Head of Birthright Next, Rabbi Daniel Brenner, responds to my brief opinion piece yesterday.
Op-Ed: The myth of the ‘Birthright List’
By Daniel S. Brenner · May 1, 2009
NEW YORK (JTA) -- Ever since I’ve been steering “post-programming” for Birthright Israel NEXT, I’ve had the frustrating question “Why can’t I get the list?” thrown at me by well meaning organizational leaders, rabbis, and fundraisers -- as well as folks who are trying to sell various Jewish books, films and kitschy T-shirts. They all sense the great potential in engaging the 200,000 Birthright Israel alumni. And my response to them all is basically the same: “Sounds great, but, sorry, we don’t give out the list.”
Rabbi Andy Bachman, who I’ve known since my college days, added his name to those who would like to see the list released, even going so far as to write a recent opinion piece for JTA. While I am tempted to give him the same “Sounds great, but…” response, his thoughtful questions demand a more thorough answer.
Thanks for writing, Daniel!
You can read the full exchange, including my response to Rabbi Brenner, here at JTA.