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Gene Hoffman’s Story: A Passion for Learning and Educating the Next Generation

by Birthright Israel Foundation May 31, 2020 at 8:00 am
Gene Hoffman at his Gratz College Graduation

Gene Hoffman’s Story: A Passion for Learning and Educating the Next Generation

by Birthright Israel Foundation May 31, 2020 at 8:00 am

When Gene Hoffman was growing up in Connecticut he was only a little boy, barely finished with kindergarten when he first faced discrimination for being Jewish. Prior to the 1940s and 1950s, Jews in America faced harsh realities of antisemitism. As our people began breaking into industries like entertainment and law, the antisemitism only worsened. From universities, hotels, country clubs, and medical professions – Jews faced restrictions. Read More

Celebrate the Season with Sweet and Savory Shavuot Recipes

by Birthright Israel Foundation May 27, 2020 at 8:00 am
Cheese Blintzes

Celebrate the Season with Sweet and Savory Shavuot Recipes

by Birthright Israel Foundation May 27, 2020 at 8:00 am

Whether you haven’t pulled an all-nighter since studying for your college exams or you stay up studying Torah every year, the Jewish festival of Shavuot is a smorgasbord of delicious food. The holiday is known, after all, as the Feast of Weeks. While blintzes and cheesecake are often the stars of the show, they’re far from the only Shavuot recipes worth making. Read More

Meet Max Seidel, a Birthright Israel Alumnus Protecting Those on the Frontlines

by Birthright Israel Foundation May 26, 2020 at 8:00 am
Max Seidel working on building face shields

Meet Max Seidel, a Birthright Israel Alumnus Protecting Those on the Frontlines

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

If you live in the Atlanta area then you may have already heard of Max Seidel. He’s a recent Birthright Israel alumnus who has put his engineering skills to use and founded Atlanta Face Shields. The company was set up to manufacture face shields for Atlanta hospitals but soon found itself meeting needs everywhere. Read More

6 Birthright Israel Alumni Making a Difference During the Pandemic

by Birthright Israel Foundation May 21, 2020 at 8:00 am
Birthright Israel participants

6 Birthright Israel Alumni Making a Difference During the Pandemic

by Birthright Israel Foundation May 21, 2020 at 8:00 am

One could have never imagined in 2020 we’d be amid a pandemic, separated from friends and loved ones. Our world will be different moving forward but that is no reason to give up hope. Together, each one of us can do our part to make the world a better place, even if we are socially distanced.          Read More

How Birthright Israel Culturally Changed My Life

by Corey Black • Los Angeles, CA May 20, 2020 at 8:00 am
Corey at the Western Wall on his Birthright Israel trip

How Birthright Israel Culturally Changed My Life

by Corey Black • Los Angeles, CA May 20, 2020 at 8:00 am

Birthright Israel culturally changed my life. I can imagine many other young Jews in America, who are secular, feel the same. The 10-days I spent on the trip showed me there is another home for me and that I can be accepted. Birthright Israel helps you to create your own definition of what it means to be Jewish. Read More

Birthright Israel through Luis Burgos’ 35mm Photos

by Birthright Israel Foundation May 18, 2020 at 8:00 am
Landscape photo of Israel

Birthright Israel through Luis Burgos’ 35mm Photos

by Birthright Israel Foundation May 18, 2020 at 8:00 am

Luis Burgos is a 2019 Birthright Israel alumnus who grew up in New York City, spent time in Los Angeles, where he converted to Judaism and then made his way back to the Big Apple. Like so many of our alumni, Luis’ Jewish identity is unique and, most of all, inspiring. Read More

10 Jewish Podcasts to Listen to Right Now

by Birthright Israel Foundation May 15, 2020 at 8:00 am
10 Jewish Podcasts to Listen to Now

10 Jewish Podcasts to Listen to Right Now

by Birthright Israel Foundation May 15, 2020 at 8:00 am

It’s become the norm to consume information in the form of a podcast. Whether you’re into news, comedy, storytelling, or what’s happening in Israel, the best way to devour information is with your earbuds in and a podcast on. We have searched the world of Jewish/Israel themed podcasts and curated this list for all our Birthright Israel fans. Read More

Birthright Israel launches a new initiative to connect alumni during coronavirus

by Birthright Israel Foundation May 14, 2020 at 12:41 pm
Birthright Israel Connect

Birthright Israel launches a new initiative to connect alumni during coronavirus

by Birthright Israel Foundation May 14, 2020 at 12:41 pm

What’s the game plan when you have over 750,000 alumni spread out across 68 countries amidst a global pandemic? Connect them. That’s exactly what Birthright Israel is doing with their new initiative, Birthright Israel Connect. The online program aims to connect alumni of the program with each other through trained facilitators and educators. Each session aims to spark meaningful conversations about the effects of COVID-19 in their home countries while providing a platform where young Jews can share their thoughts and personal stories. Read More

You Heard It Here First: What Atlantans Say About Birthright Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation May 12, 2020 at 8:00 am
Photo of Birthright Israel group in Jaffa, Israel

You Heard It Here First: What Atlantans Say About Birthright Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation May 12, 2020 at 8:00 am

We bet you didn’t know that since Birthright Israel’s inception over 9,000 participants from Atlanta, GA have been part of this unforgettable experience. Birthright Israel Foundation and our generous supporters in Atlanta are committed to ensuring young Jews in their community grow closer to their Jewish heritage through this program.  Doug Ross, Birthright Israel Foundation’s Board Treasurer and Chair of the Atlanta Leadership Council, told the Atlanta Jewish Times the community trips help connect young Jews in the area. Read More

How my Birthright Israel trip helped me save a life

by Benjamin Kanas • Bexley, OH May 12, 2020 at 8:00 am
Ben donating stem cells for Gift of Life

How my Birthright Israel trip helped me save a life

by Benjamin Kanas • Bexley, OH May 12, 2020 at 8:00 am

More than two years ago, when I signed up for a Birthright Israel trip with fellow students from The Ohio State University’s Hillel, I never thought I’d end up saving a life. You might ask how one could even have such an opportunity on a free trip to Israel, but it’s possible. Read More