categoryBirthright Israel Alumni

Welcome To Your Ordinary Birthright Experience!

by Oz Isseroff July 10, 2018 at 7:12 pm

Welcome To Your Ordinary Birthright Experience!

by Oz Isseroff July 10, 2018 at 7:12 pm

A staff member observes how Birthright’s Special Needs trips…aren’t especially different from any other. Ben Gurion Airport, early in the morning, a group of young Canadian or American Jews ​get off the air-conditioned ​air​plane straight into the​ hot​ Mediterranean climate, tired after a long flight, on their faces ​a mixture of pressure and excitement ​is evident​. Read More

Philly Faces: Birthright Trip Inspired Career

by Selah Maya Zighelboim July 5, 2018 at 4:02 pm

Philly Faces: Birthright Trip Inspired Career

by Selah Maya Zighelboim July 5, 2018 at 4:02 pm

At Adath Israel, a typical day doesn’t really exist, Julia Campbell said. Campbell has worked as the program and marketing coordinator at Adath Israel for just over a year. At the Merion Station synagogue, you can find the 25-year-old organizing events, meeting with staff, communicating with congregants and, right now, planning for the High Holidays, in addition to many other tasks. Read More

Birthright Israel: Challenging Beliefs & Developing Foundations

by Haley Pogachefsky June 27, 2018 at 4:49 pm

Birthright Israel: Challenging Beliefs & Developing Foundations

by Haley Pogachefsky June 27, 2018 at 4:49 pm

During my time at Tufts University, I spent months considering whether or not to participate in a Birthright Israel trip. In weighing my decision, I decided that if I were ever to do Birthright I wanted my trip to be through an institution I knew would respect all sides of the geopolitical issue at play. Read More

A Hamsa Keychain Changed My Life

by Ilana Fromm May 22, 2018 at 2:22 pm
Ilana Fromm on her trip in 2014

A Hamsa Keychain Changed My Life

by Ilana Fromm May 22, 2018 at 2:22 pm

Four years ago, I boarded a plane to take a journey with Birthright Israel. I had very few expectations. As a senior in college, the past President of a national Jewish sorority, and a member of the Chabad Student Board, I was confident in my Jewish identity. I was raised in a strong Jewish community, attended Hebrew School twice a week until my Bat Mitzvah, and celebrated the High Holidays with my extended family. Read More

Getting Back to My Roots

by Nikita Rotin May 17, 2018 at 9:45 am

Getting Back to My Roots

by Nikita Rotin May 17, 2018 at 9:45 am

When I turned 16, my father told me I was Jewish. This isn’t uncommon in Russia, where I was born and raised. Many people discover their Jewish roots later in life. But I just didn’t think I’d be one of them. I spent the next few weeks poring over family documents – birth certificates, passports, letters. Read More