Taglit Mega Event.
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A donation by Jewish-American billionaire Sheldon Adelson will allow 2,000
people to tour Israel this winter on trips organized by Taglit-Birthright, the
group announced on Wednesday.
The $5 million gift doubled Adelson’s
annual contribution to the program – which offers young adults in the diaspora a
free trip to Israel – to $10 million in total for 2011.
“We couldn’t bear
seeing thousands and thousands of young adults who wanted to visit Israel not
able to go,” said his wife Miriam. “Greater participation means we can change
the lives of more young adults.”
In all, the casino magnate has given
about $100m. to Birthright.
“This is a direct, tangible contribution to
the Jewish people,” said International CEO of Taglit-Birthright Israel, Gidi
Mark. “This year alone, the Adelsons will enable a total of 4,000 young adults
to visit Israel. These are 4,000 lives changed. These are 4,000 people who
almost certainly will identify more closely as Jews and with Israel.”