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Birthright Israel Love Story: Jordana & Danny Joseph

by Birthright Israel Foundation April 30, 2019 at 8:19 am
Jordana & Danny Joseph

Birthright Israel Love Story: Jordana & Danny Joseph

by Birthright Israel Foundation April 30, 2019 at 8:19 am

My husband, Danny and I went on Birthright Israel in 2001 during our last year of undergrad. We immediately became good friends and maintained contact well after the trip was over. At the time we were both in relationships, but deep down we knew there was something special. Nearly two years later we had moved on from those relationships and reconnected. Read More

Alumni Interview: Amanda Flaxman

by Birthright Israel Foundation April 23, 2019 at 5:52 am
Amanda Flaxman with her Birthright Israel group

Alumni Interview: Amanda Flaxman

by Birthright Israel Foundation April 23, 2019 at 5:52 am

Amanda Flaxman is a winter 2019 Birthright Israel alumna from Highland Park, IL. She currently works as a Data Scientist and the biggest takeaway from her Birthright Israel trip was the authenticity she felt from everyone. What was the major factor that drove you to sign up for Birthright Israel? My trip was leaving from Chicago and just happened to be the perfect time for me to go – it worked out effortlessly. Read More

Passover Recipe: Coconut-Halva Macaroons By Alumnus Jake Cohen

by Jake Cohen • New York, NY April 15, 2019 at 8:53 am
Jake Cohen's Cocounut Halva Macaroons

Passover Recipe: Coconut-Halva Macaroons By Alumnus Jake Cohen

by Jake Cohen • New York, NY April 15, 2019 at 8:53 am

Jake Cohen is a one-of-a-kind Birthright Israel alumnus and nice Jewish boy. His recipes and words have been featured on Food 52, Huffington Post Taste, Food and Wine Magazine, and Saveur Magazine to name a few. Currently, Jake is the editorial and test kitchen director of TheFeedFeed.com. Jake went on his Birthright Israel journey in 2013 and has been in love with the flavors of Israel ever since! Jake’s Story For me, Birthright Israel was my first foray into my love affair with Israeli cuisine. Read More

Overheard in NYC

by Avi Mayer April 12, 2019 at 5:01 pm
Avi Mayer

Overheard in NYC

by Avi Mayer April 12, 2019 at 5:01 pm

Get to my hotel. Informed my room is on the third floor. I know better than to accept a low room in Midtown Manhattan. Ask for a higher floor. Offered something on 10. “Anything higher?” I ask. The guy offers to show me a room on 22. “Great,” I say, and off we go. As we take the elevator up, he asks what brings me to New York. Read More

Passover Recipe: Barbara’s Matzo Ball Soup by Rachel Belle

by Birthright Israel Foundation April 9, 2019 at 3:52 am
Rachel Belle Matzo Ball Soup

Passover Recipe: Barbara’s Matzo Ball Soup by Rachel Belle

by Birthright Israel Foundation April 9, 2019 at 3:52 am

Rachel Belle is a Birthright Israel alumna, host and co-producer of the acclaimed podcast “Your Last Meal.” She’s a feature reporter on KIRO Radio in Seattle, and “Seattle Weekly” voted her the city’s best FM Radio Personality.  and a feature reporter and talk show contributor. This Passover Rachel shares with us a memory from her Birthright Israel trip and her mom’s Matzo Ball Soup recipe. Looking back on her Birthright Israel trip “I grew up in a Bay Area suburb without a single Jewish friend. Read More

Passover Recipe: Matzo Brittle by Alumna Everything Erica

by Erica Eckman • Chicago, IL April 4, 2019 at 3:00 pm
Matzo Brittle by Everything Erica

Passover Recipe: Matzo Brittle by Alumna Everything Erica

by Erica Eckman • Chicago, IL April 4, 2019 at 3:00 pm

Erica Eckman is a well-known foodie and founder of the brand Everything Erica. She and her husband went on Birthright Israel in Winter 2018-2019 and have found a new love for their Judaism ever since. We are delighted to share her Birthright Israel story and delicious Matzo Brittle recipe below! Erica’s Story I grew up in a fairly religious, conservative home and took pride in so many incredible Jewish organizations during my life. Read More

8 Things I Learned Because Of Birthright Israel

by Heather Jesse • Cary, NC April 1, 2019 at 8:48 am
Heather in Tel Aviv

8 Things I Learned Because Of Birthright Israel

by Heather Jesse • Cary, NC April 1, 2019 at 8:48 am

1. It’s a chance to explore what Judaism means for you. I had a lack of knowledge about Judaism and felt a massive disconnect from religion. I was eager to find my Jewish identity and further explore what it means for me to be a Jew. 2. Being Jewish means something different for everyone, and that’s okay. One of the biggest takeaways from my Birthright Israel trip was learning that Judaism can be more spiritual than what I had previously known. Read More