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Birthright Israel gave me back my Jewish heritage

by Olivia Lavidor • Ashland, MA April 29, 2020 at 8:00 am
Olivia and her brother on Birthright Israel

Birthright Israel gave me back my Jewish heritage

by Olivia Lavidor • Ashland, MA April 29, 2020 at 8:00 am

For as long as I could remember, my Gramma’s voice was in the back of my head, urging me to go on Birthright Israel with my brother. She said it would be a great chance for us to bond and rediscover our Jewish heritage. She had always wanted to go to Israel herself, but never had the opportunity and felt a Birthright Israel trip was something my brother and I could not pass up. Read More

Birthright Israel’s Connection to Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut

by Birthright Israel Foundation April 26, 2020 at 8:00 am
Mifgash participant at a cometary in Israel

Birthright Israel’s Connection to Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut

by Birthright Israel Foundation April 26, 2020 at 8:00 am

Every year, Israelis and Jews worldwide come together to commemorate and celebrate two important days on the calendar: Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day) and Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day). On these days we remember the sacrifice of our soldiers over the last 72 years and we celebrate the triumph that is the State of Israel. Read More

Quiz: How much do you know about Yom Ha’atzmaut

by Birthright Israel Foundation April 26, 2020 at 8:00 am
Birthright Israel participants holding an Israeli flag

Quiz: How much do you know about Yom Ha’atzmaut

by Birthright Israel Foundation April 26, 2020 at 8:00 am

Every year Jews in Israel and around the world celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel Independence Day. Yom Ha’atzmaut marks the establishment of the modern State of Israel. In many Western Jewish communities, Yom Ha’atzmaut is incorporated into Jewish calendars and followed by a public celebration. This all marks and of course remembers the original date when Israel’s Declaration of Independence was signed in Tel Aviv on May 14, 1948, where David Ben-Gurion read it out loud. Read More

Kenny Flowers Mask Mission & Birthright Israel Foundation

by Birthright Israel Foundation April 24, 2020 at 10:00 am
Kenny Flowers masks

Kenny Flowers Mask Mission & Birthright Israel Foundation

by Birthright Israel Foundation April 24, 2020 at 10:00 am

Kenny Haisfield, a 2012 Birthright Israel alumnus and founder of the lifestyle brand Kenny Flowers, has joined the fight against COVID-19 along with his colleague, Ruthie Schorr. Schorr works in Digital Marketing for Kenny Flowers and met her fiancé on Birthright Israel. The brand swiftly transitioned its Bali factory to manufacture reusable, non-medical masks with the leftover and yet-to-be-used fabric from their spring/summer 2020 collection. Read More

Birthright Israel COVID‑19 Information

by Birthright Israel Foundation April 23, 2020 at 8:00 am
World Map

Birthright Israel COVID‑19 Information

by Birthright Israel Foundation April 23, 2020 at 8:00 am

Birthright Israel has been closely monitoring the situation with regard to COVID‑19 (i.e. the coronavirus) both in Israel and worldwide. The safety and security of our participants is our primary focus and concern and Birthright Israel is in daily contact with the Ministry of Health to evaluate the situation. We want to keep our supporters apprised of important updates as we get them. Read More

Birthright Israel: 10 Lessons for 10 Days

by Jamie Goerke • Plainview, NY April 22, 2020 at 7:00 am
Jamie in front of graffiti

Birthright Israel: 10 Lessons for 10 Days

by Jamie Goerke • Plainview, NY April 22, 2020 at 7:00 am

If I was to truly reflect on my experience with Birthright Israel, this blog would be a novel. Instead, I’m going to reflect on each day and how all 10 of them changed my perspective on life. To say the least, this 10-day journey taught me enough for a lifetime!  Day 1: Birthright Israel is all about eating new foods. Read More

How my Jewish heritage became more than just a thing

by Ashley Horine • Orlando, FL April 12, 2020 at 8:00 am
Ashley with her Birthright Israel group

How my Jewish heritage became more than just a thing

by Ashley Horine • Orlando, FL April 12, 2020 at 8:00 am

My Jewish heritage has been with me since birth, but if I am honest, it was just a thing—kind of like lighting Shabbat candles or observing Jewish holidays. My heritage was there with no meaning. Then came my Birthright Israel trip, which made those Jewish heritage things much more. As the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor, my Poppy was always telling me about Israel and how blessed we were to have her. Read More

Birthright Israel and the impact of Israeli participants

by Birthright Israel Foundation April 10, 2020 at 8:00 am
Israel participants on Birthright Israel (Photo by Ben Judelson, 2018 alumnus)

Birthright Israel and the impact of Israeli participants

by Birthright Israel Foundation April 10, 2020 at 8:00 am

Since Birthright Israel’s inception, 115,000 Israelis have participated in this extraordinary educational experience. The Israeli element of the Birthright Israel program is called ‘The Mifgash,’ which in Hebrew means encounter. The Mifgash gives Diaspora participants a chance to meet Israeli soldiers and Israeli young professionals as a unique way to experience the culture. Read More

Passover Recipes for Every Plate—and Every Palate

by Birthright Israel Foundation April 7, 2020 at 8:00 am
Passover Seder Plate

Passover Recipes for Every Plate—and Every Palate

by Birthright Israel Foundation April 7, 2020 at 8:00 am

Spring has sprung. Passover is here and you’re already thirsting for the four promises of redemption. Although it’s tempting to think about reclining, everything will fall flatter than the bread of affliction without a little Passover planning. On Passover, we like to mingle the holiday’s greatest hits with a few contemporary recipes. Read More

A Passover Message from our President & CEO

by Israel "Izzy" Tapoohi April 6, 2020 at 8:00 am
The Western Wall

A Passover Message from our President & CEO

by Israel "Izzy" Tapoohi April 6, 2020 at 8:00 am

Dear Partners & Supporters, This year, instead of asking why this night is different from any other night, we may be asking ourselves, “why is this Passover different from any other in history?” The answer is that more people than ever before are sharing a “virtual” Seder with family and friends. Read More