categoryBirthright Israel Alumni

Then & Now: Daniel Samoohi

by Daniel Samoohi February 28, 2019 at 9:03 am
Daniel at the Kotel in 2000

Then & Now: Daniel Samoohi

by Daniel Samoohi February 28, 2019 at 9:03 am

January 2000 Dear Mr. Bronfman, Hope all is well. I’d like to begin by saying thank you for making the Birthright Israel trip possible for me and the thousands of others that took part in this experience. For me, it was an experience that can never be relived again. I can’t imagine the time, thought and effort that was put into this trip. Read More

To The Donors Who Gave Me This Gift, Thank You

by Holly Millet • Cambridge, MA February 26, 2019 at 8:48 am
Holly on her Birthright Israel trip

To The Donors Who Gave Me This Gift, Thank You

by Holly Millet • Cambridge, MA February 26, 2019 at 8:48 am

From the Dead Sea, to the Western Wall, to the night time meditation in the Negev desert, my entire Birthright Israel trip was enlightening, joyous, spiritual, and insightful. The people, places, views, bus naps, pillow talks, jokes, late night convos, and nights of 3 hours of sleep all became worth it when the country of Israel left a mark on my heart. Birthright Israel was an experience only those who were part of it will hold on to, but we will hold onto it in our hearts forever. Read More

18 People Who Found Their Soulmate on Birthright Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation February 14, 2019 at 5:18 pm
18 People Who Found Their Soulmate on Birthright Israel

18 People Who Found Their Soulmate on Birthright Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation February 14, 2019 at 5:18 pm

Dana & Aaron Aaron from California tells us how close Birthright Israel brought him and his wife, Dana. “My wife and I share a bond because of Birthright Israel that can never be broken. We truly believe it was fate that we chose to connect closer with our Judaism on Birthright Israel and want to make sure Judaism is a very important part of our son’s upbringing.” Carly & Alex Carly and Alex met on their Israel Outdoors Birthright Israel trip back in 2014. Read More

From Tennessee to Israel

by Laura Fenton February 5, 2019 at 10:00 am
Laura with her Birthright Israel group

From Tennessee to Israel

by Laura Fenton February 5, 2019 at 10:00 am

Laura Fenton is originally from Memphis, TN. She thought she’d never make it to the land of milk and honey… that was until she heard of Birthright Israel! Israel was never a place I thought I would visit until the opportunity to go on Birthright Israel opened up. I am so grateful to had gone at the age of 31 since they extended the eligibility! Read More

True Life: My Birthright Israel Story

by Tori Shiver February 1, 2019 at 9:57 am

True Life: My Birthright Israel Story

by Tori Shiver February 1, 2019 at 9:57 am

The first time I traveled to Israel was when I was fourteen and then most recently with Birthright Israel in the summer of 2018. Something about going as a young adult the second time around changed my life. Before, I did not recognize all the beauty and the significance of Israel. Read More

You Heard It Here First: What Atlantans Say About Birthright Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation January 22, 2019 at 2:50 pm
Photo of Birthright Israel group in Jaffa, Israel

You Heard It Here First: What Atlantans Say About Birthright Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation January 22, 2019 at 2:50 pm

We bet you didn’t know that since Birthright Israel’s inception over 8,000 participants from Atlanta, Georgia have been part of this unforgettable experience. Just this past summer nearly 500 young Jewish Atlantans journeyed to Israel and discovered everlasting connections with their Israeli peers and their Jewish identity. Interested how their trip went? Read More

An Open Letter To Anyone Considering Going On A Birthright Israel Trip

by Brittany Barnett January 16, 2019 at 9:00 am
Brittany in Jerusalem on Birthright Israel

An Open Letter To Anyone Considering Going On A Birthright Israel Trip

by Brittany Barnett January 16, 2019 at 9:00 am

The first words said to me upon arriving in Israel were “Welcome Home.” It is amazing how meaningful two words can be and how much they resonated through the whole trip. I have been on more trips than I can count. I have a yearning and passion for travel and each place I go. Read More

What Inspired Me To Become The First Female President of My Hillel

by Casey Dresbach January 14, 2019 at 9:00 am
Casey Dresbach holding Miami Hurricane Flag

What Inspired Me To Become The First Female President of My Hillel

by Casey Dresbach January 14, 2019 at 9:00 am

When you grow up in a Jewish Community, go to Jewish Day School, and have a grandfather who is a prominent Rabbi in the Upper East Side of Manhattan the last thing you expect is for a short 10-day trip to totally shift your Jewish identity. When going on the Birthright trip was presented to me, I thought it would be fun; I would be going with my best friends, my sorority sisters. Read More

My Story: The Beginning of My Birthright Israel Journey

by Ben Gelassen January 9, 2019 at 8:43 am
Ben Gelassen on Masada, 2018

My Story: The Beginning of My Birthright Israel Journey

by Ben Gelassen January 9, 2019 at 8:43 am

In the state of Maine, Judaism is uncommon. To illustrate this, imagine everyone’s eyes in your class directed at you every time your grade school teacher would mention the Jewish religion. I did appreciate the attention but was sorry Ms. Jackson (oh), I am for real “Outcast”. This isolation from growing up in Portland, Maine’s public school system only augmented further after my father’s stroke. Read More

Birthright Israel Alumni From California Share Their Favorite Memories

by Birthright Israel Foundation January 8, 2019 at 3:45 am
Selfie with Camel in the Negev, 2018

Birthright Israel Alumni From California Share Their Favorite Memories

by Birthright Israel Foundation January 8, 2019 at 3:45 am

In a little over 18 years thousands and thousands of young Jewish adults from San Francisco to San Diego, California have experienced the once-in-a-lifetime educational trip of Birthright Israel. Many visit Israel for the first time and feel the warmth of community by interacting with Israelis, but most of all they gain a deeper sense of their Jewish identity that lasts forever. Read More