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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

Meet Young Leadership Council Member: Samantha Wenig

by Birthright Israel Foundation March 26, 2019 at 4:27 am
Samantha on Birthright Israel

Meet Young Leadership Council Member: Samantha Wenig

by Birthright Israel Foundation March 26, 2019 at 4:27 am

When did you go on Birthright Israel? In December 2011 and I remember we were lucky enough to celebrate the remaining nights of Hanukkah while on the trip – it was so memorable! Birthright Israel Foundation has given this gift to over 700,000 young Jewish adults from all different backgrounds and walks of life, what is your Jewish background? I grew up in a reform household with two Jewish parents, and we went to temple on the High Holidays. Read More

An Open Letter To Anyone Considering Going On A Birthright Israel Trip

by Brittany Barnett January 16, 2019 at 9:00 am
Brittany in Jerusalem on Birthright Israel

An Open Letter To Anyone Considering Going On A Birthright Israel Trip

by Brittany Barnett January 16, 2019 at 9:00 am

The first words said to me upon arriving in Israel were “Welcome Home.” It is amazing how meaningful two words can be and how much they resonated through the whole trip. I have been on more trips than I can count. I have a yearning and passion for travel and each place I go. Read More

What Inspired Me To Become The First Female President of My Hillel

by Casey Dresbach January 14, 2019 at 9:00 am
Casey Dresbach holding Miami Hurricane Flag

What Inspired Me To Become The First Female President of My Hillel

by Casey Dresbach January 14, 2019 at 9:00 am

When you grow up in a Jewish Community, go to Jewish Day School, and have a grandfather who is a prominent Rabbi in the Upper East Side of Manhattan the last thing you expect is for a short 10-day trip to totally shift your Jewish identity. When going on the Birthright trip was presented to me, I thought it would be fun; I would be going with my best friends, my sorority sisters. Read More

My Story: The Beginning of My Birthright Israel Journey

by Ben Gelassen January 9, 2019 at 8:43 am
Ben Gelassen on Masada, 2018

My Story: The Beginning of My Birthright Israel Journey

by Ben Gelassen January 9, 2019 at 8:43 am

In the state of Maine, Judaism is uncommon. To illustrate this, imagine everyone’s eyes in your class directed at you every time your grade school teacher would mention the Jewish religion. I did appreciate the attention but was sorry Ms. Jackson (oh), I am for real “Outcast”. This isolation from growing up in Portland, Maine’s public school system only augmented further after my father’s stroke. Read More

My Story: In A Land Far, Far Away

by Andrew Skidmore January 3, 2019 at 4:30 pm
Andrew Skidmore in Northern Israel, 2018

My Story: In A Land Far, Far Away

by Andrew Skidmore January 3, 2019 at 4:30 pm

Growing up, you’d hear so many stories in Hebrew or Sunday school about how amazing Israel is. But, it is only once you actually travel there does everything come together, and you feel the connection you have always wanted to feel. This is exactly what happened to me when I traveled to Israel in June 2018 with Birthright Israel. Read More

#Instafamous Elizabeth Savetsky: My Birthright Israel Story

by Elizabeth Savetsky (@ExcessoriesExpert) December 5, 2018 at 8:30 am
Elizabeth Savetsky and her family

#Instafamous Elizabeth Savetsky: My Birthright Israel Story

by Elizabeth Savetsky (@ExcessoriesExpert) December 5, 2018 at 8:30 am

The single most critical decision I made in my life was to apply for a Birthright Israel trip in the summer of 2004.  Almost everything that is important to me in my current life can be traced back to that moment. I grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, where my world felt a zillion miles from the State of Israel, or any strong Jewish community for that matter.   Read More

Yoga and Culinary Themed Birthright Israel Trips Connect Young Jews to Their Heritage

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 14, 2018 at 9:00 am

Yoga and Culinary Themed Birthright Israel Trips Connect Young Jews to Their Heritage

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 14, 2018 at 9:00 am

Birthright Israel’s niche trips are just one way we continue to innovate and be the leading educational program in the Jewish world. By designing the Birthright Israel experience around yoga, outdoor adventure or study abroad – to name a few – we are seeking to create a connection between a young adult’s interest or passion with his or her Judaism. Read More

Party for young Russian-speaking Jews marks 18th anniversary of Birthright

by JNS November 7, 2018 at 2:00 pm

“Everything that you saw and heard, people that you have met, the land you’ve touched—all this will become a trigger for your own inner discoveries,” said Genesis Philanthropy Group vice president for community relations Dorit Golender. Taglit-Birthright Israel marked its 18th birthday on Aug. 21 with a series of events in Tel Aviv for 1,000 participants from the former Soviet Union, or FSU. Read More

Doing Birthright as a Mother of Two

by Tova Ross October 23, 2018 at 10:40 am
Tova Ross' Birthright Israel Trip

Doing Birthright as a Mother of Two

by Tova Ross October 23, 2018 at 10:40 am

A 32-year-old mom of two takes a Birthright Israel trip and finds she has something to learn from her young companions. Other than the fact that I’m a sucker for anything free, I wasn’t entirely sure what compelled me to go on Birthright’s pilot trip for Jewish men and women in the advanced age range of 27 to 32. Read More