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A trip to Israel sparks healing and a bond between sisters

by Emily Maguire • Charlotte, NC April 5, 2020 at 8:00 am
Emily with her sister at the beach in Israel

A trip to Israel sparks healing and a bond between sisters

by Emily Maguire • Charlotte, NC April 5, 2020 at 8:00 am

My sister was the one who really wanted to go on this trip to Israel. I did not know very much about the Birthright Israel program or the country, I was apprehensive to go. We lost our dad in 2012 and I became less spiritual and struggled to deal with my grief. Read More

Video: The 10 Values of Birthright Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation March 30, 2020 at 9:55 am
Dr. Zohar Raviv

Video: The 10 Values of Birthright Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation March 30, 2020 at 9:55 am

750,000 young Jewish adults from 68 countries have experienced the 10 Values of Birthright Israel and are forever impacted by each and every one of them. The program’s educational framework makes each journey unique and allows participants to explore their Jewish identity and Israel like never before. Whether a young Jewish adult grew up with a Jewish identity or embraced theirs because of Birthright Israel, our values ensure this educational program provides a life-changing experience. Read More

Birthright Excel Alumni Launch Drive to Deliver Food, Medicine to Elderly

by Jerusalem Post Staff March 23, 2020 at 4:19 pm
Birthright Excel founders of Door2Dor Lior Avisar and Maya Klein

Birthright Excel Alumni Launch Drive to Deliver Food, Medicine to Elderly

by Jerusalem Post Staff March 23, 2020 at 4:19 pm

Birthright Excel, the entrepreneurship, leadership and business program of Birthright Israel, has encouraged its alumni community across North America and Israel to develop new initiatives to overcome the new challenges caused by the spread of the coronavirus and help those in need. The elderly are among those who are most vulnerable to the outbreak. Some of them are isolated, in self-quarantine, unable to leave their homes and need help to purchase food and medicine. Read More

Siblings Rediscover Their Jewish Heritage in Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation March 22, 2020 at 5:25 am
Cameron Koffman with his sister

Siblings Rediscover Their Jewish Heritage in Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation March 22, 2020 at 5:25 am

Who would have thought when the Birthright Israel program was founded 20 years ago, that our investment would go beyond reconnecting young adults to their Jewish heritage! What is an investment in one person turned out to be an investment in their entire family and their offspring for generations to come. Read More

5 Ways Birthright Israel Changed Me as an Israeli

by Niran Avni • Las Vegas, NV March 12, 2020 at 6:11 pm
Niran and fellow IDF soldiers on Birthright Israel.

5 Ways Birthright Israel Changed Me as an Israeli

by Niran Avni • Las Vegas, NV March 12, 2020 at 6:11 pm

As a Birthright Israel Madrich, volunteer, and Mifgash, you could say that my journey began six years ago when I was asked to go on a five-day paid military vacation. Little did I know, this trip would turn out to be one of the most impactful moments of my life.  Growing up, I lived in the small suburban town of Hod Hasharon, Israel. Read More

If your grandmother says “go,” you go!

by Guido Weiss • Wellington, FL March 6, 2020 at 5:33 pm
2008 Alumnus Guido Weiss in from of the American flag

If your grandmother says “go,” you go!

by Guido Weiss • Wellington, FL March 6, 2020 at 5:33 pm

My grandmother, who survived World War II hiding in Italy, has the mentality that nothing in this world should be taken for granted. She has a zero-waste policy – she is the type who brings the bread and butter home from a restaurant and when she heard about the gift of Birthright Israel, she insisted that I take advantage of it. Read More

Two Weeks in Israel and Forever in Our Hearts

by Kyla Gladstone • Boca Raton, FL February 27, 2020 at 5:18 pm
Kyla with fellow alumni in Boca Raton

Two Weeks in Israel and Forever in Our Hearts

by Kyla Gladstone • Boca Raton, FL February 27, 2020 at 5:18 pm

The two weeks I spent in Israel were nothing short of transformative and to show you how much it changed my life; I need to go back a little bit. I went to high school in Boca Raton, FL, where my mom and stepfather still live. As many people already know, Boca Raton is a very Jewish community. Read More

Birthright Israel Showed Me that There’s No Right Way to Be Jewish

by Sarah Fielding • New York, NY February 24, 2020 at 4:29 am

Birthright Israel Showed Me that There’s No Right Way to Be Jewish

by Sarah Fielding • New York, NY February 24, 2020 at 4:29 am

The idea of going on Birthright Israel had been in my head long before I turned 18, but it always seemed like a hypothetical, not something I would actually do. This was due mostly in part to my upbringing in a town of very few Jewish people. No one talked about going to Israel and I couldn’t name a single person who had taken the trip through Birthright Israel. Read More

Go For Those Who Couldn’t

by Aidan Segal • Pittsburgh, PA February 20, 2020 at 8:41 pm
Aidan and his 2020 Birthright Israel group on Mt. Scopus in Jerusalem at sunset

Go For Those Who Couldn’t

by Aidan Segal • Pittsburgh, PA February 20, 2020 at 8:41 pm

“In Israel, in order to be a realist,” Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion said, “you must believe in miracles,” and for centuries in the diaspora, Jews under the oppressive arm of an undying anti-Semitism prayed for such a miracle to come into fruition –– to return to Eretz Yisrael. My ancestors of Romanian and Lithuanian descent immigrated to another land said to flow with milk and honey, and made a new life for themselves in America. I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA the product of an interfaith family. Read More

Birthright Israel Love Story: Ruthie Schorr & Simon Menaker

by Birthright Israel Foundation February 14, 2020 at 7:58 am
Ruthie & Simon on the top of Masada at sunrise on their 2012 Birthright Israel trip

Birthright Israel Love Story: Ruthie Schorr & Simon Menaker

by Birthright Israel Foundation February 14, 2020 at 7:58 am

In the winter of 2012, a girl from Seattle, WA, and a boy from Charlotte, NC, both signed up for Birthright Israel hoping to get more connected to their Jewish heritage and have a fantastic experience, but little did they know they’d end up meeting their soulmate. This is the Birthright Israel Love Story of Ruthie Schorr and Simon Menaker. Ruthie and Simon say that neither of them went into the trip with the thought or intention to meet someone, but after looking back, told us, “it makes a lot of sense why people connect on the trip – there is something special being in Israel for the first time. Read More