an opinion piece from The Jerusalem Post:
Given the economic situation, Birthright has been cutting back, but this is not the time for retrenchment. It is time for the next level.
Birthright Israel is probably the most important project to be created for the strengthening of Jewish identity and Diaspora-Israel relations since Israel Bonds and the United Jewish Appeal. That said, most if not everyone agrees that the program has not reached its full potential. We would like to see more of the participants become committed to Judaism and Israel and active participants in Jewish life on campus and in the wider community.