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Meet Birthright Israel Miami Alumnus, David Bitton

by David Bitton • Miami, FL June 30, 2020 at 10:00 am
David Bitton, 2006 Birthright Israel Alumnus, with his hand on the Western Wall next to an Israeli soldier

Meet Birthright Israel Miami Alumnus, David Bitton

by David Bitton • Miami, FL June 30, 2020 at 10:00 am

What made me love Birthright Israel is probably precisely why everyone loves it – it’s life-changing. I signed up during my sophomore year at the University of Miami, and I thought it was a dream to go to Israel on an all-inclusive trip. Little did I know how much these 10 days would influence my life in the years to come.  Read More

Birthright Israel Love Story: Jane & Vitaly

by Birthright Israel Foundation June 30, 2020 at 8:42 am
Jane and Vitaly who met on Birthright Israel

Birthright Israel Love Story: Jane & Vitaly

by Birthright Israel Foundation June 30, 2020 at 8:42 am

Growing up in Kiev, Ukraine, I knew absolutely nothing about Israel, Jewish culture, and I definitely had no sense of belonging to the Jewish people. As a post-Soviet Jewish girl, you can imagine all of these were things my family never spoke about. So, when I signed up for Birthright Israel, I never dreamed I’d meet my husband. Read More

How Donating to Birthright Israel Foundation Makes Life-Changing Experiences Possible

by Birthright Israel Foundation June 24, 2020 at 8:00 am
Birthright Israel participants

How Donating to Birthright Israel Foundation Makes Life-Changing Experiences Possible

by Birthright Israel Foundation June 24, 2020 at 8:00 am

Growing up around Holocaust deniers and anti-Semites, Cole Keister often felt different because he was Jewish. The kids at his rural Oregon school called him a “kike” or a “dirty Jew.” One even gave him a bible and invited him to church to be “saved.” Upon returning from Birthright Israel in college, Keister no longer felt different. Read More

Finding Normalcy: How Birthright Israel Helped Me Feel at Home in the Homeland

by Laura Minskoff • New York, NY June 22, 2020 at 8:00 am
Laura and her Birthright Israel group

Finding Normalcy: How Birthright Israel Helped Me Feel at Home in the Homeland

by Laura Minskoff • New York, NY June 22, 2020 at 8:00 am

If you would have told me that seeing a rodent in Israel on my Birthright Israel trip would change my life, I would have thought you were out of your mind.But it did. But first, let me tell you about the events that lead up to that fateful Hedgehog moment on my trip. Read More

My Birthright Israel Story Is Still Alive, 13 Years Later

by Rachel Barnehama • Great Neck, NY June 18, 2020 at 8:35 am
Rachel staffing Birthright Israel

My Birthright Israel Story Is Still Alive, 13 Years Later

by Rachel Barnehama • Great Neck, NY June 18, 2020 at 8:35 am

No matter how many times I have heard the flight attendant announce “Baruch Habayim L’yisrael (Welcome to Israel),” over the loudspeaker, a chill radiates throughout my body. Each Birthright Israel trip I have had the opportunity to partake in, whether it be as a participant or as a Madricha (staff), brings me an overwhelming sense of excitement and adventure. Read More

A Kiddush Sprinkle Cookie Recipe You’ll Absolutely Love

by Birthright Israel Foundation June 15, 2020 at 8:00 am
Chef David Ratz' Sprinkle Cookie

A Kiddush Sprinkle Cookie Recipe You’ll Absolutely Love

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

It’s the cookie any American Jew knows and absolutely loves – the Kiddush cookie. Sometimes known as a sprinkle or confetti cookie too. This light-colored mound of goodness is complete with colorful sprinkles. You may even find them dipped in chocolate and then covered in sprinkles! They are showcased in synagogues around America on Saturday mornings post-Shabbat services. You’ll Read More

7 Facts About Birthright Israel, and the Foundation That Keeps It Going

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

7 Facts About Birthright Israel, and the Foundation That Keeps It Going

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

Did you recently learn that your child or grandchild is interested in a group trip to Israel? You’re likely thrilled that someone you love is eager to embrace their heritage, but you may also wonder if they’re in safe and suitable hands. When the trip is organized through Birthright Israel, there’s no need to worry. Read More

Out of the Strong, Sweetness Shall Come Forth

by Gidi Mark, International CEO, Birthright Israel June 11, 2020 at 6:34 pm
Fields of buttercups at a kibbutz

Out of the Strong, Sweetness Shall Come Forth

by Gidi Mark, International CEO, Birthright Israel June 11, 2020 at 6:34 pm

The Covid19 period has forced Jewish organizations worldwide to reassess and reimagine their mission and operational strategies. While Birthright Israel is no exception, it is nonetheless important to clarify the nature of such reassessments and situate them in an appropriate, chiefly positive, context. Research has conclusively shown the tremendous impact of Israel educational tourism in general, let alone that of the Birthright Israel model. Read More

How A Free Trip to Israel Saved My Mental Health

by Connor Jacobson • Washington, DC June 9, 2020 at 8:00 am
Connor after his Bar Mitzvah at the Western Wall

How A Free Trip to Israel Saved My Mental Health

by Connor Jacobson • Washington, DC June 9, 2020 at 8:00 am

There are many different reasons to go on Birthright Israel. However, to me, they are all secondary to the honest answer: it’s a free trip to Israel! My father always told me nothing in this world comes completely free, so I figured there was a sales pitch coming my way. I was a half-Jewish free agent of the religious world. Read More

Birthright Israel’s Impact on Israelis: Meet Adi

by Adi Wegrzyn June 4, 2020 at 8:00 am
Adi Vigrazin on his 2019 Birthright Israel trip as an Israeli participant

Birthright Israel’s Impact on Israelis: Meet Adi

by Adi Wegrzyn June 4, 2020 at 8:00 am

I participated in Birthright Israel one year ago. I remember there was something special about our group, in the connections that were created, especially in the sense of “togetherness.” So, it’s been a year now, but the magic of the tour and those special memories accompany me to this day, and I’m sure they will in the future too. Read More