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April 14, 2000
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The Israeli government signed a contract pledging $70 million over five years to send young Diaspora Jews on a free 10-day trip to Israel. Israel’s support for Birthright Israel, a project spearheaded with $10 million from North American philanthropists Charles Bronfman and Michael Steinhardt, comes in the wake of announcements that 12 additional donors have contributed a total of $60 million and that the North American Jewish federation system plans to vote in June to give $39 million to the project.

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