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A Kiddush Sprinkle Cookie Recipe You’ll Absolutely Love

by Birthright Israel Foundation June 4, 2020 at 8:00 am
Chef David Ratz' Sprinkle Cookie

A Kiddush Sprinkle Cookie Recipe You’ll Absolutely Love

by Birthright Israel Foundation June 4, 2020 at 8:00 am

It’s the cookie any American Jew knows and absolutely loves – the Kiddush cookie. Sometimes known as a sprinkle or confetti cookie too. This light-colored mound of goodness is complete with colorful sprinkles. You may even find them dipped in chocolate and then covered in sprinkles! They are showcased in synagogues around America on Saturday mornings post-Shabbat services. You’ll Read More

Birthright Israel Helped Me Find My Place at Hillel

by Samantha Payab • Los Angeles, CA June 1, 2020 at 8:00 am
Samantha at Masada during Birthright Israel

Birthright Israel Helped Me Find My Place at Hillel

by Samantha Payab • Los Angeles, CA June 1, 2020 at 8:00 am

Growing up in a Jewish community, I had heard many stories from older family, friends, and acquaintances about how amazing their Birthright Israel experiences were. I always knew that this was something I wanted to do. I just was not sure whether I wanted to wait until I was done with college or go during.  By my sophomore year at the University of Oregon, I still had not found a substantial group of friends. Read More

Gene Hoffman’s Story: A Passion for Learning and Educating the Next Generation

by Birthright Israel Foundation May 31, 2020 at 8:00 am
Gene Hoffman at his Gratz College Graduation

Gene Hoffman’s Story: A Passion for Learning and Educating the Next Generation

by Birthright Israel Foundation May 31, 2020 at 8:00 am

When Gene Hoffman was growing up in Connecticut he was only a little boy, barely finished with kindergarten when he first faced discrimination for being Jewish. Prior to the 1940s and 1950s, Jews in America faced harsh realities of antisemitism. As our people began breaking into industries like entertainment and law, the antisemitism only worsened. From universities, hotels, country clubs, and medical professions – Jews faced restrictions. Hoffman can recall getting into a fistfight at the age of four because he was Jewish. Read More

Celebrate the Season with Sweet and Savory Shavuot Recipes

by Birthright Israel Foundation May 27, 2020 at 8:00 am
Cheese Blintzes

Celebrate the Season with Sweet and Savory Shavuot Recipes

by Birthright Israel Foundation May 27, 2020 at 8:00 am

Whether you haven’t pulled an all-nighter since studying for your college exams or you stay up studying Torah every year, the Jewish festival of Shavuot is a smorgasbord of delicious food. The holiday is known, after all, as the Feast of Weeks. While blintzes and cheesecake are often the stars of the show, they’re far from the only Shavuot recipes worth making. Read More

Meet Max Seidel, a Birthright Israel Alumnus Protecting Those on the Frontlines

by Birthright Israel Foundation May 26, 2020 at 8:00 am
Max Seidel working on building face shields

Meet Max Seidel, a Birthright Israel Alumnus Protecting Those on the Frontlines

by Birthright Israel Foundation May 26, 2020 at 8:00 am

If you live in the Atlanta area then you may have already heard of Max Seidel. He’s a recent Birthright Israel alumnus who has put his engineering skills to use and founded Atlanta Face Shields. The company was set up to manufacture face shields for Atlanta hospitals but soon found itself meeting needs everywhere. Read More

6 Birthright Israel Alumni Making a Difference During the Pandemic

by Birthright Israel Foundation May 21, 2020 at 8:00 am
Birthright Israel participants

6 Birthright Israel Alumni Making a Difference During the Pandemic

by Birthright Israel Foundation May 21, 2020 at 8:00 am

One could have never imagined in 2020 we’d be amid a pandemic, separated from friends and loved ones. Our world will be different moving forward but that is no reason to give up hope. Together, each one of us can do our part to make the world a better place, even if we are socially distanced.          Like so many of you, we at Birthright Israel Foundation look forward to the day young Jews from countries all over the world can travel to Israel.  Read More

How Birthright Israel Culturally Changed My Life

by Corey Black • Los Angeles, CA May 20, 2020 at 8:00 am
Corey at the Western Wall on his Birthright Israel trip

How Birthright Israel Culturally Changed My Life

by Corey Black • Los Angeles, CA May 20, 2020 at 8:00 am

Birthright Israel culturally changed my life. I can imagine many other young Jews in America, who are secular, feel the same. The 10-days I spent on the trip showed me there is another home for me and that I can be accepted. Birthright Israel helps you to create your own definition of what it means to be Jewish. Read More

Birthright Israel through Luis Burgos’ 35mm Photos

by Birthright Israel Foundation May 18, 2020 at 8:00 am
Landscape photo of Israel

Birthright Israel through Luis Burgos’ 35mm Photos

by Birthright Israel Foundation May 18, 2020 at 8:00 am

Luis Burgos is a 2019 Birthright Israel alumnus who grew up in New York City, spent time in Los Angeles, where he converted to Judaism and then made his way back to the Big Apple. Like so many of our alumni, Luis’ Jewish identity is unique and, most of all, inspiring. Read More

10 Jewish Podcasts to Listen to Right Now

by Birthright Israel Foundation May 15, 2020 at 8:00 am
10 Jewish Podcasts to Listen to Now

10 Jewish Podcasts to Listen to Right Now

by Birthright Israel Foundation May 15, 2020 at 8:00 am

It’s become the norm to consume information in the form of a podcast. Whether you’re into news, comedy, storytelling, or what’s happening in Israel, the best way to devour information is with your earbuds in and a podcast on. We have searched the world of Jewish/Israel themed podcasts and curated this list for all our Birthright Israel fans. If you’re considering going on a trip, then you’ll love Birthright Israel Lecturer and Middle East Expert, Neil Lazarus’ informative podcast series focused on politics in the region. Read More

Birthright Israel launches a new initiative to connect alumni during coronavirus

by Birthright Israel Foundation May 14, 2020 at 12:41 pm
Birthright Israel Connect

Birthright Israel launches a new initiative to connect alumni during coronavirus

by Birthright Israel Foundation May 14, 2020 at 12:41 pm

What’s the game plan when you have over 750,000 alumni spread out across 68 countries amidst a global pandemic? Connect them. That’s exactly what Birthright Israel is doing with their new initiative, Birthright Israel Connect. The online program aims to connect alumni of the program with each other through trained facilitators and educators. Each session aims to spark meaningful conversations about the effects of COVID-19 in their home countries while providing a platform where young Jews can share their thoughts and personal stories. “We believe Birthright Israel Connect can build a bridge between our alumni, especially during times of social distancing where many can feel far away from their communities, friends, and family,” says Gidi Mark, CEO of Birthright Israel. Read More