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When Boston University students visited Israel, they couldn't help but compare the country to the United States. While they found inevitable cultural differences, they ultimately realized the numerous similarities the two countries shared. From music and TV shows to the acceptance of all backgrounds, races and religion, the US and Israel have a great deal in common.


As soon as you get to Israel, you kind of feel like you've fulfilled something. When I first got there, I just happy and I felt at home. 


Well, I went on Birthright last year, and I found that after a year of involvement with Hillel, and after a year of self-exploration and freedom in college, I really felt like going to Israel was a lot like the feeling that you have going back to sleep in your own bed after you've been away for a long time. It was so exciting to be with people who thought the same way I did, whose family heritage ran the same way mine did. 


I think Israel is so modern that you're there, and you feel like you could be in any country in Europe, in that sense. I mean, there's obviously cultural differences there, obviously, but teenagers are teenagers, people are people. It's like any other country. 


Most of the people I've met, they usually do the same things I do, so they play soccer, or football, as I would call it. 


We listen to the same music. We did an activity where we listened to Israeli music and American music, and very often could not tell the difference. We went out together, we ate food, we talked about TV shows. And so much of who we were, fundamentally, was so similar, if not the same. 


Israel is a country with many different kinds of minorities. They're thriving, all kinds. They accept people from all backgrounds, all races, all religions, I want to say that, because it's true. And if you actually go there and you'll actually get a feel of what the country is about, and it's a beautiful thing. 

Boston University Students discuss their Birthright experiences