In an effort to attract a broader cross-section of Jewish youth, the birthright israel program is bringing a group of North American bloggers who write for the “Jewlicious” weblog to Israel for the first time next week.
None of the trip participants are actually Jewlicious bloggers. Some comment on Jewlicious, some have their own blogs, some visit the site without commenting and some chose the trip simply because it’s run by IsraelExperts on a convenient date, but none actually post articles. The article also reported:
“We cherish our editorial independence,” says Montreal-based David Abitbol, who founded the Web site together with Laya Millman and will be a group leader on the trip. “It means we can say nasty things about people we don’t like and we can call [Jewish philanthropist and one of the key funders of birthright israel] Michael Steinhardt a `pimp daddy’ for telling people to hook up.”
Let no one think for a second that we do not like Michael Steinhardt. I’ve never met the man but I think he does awesome work on behalf of the Jewish world – and I’m not just saying that. Several friends have been Steinhardt Fellows and I’ve been following his activities for a while. And yes, I did call him a pimp daddy but that was clearly a term of endearment. Let it be known that ck is always in favor of Jews hooking up with Jews! Just like Michael Steinhardt!
(note: interview was conducted at 5 am)
Anyhow, enjoy the article. I hope they don’t cancel the trip … Oh and happy Lag Ba’omer!