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Overheard in NYC

by Avi Mayer April 12, 2019 at 5:01 pm
Avi Mayer

Overheard in NYC

by Avi Mayer April 12, 2019 at 5:01 pm

Get to my hotel. Informed my room is on the third floor. I know better than to accept a low room in Midtown Manhattan. Ask for a higher floor. Offered something on 10. “Anything higher?” I ask. The guy offers to show me a room on 22. “Great,” I say, and off we go. Read More

Jewish leader finds connections, meaning in trip to Holy Land

by Janiece Sebris February 6, 2019 at 2:24 pm
Barbara Kay and Susan Pertnoy

Jewish leader finds connections, meaning in trip to Holy Land

by Janiece Sebris February 6, 2019 at 2:24 pm

Palm Beach native and longtime Temple Emanu-El member Susan Pertnoy recently took a trip that she had spent nearly two decades promoting and supporting for others. Pertnoy joined other donors on a specially designed Birthright Israel trip celebrating the organization’s 18th anniversary. Founded in 1999, Birthright Israel Foundation, the largest educational tourism organization in the world, sends Jewish young people on a free trip to 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

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