categoryHolidays

Celebrate the Season with Sweet and Savory Shavuot Recipes

by Birthright Israel Foundation May 27, 2020 at 8:00 am
Cheese Blintzes

Celebrate the Season with Sweet and Savory Shavuot Recipes

by Birthright Israel Foundation May 27, 2020 at 8:00 am

Whether you haven’t pulled an all-nighter since studying for your college exams or you stay up studying Torah every year, the Jewish festival of Shavuot is a smorgasbord of delicious food. The holiday is known, after all, as the Feast of Weeks. While blintzes and cheesecake are often the stars of the show, they’re far from the only Shavuot recipes worth making. Read More

Quiz: How much do you know about Yom Ha’atzmaut

by Birthright Israel Foundation April 26, 2020 at 8:00 am
Birthright Israel participants holding an Israeli flag

Quiz: How much do you know about Yom Ha’atzmaut

by Birthright Israel Foundation April 26, 2020 at 8:00 am

Every year Jews in Israel and around the world celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel Independence Day. Yom Ha’atzmaut marks the establishment of the modern State of Israel. In many Western Jewish communities, Yom Ha’atzmaut is incorporated into Jewish calendars and followed by a public celebration. This all marks and of course remembers the original date when Israel’s Declaration of Independence was signed in Tel Aviv on May 14, 1948, where David Ben-Gurion read it out loud. Prior to Yom Ha’atzmaut Israelis observe Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s official holiday for remembering its fallen heroes. Read More

Passover Recipes for Every Plate—and Every Palate

by Birthright Israel Foundation April 7, 2020 at 8:00 am
Passover Seder Plate

Passover Recipes for Every Plate—and Every Palate

by Birthright Israel Foundation April 7, 2020 at 8:00 am

Spring has sprung. Passover is here and you’re already thirsting for the four promises of redemption. Although it’s tempting to think about reclining, everything will fall flatter than the bread of affliction without a little Passover planning. On Passover, we like to mingle the holiday’s greatest hits with a few contemporary recipes. Read More

A Passover Message from our President & CEO

by Israel "Izzy" Tapoohi April 6, 2020 at 8:00 am
The Western Wall

A Passover Message from our President & CEO

by Israel "Izzy" Tapoohi April 6, 2020 at 8:00 am

Dear Partners & Supporters, This year, instead of asking why this night is different from any other night, we may be asking ourselves, “why is this Passover different from any other in history?” The answer is that more people than ever before are sharing a “virtual” Seder with family and friends. Read More

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