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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

8 Things I Learned Because Of Birthright Israel

by Heather Jesse April 1, 2019 at 8:48 am
Heather in Tel Aviv

8 Things I Learned Because Of Birthright Israel

by Heather Jesse April 1, 2019 at 8:48 am

1. It’s a chance to explore what Judaism means for you. I had a lack of knowledge about Judaism and felt a massive disconnect from religion. I was eager to find my Jewish identity and further explore what it means for me to be a Jew. 2. Being Jewish means something different for everyone, and that’s okay. Read More

Meet Young Leadership Council Member: Samantha Wenig

by Birthright Israel Foundation March 26, 2019 at 4:27 am
Samantha on Birthright Israel

Meet Young Leadership Council Member: Samantha Wenig

by Birthright Israel Foundation March 26, 2019 at 4:27 am

When did you go on Birthright Israel? In December 2011 and I remember we were lucky enough to celebrate the remaining nights of Hanukkah while on the trip – it was so memorable! Birthright Israel Foundation has given this gift to over 700,000 young Jewish adults from all different backgrounds and walks of life, what is your Jewish background? Read More

Third Time’s a Charm: How I Finally Went on Birthright Israel

by Nicole Wieder March 19, 2019 at 5:12 am
Nicole on Birthright Israel

Third Time’s a Charm: How I Finally Went on Birthright Israel

by Nicole Wieder March 19, 2019 at 5:12 am

My journey to Israel started when I was only nine years old. I had just begun Hebrew school and found out what Israel was from my teacher. When I got home I asked my father if he had traveled there, he said yes and that I would “go home one day.” At the time, I didn’t understand what he meant. Read More

Here’s What One Day on Birthright Israel Looks Like

by Dave Hoffman March 14, 2019 at 6:37 am
David at The Kotel

Here’s What One Day on Birthright Israel Looks Like

by Dave Hoffman March 14, 2019 at 6:37 am

I’m going to speak to you, yes you, the one who is curious how just twenty-four hours on Birthright Israel can change your life. Are you ready? Before waking up, let me paint a picture of the first few days of the trip. Forty people from different backgrounds and all over the world go from strangers to friends to family, and I am not exaggerating. Read More

Meet the Girl behind the Instagram Account ‘The Asian Israeli’

by Birthright Israel Foundation March 7, 2019 at 8:21 am
Amy in Israel years after her Birthright Israel trip

Meet the Girl behind the Instagram Account ‘The Asian Israeli’

by Birthright Israel Foundation March 7, 2019 at 8:21 am

If you look at the first three-quarters of my life, you’ll probably agree that my journey to Israel is entirely unexpected. I grew up in Sacramento, California in a mixed family. One of my parents is Jewish, the other is Chinese, and they are both awesome, open, and loving. We celebrated Jewish and Christian holidays – Hanukkah and Passover, Christmas and Easter – all in a very secular way. Read More