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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 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. WHAT YOU NEED 3 cups grated sweet potatoes3 tablespoons flour1 teaspoon ground black pepper1 teaspoon sea salt1/2 teaspoon mild paprika1/2 teaspoon garlic powder1/4 teaspoon cinnamon1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle2 eggs, lightly beatenOil for cooking1 cup finely chopped onion (about 1 medium onion)2/3 cup Greek yogurt WHAT YOU DO Preheat oven to 395 degrees.Mix 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. But in order for the next generation, the millennials and Generation Z and those that will follow to successfully achieve this, they need to understand why anti-Zionism is the new antisemitism. Read More

A High Holiday Message from Birthright Israel Foundation’s CEO

by Birthright Israel Foundation September 26, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Birthright Israel participants

A High Holiday Message from Birthright Israel Foundation’s CEO

by Birthright Israel Foundation September 26, 2019 at 8:00 pm

Dear Friends, The High Holidays are a special time for the Jewish people. Deep rooted in religious practices and tradition, these days are synonymous with community. It is during these holy days that the Jewish people unite together in many shapes and forms to welcome the New Year as one. As we sit in our respective synagogues, we can take great pleasure and pride in our community. Read More

High Holiday Recipe: Apples, Honey & Pomegranate Crumb Pie

by Lindsay Morrison • Atlanta, GA September 23, 2019 at 8:22 am
Apple Crumb Pie

High Holiday Recipe: Apples, Honey & Pomegranate Crumb Pie

by Lindsay Morrison • Atlanta, GA September 23, 2019 at 8:22 am

We are excited to share 2012 Birthright Israel alumna, Lindsay Morrison’s favorite High Holiday recipe on the blog! Keep scrolling to learn how to make this delicious treat and read more about the impact Birthright Israel had on Lindsay. We promise her interview is just as sweet as the recipe! Read More

Passover Recipe: Coconut-Halva Macaroons By Alumnus Jake Cohen

by Jake Cohen • New York, NY April 15, 2019 at 8:53 am
Jake Cohen's Cocounut Halva Macaroons

Passover Recipe: Coconut-Halva Macaroons By Alumnus Jake Cohen

by Jake Cohen • New York, NY April 15, 2019 at 8:53 am

Jake Cohen is a one-of-a-kind Birthright Israel alumnus and nice Jewish boy. His recipes and words have been featured on Food 52, Huffington Post Taste, Food and Wine Magazine, and Saveur Magazine to name a few. Currently, Jake is the editorial and test kitchen director of TheFeedFeed.com. Jake went on his Birthright Israel journey in 2013 and has been in love with the flavors of Israel ever since! Jake’s Story For me, Birthright Israel was my first foray into my love affair with Israeli cuisine. Read More

Passover Recipe: Barbara’s Matzo Ball Soup by Rachel Belle

by Birthright Israel Foundation April 9, 2019 at 3:52 am
Rachel Belle Matzo Ball Soup

Passover Recipe: Barbara’s Matzo Ball Soup by Rachel Belle

by Birthright Israel Foundation April 9, 2019 at 3:52 am

Rachel Belle is a Birthright Israel alumna, host and co-producer of the acclaimed podcast “Your Last Meal.” She’s a feature reporter on KIRO Radio in Seattle, and “Seattle Weekly” voted her the city’s best FM Radio Personality.  and a feature reporter and talk show contributor. This Passover Rachel shares with us a memory from her Birthright Israel trip and her mom’s Matzo Ball Soup recipe. Looking back on her Birthright Israel trip “I grew up in a Bay Area suburb without a single Jewish friend. Read More