The inaugural 10-day tour, titled ‘Let Our People Know,’ arrives Tuesday and features meetings with settlers and peace activists.
Birthright has included a ban on “hijakck(ing) a discussion” in the contract participants are required to sign.
Birthright is experiencing a sharp drop in participation rates, especially lacking American Jews.
Not everyone welcomed the first Christian evangelical volunteers with open arms.
Naftali Bennett, Israel’s far right wing minister, drew a parallel on Sunday evening between the gunman who massacred 11 Jews and Hamas militants.
He referred to the location as “a place with a profound Jewish flavor.”
“This means that Reform and Conservative Jewish practice are now seen as authentic and preferable by these largely secular and traditional Israelis.”
It is rare, if not unprecedented, for Christian evangelicals to be involved in Education Ministry programming.
“Birthright Israel doesn’t inquire about the political views of its applicants and will continue welcoming Jewish young adults from around the world.”
Ginsburg had originally been tapped to receive the Genesis Prize awarded to Portman, but Netanyahu did not want to be seen on stage with a liberal.