(idea submitted by Elise S. and our good friend Benji)
If you were a 19 year old sophomore in a small liberal arts college in the North East and someone offered you a free trip to a foreign land where the drinking age was 18, the probability of hooking up was practically infinite, and you could enjoy some sunlight in December while the rest of your city was covered in snow, wouldn’t you go for it? For countless Jewish Young Adults, this dream has become a reality in the form of Taglit-Birthright.
Birthright provides free ten day trips to Israel for JYAs the world over aged 18-26, complete with Bedouin camel rides, sexy soldiers, and ill-fitting complimentary t-shirts. But more importantly, it’s a free winter/spring break that Jewish Adults can blindly support without much protest. JYA and recent birthright alum “Lisa” mentioned that “I totally wanted to go to Cabo with Allison and Michelle but my mom was like ‘No way my daughter is going to be on Girls Gone Wild’ so we decided to go to Israel instead”.
But ultimately the real appeal of Birthright is the booty. Many JYAs have exhausted the options at their local college chapter of Hillel, and Birthright offers a field of fresh meat, ripe for the picking. Unfortunately, most Birthright relationships die the second the JYA gets back on the plane. Chico State Junior “Danny” spent the entire ten day trip claiming to his friends that he was getting his flirt on with a voluptuous female soldier and was subsequently shocked when she rejected his profile on FaceBook upon his return.
Whatever the reasons, be they altruistic, egotistic, or prurient, Birthright has become a veritable rite of passage for the modern day JYA; as ubiquitous as Jdate and much more fun than going to the Matzah Ball.