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Birthright Israel Love Story: Carly and Alex Vargas

by Carly & Alex Vargas • Boston, MA December 3, 2019 at 9:14 pm

Birthright Israel Love Story: Carly and Alex Vargas

by Carly & Alex Vargas • Boston, MA December 3, 2019 at 9:14 pm

Carly Rapaport and Alex Vargas met on their Birthright Israel trip back in the summer of 2014. Although they lived under 6 miles from each other in Boston at the time, they didn’t meet until their trip when they were over 5,000 miles from home! Carly explains, “Alex had wanted to go on a Birthright Israel trip for years, but he just couldn’t find the right time. Read More

Birthright Israel Was My First Taste Of True Community

by Kyla Sokoll-Ward • San Francisco, CA December 2, 2019 at 10:31 pm
Kyla Sokoll-Ward on the beach in Israel in 2011

Birthright Israel Was My First Taste Of True Community

by Kyla Sokoll-Ward • San Francisco, CA December 2, 2019 at 10:31 pm

I went on my Birthright Israel trip in 2011 at the ripe age of 19. Like many participants in this demographic, I was excited about the experience (who doesn’t love the rare gift of free travel?) and eager to explore my Jewish identity more. My Jewish upbringing wasn’t atypical for an American Jew; I went to synagogue on the high holidays, I went to Sunday school, I had a Bat Mitzvah, and I complained about all of it. Read More

Birthright Israel Is Crucial And Here’s Why

by Jenna Pfeffer • New York, NY December 2, 2019 at 7:53 pm

Birthright Israel Is Crucial And Here’s Why

by Jenna Pfeffer • New York, NY December 2, 2019 at 7:53 pm

Growing up, my grandparents instilled in me a strong love for Israel and for fellow Jews around the world. Each of them was a Holocaust survivor and lost countless family members in the war, including parents and even baby siblings. If only the state of Israel had been formed sooner. For my grandparents, there was nothing more admirable than being a Proud Zionist. 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

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

THEN & NOW: Jason Yale Cohen

by Jason Yale Cohen • Wilkes-Barre, PA October 16, 2019 at 8:29 am
Jason on Masada

THEN & NOW: Jason Yale Cohen

by Jason Yale Cohen • Wilkes-Barre, PA October 16, 2019 at 8:29 am

Dear Mr. Charles Bronfman: Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to be a participant in the Birthright Israel 2000 experience. The trip has left an impression on me, which will last a lifetime. How can I summarize this experience to you in just a few short paragraphs? Read More