Whose Birthright? Evaluating the Impact of Birthright trips to Israel on American Jewish Identity in the #MeToo and #BoycottBirthright Era
Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
This thesis critically examines both the impact of Birthright Israel trips on the formation of Jewish American identity but also confronts disparities in the participants’ experiences and the current evaluation methods being used to judge the ‘success’ of the trips. In 2018, the rise of the #MeToo and #BoycottBirthright movements coincided, and both participants of the trip and female educators called for a change in both the Birthright itinerary and supposed “goals” that were seeped in misogyny and an erasure of the Palestinian narrative. This research brings the two seemingly separate issues together by looking at the issues with the evaluation and the real issues that undergraduate participants of the trip care about.
David, Christy, "Whose Birthright? Evaluating the Impact of Birthright trips to Israel on American Jewish Identity in the #MeToo and #BoycottBirthright Era" (2019). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 32.