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What are alumni saying this week? (October 22, 2018)

October 22, 2018 at 11:00 am
by Birthright Israel Foundation
Venessa's 2018 Birthright Israel group

No matter where in the world a Birthright Israel participant comes from, each and every single one continues to relive the magic of Israel throughout their entire lives. With more than 650,000 alumni embarking on the journey of a lifetime we wanted to share with you, by week, an insight into just how impactful Birthright Israel is.

“It’s impossible to pick one favorite memory from my Birthright Israel trip. But, at Masada — at sunrise — overlooking the dessert, I felt so connected to my heritage, to the history that fills the dry air and to the people that made this trip everything it was supposed to be.”
– Sabrina

“Having the opportunity to travel in the land of my ancestors and seeing every beautiful part of this amazing country was life-changing. I felt truly at home and know that no other country in the world compares to this ancient land that I am proud to call home.”
– Zachary

“Going to the Kotel on Erev Shabbat was an incredible experience I will cherish for the rest of my life. Seeing how much life, spirit and emotions were there made me fall in love with my religion all over again. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity I was given and will hopefully send my kids on a Birthright Israel trip one day.”
– Sarah

“The best part of my Birthright Israel trip was being with the Israeli soldiers for 5 days. Despite growing up on opposite sides of the world we were exactly alike, and they were my closest friends on the trip. I stayed in touch with them even after returning home!”
– Rebecca

“Birthright Israel opened my eyes to what is going on in the world. I have been in my own bubble, but now that bubble has popped – I want to be more aware about things beyond myself. The trip also helped me feel prouder to be a Jew.”
– Venessa

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