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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. Inspirational moments included moving remarks from Evie Steinberg reflecting on her family’s meaningful connection with Birthright Israel, an intimate conversation with Dr. Miriam Read More

Event Highlight: Philadelphia Dinner at Zahav

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 21, 2019 at 4:49 pm
Marjorie Honickman at Zahav with Birthright Israel Foundation, November 2019

Event Highlight: Philadelphia Dinner at Zahav

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 21, 2019 at 4:49 pm

On November 20, 2019, we gathered with our Philadelphia community for an evening to benefit Birthright Israel Foundation at Zahav. We’d like to thank our wonderful Philadelphia leadership for making this event a smashing success. Our guests were fortunate enough to hear from Birthright Israel alumnus and national best-selling author, Arel Moodie. Read More

From Birthright Israel Participant to Olah Chadasha, The Journey of Nicole LaGrua

by Nicole LaGrua • Rumson, NJ November 21, 2019 at 6:59 am

From Birthright Israel Participant to Olah Chadasha, The Journey of Nicole LaGrua

by Nicole LaGrua • Rumson, NJ November 21, 2019 at 6:59 am

Where do I begin? This trip has changed my life, really. As of last December, I was a student at Penn State University, and the only reason I went on Birthright Israel was because a friend from college wanted me to come with him. So I thought, why not! I had never been to Israel before and wanted to learn more. Read More

Recipe Feature: Israeli Salad

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 20, 2019 at 7:28 am

Recipe Feature: Israeli Salad

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 20, 2019 at 7:28 am

Let’s add a little Israeli flare to Thanksgiving this year and serve a delicious Israeli salad. So many of our participants not only discover the history of Israel but the flavors as well, and we can almost guarantee that after their Birthright Israel trip, they love Israeli salad. What You Need 2 plum tomatoes, seeds removed and diced 1 bell pepper, diced 1/2 cucumber, diced Juice of one lemon 1/4 cup chopped parsley 2-3 tablespoons olive oil Salt and pepper (to taste) What You Do Add all vegetables to a large bowl.Toss Read More

One Bite Of Falafel On Birthright Israel Is A Taste Of Judaism Forever

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 17, 2019 at 3:16 am

One Bite Of Falafel On Birthright Israel Is A Taste Of Judaism Forever

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 17, 2019 at 3:16 am

There’s something magical about the first bite into a falafel while on Birthright Israel. The taste of fried chickpeas mixed with tahini and pickles is the first taste of vibrant Jewish life for most participants. That bite into falafel signifies a craving for their newfound love of Israel and their own Jewish identity. Read More

Event Highlights: Palm Beach Gardens Celebrates Birthright Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 14, 2019 at 8:03 pm

Event Highlights: Palm Beach Gardens Celebrates Birthright Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 14, 2019 at 8:03 pm

On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 45 members of the Jewish community of Palm Beach Gardens and North Palm Beach celebrated Birthright Israel and the program’s 19 years of impacting young Jewish adults. The evening included a beautiful story of intergenerationally supporting Birthright Israel’s mission as Harriet Sternlicht hosted the event, and her son, Barry Sternlicht, Chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group, was the featured speaker. Read More

Thanksgiving Recipe Feature: Spiced Sweet Potato Latkes with Yogurt

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 13, 2019 at 5:02 am

Thanksgiving Recipe Feature: Spiced Sweet Potato Latkes with Yogurt

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 13, 2019 at 5:02 am

You most likely eat sweet potatoes on Thanksgiving, maybe drizzled with melted marshmallow or sweetened with sugar, but have you tried serving sweet potato latkes? How about sweet potato latkes with a spiced yogurt? We know you’re saying to yourself, “YUM,” so why not add some Israeli flavor into your Thanksgiving meal and serve our Sweet Potato Latkes with Yogurt this year. WHAT YOU NEED 3 cups grated sweet potatoes3 tablespoons flour1 teaspoon ground black pepper1 teaspoon sea salt1/2 teaspoon mild paprika1/2 teaspoon garlic powder1/4 teaspoon cinnamon1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle2 eggs, lightly beatenOil for cooking1 cup finely chopped onion (about 1 medium onion)2/3 cup Greek yogurt WHAT YOU DO Preheat oven to 395 degrees.Mix Read More

Alumna and Chef, Alexis Sicklick hosts Birthright Israel Themed Pop-up Dinner

by Alexis Sicklick • New York, NY November 11, 2019 at 3:22 pm

Alumna and Chef, Alexis Sicklick hosts Birthright Israel Themed Pop-up Dinner

by Alexis Sicklick • New York, NY November 11, 2019 at 3:22 pm

Alexis Sicklick is a Junior Sous Chef at Aquavit in New York City and went on Birthright Israel in summer 2019 with her sister Tori. Her trip inspired her so much that she is hosting a Birthright Israel themed Pop-Dinner, Experiencing the Deliciousness of Israel, on Monday, November 18, 2019, in New York City (Sign Up Here!). Read More