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Orthodox Jews Can Benefit From Birthright Israel

by Meira Shleifer • Waterbury, CT July 30, 2020 at 8:00 am
Meira Shleifer at Mount Herzl on her Birthright Israel trip in 2020

Orthodox Jews Can Benefit From Birthright Israel

by Meira Shleifer • Waterbury, CT July 30, 2020 at 8:00 am

When I was born, my father wanted to name me Sunshine. My mother compromised and named Meira Shleifer, which translates to illuminate. I grew up in a small Orthodox Jewish community in Waterbury, CT, attended a religious Jewish day school through eighth grade, and an all-girls Orthodox Yeshiva high school. Traditionally, after high school, Yeshiva students go to Israel for a gap year before going to college, getting married, and starting adult life. Read More

Why Beloved Atlantan Ron Eichel Supports Birthright Israel Foundation

by Birthright Israel Foundation July 27, 2020 at 8:00 am
Ron Eichel speaking at Independence Hall in Tel Aviv on Birthright Israel 18th Anniversary Mission to Israel

Why Beloved Atlantan Ron Eichel Supports Birthright Israel Foundation

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

The year is 1969, and a young Ron Eichel has decided to make his way South to Atlanta after finishing a pediatric dental residency in Indiana. Little did he know that the city he would learn to call home and the Jewish community he came to adore would look up to him as an incredible role model for decades to come. Read More

Finding My Jewish Identity Through Birthright Israel Excel

by Alex Levitt • Miami, FL July 24, 2020 at 8:00 am
Alex Levitt, 2012 Birthright Israel Excel Fellow

Finding My Jewish Identity Through Birthright Israel Excel

by Alex Levitt • Miami, FL July 24, 2020 at 8:00 am

As a child, being Jewish was easy– mostly because it was gently forced upon me by my loving parents and grandparents. However, what really did not come easy to me was figuring out what my Jewish identity meant to me once I flew out of the nest and later on in my professional career. Read More

How to Prioritize The Jewish Organizations You Support

by Birthright Israel Foundation July 23, 2020 at 8:00 am
Birthright Israel supporters and participants

How to Prioritize The Jewish Organizations You Support

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

Tzedakah is a Hebrew word that resonates for most American Jews. Perhaps you remember collecting coins in a blue and white pushke as a kid. Or maybe you learned about mitzvot as a young adult on a Birthright Israel trip. The closest English translation is philanthropy, but tzedakah also ties into justice and righteousness. Read More

Arlene Kaufman & Sandy Baklor and Their Unwavering Support for Birthright Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation July 21, 2020 at 8:00 am
Arlene Kaufman & Sandy Baklor

Arlene Kaufman & Sandy Baklor and Their Unwavering Support for Birthright Israel

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

When Arlene Kaufman and Sandy Baklor married over two decades ago, they both not only shared an undeniable love for each other but an undeniable love for Israel and Jewish people. Anyone who has had the pleasure to meet Arlene and Sandy knows firsthand their focus is on securing the Jewish future – whether through Birthright Israel Foundation, Masa Israel Journey, The Jewish Agency for Israel, or local Federations.    Read More

Birthright Israel to Atlanta: How I’m Still Reaping the Benefits of My Trip

by Jordan Shipowtiz • Atlanta, GA July 20, 2020 at 8:00 am
Jordan Shipowitz on his Birthright Israel trip in 2014

Birthright Israel to Atlanta: How I’m Still Reaping the Benefits of My Trip

by Jordan Shipowtiz • Atlanta, GA July 20, 2020 at 8:00 am

In summer 2014, there was ongoing rocket fire from Hamas into Israel, and like many Jewish people, this was weighing heavily on my heart. Sure, being in the US as this was happening, it’s easy to sort of tune it out since quickly, these situations in Israel can become like any other news cycle. Read More

Meet Sam & Jared: Atlanta Alumni Who Were Transformed on Birthright Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation July 13, 2020 at 8:00 am
Jared, Sam and Omer on Birthright Israel

Meet Sam & Jared: Atlanta Alumni Who Were Transformed on Birthright Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation July 13, 2020 at 8:00 am

This past year Atlanta natives and best friends Jared Siegel and Sam Baroff decided it was time to claim their birthright. During their junior year at the University of Georgia, they signed up for a Birthright Israel trip together, hoping to further their understanding of Israel. Like many, Sam had initially heard of Birthright Israel through his mom. Read More

How Birthright Israel Has Been Preserving Jewish Heritage for Decades

by Birthright Israel Foundation July 10, 2020 at 8:00 am
Birthright Israel participant in a bus

How Birthright Israel Has Been Preserving Jewish Heritage for Decades

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

Ashley Horine was taught about Israel and claiming her birthright by her grandfather, a Holocaust survivor she affectionately refers to as Poppy. Even so, for much of her life, she considered her Jewish heritage a “thing” without meaning. After Poppy passed away, however, Horine spoke with his rabbi who reiterated Poppy’s desire to see his granddaughter go to Israel, sharing the words he often repeated: “One day, my motek will go, and her soul will be fulfilled.” Read More

Why Birthright Israel Prepared Me For Seminary

by Sheyna Ryvkin • Brooklyn, NY July 9, 2020 at 8:00 am
2019 Birthright Israel alumna Sheyna Ryvkin at the Kotel with her group

Why Birthright Israel Prepared Me For Seminary

by Sheyna Ryvkin • Brooklyn, NY July 9, 2020 at 8:00 am

Before I went on Birthright Israel, the organization seemed just like any other Israel travel company. To me, Israel was Israel and just the country of the Jewish people. However, this all changed after my trip. I can now say, Birthright Israel was an incredible experience, and Israel is home. It also prepared me for my year in seminary, which I started right after. Read More

How Birthright Israel Foundation Changes Lives…Tens of Thousands at a Time

by Birthright Israel Foundation July 6, 2020 at 8:00 am
Birthright Israel participants at Masada

How Birthright Israel Foundation Changes Lives…Tens of Thousands at a Time

by Birthright Israel Foundation July 6, 2020 at 8:00 am

Every year, tens of thousands* of Jewish young adults are gifted with a life-changing journey to Israel. Before their enlightening Birthright Israel expedition, they tend to take Israel for granted. Like the generation before them and the generations to come, these individuals have little concept of a world without a Jewish homeland. Read More