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Reform Birthright Founder: Take It Back from Chabad

Birthright Israel co-founder Charles Bronfman, in a speech to the biennial conference of the Union for Reform Judaism, noted that seventy five percent of Birthright participants are non-religious. Yet, Bronfman said, “Who is the largest trip provider? Chabad… And who provides the largest number of post-trip programs? Chabad. It seems to me it should be you, not Chabad.”

From JTA:

Birthright Israel co-founder Charles Bronfman called on the Reform movement to overtake Chabad as a provider of Birthright trips.

Speaking to a crowd of thousands Wednesday night at the biennial conference of the Union for Reform Judaism, Bronfman noted that 75 percent of participants on Birthright — which provides free 10-day trips to Israel for Jews aged 18-25 — identify as Reform, nondenominational or just Jewish.

Yet, Bronfman said, “Who is the largest trip provider? Chabad. And who performs the most conversions? Chabad. And who provides the largest number of post-trip programs? Chabad. It seems to me it should be you, not Chabad.”

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6 Comments

  • 1. Dovid Chaim wrote:

    He’s saying, “why don’t you losers work harder and make something of your lives?”

  • 3. Yehudah Menasheh Goldstein www.mezuza.ca wrote:

    I imagine that one of the reasons why Chabad is a top supplier of Birthright participants is because Chabad is active and aware and busy talking, working with people, involved, and doing way more to help, through the brochot of the Rebbe. Mr. Bronfman’s jealousy about that is better used to bring himself to understand what Chabad has that other groups don’t: a 24K gold connection to the Connection. Our holy Rebbe is blessed to be the Moshe Rabbeinu of the generation
    So what are you waiting for, Mr. Bronfman, join the Rebbe! He’s the real best.

  • 4. Daniel Botnick wrote:

    Time to relieve them of the burden of birthright entirely. CHABAD has the numbers and the supporters to do the job!

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