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About Us

Our Organization

URJ-Logo-2015Kesher is an official provider of trips funded by the Birthright Israel gift. As part of the Union for Reform Judaism, we have been running quality Israel experiences since 1958 for teens and young adults, and we’ve been involved in the Birthright Israel initiative from the very beginning.

About URJ

The URJ builds community at every level—from the way we collaborate with congregations, organizations, and individuals to how we make connections across North America to advance contemporary and inclusive Jewish life.  We prioritize Tikkun Olam and audacious hospitality- creating a world of wholeness, compassion, and justice. Together, we are leveraging existing opportunities and launching new initiatives to engage and create a culture that is meaningful to more young adults and youth. The URJ Youth programs – NFTY, Camps, Israel Programs and Mitzvah Corps Social Justice Travel Programs – inspire thousands of young adults and youth each year

Now with the new eligibility rules, if you attended NFTY in Israel or NFTY EIE, you can come back with URJ Kesher and explore Israel in new and different ways.

Our Staff

Meet Our Staff

Welcome to the URJ Kesher family. We are honored to have the opportunity to share the magic of a Birthright Israel experience with you! Our staff in Israel and North America come from varied backgrounds and bring a thoughtful and caring approach to each and every trip.

North American Staff Israel Staff
paul_reichenbach_headshot_100x100Paul Reichenbach
Director of Camp and Israel Programs
rabbi-rich-kirschen2Rabbi Rich Kirschen
Director of Israel Programs
dan_garwood-100x100Daniel Garwood
North American Program Coordinator
10329083_10105001963412044_5041241939507754554_nOshrit Karity
Director of Kesher Education
rebecca-headshotRebecca Bigman
Kesher Manager
ruby-sommer2Ruby Sommer
Associate Director of Israel Programs
ilana-headshotIlana Schear
Israel Programs Registrar

20160908_111032-e1473341813616Yudit Berkowitz
Office Manager



Israel Outdoors is a part of the Authentic Israel family of travel experiences.