From the desk of Birthright Israel Foundation

Birthright Israel Love Story: Carly and Alex Vargas

by Carly & Alex Vargas • Boston, MA December 3, 2019 at 9:14 pm

Birthright Israel Love Story: Carly and Alex Vargas

by Carly & Alex Vargas • Boston, MA December 3, 2019 at 9:14 pm

Carly Rapaport and Alex Vargas met on their Birthright Israel trip back in the summer of 2014. Although they lived under 6 miles from each other in Boston at the time, they didn’t meet until their trip when they were over 5,000 miles from home! Carly explains, “Alex had wanted to go on a Birthright Israel trip for years, but he just couldn’t find the right time. Read More

Birthright Israel Was My First Taste Of True Community

by Kyla Sokoll-Ward • San Francisco, CA December 2, 2019 at 10:31 pm
Kyla Sokoll-Ward on the beach in Israel in 2011

Birthright Israel Was My First Taste Of True Community

by Kyla Sokoll-Ward • San Francisco, CA December 2, 2019 at 10:31 pm

I went on my Birthright Israel trip in 2011 at the ripe age of 19. Like many participants in this demographic, I was excited about the experience (who doesn’t love the rare gift of free travel?) and eager to explore my Jewish identity more. My Jewish upbringing wasn’t atypical for an American Jew; I went to synagogue on the high holidays, I went to Sunday school, I had a Bat Mitzvah, and I complained about all of it. Read More

Birthright Israel Is Crucial And Here’s Why

by Jenna Pfeffer • New York, NY December 2, 2019 at 7:53 pm

Birthright Israel Is Crucial And Here’s Why

by Jenna Pfeffer • New York, NY December 2, 2019 at 7:53 pm

Growing up, my grandparents instilled in me a strong love for Israel and for fellow Jews around the world. Each of them was a Holocaust survivor and lost countless family members in the war, including parents and even baby siblings. If only the state of Israel had been formed sooner. For my grandparents, there was nothing more admirable than being a Proud Zionist. Read More

A Hike Up Masada and Doing Yoga on a Kibbutz Can Change Your Life

by Randi Eisenshtat • Miami, FL November 28, 2019 at 4:02 am

A Hike Up Masada and Doing Yoga on a Kibbutz Can Change Your Life

by Randi Eisenshtat • Miami, FL November 28, 2019 at 4:02 am

In a short period of time, my life has really changed. I get asked the question a lot as to what happened, and I always respond with, “You know how I went to Israel this past summer…” I grew up in the Bible Belt, also known as Katy, Texas. Both my parents are Jewish, and my brother and I were raised culturally Jewish. Read More

You Gave Me the Gift of Birthright Israel, And It Gave Me the Gift of Knowing Who I Am

by Nicole Livadas • Aventura, FL November 27, 2019 at 4:58 pm

You Gave Me the Gift of Birthright Israel, And It Gave Me the Gift of Knowing Who I Am

by Nicole Livadas • Aventura, FL November 27, 2019 at 4:58 pm

When I was a little girl, I ate Matzah because I was Jewish, and my mother sent me to Hebrew school once a week to understand that I wasn’t Christian. My classmates went to day school together, and I only saw them once a week, and they had last names that included a ‘berg, a ‘stein, a ‘gold or sometimes all three! Read More

Event Highlights: 6th Annual Los Angeles Dinner

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 22, 2019 at 7:31 pm

Event Highlights: 6th Annual Los Angeles Dinner

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 22, 2019 at 7:31 pm

On Thursday, November 21, 2019, Birthright Israel Foundation, together with over 300 guests, honored philanthropists Gila and Adam Milstein at our 6th Annual Los Angeles Dinner. The evening was a tremendous success, raising $34 million for Birthright Israel Foundation from the community, including the Adelsons. We thank the Adelsons for their continued generosity to Birthright Israel Foundation, bringing their total support of the organization to $440 million. Read More