From the desk of Birthright Israel Foundation

What People Get Wrong About Birthright Israel: Even After 18 Years

by Gil Troy May 21, 2019 at 8:17 am

Eighteen years and 650,000 happy participants later, you’d think people would get Birthright Israel right. Yet it’s amazing how many people get Birthright Israel wrong. Few understand Birthright’s secret sauce – what I call the Zen of Birthright. They expect it to be as site-oriented as a grand European tour, as partisan as a Zionist pep rally, as self-involved as most student’s freshman years, and as staged-managed as a video game.  Read More

How Birthright Israel Strengthened My Sons’ Relationship to Judaism and Each Other

by Stacey Cohen May 10, 2019 at 8:53 am

My two boys, Lenny and Ben, went on Birthright Israel this past winter and all I can say is THANK YOU from deep in my soul for this opportunity. This WAS the trip of a lifetime and everything I ever wished for; everything I worked hard to develop came to fruition on this trip.  I wanted to give my kids two things in their life. Read More

Birthright Israel Made Me A Better Mom

by Sarah Myer May 7, 2019 at 7:56 am
Sarah and Son Jake

Birthright Israel Made Me A Better Mom

by Sarah Myer May 7, 2019 at 7:56 am

This Mother’s Day, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a mom, and about the ways that my experience on Birthright Israel changed how I parent. My son Jake was 18-months old when my husband, David, and I went on a journey with Birthright Israel. We were the only parents on the trip, but this was something we knew we needed to do — both for ourselves, and for our family. Read More

Birthright Israel’s Connection to Yom Hazikaron and Yom Haatzmaut

by Birthright Israel Foundation May 7, 2019 at 7:05 am
Birthright Israel's Mifgash

Birthright Israel’s Connection to Yom Hazikaron and Yom Haatzmaut

by Birthright Israel Foundation May 7, 2019 at 7:05 am

Every year, Israelis and Jews worldwide come together to commemorate and celebrate two important days on the calendar: Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day) and Yom HaAtzmaut (Israeli Independence Day). On these days we remember the sacrifice of our soldiers over the last 71 years and we celebrate the triumph that is the State of Israel. Read More

How I Found Community on a Birthright Israel Trip

by Eve Karlin May 6, 2019 at 8:47 am
Eve with Mifgash on Birthright Israel

How I Found Community on a Birthright Israel Trip

by Eve Karlin May 6, 2019 at 8:47 am

Isn’t it amazing how when you’re young, your life is built around the idea of community? We have community at school with our classmates, community with sports and in my case community with fellow tennis players on my high school tennis team or the dancers, I danced with in college. There are a lot of opportunities to be part of a community that is built into the educational experience from kindergarten through college. Read More