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Sunday, February 14 • 10:15am - 11:30am
How Do (and Don’t) Birthright Israel Trips Actually Work

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Since 1999, hundreds of thousands of American Jews have visited Israel on all-expense-paid Birthright tours. Unlike Jewish pilgrimages of millennia past, Birthright Israel adopts and adapts practices from modern mass tourism. What happens when tourism is used to create a 21st century pilgrimage? How does tourism shape identity? How do Birthright’s organizers try to enlist tourism to influence Jewish identity? How are their efforts complicated by inherent aspects of tourism itself?

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Shaul Kelner

Associate Professor of Sociology and Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University
Shaul Kelner is Associate Professor of Sociology and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University, and past director of Vanderbilt’s Jewish Studies Program. An alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, he is the author of the award-winning Tours That Bind: Diaspora, Pilgrimage and Israeli... Read More →

Sunday February 14, 2016 10:15am - 11:30am EST
High Ridge
  American Jewry  Israel