categoryBirthright Israel Alumni

VIDEO: Discovering My Jewish Heritage After Growing Up Jewish & Christian

by Brian Quinn June 11, 2019 at 8:59 am

Brian Quinn grew up in Wisconsin to an African-American mother who is Jewish and an Irish-American father who is Christian. He always knew his Jewish heritage was part of him, but being the only Jew in his high school, he slowly felt both religions taking a back seat. Fast forward to now, Brian’s younger brother went on Birthright Israel and couldn’t stop raving about his experience and the knowledge he gained about their Jewish heritage. Read More

Tens of Thousands of New Yorkers March to Celebrate Israel

by Haley Cohen June 4, 2019 at 4:45 pm
Elizabeth and Ira Savetsky with their two daughters at the 2019 Parade.

Tens of Thousands of New Yorkers March to Celebrate Israel

by Haley Cohen June 4, 2019 at 4:45 pm

Tens of thousands of Israel supporters gathered in Manhattan on Sunday for the 55th annual Celebrate Israel Parade – the largest celebration of Israel in the world. Beginning on Fifth Avenue and 57th Street and making their way up to 75th Street, marchers embraced this year’s theme of “Only in Israel” from the 1970s Hebrew classic “Rak B’Yisrael.” The parade, which began in 1965, has been organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of New York since 2011. Read More

Birthright Israel Made Me A Better Mom

by Sarah Myer May 7, 2019 at 7:56 am
Sarah and Son Jake

Birthright Israel Made Me A Better Mom

by Sarah Myer May 7, 2019 at 7:56 am

This Mother’s Day, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a mom, and about the ways that my experience on Birthright Israel changed how I parent. My son Jake was 18-months old when my husband, David, and I went on a journey with Birthright Israel. We were the only parents on the trip, but this was something we knew we needed to do — both for ourselves, and for our family. Read More