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Birthright Israel Was My First Taste Of True Community

by Kyla Sokoll-Ward • San Francisco, CA December 2, 2019 at 10:31 pm
Kyla Sokoll-Ward on the beach in Israel in 2011

Birthright Israel Was My First Taste Of True Community

by Kyla Sokoll-Ward • San Francisco, CA December 2, 2019 at 10:31 pm

I went on my Birthright Israel trip in 2011 at the ripe age of 19. Like many participants in this demographic, I was excited about the experience (who doesn’t love the rare gift of free travel?) and eager to explore my Jewish identity more. My Jewish upbringing wasn’t atypical for an American Jew; I went to synagogue on the high holidays, I went to Sunday school, I had a Bat Mitzvah, and I complained about all of it. Read More

Recipe Feature: Israeli Salad

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 20, 2019 at 7:28 am

Recipe Feature: Israeli Salad

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 20, 2019 at 7:28 am

Let’s add a little Israeli flare to Thanksgiving this year and serve a delicious Israeli salad. So many of our participants not only discover the history of Israel but the flavors as well, and we can almost guarantee that after their Birthright Israel trip, they love Israeli salad. What You Need 2 plum tomatoes, seeds removed and diced 1 bell pepper, diced 1/2 cucumber, diced Juice of one lemon 1/4 cup chopped parsley 2-3 tablespoons olive oil Salt and pepper (to taste) What You Do Add all vegetables to a large bowl.Toss with parsley, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper.Enjoy! Read More

Thanksgiving Recipe Feature: Spiced Sweet Potato Latkes with Yogurt

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 13, 2019 at 5:02 am

Thanksgiving Recipe Feature: Spiced Sweet Potato Latkes with Yogurt

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 13, 2019 at 5:02 am

You most likely eat sweet potatoes on Thanksgiving, maybe drizzled with melted marshmallow or sweetened with sugar, but have you tried serving sweet potato latkes? How about sweet potato latkes with a spiced yogurt? We know you’re saying to yourself, “YUM,” so why not add some Israeli flavor into your Thanksgiving meal and serve our Sweet Potato Latkes with Yogurt this year. Read More

Kohelet’s Lessons For A New Year

by Rabbi Jessica Zimmerman Graf October 21, 2019 at 5:17 am

Kohelet’s Lessons For A New Year

by Rabbi Jessica Zimmerman Graf October 21, 2019 at 5:17 am

How do we address our challenging world through a Jewish lens? As we live in a complicated world, we look to the ancient wisdom of Jewish texts for inspiration. Preparing for the Yamim Noraim—the upcoming Days of Awe—I opened my favorite Jewish text, Kohelet (Ecclesiastes). We read this text each year during Sukkot. Read More

Birthright Israel: A Modern Day Miracle

by David-Seth Kirshner October 21, 2019 at 4:11 am

Birthright Israel: A Modern Day Miracle

by David-Seth Kirshner October 21, 2019 at 4:11 am

Every once in awhile I am reminded of the power of miracles in the world. I have yet to witness a miracle as described in lore, like streams changing their currents for example, but every time I am in Israel and see a bus-load of young adults of all backgrounds and Jewish upbringings, wearing the easily recognizable Birthright Israel nametag, in our shared homeland of Israel, I know I am witnessing a modern-day miracle. Read More

Reflections from Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks October 16, 2019 at 6:40 am

Reflections from Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks October 16, 2019 at 6:40 am

Increasingly, and disturbingly, antisemitism and anti-Zionism can be found online and in particular, on university campuses around the world. That is what makes the work of Birthright Israel so important and inspiring. It is only by strengthening young Jews pride in, and connection to, their faith and ancient homeland that we will be able to defeat those who seek to demonize Jews and Israel. Read More