In an exclusive story, Haaretz News has learned that Frum Israeli politicians have recently allocated NIS 10 million in public funds to encourage young Chareidim to visit Eretz Yisroel. The funds would build a Chareidi alternative to the largely secular Taglit-birthright Israel trips.
The money is earmarked for ultra-Orthodox programs within the Education Ministry. Among other politicians, Shas Minister for education and welfare matters in the Finance Ministry Meshulam Nahari aided in securing the funding.
It was Taglit’s success that prompted philanthropist Zev Wolfson to begin efforts toward establishing a Taglit-like Chareidi program to introduce participants to various yeshivas across Eretz Yisroel.
Wolfson is expected to match the funding Nahari had secured. The initial capital is meant to fund a three-week tour in Israel for some 900 Frum students. The upcoming tour will be twice as long as in the Taglit program.
Participants will visit both religious and Israeli heritage sites. The former will include Yad Vashem, The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority in Yerushalayim and Ammunition Hill, the site of one of the toughest battles in the Six Day War.