categoryBirthright Israel Alumni

My Story: In A Land Far, Far Away

by Andrew Skidmore January 3, 2019 at 4:30 pm
Andrew Skidmore in Northern Israel, 2018

My Story: In A Land Far, Far Away

by Andrew Skidmore January 3, 2019 at 4:30 pm

Growing up, you’d hear so many stories in Hebrew or Sunday school about how amazing Israel is. But, it is only once you actually travel there does everything come together, and you feel the connection you have always wanted to feel. This is exactly what happened to me when I traveled to Israel in June 2018 with Birthright Israel. Read More

What Alumni From New Jersey Say About Birthright Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation December 31, 2018 at 4:37 pm
2018 New Jersey Birthright Israel Group

What Alumni From New Jersey Say About Birthright Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation December 31, 2018 at 4:37 pm

In this week’s edition of What Alumni Are Saying we’re hearing from participants from New Jersey. Since Birthright Israel’s inception, 72,305 young Jewish adults from New Jersey have received this life-changing gift. Do you know how many buses participants from New Jersey would fill? You guessed it, 1,807 buses! So, if you’re ready let’s see what participants from New Jersey said about their Birthright Israel trip. Read More

How Birthright Israel Transformed Our Daughter’s Life

by Mark & Renee Kaufman December 18, 2018 at 10:00 am
Praying at the Kotel in Jerusalem

How Birthright Israel Transformed Our Daughter’s Life

by Mark & Renee Kaufman December 18, 2018 at 10:00 am

Our daughter, Desiree, went on Birthright Israel last July from New York. Up until this trip she had very little interest in her Jewish heritage and absolutely no interest in going to temple, adhering to the traditions of Judaism or dating/marrying a Jewish man. When my wife and I picked her up from the airport, we were amazed and delighted to hear her proudly announce that as a result of her trip to Israel, she has had a spiritual and religious awakening. Read More

Finding Jewish Identity through Passion

by Birthright Israel Foundation December 17, 2018 at 4:40 pm
Rebecca Cohn in the Hanging Gardens of Haifa

Finding Jewish Identity through Passion

by Birthright Israel Foundation December 17, 2018 at 4:40 pm

Young adults today live in a dramatically different world than those from the first Birthright Israel groups 19 years ago. Then, many participants got their first passport to embark on their journey to Israel. Today, the sky is the limit for Millennials and Generation Z’ers. International travel has become increasingly affordable. Read More

What Alumni Are Saying This Week – Florida Edition

by Birthright Israel Foundation December 12, 2018 at 2:11 pm
Group at the top of Masada in 2018

What Alumni Are Saying This Week – Florida Edition

by Birthright Israel Foundation December 12, 2018 at 2:11 pm

Did you know Birthright Israel participants come from every corner of the United States? Many participants choose to go on community buses or join national trips where they meet new friends from around the country. In this week’s edition of What Alumni Are Saying This Week we’re going to hear from participants from the sunshine state of Florida. What made your Birthright Israel trip so special? Read More

#Instafamous Elizabeth Savetsky: My Birthright Israel Story

by Elizabeth Savetsky (@ExcessoriesExpert) December 5, 2018 at 8:30 am
Elizabeth Savetsky and her family

#Instafamous Elizabeth Savetsky: My Birthright Israel Story

by Elizabeth Savetsky (@ExcessoriesExpert) December 5, 2018 at 8:30 am

The single most critical decision I made in my life was to apply for a Birthright Israel trip in the summer of 2004.  Almost everything that is important to me in my current life can be traced back to that moment. I grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, where my world felt a zillion miles from the State of Israel, or any strong Jewish community for that matter.   Read More

How to Make Veggie Latkes – Alumni Recipe Feature

by Birthright Israel Foundation December 3, 2018 at 7:53 pm
Mallory Hope in the Kitchen

How to Make Veggie Latkes – Alumni Recipe Feature

by Birthright Israel Foundation December 3, 2018 at 7:53 pm

There is no better way to share the light this Hanukkah season than by showcasing our incredible alumni and their favorite holiday recipes. We’d like you to meet Atlantan and passionate Birthright Israel alumna Mallory Hope Schwartz. Her Birthright Israel resume includes being an active Birthright Israel Fellow, 2-time trip staffer and a member of Birthright Israel Foundation’s speaker’s bureau. Read More

What Alumni Are Saying This Week – Jerusalem Edition (December 3)

by Birthright Israel Foundation December 3, 2018 at 7:45 am
Above the Kotel in 2018

What Alumni Are Saying This Week – Jerusalem Edition (December 3)

by Birthright Israel Foundation December 3, 2018 at 7:45 am

Throughout the summer and winter seasons of Birthright Israel trips, young Jewish adults experience firsthand the ancient and modern streets of Jerusalem. For many, this is the first time they visit this holy city that is so dear to our history. Together, with their bus mates, participants discover the Western Wall, place a note in the cracks and cherish this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity forever. Read More

How Birthright Israel Inspired My Love of Ashkenazi Food – Alumni Recipe Feature

by Aliaksandra Sukharuchkin December 2, 2018 at 8:12 pm
Aliaksandra Sukharuchkin's Birthright Israel group in 2010

How Birthright Israel Inspired My Love of Ashkenazi Food – Alumni Recipe Feature

by Aliaksandra Sukharuchkin December 2, 2018 at 8:12 pm

Hanukkah is a very nostalgic time for me and brings me very special memories. In 2010, on the eve of the first night of Hanukkah, I went on my Birthright Israel trip. I was finishing up the final year of my Bachelor of Science degree and knew very little about Israel or Judaism. Read More

What Alumni Are Saying This Week –  Masada Edition (November 26)

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 28, 2018 at 2:48 pm
Sunrise on Masada in 2018

What Alumni Are Saying This Week –  Masada Edition (November 26)

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 28, 2018 at 2:48 pm

A huge highlight from any Birthright Israel trip is the hike to Masada. Participants wake up before sunrise, fill their water bottles and begin the ascent to learn about an incredible part of Jewish history. Many participants walk away feeling an overwhelming sense of Jewish pride and understanding of our collective past through their experience atop Masada. Read More