categoryBirthright Israel Love Stories

Birthright Israel Love Story: Ruthie Schorr & Simon Menaker

by Birthright Israel Foundation February 14, 2020 at 7:58 am
Ruthie & Simon on the top of Masada at sunrise on their 2012 Birthright Israel trip

Birthright Israel Love Story: Ruthie Schorr & Simon Menaker

by Birthright Israel Foundation February 14, 2020 at 7:58 am

In the winter of 2012, a girl from Seattle, WA, and a boy from Charlotte, NC, both signed up for Birthright Israel hoping to get more connected to their Jewish heritage and have a fantastic experience, but little did they know they’d end up meeting their soulmate. This is the Birthright Israel Love Story of Ruthie Schorr and Simon Menaker. Ruthie and Simon say that neither of them went into the trip with the thought or intention to meet someone, but after looking back, told us, “it makes a lot of sense why people connect on the trip – there is something special being in Israel for the first time. Read More

Young Leadership Spotlight: Neil St. Clair

by Neil St. Clair • New York, New York January 28, 2020 at 3:14 am
Neil St. Clair with his wife at Birthright Israel Foundation's Young Leadership Event in NYC

Young Leadership Spotlight: Neil St. Clair

by Neil St. Clair • New York, New York January 28, 2020 at 3:14 am

My last name might confuse you, but I am, in fact, an American Jew through my mother. My mother’s maiden name is Robin and she was born and raised in Pittsburgh a few generations after our ancestors fled the pogroms of Czarist Russia. And my father came from an Episcopalian background. Read More

Birthright Israel Love Story: Jenna McCoppin & Shelby Klein

by Birthright Israel Foundation January 15, 2020 at 8:39 am

Birthright Israel Love Story: Jenna McCoppin & Shelby Klein

by Birthright Israel Foundation January 15, 2020 at 8:39 am

In 2016, Jenna McCoppin from Dallas, TX, decided the time was now or never to sign up for Birthright Israel. She knew this would be her last chance to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime gift, “It was important to me to take advantage of the opportunity, but there was also hope to find something that I had been searching for my whole life.” Read More

Birthright Israel Love Story: Carly and Alex Vargas

by Carly & Alex Vargas • Boston, MA December 3, 2019 at 9:14 pm

Birthright Israel Love Story: Carly and Alex Vargas

by Carly & Alex Vargas • Boston, MA December 3, 2019 at 9:14 pm

Carly Rapaport and Alex Vargas met on their Birthright Israel trip back in the summer of 2014. Although they lived under 6 miles from each other in Boston at the time, they didn’t meet until their trip when they were over 5,000 miles from home! Carly explains, “Alex had wanted to go on a Birthright Israel trip for years, but he just couldn’t find the right time. Read More

Birthright Israel Love Story: Tori Berkman & Dylan Burstyn

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 3, 2019 at 7:08 am

Birthright Israel Love Story: Tori Berkman & Dylan Burstyn

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 3, 2019 at 7:08 am

In May 2015, neither Tori or Dylan thought when they signed up for Birthright Israel, they’d meet their soulmate. Now, a few years later, they’re engaged and can’t wait to start their life together. We had an opportunity to catch up with them and learn how their Birthright Israel love story played out! Did either of you think you’d meet your future partner on Birthright Israel? Read More

Birthright Israel Love Story: Jordana & Gregory Bel

by Jordana Kozupsky Bel • Astoria, NY October 18, 2019 at 8:58 am

Birthright Israel Love Story: Jordana & Gregory Bel

by Jordana Kozupsky Bel • Astoria, NY October 18, 2019 at 8:58 am

My husband and I met on our Birthright Israel trip in January 2011. We were a grade apart at Union College and applied for the trip through the Hillel. Greg has said that he was instantly attracted to me ever since the initial meeting in the Hillel board room (though he likely won’t admit that publicly!) 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

Birthright Israel Love Story: Jordana & Danny Joseph

by Birthright Israel Foundation April 30, 2019 at 8:19 am
Jordana & Danny Joseph

Birthright Israel Love Story: Jordana & Danny Joseph

by Birthright Israel Foundation April 30, 2019 at 8:19 am

My husband, Danny and I went on Birthright Israel in 2001 during our last year of undergrad. We immediately became good friends and maintained contact well after the trip was over. At the time we were both in relationships, but deep down we knew there was something special. Nearly two years later we had moved on from those relationships and reconnected. 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

A Match Made in Israel: Ian & Mackenzie

by Birthright Israel Foundation September 1, 2018 at 8:30 am

A Match Made in Israel: Ian & Mackenzie

by Birthright Israel Foundation September 1, 2018 at 8:30 am

For Ian Persits and Mackenzie Samet, Birthright Israel was much more than a free trip—it was where their love story began. Although both from New York, the two of them were brought up in very different homes. Ian was born and raised in Brooklyn in a Russian-Jewish household. His parents immigrated to the United States in 1975 to build a better life for their children. Read More