a part of that.
I am so appreciative of the people who made this experience possible for me....this really was a life-changing experience for me. I know that I will go back to Israel, hopefully in the near future, and I have Birthright, Elon Hillel, and my heritage to thank for that. Kendall Gardiner '14
So Birthight was definitely one of the most life changing, incredible experiences of my life. I never expected that within my first two days in Israel, everyone on my bus would feel like family. The Israeli soldiers who joined us halfway through our trip instantly became part of our family. It was hard not to cry when they left us.
The program itself was jam packed.
We were constantly on the move and doing various activities. My personal favorites were kayaking in the Jordan River, Hiking Masada, and camping out in tents in the Desert. There were also very spiritual moments such as when the soldiers led us in singing the Hatikva on Mount Hertzel. Sam Ackerman '16
. Jamie Buyer '13
As for the trip, Israel was incredible. I can honestly say I grew dramatically as a person from the experience. I loved it so much that I extended my trip for an additional week. I can't wait to go back. I made friends all over the country, bonded with the IDF soldiers I was paired with, and grew on a spiritual level as well. I feel a much stronger connection with my Jewish identity now. And I know more. The entire trip really gave me some perspective on my life and my family's traditions.
I feel enlightened beyond belief. I highly recommend that any Elon student that is Jewish go on this trip, not only to go to the Holy Land but also to grow as a person. This was just he sort of life altering moment I needed as I prepare for graduate school. David Magida '10
December 2010 Elon Taglit-Birthright group
Click on the youtube video link below to hear Elon students talk about Jewish life at Elon and their Birthright trip in December 2009
The Sklut Hillel Center is located at 401 E. College Avenue, at the corner of E. College & Antioch, across from the tennis courts
2960 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
Rabbi Becky Joseph
Hillel Director and Associate Chaplain for Jewish Life