Ryan Kaplan (left), the Birthright Israel engagement associate for the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and a Birthright alumnus, joins nearly 100 other Jewish professionals in Chicago earlier in September for training in the third group of Birthright Israel Fellows. The professional development program from Birthright and the iCenter for Israel Education aims to increase the quality of the Birthright experience. “Birthright Israel participants have the most impactful, meaningful experiences when their trips are led by high-quality staff,” Birthright Israel International CEO Gidi Mark said. “The Birthright Israel Fellows program will continue to develop even more of these educational leaders.” A new group of fellows is trained every six months. Kaplan’s group will be leading trips this winter.