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What It Means To Me To Staff A Birthright Israel Trip

by Robyn Schneider May 28, 2019 at 8:02 am
Birthright Israel

What It Means To Me To Staff A Birthright Israel Trip

by Robyn Schneider May 28, 2019 at 8:02 am

When I was in college, a new program started that would allow Jewish young adults who had never visited Israel to go on a free trip as their birthright. Growing up in a very Zionist household, I had already been to Israel several times, and so did not qualify for this new-found opportunity. Read More

What People Get Wrong About Birthright Israel: Even After 18 Years

by Gil Troy May 21, 2019 at 8:17 am

Eighteen years and 650,000 happy participants later, you’d think people would get Birthright Israel right. Yet it’s amazing how many people get Birthright Israel wrong. Few understand Birthright’s secret sauce – what I call the Zen of Birthright. They expect it to be as site-oriented as a grand European tour, as partisan as a Zionist pep rally, as self-involved as most student’s freshman years, and as staged-managed as a video game. Not so. Read More

My Birthright Israel Journey: 12 Years In The Making

by Mallory Hope Schwartz • Atlanta, GA May 14, 2019 at 8:58 am
Mallory Schwartz in Israel

My Birthright Israel Journey: 12 Years In The Making

by Mallory Hope Schwartz • Atlanta, GA May 14, 2019 at 8:58 am

The alarm yells at me at 4:30am. I wipe the few hours of sleep away from my eyes. I sluggishly make my way into clothing and sneakers and join the team of sleepy walkers to the front door. We take a stroll to a small pathway that opens up to a bigger dirt road. Read More

How Birthright Israel Strengthened My Sons’ Relationship to Judaism and Each Other

by Stacey Cohen May 10, 2019 at 8:53 am

My two boys, Lenny and Ben, went on Birthright Israel this past winter and all I can say is THANK YOU from deep in my soul for this opportunity. This WAS the trip of a lifetime and everything I ever wished for; everything I worked hard to develop came to fruition on this trip.  I wanted to give my kids two things in their life. Read More

Event Highlights: NYC Young Leadership Council Yom Ha’atzmaut

by Birthright Israel Foundation May 9, 2019 at 5:40 pm

Event Highlights: NYC Young Leadership Council Yom Ha’atzmaut

by Birthright Israel Foundation May 9, 2019 at 5:40 pm

On May 9, 2019, our NYC Young Leadership Council gathered at GoldBar for a Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration to ring in Israel’s 71st birthday! Alumni supporters are an integral part of our annual campaign to ensure that the next generation of young Jewish adults is connected to our rich heritage, traditions and beliefs. Read More

Birthright Israel Made Me A Better Mom

by Sarah Myer • Charleston, SC May 7, 2019 at 7:56 am
Sarah and Son Jake

Birthright Israel Made Me A Better Mom

by Sarah Myer • Charleston, SC May 7, 2019 at 7:56 am

This Mother’s Day, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a mom, and about the ways that my experience on Birthright Israel changed how I parent. My son Jake was 18-months old when my husband, David, and I went on a journey with Birthright Israel. We were the only parents on the trip, but this was something we knew we needed to do — both for ourselves, and for our family. Read More