Here's what some of our participants had to say about their time in Israel:
It was truly a life-changing experience for me that has already altered the way that I view myself within the Jewish community here at Princeton.
It was truly one of the most important and enjoyable experiences that I have ever had. It made me feel such a connection to Israel that I now view as a big part of who I am. It made me want to go back and want to stay involved.
I am so proud and lucky to be Jewish. Israel and Judaism have been brought to the forefront of my mind because of this life-changing adventure.
This trip opened my eyes to a large part of my Jewish identity, and I would very much like to visit Israel again someday soon.
Perhaps most meaningful for me was Yad Vashem. I came into the museum thinking that I already knew about the Holocaust since I spent a day at the Berlin Holocaust memorial last summer. I never expected to see exhibited not just the horrors of the Holocaust but also some of the uplifting stories of resistance and even triumph at Yad Vashem. The end of the memorial -- looking out into downtown Jerusalem -- said it all.
We had an absolutely wonderful time. I was motivated to join the trip when I heard that it was going to be an all Princeton bus. I learned so much from my classmates and the tour guides and I was really inspired to connect more to Judaism and learn more about Israel.
Going to Israel with an all-Princeton group made the trip much more enjoyable and will allow me to continue pursuing Jewish activities with these new friends at Princeton. I'm so glad I had the chance to go on this wonderful experience.
Before Birthright, I felt little personal connection to Israel, but now my knowledge of Israel and Judaism has increased dramatically. I plan on studying Judaism more in the future because of this trip.
It was more powerful and meaningful than I could have imagined. By travelling with other Princeton students I formed a close connection that will continue to be fostered now on campus and now I know I have made lifelong friends, not people I could all too easily lose touch with.
After visiting the bullet factory, our group leaders asked us a series of questions regarding Judaism and Israel. They truly made me think about my experience on Birthright, and how it changed me.