categoryBirthright Israel Alumni

My Story: The Beginning of My Birthright Israel Journey (Part 1)

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

My Story: The Beginning of My Birthright Israel Journey (Part 1)

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

Birthright Israel Alumni From California Share Their Favorite Memories

by Birthright Israel Foundation January 8, 2019 at 3:45 am
Selfie with Camel in the Negev, 2018

Birthright Israel Alumni From California Share Their Favorite Memories

by Birthright Israel Foundation January 8, 2019 at 3:45 am

In a little over 18 years thousands and thousands of young Jewish adults from San Francisco to San Diego, California have experienced the once-in-a-lifetime educational trip of Birthright Israel. Many visit Israel for the first time and feel the warmth of community by interacting with Israelis, but most of all they gain a deeper sense of their Jewish identity that lasts forever. 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

What Alumni From New Jersey Say About Birthright Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation December 31, 2018 at 4:37 pm
2018 New Jersey Birthright Israel Group

What Alumni From New Jersey Say About Birthright Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation December 31, 2018 at 4:37 pm

In this week’s edition of What Alumni Are Saying we’re hearing from participants from New Jersey. Since Birthright Israel’s inception, 72,305 young Jewish adults from New Jersey have received this life-changing gift. Do you know how many buses participants from New Jersey would fill? You guessed it, 1,807 buses! So, if you’re ready let’s see what participants from New Jersey said about their Birthright Israel trip. Read More

How Birthright Israel Transformed Our Daughter’s Life

by Mark & Renee Kaufman December 18, 2018 at 10:00 am
Praying at the Kotel in Jerusalem

How Birthright Israel Transformed Our Daughter’s Life

by Mark & Renee Kaufman December 18, 2018 at 10:00 am

Our daughter, Desiree, went on Birthright Israel last July from New York. Up until this trip she had very little interest in her Jewish heritage and absolutely no interest in going to temple, adhering to the traditions of Judaism or dating/marrying a Jewish man. When my wife and I picked her up from the airport, we were amazed and delighted to hear her proudly announce that as a result of her trip to Israel, she has had a spiritual and religious awakening. Read More

Finding Jewish Identity through Passion

by Birthright Israel Foundation December 17, 2018 at 4:40 pm
Rebecca Cohn in the Hanging Gardens of Haifa

Finding Jewish Identity through Passion

by Birthright Israel Foundation December 17, 2018 at 4:40 pm

Young adults today live in a dramatically different world than those from the first Birthright Israel groups 19 years ago. Then, many participants got their first passport to embark on their journey to Israel. Today, the sky is the limit for Millennials and Generation Z’ers. International travel has become increasingly affordable. Read More