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I Can’t Wait for My 5-Month-Old Granddaughter to Go on Birthright Israel!

by Bonnie Bornstein Fertel December 11, 2018 at 8:30 am
Bonnie Fertel and her granddaughter Janie

I Can’t Wait for My 5-Month-Old Granddaughter to Go on Birthright Israel!

by Bonnie Bornstein Fertel December 11, 2018 at 8:30 am

I grew up in the diaspora of New Jersey in the 1950s, where there was no religion. We never belonged to a synagogue, never had a Seder, and didn’t celebrate the High Holidays. When my husband and I had our first daughter, Pamela, I began to realize how important that missing piece of my heritage was to me. Read More

Birthright Israel Celebrates 18 Years at the JFNA GA

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 8, 2018 at 4:19 pm

Birthright Israel Celebrates 18 Years at the JFNA GA

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 8, 2018 at 4:19 pm

On Tuesday, October 23rd Birthright Israel and Birthright Israel Foundation hosted an afterparty at the 2018 JFNA GA in Tel Aviv, Israel to celebrate our 18th Anniversary and the overall success of the program. We raised our glasses and had a huge l’chaim with a crowd of over 150 Federation professionals, current Birthright Israel participants, alumni, donors, board members and prominent dignitaries. Read More

Party for young Russian-speaking Jews marks 18th anniversary of Birthright

by JNS November 7, 2018 at 2:00 pm

“Everything that you saw and heard, people that you have met, the land you’ve touched—all this will become a trigger for your own inner discoveries,” said Genesis Philanthropy Group vice president for community relations Dorit Golender. Taglit-Birthright Israel marked its 18th birthday on Aug. 21 with a series of events in Tel Aviv for 1,000 participants from the former Soviet Union, or FSU. Read More

Birthright Israel is Crucial to Keeping Judaism Alive

by Leah Graff October 26, 2018 at 9:00 am

Birthright Israel is Crucial to Keeping Judaism Alive

by Leah Graff October 26, 2018 at 9:00 am

This is why I became a Birthright group leader. I remember every second of my first Birthright Israel trip. I’ve never felt that connected to anything in my life. Everywhere we went, everything I saw and did, I felt like I was meant to be there. I think it’s because it’s the land of my people. Read More

Doing Birthright as a Mother of Two

by Tova Ross October 23, 2018 at 10:40 am
Tova Ross' Birthright Israel Trip

Doing Birthright as a Mother of Two

by Tova Ross October 23, 2018 at 10:40 am

A 32-year-old mom of two takes a Birthright Israel trip and finds she has something to learn from her young companions. Other than the fact that I’m a sucker for anything free, I wasn’t entirely sure what compelled me to go on Birthright’s pilot trip for Jewish men and women in the advanced age range of 27 to 32. 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