categoryBirthright Israel Alumni

Birthright Israel Was My First Journey In Recovery

by Rachel Kessler • New York, NY August 27, 2019 at 9:01 am
Rachel Kessler in the Dead Sea

Birthright Israel Was My First Journey In Recovery

by Rachel Kessler • New York, NY August 27, 2019 at 9:01 am

I grew up in a small Jewish community in Northern California, where I had a broken relationship with my Judaism. After my Bat Mitzvah, I didn’t see any reason to continue with the Jewish community. I knew about Birthright Israel, but it was never something that I was interested in doing. Read More

Rediscovering My Jewish Roots

by Samuel Meller • Miami, FL August 22, 2019 at 8:17 am
Samuel Meller in the Negev

Rediscovering My Jewish Roots

by Samuel Meller • Miami, FL August 22, 2019 at 8:17 am

Birthright Israel was a life-changing experience for me. I found out about this opportunity by getting more involved with my Hillel branch at Florida International University. I had never been to Israel before, so when I learned it was essentially free, I jumped on it and signed up. I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to connect with their faith and expand their mind spiritually, emotionally and socially. Read More

How Birthright Israel Helped Me Embrace My Identities

by Jordan Daniels • San Diego, CA August 20, 2019 at 8:05 am
Jordan at the Kotel

How Birthright Israel Helped Me Embrace My Identities

by Jordan Daniels • San Diego, CA August 20, 2019 at 8:05 am

My Jewish background was hidden throughout childhood but has been brought forward as I’ve stepped into adulthood. When I was a kid, I was told never to disclose my Jewishness to people. As a mixed child, my family felt that appearing both Black and Jewish would subject me to too much discrimination, therefore, I kept my Jewish observation inconspicuous. Read More

How I Roll: Birthright Israel No Limits In Motion

by Naomi Hess • Clarksville, MD August 14, 2019 at 7:06 am
Naomi and her group in Jerusalem

How I Roll: Birthright Israel No Limits In Motion

by Naomi Hess • Clarksville, MD August 14, 2019 at 7:06 am

I can’t even fully explain how amazing my Birthright Israel trip was, but I’ll do my best. Birthright Israel No Limits In Motion is a trip designed specifically for young adults with disabilities ages 18-32. This trip promises a completely free and accessible trip to Israel. Each participant gets to bring a companion with them for free, so I brought my former camp counselor Shira Schneeweiss, who knows me so well that I consider her a sister. Read More

Then & Now: KC Yasmer

by KC Yasmer • Tuscon, AZ August 13, 2019 at 8:00 am
Birthright Israel participant at the Western Wall

Then & Now: KC Yasmer

by KC Yasmer • Tuscon, AZ August 13, 2019 at 8:00 am

July 2000 My name is KC Yasmer and I am a junior at Stanford University. It was my good fortune to join the other hundreds of college students on the Birthright Israel 2000 trip. I was raised in Tucson, Arizona, a southwestern town with a small but cohesive Jewish community. Judaism was and is a part of my life, which included the Holidays and leading to my Bar Mitzvah and Confirmation. Read More

We Found Love in A Holy Place

by Jenna Kay List • Englewood, CO August 7, 2019 at 10:00 am
Jenna and her husband Braden

We Found Love in A Holy Place

by Jenna Kay List • Englewood, CO August 7, 2019 at 10:00 am

Back in 2013, I received a call that I could go on Birthright Israel, and of course, I took the opportunity and booked my flight to NYC. I had never traveled alone, and the anxiety and excitement were outrageous. When my peers and I arrived at the airport the morning of our trip, we did a quick introduction, got a bite to eat and settled on the plane. Read More