From the desk of Birthright Israel Foundation

Birthright Israel Love Story: Tatiana & Haley

by Birthright Israel Foundation August 11, 2020 at 8:00 am
Tatiana Lundstrom and Haley Harris-Bloom down on one knee

Birthright Israel Love Story: Tatiana & Haley

by Birthright Israel Foundation August 11, 2020 at 8:00 am

In summer 2017, Tatiana Lundstrom and Haley Harris-Bloom thought Birthright Israel would be a great opportunity to get in touch with their Jewish heritage. Hours into their trip, the two were sitting together on the bus and within days had fallen in love. Check out our interview with the couple to see how their Birthright Israel love story unfolds. Read More

Amy Jaffee: A Birthright Israel Parent on a Mission

by Birthright Israel Foundation August 10, 2020 at 8:00 am
Amy & Scott Jaffee with their two sons

Amy Jaffee: A Birthright Israel Parent on a Mission

by Birthright Israel Foundation August 10, 2020 at 8:00 am

We are excited to announce Amy Jaffee as the new Co-Chair of Birthright Israel Foundation’s Long Island Leadership Cabinet. Amy is on a mission to ensure young Jewish adults worldwide receive the gift of Birthright Israel. It sounds like a massive project to undertake, right? For Amy, it’s personal.   Two decades ago, Amy heard of Birthright Israel before trips even began, when the project was in its infancy. Read More

Israel Taught Me to Commit to My Jewish Heritage and Be My Best Self

by Haley Albin • Long Island, NY August 9, 2020 at 8:00 am
Haley Albin in front of a mural in Tzfat on her Birthright Israel trip in the winter of 2020

Israel Taught Me to Commit to My Jewish Heritage and Be My Best Self

by Haley Albin • Long Island, NY August 9, 2020 at 8:00 am

I was raised in an interfaith family. My mother is Jewish, and my father is Catholic. Religion wasn’t an important aspect of my life. I didn’t grow up going to synagogue, temple, or church. My parents wanted us to believe whatever was best for my older brother and me. However, to understand my Jewish heritage and the Christian cultural aspects, we did recognize both Hanukkah and Christmas. Read More

Birthright Israel Connected Me to My Jewish Heritage

by Jordyn Landau • Chicago, IL August 6, 2020 at 6:01 pm
Jordyn Landau eating falafel with her 2017 Birthright Israel group

Birthright Israel Connected Me to My Jewish Heritage

by Jordyn Landau • Chicago, IL August 6, 2020 at 6:01 pm

It has always been my dream to visit Israel. And when my parents decided they would not hold my two younger sisters’ B’not Mitzvah in Israel, I knew I had to find another way. Birthright Israel was the way I fulfilled that promise.  Early on in the trip, our group toured the Golan Heights. Read More

MythBuster: Common Misconceptions About Birthright Israel Trips

by Birthright Israel Foundation August 6, 2020 at 1:34 pm
Participants taking a selfie at Masada

MythBuster: Common Misconceptions About Birthright Israel Trips

by Birthright Israel Foundation August 6, 2020 at 1:34 pm

Has your beloved family member accepted the gift of a Birthright Israel trip? Mazel tov! He or she is one step closer to embracing the Jewish homeland. While you’re probably excited about the upcoming trip, we understand if you’re also nervous. The media and uninformed masses often spread misinformation about the Jewish state. Read More

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Birthright Israel Foundation

by Birthright Israel Foundation August 4, 2020 at 8:00 am
Birthright Israel participants holding an Israeli flag.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Birthright Israel Foundation

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

It began 20 years ago with a bold idea from Jewish philanthropists: A trip to the Holy Land will enhance and strengthen the Jewish Diaspora for generations to come.  Thus, Birthright Israel was born, and Birthright Israel Foundation came soon after. You may have heard about Birthright Israel from friends, family, or media, but you’re likely less familiar with the foundation that supports it. Read More

Birthright Israel’s Impact On Israelis: Meet Michael Soloveitchik

by Michael Soloveitchik August 3, 2020 at 8:00 am
Michael Soloveitchik, Birthright Israel Mifgash Alumnus

Birthright Israel’s Impact On Israelis: Meet Michael Soloveitchik

by Michael Soloveitchik August 3, 2020 at 8:00 am

The first time I attended Birthright Israel was towards the end of my army service. It was an amazing five days of tours, activities, the sea, Masada, camels, and guitar singing until the wee hours of the night, both in our rooms and sitting by the side of the bonfire. But one thing was not clear to me, “who are the people I joined on their tour, and thanks to them I have five days off from the Army?”  Read More

Orthodox Jews Can Benefit From Birthright Israel

by Meira Shleifer • Waterbury, CT July 30, 2020 at 8:00 am
Meira Shleifer at Mount Herzl on her Birthright Israel trip in 2020

Orthodox Jews Can Benefit From Birthright Israel

by Meira Shleifer • Waterbury, CT July 30, 2020 at 8:00 am

When I was born, my father wanted to name me Sunshine. My mother compromised and named Meira Shleifer, which translates to illuminate. I grew up in a small Orthodox Jewish community in Waterbury, CT, attended a religious Jewish day school through eighth grade, and an all-girls Orthodox Yeshiva high school. Traditionally, after high school, Yeshiva students go to Israel for a gap year before going to college, getting married, and starting adult life. Read More

Why Beloved Atlantan Ron Eichel Supports Birthright Israel Foundation

by Birthright Israel Foundation July 27, 2020 at 8:00 am
Ron Eichel speaking at Independence Hall in Tel Aviv on Birthright Israel 18th Anniversary Mission to Israel

Why Beloved Atlantan Ron Eichel Supports Birthright Israel Foundation

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

The year is 1969, and a young Ron Eichel has decided to make his way South to Atlanta after finishing a pediatric dental residency in Indiana. Little did he know that the city he would learn to call home and the Jewish community he came to adore would look up to him as an incredible role model for decades to come. Read More

Finding My Jewish Identity Through Birthright Israel Excel

by Alex Levitt • Miami, FL July 24, 2020 at 8:00 am
Alex Levitt, 2012 Birthright Israel Excel Fellow

Finding My Jewish Identity Through Birthright Israel Excel

by Alex Levitt • Miami, FL July 24, 2020 at 8:00 am

As a child, being Jewish was easy– mostly because it was gently forced upon me by my loving parents and grandparents. However, what really did not come easy to me was figuring out what my Jewish identity meant to me once I flew out of the nest and later on in my professional career. Read More