categoryBirthright Israel Alumni

Birthright Israel Spotify Playlist 2019

by Birthright Israel Foundation September 18, 2019 at 8:51 am
2019 Birthright Israel Foundation Spotify Playlist

Birthright Israel Spotify Playlist 2019

by Birthright Israel Foundation September 18, 2019 at 8:51 am

Just because you’re not in Israel anymore doesn’t mean you can’t jam out to these awesome tunes! We love finding new Israeli songs to listen to — from Eurovision Superstar, Netta, to fan favorite, Omer Adam, and everyone in between! Here are our favorite Israeli songs that are currently on #replay Read More

Community, Acceptance, and Self‑Discovery

by Birthright Israel Foundation September 16, 2019 at 8:05 am

Community, Acceptance, and Self‑Discovery

by Birthright Israel Foundation September 16, 2019 at 8:05 am

When most people hear the words “Birthright Israel,” they usually think “free trip,” and while Birthright Israel technically is a “free trip,” it is so much more than that. Birthright Israel is a unique partnership between the Israeli government, various Jewish communities and Jewish philanthropists. The founders of Birthright Israel created this project to send hundreds of thousands of young Jewish adults to Israel as a gift, in order to connect with themselves, the Jewish people, Jewish history and their future. Read More

One-on-One with Birthright Israel Madrich Alan Avitan

by Birthright Israel Foundation September 9, 2019 at 7:54 am

One-on-One with Birthright Israel Madrich Alan Avitan

by Birthright Israel Foundation September 9, 2019 at 7:54 am

Outside of the favorite Hebrew words Birthright Israel participants learn, like Sababa (cool), Yalla (let’s go!), and Ma’Kore (what’s up), they also learn the word, Madrichim (leaders/staff/guide).  Madrichim are often staff members from the participants’ home country who accompany them on their Birthright Israel journey. The Madrichim are an essential element to the educational components of the program, which are based on a person-centered learning approach.  Our Madrichim must be passionate, dedicated, and share an inclusive vision of Jewish peoplehood – making each participant’s experience life-changing. Read More

VIDEO: My Birthright Israel Trip Explained

by Lindsay Nathanson • Philadelphia, PA September 6, 2019 at 7:18 am

VIDEO: My Birthright Israel Trip Explained

by Lindsay Nathanson • Philadelphia, PA September 6, 2019 at 7:18 am

Lindsay Nathanson is a 2019 Birthright Israel alumna from Philadelphia, PA. She is currently studying History at the University of Tampa, Florida and is an intern at the National Museum of American Jewish History. Lindsay has her own YouTube channel, auxcord, where she makes history “as little of a bore as possible.” We spoke with Lindsay about her Birthright Israel experience and here’s what she had to say! Read More

Why I’ll Never Forget Jerusalem

by Chloe Meinert • Westfield, IN September 3, 2019 at 8:17 am
Chloe with her Birthright Israel group

Why I’ll Never Forget Jerusalem

by Chloe Meinert • Westfield, IN September 3, 2019 at 8:17 am

I want to start this blog off by saying thank you to the people who made my trip all it was. I’d like to thank all the donors who made my trip to Israel possible. I’m truly blessed to have had this experience. Without the donations, I wouldn’t have had the most memorable experience I’ve had in my life. Read More

From Bat Mitzvah to Bar Mitzvah: One Man’s Journey with Birthright Israel

by Samuel Benji • Los Angeles, CA August 29, 2019 at 7:51 am

From Bat Mitzvah to Bar Mitzvah: One Man’s Journey with Birthright Israel

by Samuel Benji • Los Angeles, CA August 29, 2019 at 7:51 am

This may be a bit cliché because everyone who goes on Birthright Israel seems to say this, but it is because it is true…Birthright was a life-changing experience. I have many memories that are going to stick with me for the rest of my life. For example, getting to know all of the amazing people on my trip, walking in the Tel-Aviv Pride March, swimming in the beautiful clear blue waters next to the beaches of Tel Aviv, climbing Masada at sunrise, hiking near the Syrian and Lebanese borders, sleeping in Bedouin-style tents, and river rafting down the Jordan River. Read More