categoryBirthright Israel Alumni

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. One part of the trip that I will always remember is when we visited the Bedouin tents in the Negev desert. 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

What are parents saying about Birthright Israel this summer?

by Birthright Israel Foundation August 1, 2019 at 3:00 pm
2019 Summer Bus Full of Participants in Haifa

What are parents saying about Birthright Israel this summer?

by Birthright Israel Foundation August 1, 2019 at 3:00 pm

“My daughter loved every minute of the Israeli people, places, food, information and experiences. She went in convinced that while the trip would offer exposure to valuable historical and cultural insights, she’d be bored. Instead, she returned in awe. The group explored from sunup to sundown daily, and my daughter felt like no sightseeing stone was left unturned. Read More

Birthright Israel Helped Me Accept My Disability

by Aaron Kaufman • Chevy Chase, MD July 16, 2019 at 8:52 am
Aaron on Birthright Israel

Birthright Israel Helped Me Accept My Disability

by Aaron Kaufman • Chevy Chase, MD July 16, 2019 at 8:52 am

My No Limits Birthright Israel trip was one of the greatest experiences of my life! A person with a disability can often feel alone and isolated. I have Cerebral Palsy and this trip was so special because I met people who are going through the same challenges and have similar fears and anxieties as I did. I realized for the first time that I am not alone and there are people like me. Read More

My Spiritual Journey with Birthright Israel

by Alexis Vance • New York, NY July 10, 2019 at 7:29 am
Alexis in Jerusalem

My Spiritual Journey with Birthright Israel

by Alexis Vance • New York, NY July 10, 2019 at 7:29 am

There’s a difference between being Jewish and being Jew “ish.” I was born Jewish, but I was not raised Jewish. Back in the 1940’s, my Ashkenazi grandmother was born and raised Jewish in Brooklyn, New York. Although it was very unusual for women of her time to receive proper Jewish education, she continued to practice Judaism well into her adulthood. Read More

Expecting the Unexpected on Birthright Israel

by Ariana Sloan • Stevenson Ranch, CA July 2, 2019 at 7:37 am
Ariana on Birthright Israel

Expecting the Unexpected on Birthright Israel

by Ariana Sloan • Stevenson Ranch, CA July 2, 2019 at 7:37 am

One word that I would use to describe my Birthright Israel trip would be “breathtaking.” My Birthright Israel trip was humbling and very meaningful. Not only did I learn about Israeli culture, but I also discovered a deeper connection within myself that I hadn’t felt before. There’s that saying, “expect the unexpected” and that really rang true on this trip. Read More

Birthright Was My 14th Trip To Israel, Yet It Was My First

by Emily Nassir • Great Neck, NY June 25, 2019 at 6:10 am
Emily with her Birthright Israel group

Birthright Was My 14th Trip To Israel, Yet It Was My First

by Emily Nassir • Great Neck, NY June 25, 2019 at 6:10 am

Israel has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. My father was born in Tehran, Iran, and moved to Israel with his family during the Revolution of 1978. He would later immigrate to the United States, alone and as a teenager, while his family remained in the Middle East. Read More