“I have been to Israel before three times but coming back with Birthright allowed me to experience Israel from an entirely different perspective. Mayanot gave me the opportunity to not just learn about but also enjoy Israel and the Jewish culture. Coming to Israel for the first time since March of the Living brought back the pride of being Jewish that my previous trip instilled in me as I visited Yad Vashem and countless other landmarks. I had an amazing time and would definitely recommend this trip to those who are interested.”
Paula Szlufman, age 20
Aventura, FL

“Israel was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. People always say that it’s a place that helps you connect to you to your Judaism, but I didn’t really believe it until I saw it. The Western Wall is the most amazing place. On a Friday night, all of the women were gathering in a circle singing and dancing. Not only was there a religious aspect, but the atmosphere and spirit of the place really felt alive. I also loved the hikes and historic places I got to visit while I was on birthright. It is a very beautiful country and to see where the Jewish religion flourishes was fantastic. Not to mention, I also made lifelong friends. Birthright is an experience of a lifetime.”
Caroleen Teboul, age 21
Larchmont, NY

“Truly one of the best experiences in my life. I have travelled a lot, but never like I did in Israel. It was so great to learn about the country, people, religion, and history all together, especially with many people who were just learning it all for the first time also. I would recommend this trip to anyone who is able to go. It was the experience of a lifetime.”
Sarah Spring, age 21
Basking Ridge, NJ 


“It was an amazing trip that connected me to my roots and allowed me to view life from a different perspective.” 
Shelley Klein, age 18
Hallandale Beach, FL

 “Truly a one of a kind experience. I am so happy that I had the opportunity and chance to explore israel and learn more about the land, the culture, the people, the religion, etc.”
Samantha Schwartz, age 22
Highland Park, IL


  Beautiful, awe inspiring, emotional and the best thing I’ve ever done. I can’t wait to come back to Israel which now feels like my second home. Thank you, Mayanot, for this once in a lifetime experience!!
– Rachel Moline 
Fayetteville, AK

Mayanot was an amazing educational experience which helped me really learn about Israel and Judaism as a culture. I loved how Golan treated us like family and really showed us the true experience. All the hikes were fun and challenging and the touring was educational and beautiful.
– Alli Jaffe, age 24
Baltimore, MD


“Birthright Israel: Mayanot experience was a great way to make new friends and visit and learn about Israel. Meeting Israeli soldiers and getting to travel with them was absolutely amazing. I will stay friends with them forever. I had a great time over my ten days in Israel.”
Michael Adelman

“Words can’t describe how blessed I am to have experienced these past 11 days with these 50 amazing humans in this magical land. I want to thank every single person for impacting me in such a special way, allowing me to reflect and gain a whole new perspective on life. Meeting people from all over the world in such an intimate setting is a once in a life time opportunity and I can’t wait to see what life brings us next. Love you all” – Golde Owrustky

“Two weeks later, and I’m still trying to find the words to describe this incredible, amazingly exhausting, impactful trip. From becoming best friends with strangers within days, to reuniting with old friends, to the many laughs and memories shared, Israel definitely has a piece of my heart. Thank you to each and every one of you that made this trip one I’ll surely never forget. Until next time, Israel!” – Mallory Schweiger


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