ISRAEL - Birthright Invites Volunteers for Harvest

Arno Froese

With the infrastructure to register masses of volunteers already in place, Birthright is recruiting alum for kibbutzim and moshavim in need of people to harvest crops and perform other labor. On the heels of the October 7 massacre of 1,400 Israelis by Hamas terrorists, many foreign workers based in the south decided to flee the country, leaving a shortage of labor during key harvest months.

“This initiative is a lot about mutual responsibility and solidarity of the Jewish people,” said Noa Bauer, vice president of marketing for Birthright.

Participants have to cover their flights and travel insurance, and the program “fully covers” Tel Aviv-area accommodations, all of which have fortified rooms. Transportation will be provided to and from the airport and each day to and from volunteer sites in the country’s center.

In addition to the human toll of the October 7 massacres on southern Israel, numerous fields and greenhouses throughout the region were abandoned. By sending volunteers to care for fields in the country’s center, pressure will be alleviated in the south, where farms have been harvested by Israeli volunteers in recent days.

Based on alumni demand, Birthright expects volunteer spots to fill steadily in the days ahead.

“I have been gratified by the Birthright Israel alumni—ranging from those who came to Israel just a few months ago, all the way back to those who participated in our first year back in 1999—who have reached out since October 7th to ask how they can help,” said Gidi Mark, Birthright Israel’s chief executive officer., 6 November 2023

Arno's Commentary

Wikipedia describes Birthright Israel as follows: 

Taglit-Birthright Israel (Hebrew: תגלית), also known as Birthright Israel or simply Birthright, is a free ten-day heritage trip to Israel, Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights for young adults of Jewish heritage between the ages of 18 and 26. The program is sponsored by the Birthright Israel Foundation, whose donors subsidize participation. 

Since the program’s first trip in 1999, more than 800,000 young Jews from 68 countries in the Jewish diaspora have participated in Birthright Israel. It is the largest educational tourism organization in the world. 

Sponsoring young Jews for a ten-day trip to Israel is now paying dividends. Whether these young people are qualified for the agricultural industry is not known to us, but one thing is clear: They are being reminded of who they are. The underlying aim is to familiarize these young people with the land of Israel so they eventually “come home,” to fulfill the words of Amos 9:15: “And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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