categoryBirthright Israel Alumni

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

A Granddaughter’s Understanding

by Sara Greenberg August 2, 2018 at 1:02 pm

A Granddaughter’s Understanding

by Sara Greenberg August 2, 2018 at 1:02 pm

From an early age, I knew Israel was an important place. My mother’s parents had both survived the Holocaust. After World War II, my grandfather, a survivor of Auschwitz, volunteered in a displaced persons camp in Germany helping other Jewish refugees get to British-controlled Palestine. While my grandfather hoped to also emigrate to Eretz Yisrael, his one surviving family member from the war, his brother, was unable to secure a visa and instead they accompanied each other to the United States. Read More