categoryBirthright Israel Alumni

Birthright Israel and the impact of Israeli participants

by Birthright Israel Foundation April 10, 2020 at 8:00 am
Israel participants on Birthright Israel (Photo by Ben Judelson, 2018 alumnus)

Birthright Israel and the impact of Israeli participants

by Birthright Israel Foundation April 10, 2020 at 8:00 am

Since Birthright Israel’s inception, 115,000 Israelis have participated in this extraordinary educational experience. The Israeli element of the Birthright Israel program is called ‘The Mifgash,’ which in Hebrew means encounter. The Mifgash gives Diaspora participants a chance to meet Israeli soldiers and Israeli young professionals as a unique way to experience the culture. Read More

A trip to Israel sparks healing and a bond between sisters

by Emily Maguire • Charlotte, NC April 5, 2020 at 8:00 am
Emily with her sister at the beach in Israel

A trip to Israel sparks healing and a bond between sisters

by Emily Maguire • Charlotte, NC April 5, 2020 at 8:00 am

My sister was the one who really wanted to go on this trip to Israel. I did not know very much about the Birthright Israel program or the country, I was apprehensive to go. We lost our dad in 2012 and I became less spiritual and struggled to deal with my grief. Read More

Birthright Excel Alumni Launch Drive to Deliver Food, Medicine to Elderly

by Jerusalem Post Staff March 23, 2020 at 4:19 pm
Birthright Excel founders of Door2Dor Lior Avisar and Maya Klein

Birthright Excel Alumni Launch Drive to Deliver Food, Medicine to Elderly

by Jerusalem Post Staff March 23, 2020 at 4:19 pm

Birthright Excel, the entrepreneurship, leadership and business program of Birthright Israel, has encouraged its alumni community across North America and Israel to develop new initiatives to overcome the new challenges caused by the spread of the coronavirus and help those in need. The elderly are among those who are most vulnerable to the outbreak. Some of them are isolated, in self-quarantine, unable to leave their homes and need help to purchase food and medicine. Read More

Siblings Rediscover Their Jewish Heritage in Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation March 22, 2020 at 5:25 am
Cameron Koffman with his sister

Siblings Rediscover Their Jewish Heritage in Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation March 22, 2020 at 5:25 am

Who would have thought when the Birthright Israel program was founded 20 years ago, that our investment would go beyond reconnecting young adults to their Jewish heritage! What is an investment in one person turned out to be an investment in their entire family and their offspring for generations to come. Read More

If Your Grandma Says “Go on Birthright Israel,” You Go

by Guido Weiss • Wellington, FL March 6, 2020 at 5:33 pm
2008 Alumnus Guido Weiss in from of the American flag

If Your Grandma Says “Go on Birthright Israel,” You Go

by Guido Weiss • Wellington, FL March 6, 2020 at 5:33 pm

My grandmother, who survived World War II hiding in Italy, has the mentality that nothing in this world should be taken for granted. She has a zero-waste policy – she is the type who brings the bread and butter home from a restaurant. So, when she heard about the gift of Birthright Israel, she insisted that I take advantage of it. Read More

Celebrating 20 Years in South Palm Beach County

by Birthright Israel Foundation February 27, 2020 at 9:12 pm
Andrea & Mike Leven at their home in Boca Raton

Celebrating 20 Years in South Palm Beach County

by Birthright Israel Foundation February 27, 2020 at 9:12 pm

On Wednesday, February 26, 2020, Birthright Israel Foundation celebrated 20 years of impact in South Palm Beach County with a private event at the home of Andrea and Mike Leven. The evening’s guests had the pleasure of hearing from local alumni, Bryan Drowos, Courtney Simmons Demri, Nicole Livadas, and Kyla Gladstone, who represent the voices of Birthright Israel’s 750,000 participants: “In Israel, I gained an intimate understanding of the Jewish people, my brothers and sisters today, and my ancestors of the past. Read More

Two Weeks in Israel and Forever in Our Hearts

by Kyla Gladstone • Boca Raton, FL February 27, 2020 at 5:18 pm
Kyla with fellow alumni in Boca Raton

Two Weeks in Israel and Forever in Our Hearts

by Kyla Gladstone • Boca Raton, FL February 27, 2020 at 5:18 pm

The two weeks I spent in Israel were nothing short of transformative and to show you how much it changed my life; I need to go back a little bit. I went to high school in Boca Raton, FL, where my mom and stepfather still live. As many people already know, Boca Raton is a very Jewish community. Read More

4 Things Participants Learned on Their Birthright Israel Trips this Year

by Birthright Israel Foundation February 26, 2020 at 7:52 am
Participants listening to a lecture from trip staff

4 Things Participants Learned on Their Birthright Israel Trips this Year

by Birthright Israel Foundation February 26, 2020 at 7:52 am

This winter, thousands of young Jews are arriving in Israel and will be shocked at how much they can learn in 10 days on a Birthright Israel trip. By not only visiting sites but gaining insights from their tour educators and Israeli peers, these moments here and there turn into lessons they’ll appreciate for a lifetime. Read More

Birthright Israel Showed Me that There’s No Right Way to Be Jewish

by Sarah Fielding • New York, NY February 24, 2020 at 4:29 am

Birthright Israel Showed Me that There’s No Right Way to Be Jewish

by Sarah Fielding • New York, NY February 24, 2020 at 4:29 am

The idea of going on Birthright Israel had been in my head long before I turned 18, but it always seemed like a hypothetical, not something I would actually do. This was due mostly in part to my upbringing in a town of very few Jewish people. No one talked about going to Israel and I couldn’t name a single person who had taken the trip through Birthright Israel. Read More