categoryBirthright Israel Alumni

WHAT ALUMNI ARE SAYING THIS WEEK (NOVEMBER 19) – MIFGASH EDITION

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 19, 2018 at 9:30 am
Mifgash and Participants at Har Herzl

WHAT ALUMNI ARE SAYING THIS WEEK (NOVEMBER 19) – MIFGASH EDITION

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 19, 2018 at 9:30 am

One of the most important aspects of Birthright Israel trips are the Mifgash (encounter) who play a crucial role in the experience of the Diaspora participants. In this week’s edition of What Are Alumni Saying we want you to hear what participants and Mifgash are saying about their Birthright Israel trip! Read More

WHAT ALUMNI ARE SAYING THIS WEEK (NOVEMBER 12, 2018)

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 14, 2018 at 8:46 pm
The top of Masada with a Birthright Israel Accessibility Trip

WHAT ALUMNI ARE SAYING THIS WEEK (NOVEMBER 12, 2018)

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 14, 2018 at 8:46 pm

In this edition of What Are Alumni Saying This Week we are going to highlight participants of our Accessibility trips. Birthright Israel believes that every eligible young Jewish adult should be able to travel to Israel to experience his or her birthright. Since these trips began in 2001, there have been nearly 1,900 participants and more than 70 trips. 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

Birthright Israel Celebrates 18 Years at the JFNA GA

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 8, 2018 at 4:19 pm

Birthright Israel Celebrates 18 Years at the JFNA GA

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 8, 2018 at 4:19 pm

On Tuesday, October 23rd Birthright Israel and Birthright Israel Foundation hosted an afterparty at the 2018 JFNA GA in Tel Aviv, Israel to celebrate our 18th Anniversary and the overall success of the program. We raised our glasses and had a huge l’chaim with a crowd of over 150 Federation professionals, current Birthright Israel participants, alumni, donors, board members and prominent dignitaries. Read More

What alumni are saying this week? (November 5, 2018)

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 5, 2018 at 9:14 pm

What alumni are saying this week? (November 5, 2018)

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 5, 2018 at 9:14 pm

It is that time of the week again when we give you a dose of what we like to call Birthright Israel magic – when participants share their life-changing and most memorable moments from their time in Israel. Drum roll please… “Without Birthright Israel I would have never felt so proud of my Jewish identity.” Read More

Birthright Israel is Crucial to Keeping Judaism Alive

by Leah Graff October 26, 2018 at 9:00 am

Birthright Israel is Crucial to Keeping Judaism Alive

by Leah Graff October 26, 2018 at 9:00 am

This is why I became a Birthright group leader. I remember every second of my first Birthright Israel trip. I’ve never felt that connected to anything in my life. Everywhere we went, everything I saw and did, I felt like I was meant to be there. I think it’s because it’s the land of my people. 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

What are alumni saying this week? (October 22, 2018)

by Birthright Israel Foundation October 22, 2018 at 11:00 am
Venessa's 2018 Birthright Israel group

What are alumni saying this week? (October 22, 2018)

by Birthright Israel Foundation October 22, 2018 at 11:00 am

No matter where in the world a Birthright Israel participant comes from, each and every single one continues to relive the magic of Israel throughout their entire lives. With more than 650,000 alumni embarking on the journey of a lifetime we wanted to share with you, by week, an insight into just how impactful Birthright Israel is. Read More

Birthright Israel: A Journey That Changed Me Forever

by Kate Eppers September 17, 2018 at 3:00 pm
Kate Eppers

Birthright Israel: A Journey That Changed Me Forever

by Kate Eppers September 17, 2018 at 3:00 pm

I could write novels upon novels about how beneficial Birthright Israel is and how this trip changed my life for the better. Growing up, I really didn’t know much about Judaism or my culture. I am 100% Jewish on both sides, but I was not in touch with my roots. Because I didn’t come from a huge Jewish community, once in Israel, it was like nothing else I had ever experienced before; to be surrounded by all these new Jewish friends from around the states. Read More

A Match Made in Israel: Ian & Mackenzie

by Birthright Israel Foundation September 1, 2018 at 8:30 am

A Match Made in Israel: Ian & Mackenzie

by Birthright Israel Foundation September 1, 2018 at 8:30 am

For Ian Persits and Mackenzie Samet, Birthright Israel was much more than a free trip—it was where their love story began. Although both from New York, the two of them were brought up in very different homes. Ian was born and raised in Brooklyn in a Russian-Jewish household. His parents immigrated to the United States in 1975 to build a better life for their children. Read More