foundationBlog Archives

What Alumni From New Jersey Say About Birthright Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation December 31, 2018 at 4:37 pm
2018 New Jersey Birthright Israel Group

What Alumni From New Jersey Say About Birthright Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation December 31, 2018 at 4:37 pm

In this week’s edition of What Alumni Are Saying we’re hearing from participants from New Jersey. Since Birthright Israel’s inception, 72,305 young Jewish adults from New Jersey have received this life-changing gift. Do you know how many buses participants from New Jersey would fill? You guessed it, 1,807 buses! So, if you’re ready let’s see what participants from New Jersey said about their Birthright Israel trip. Read More

How Birthright Israel Transformed Our Daughter’s Life

by Mark & Renee Kaufman December 18, 2018 at 10:00 am
Praying at the Kotel in Jerusalem

How Birthright Israel Transformed Our Daughter’s Life

by Mark & Renee Kaufman December 18, 2018 at 10:00 am

Our daughter, Desiree, went on Birthright Israel last July from New York. Up until this trip she had very little interest in her Jewish heritage and absolutely no interest in going to temple, adhering to the traditions of Judaism or dating/marrying a Jewish man. When my wife and I picked her up from the airport, we were amazed and delighted to hear her proudly announce that as a result of her trip to Israel, she has had a spiritual and religious awakening. Read More

Finding Jewish Identity through Passion

by Birthright Israel Foundation December 17, 2018 at 4:40 pm
Rebecca Cohn in the Hanging Gardens of Haifa

Finding Jewish Identity through Passion

by Birthright Israel Foundation December 17, 2018 at 4:40 pm

Young adults today live in a dramatically different world than those from the first Birthright Israel groups 19 years ago. Then, many participants got their first passport to embark on their journey to Israel. Today, the sky is the limit for Millennials and Generation Z’ers. International travel has become increasingly affordable. Read More

What Alumni Are Saying This Week – Florida Edition

by Birthright Israel Foundation December 12, 2018 at 2:11 pm
Group at the top of Masada in 2018

What Alumni Are Saying This Week – Florida Edition

by Birthright Israel Foundation December 12, 2018 at 2:11 pm

Did you know Birthright Israel participants come from every corner of the United States? Many participants choose to go on community buses or join national trips where they meet new friends from around the country. In this week’s edition of What Alumni Are Saying This Week we’re going to hear from participants from the sunshine state of Florida. Read More

I Can’t Wait for My 5-Month-Old Granddaughter to Go on Birthright Israel!

by Bonnie Bornstein Fertel December 11, 2018 at 8:30 am
Bonnie Fertel and her granddaughter Janie

I Can’t Wait for My 5-Month-Old Granddaughter to Go on Birthright Israel!

by Bonnie Bornstein Fertel December 11, 2018 at 8:30 am

I grew up in the diaspora of New Jersey in the 1950s, where there was no religion. We never belonged to a synagogue, never had a Seder, and didn’t celebrate the High Holidays. When my husband and I had our first daughter, Pamela, I began to realize how important that missing piece of my heritage was to me. Read More

#Instafamous Elizabeth Savetsky: My Birthright Israel Story

by Elizabeth Savetsky (@ExcessoriesExpert) December 5, 2018 at 8:30 am
Elizabeth Savetsky and her family

#Instafamous Elizabeth Savetsky: My Birthright Israel Story

by Elizabeth Savetsky (@ExcessoriesExpert) December 5, 2018 at 8:30 am

The single most critical decision I made in my life was to apply for a Birthright Israel trip in the summer of 2004.  Almost everything that is important to me in my current life can be traced back to that moment. I grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, where my world felt a zillion miles from the State of Israel, or any strong Jewish community for that matter.   Read More