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    Former Israeli President Meets With American Teens at Fellowship Closing Ceremony

    Israel's Former President, Mr. Shimon Peres, met with Birthright Israel Excel students at the Peres Center for Peace, during the Excel program’s closing ceremony, greeting them and thanking them for staying in Israel during the war. All 40 Excel students, 38 of which are American teens, stayed through their 10 week internships at the world’s business, high-tech and venture capitalist giants, in spite of the situation in Gaza.

    Pictured above are the Birthright Israel Excel 2014 Cohort, their Israeli peers and Mr. Shimon Peres, Israel's Former President.

    Birthright Israel Excel Fellows spend 10 weeks during the summer interning at Israeli offices of prominent multinational companies within a wide range of industries including finance, venture capital, consulting, high-tech and bio-tech. In the professional arena, Excel Fellows are matched with a mentor, an Israeli executive of the company at which they intern. On a social level, they are “twinned” with an Israeli peer, who comes to the Excel Fellowship Program with honors in their own right from either the Israeli Defense Forces or the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. In addition to the internship, Excel Fellows attend meetings with distinguished Israeli leaders from the fields of business, technology, culture, politics and philanthropy, and partake in workshops and trips on a broad range of topics including leadership, Jewish identity, and communication.
    Excel is a program conducted by Taglit Birthright Israel.

    Taglit-Birthright Israel sends Jewish adults between the ages of 18 and 26 on a free 10-day trip to Israel to strengthen each participant’s Jewish identity. For more information about Taglit-Birthright Israel and Birthright Excel, visit or

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