From the desk of Birthright Israel Foundation

A Passover Message from our President & CEO

by Israel "Izzy" Tapoohi April 6, 2020 at 8:00 am
The Western Wall

A Passover Message from our President & CEO

by Israel "Izzy" Tapoohi April 6, 2020 at 8:00 am

Dear Partners & Supporters, This year, instead of asking why this night is different from any other night, we may be asking ourselves, “why is this Passover different from any other in history?” The answer is that more people than ever before are sharing a “virtual” Seder with family and friends. Read More

Passover Recipes for Every Plate—and Every Palate

by Birthright Israel Foundation April 7, 2020 at 8:00 am
Passover Seder Plate

Passover Recipes for Every Plate—and Every Palate

by Birthright Israel Foundation April 7, 2020 at 8:00 am

Spring has sprung. Passover is here and you’re already thirsting for the four promises of redemption. Although it’s tempting to think about reclining, everything will fall flatter than the bread of affliction without a little Passover planning. On Passover, we like to mingle the holiday’s greatest hits with a few contemporary recipes. Read More

A trip to Israel sparks healing and a bond between sisters

by Emily Maguire • Charlotte, NC April 5, 2020 at 8:00 am
Emily with her sister at the beach in Israel

A trip to Israel sparks healing and a bond between sisters

by Emily Maguire • Charlotte, NC April 5, 2020 at 8:00 am

My sister was the one who really wanted to go on this trip to Israel. I did not know very much about the Birthright Israel program or the country, I was apprehensive to go. We lost our dad in 2012 and I became less spiritual and struggled to deal with my grief. Read More

Video: The 10 Values of Birthright Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation March 30, 2020 at 9:55 am
Dr. Zohar Raviv

Video: The 10 Values of Birthright Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation March 30, 2020 at 9:55 am

750,000 young Jewish adults from 68 countries have experienced the 10 Values of Birthright Israel and are forever impacted by each and every one of them. The program’s educational framework makes each journey unique and allows participants to explore their Jewish identity and Israel like never before. Whether a young Jewish adult grew up with a Jewish identity or embraced theirs because of Birthright Israel, our values ensure this educational program provides a life-changing experience. Read More

Quiz: Test Your Birthright Israel Knowledge

by Birthright Israel Foundation March 27, 2020 at 7:00 am
Birthright Israel participants taking a selfie while enjoying falafel in Tel Aviv

Quiz: Test Your Birthright Israel Knowledge

by Birthright Israel Foundation March 27, 2020 at 7:00 am

We are pumped to be celebrating 20 years of Birthright Israel. And, we’ve got a whole lot to celebrate. Like our community 750,000 alumni, including 115,000 Israelis, from 68 countries worldwide! Plus, we must show appreciation to Birthright Israel Foundation’s nearly 40,000 annual donors who make all of this a reality. Read More

Birthright Israel COVID‑19 Information

by Birthright Israel Foundation March 25, 2020 at 3:00 pm
World Map

Birthright Israel COVID‑19 Information

by Birthright Israel Foundation March 25, 2020 at 3:00 pm

Birthright Israel has been closely monitoring the situation with regard to COVID‑19 (i.e. the coronavirus) both in Israel and worldwide. The safety and security of our participants is our primary focus and concern and Birthright Israel is in daily contact with the Ministry of Health to evaluate the situation. We want to keep our supporters apprised of important updates as we get them. To find information regarding COVID‑19 and trips, please visit the Birthright Israel Information Center, click FAQ, and then click COVID‑19. Read More

Birthright Excel Alumni Launch Drive to Deliver Food, Medicine to Elderly

by Jerusalem Post Staff March 23, 2020 at 4:19 pm
Birthright Excel founders of Door2Dor Lior Avisar and Maya Klein

Birthright Excel Alumni Launch Drive to Deliver Food, Medicine to Elderly

by Jerusalem Post Staff March 23, 2020 at 4:19 pm

Birthright Excel, the entrepreneurship, leadership and business program of Birthright Israel, has encouraged its alumni community across North America and Israel to develop new initiatives to overcome the new challenges caused by the spread of the coronavirus and help those in need. The elderly are among those who are most vulnerable to the outbreak. Some of them are isolated, in self-quarantine, unable to leave their homes and need help to purchase food and medicine. Read More

Siblings Rediscover Their Jewish Heritage in Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation March 22, 2020 at 5:25 am
Cameron Koffman with his sister

Siblings Rediscover Their Jewish Heritage in Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation March 22, 2020 at 5:25 am

Who would have thought when the Birthright Israel program was founded 20 years ago, that our investment would go beyond reconnecting young adults to their Jewish heritage! What is an investment in one person turned out to be an investment in their entire family and their offspring for generations to come. Read More

Masada’s impact on Birthright Israel groups

by Birthright Israel Foundation March 18, 2020 at 5:25 am
Participants at Masada on Birthright Israel

Masada’s impact on Birthright Israel groups

by Birthright Israel Foundation March 18, 2020 at 5:25 am

Nearly every Birthright Israel participant tells us that the sunrise hike to the top of Masada is one of the highlights of their journey. When they reach the precipice, they are rewarded with stunning views of the Moab Mountains and the Dead Sea. They discover there is so much more to Masada than just a lively hike and beautiful vistas. Read More

5 Ways Birthright Israel Changed Me as an Israeli

by Niran Avni • Las Vegas, NV March 12, 2020 at 6:11 pm
Niran and fellow IDF soldiers on Birthright Israel.

5 Ways Birthright Israel Changed Me as an Israeli

by Niran Avni • Las Vegas, NV March 12, 2020 at 6:11 pm

As a Birthright Israel Madrich, volunteer, and Mifgash, you could say that my journey began six years ago when I was asked to go on a five-day paid military vacation. Little did I know, this trip would turn out to be one of the most impactful moments of my life.  Growing up, I lived in the small suburban town of Hod Hasharon, Israel. Read More