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JTA’s Dina Kraft has a nice piece today that connects to several of our recent stories. As Nate Bloom reports in today’s installment of Interfaith Celebrities, Jamie-Lynn Sigler (Meadow Soprano on “The Sopranos”) recently visited Israel as part of a birthright israel tour. Birthright israel provides young Jewish adults who’ve never visited Israel before with a free trip to the Jewish state–not like Sigler couldn’t afford to pay her own way.
The story touches on the way that Israel can make children from interfaith backgrounds, like Sigler, feel a powerful connection to the Jewish people and story:
While children from interfaith backgrounds have been going on birthright israel trips for years, there have only been a handful of trips to Israel for interfaith couples. And unlike birthright, nobody’s paying for their visits to the Holy Land. But a recent study has shown that trips to Israel can have a powerful effect on interfaith couples.
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