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What is Bring Israel Home?
Bring Israel Home is an incredible opportunity for returning Birthright Israel participants to define and form their Jewish identities through engaging with meaningful Jewish activities. It allows participants to create an individualized narrative of their Jewish experience.
Who is eligible to participate in Bring Israel Home?
Eligible Bring Israel Home participants must have recently returned from a Birthright Israel trip to Israel. Eligible Birthright Israel buses are handpicked by our trip organizer partners to participate in Bring Israel Home. Those buses that successfully earn 100 points of Jewish activities through the 100 Point Challenge are eligible for a weekend reunion.
What is the 100 Point Challenge?
The 100 Point Challenge is an opportunity for returning Birthright Israel participants to TRY a variety of Jewish activities, find those activities that they LOVE and want to continue to LIVE.
Bring Israel Home participants can choose to complete any Jewish activity that speaks to them to earn 100 points. 75% or more of the American participants in a participating Birthright Israel bus must earn 100 points on the Bring Israel Home website within three months after returning from their Birthright Israel experience to earn a Bring Israel Home weekend reunion. All those participants who earn 100 points of Jewish activity are eligible for the weekend reunion.
The Bring Israel Home 100 Point Challenge is divided into two milestones. Participants must earn 50 points within the first month of returning from their Birthright Israel experience to qualify for the following milestone. After achieving the first milestone, participants have two months to earn their final 50 points of Jewish activity. The milestones are clearly outlines below:
Milestone 1: 75% of a Birthright Israel bus must complete 50 points of Jewish activity in the first month after returning from their Birthright Israel experience.
Milestone 2: 75% of a Birthright Israel bus must complete 100 points of Jewish activity in the two months after achieving Milestone 1.
Please Note: Israeli participants should be completing 100 points of Jewish activity with their fellow American participants to be eligible to be flown in to the United States for the Bring Israel Home weekend. However, even though the milestone deadlines apply to the Israeli participants, they are not included as part of the 75% participation count needed to achieve a milestone.
Will all 8 Israelis be flown in for the reunion if 75% of my bus completes the 100 point BIH Reunion Challenge?
Israeli participants who meet the following criteria will be flown in for the reunion:
Complete 100 points of Jewish & Israel Related activity on the Bring Israel Home website
Hold a valid Passport with expiration at least 6 months after expected return to Israel
Hold a valid Visa and Passport to travel during the dates of the program
Attend an Interview with TLM Staff
Be able to to take off of work, school or the army for a minimum of one week to attend the week long Triumph Leadership Mission and Bring Israel Reunion.
Attend a pre-trip meeting within 3 weeks of travel to the US.
What is the Triumph Leadership Mission (TLM)?
The TLM is the mandatory Israeli Leadership Program for the Israelis coming in for the BIH Reunion. The program will take place either the week before or the week after the BIH reunion.
How do participants earn points to complete the 100 Point Challenge?
Participants must log on to bringisraelhome.com, complete activities that appeal to them with the resource of their choice, and post either a text, photo or video to bringisraelhome.com based on the requirements of each activity.
What is a resource?
Resources are the key to earning points. They can be other Jewish organizations that make it easy to earn points, or local Jewish or Israel events participants can attend, even educational sites where participants can learn more about Judaism or Israel. Participants are encouraged to explore resources to find the ways they want to try and complete Jewish activities.
How do participants post to bringisraelhome.com that they completed a Jewish activity?
Once participants choose the Jewish activity they’d like to try, they can choose to complete the activity with the resource of their choice, or use a resource that Bring Israel Home has suggested. If participants choose to try a Jewish activity with their own resource, they can choose the “Try It Your Way” resource and let Bring Israel Home how they love to try Jewish activities.
Once participants have chosen the resource they’d like to try a Jewish activity with, they can click on the resource to check out the activity’s “Instructions” to ensure that they know what they’ll need to do to earn points.
After participants have completed an activity with the resource of their choice and are ready to post for it, they must click on the “Post” button on the resource page.
On the post submission page, participants will be asked to upload a photo or video and/or write about their experiences trying the activity. Once they’ve finished completing the posting requirements, they much click “Post.”
How are point values assigned for each activity?
Each activity is assigned a point value determined by Bring Israel Home based upon difficulty and estimated time to completion.
What is a badges? How do I earn them?
Badges are recognition that participants completed a grouping of activities or achieved a point goal. As participants complete activities, they can check their profile for “Badges in Progress” to view the badges that are available to them.
What is different between choosing to do activities versus a badge?
By choosing to do a badge in a concentrated area of activity, upon completion will get automatic bonus points.
How many points can I get for completing a badge?
Each badge upon completion will add 25 points to your overall total. This amount will include the bonus points you will receive for choosing to complete this badge.
What happens if I only do some of the activities but not all under a certain badge?
You will get the individual points earned for the activities completed but not any points for the activities not completed in addition to no bonus points.
Is posting different for a badge than regular activities?
No, the same system is used for posting for all activities on the bringisraelhome.com website.
How are posts reviewed?
All posts are reviewed by Bring Israel Home staff to ensure that they meet posting requirements.
Why would a post be marked invalid?
Posts are typically marked invalid for the following reasons:
The post does not meet the posting requirements.
The post indicates that the activity was done before the competition began.
The post includes inappropriate content.
Please note: If Bring Israel Home staff determine that participants may be cheating, both the participant as well as that participant’s bus may be disqualified from the Bring Israel Home 100 Point Challenge.
How do I know if my bus is eligible to participate in the Bring Israel Home 100 point Reunion Challenge?
All buses chosen for the Bring Israel Home 100 point Reunion Challenge will be notified on your Birthright trip about the Reunion Challenge. If your bus chooses to accept the challenge you can start earning points towards the 100 Point Challenge right when you return to America.
If a participating Birthright Israel bus achieves the 100 Point Challenge badge, when and where will their Bring Israel Home weekend reunion take place?
Bring Israel Home weekend reunion information will be sent to participants after successful completion of the first milestone. For specific reunion questions, please refer to the Bring Israel Home Reunion FAQ page. If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if my bus didn’t choose to take on the BIH 100 Point Reunion Challenge? What if my bus chose the challenge but didn’t qualify to continue past the first milestone?
You can still do the 100 point challenge even without your group and win the chance to either attend the BIH Mega Reunion on your own without your bus and your Israelis but you will meet many more BIH alumni and Israeli Soldiers OR you may choose a different available prize.
What should participants do if they forgot their password?
Participants should click on the “Forgot Password” link beneath the login box in the top right corner of the Bring Israel Home homepage.
Can participants suggest other resources or opportunities to be displayed on bringisraelhome.com?
Absolutely! Participants should fill out the Contact form below to let us know about the great resources they would like to see on bringisraelhome.com.
Can participants earn points towards their 100 point challenge for doing a Jewish activity prior to the competition start date?
Our philosophy is that the Jewish experience is a lifelong journey. Bring Israel Home is all about finding the Judaism that participants love and want to live. That being said, we can only accept posts for activities that have been completed during the Bring Israel Home challenge period.
Can participants earn badges prior to the competition start date?
Yes! Start earning certain badges right away by setting up your profile and participating in other activities to get you ready for your trip and the upcoming competition. These badges are not worth points but you will still need to earn them to complete the challenge. Remember every time you earn a badge it will be displayed proudly on your profile page for all to see your accomplishments.
Are Israeli Birthright Israel participants eligible to participate in the Bring Israel Home 100 Point Challenge?
Absolutely! Israeli participants should be completing 100 points of Jewish activity with their fellow American participants to be eligible to be flown in to the United States for the Bring Israel Home weekend. Some activities on the platform will even be customized for the Israeli participants as it pertains to them and being located in Israel. However, Israeli participants are not included as part of the 75% participation needed to achieve a milestone.
What should participants do if they are unable to participate in the Bring Israel Home 100 Point Challenge?
Participants who do not feel that they can participate in the Bring Israel Home 100 Point Challenge should email email@example.com to discuss Bring Israel Home policies for extenuating circumstances.
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