Guest-Host Encounters in Diaspora-Heritage Tourism: The Taglit-Birthright Israel Mifgash (Encounter)

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dc.contributor.author Sasson, Theodore
dc.contributor.author Mittelberg, David
dc.contributor.author Hecht, Shahar
dc.contributor.author Saxe, Leonard
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-15T18:59:34Z
dc.date.available 2017-05-15T18:59:34Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Diaspora, Indigenous, And Minority Education (2011) 5, 3: 178-197. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10192/33834
dc.description.abstract More than 300,000 diaspora Jewish young adults and tens of thousands of their Israeli peers have participated in structured, cross-cultural encounters—mifgashim—in the context of an experiential education program known as Taglit-Birthright Israel. Drawing on field observations, interviews, and surveys, the formal and informal components of the encounters are described, and the meanings participants attach to the experience are analyzed. For North Americans, the encounters enable a personal and seemingly authentic experience of “the real” Israel, and make them feel welcome in the Jewish homeland. For Israelis, the encounters foster national pride, as well as identification with the transnational Jewish collective. Although program sponsors hoped the encounters would also create a forum for learning by Israeli participants about life in the Jewish diaspora, this latter goal was not typically achieved. This article explores the mechanisms by which the encounters generate identification with the homeland and the transnational Jewish collective, as well as the limitations of the encounters as a vehicle for reciprocal learning about diaspora culture and society. Diaspora, Indigenous, And Minority Education (2011) 5, 3: 178-197 en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis en
dc.rights (c) 2011 Taylor & Francis en
dc.subject Birthright Israel en
dc.subject Diaspora en
dc.subject Mifgash en
dc.subject Jewish education en
dc.title Guest-Host Encounters in Diaspora-Heritage Tourism: The Taglit-Birthright Israel Mifgash (Encounter) en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15595692.2011.583521 en


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