American man kills himself on Birthright trip

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An American man on a Birthright Israel trip killed himself, the Birthright Israel organization said.

The visitor to Israel was found dead in a hotel room Wednesday morning, Birthright Israel said. The group was preparing to spend the day at Masada.

A Birthright spokeswoman said it would not provide details about the dead man out of respect for his family.

“The Birthright Israel family and fellow participants extend our heartfelt condolences to the family at this sad time,” a statement from Taglit said.

His family and the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv reportedly were notified of the death.

The trip reportedly will go on as scheduled.

Taglit-Birthright Israel provides a free 10-day trip to Israel for Jews aged 18 to 26.

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