Just in time for Tu B’Shvat, a holiday in which Jews celebrate their natural environment, a group of Taglit-Birthright participants have arrived to Israel for an ecologically oriented tour.
Nearly all of the participants in the specially tailored 10-day tour hail from Argentina and are studying or working in environmental or biological science sectors, according to the Birthright program. While also visiting sites traditionally experienced on the free trip, like Jerusalem’s Old City, Mount Herzl and Independence Hall, the participants are seeing Israeli "through the lens of ecology," the organization said.
This is the second Birthright trip to be tailored to ecology enthusiasts, but the first to involve Argentinian participants. Members of the previous ecological tour were from the United States, according to Birthright.