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Birthright Israel Love Story: Tatiana & Haley

by Birthright Israel Foundation August 11, 2020 at 8:00 am
Tatiana Lundstrom and Haley Harris-Bloom down on one knee

Birthright Israel Love Story: Tatiana & Haley

by Birthright Israel Foundation August 11, 2020 at 8:00 am

In summer 2017, Tatiana Lundstrom and Haley Harris-Bloom thought Birthright Israel would be a great opportunity to get in touch with their Jewish heritage. Hours into their trip, the two were sitting together on the bus and within days had fallen in love. Check out our interview with the couple to see how their Birthright Israel love story unfolds. Read More

Amy Jaffee: A Birthright Israel Parent on a Mission

by Birthright Israel Foundation August 10, 2020 at 8:00 am
Amy & Scott Jaffee with their two sons

Amy Jaffee: A Birthright Israel Parent on a Mission

by Birthright Israel Foundation August 10, 2020 at 8:00 am

We are excited to announce Amy Jaffee as the new Co-Chair of Birthright Israel Foundation’s Long Island Leadership Cabinet. Amy is on a mission to ensure young Jewish adults worldwide receive the gift of Birthright Israel. It sounds like a massive project to undertake, right? For Amy, it’s personal.   Two decades ago, Amy heard of Birthright Israel before trips even began, when the project was in its infancy. Read More

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Birthright Israel Foundation

by Birthright Israel Foundation August 4, 2020 at 8:00 am
Birthright Israel participants holding an Israeli flag.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Birthright Israel Foundation

by Birthright Israel Foundation August 4, 2020 at 8:00 am

It began 20 years ago with a bold idea from Jewish philanthropists: A trip to the Holy Land will enhance and strengthen the Jewish Diaspora for generations to come.  Thus, Birthright Israel was born, and Birthright Israel Foundation came soon after. You may have heard about Birthright Israel from friends, family, or media, but you’re likely less familiar with the foundation that supports it. Read More

Orthodox Jews Can Benefit From Birthright Israel

by Meira Shleifer • Waterbury, CT July 30, 2020 at 8:00 am
Meira Shleifer at Mount Herzl on her Birthright Israel trip in 2020

Orthodox Jews Can Benefit From Birthright Israel

by Meira Shleifer • Waterbury, CT July 30, 2020 at 8:00 am

When I was born, my father wanted to name me Sunshine. My mother compromised and named Meira Shleifer, which translates to illuminate. I grew up in a small Orthodox Jewish community in Waterbury, CT, attended a religious Jewish day school through eighth grade, and an all-girls Orthodox Yeshiva high school. Traditionally, after high school, Yeshiva students go to Israel for a gap year before going to college, getting married, and starting adult life. Read More

Why Beloved Atlantan Ron Eichel Supports Birthright Israel Foundation

by Birthright Israel Foundation July 27, 2020 at 8:00 am
Ron Eichel speaking at Independence Hall in Tel Aviv on Birthright Israel 18th Anniversary Mission to Israel

Why Beloved Atlantan Ron Eichel Supports Birthright Israel Foundation

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

The year is 1969, and a young Ron Eichel has decided to make his way South to Atlanta after finishing a pediatric dental residency in Indiana. Little did he know that the city he would learn to call home and the Jewish community he came to adore would look up to him as an incredible role model for decades to come. Read More

Finding My Jewish Identity Through Birthright Israel Excel

by Alex Levitt • Miami, FL July 24, 2020 at 8:00 am
Alex Levitt, 2012 Birthright Israel Excel Fellow

Finding My Jewish Identity Through Birthright Israel Excel

by Alex Levitt • Miami, FL July 24, 2020 at 8:00 am

As a child, being Jewish was easy– mostly because it was gently forced upon me by my loving parents and grandparents. However, what really did not come easy to me was figuring out what my Jewish identity meant to me once I flew out of the nest and later on in my professional career. Read More

How to Prioritize The Jewish Organizations You Support

by Birthright Israel Foundation July 23, 2020 at 8:00 am
Birthright Israel supporters and participants

How to Prioritize The Jewish Organizations You Support

by Birthright Israel Foundation July 23, 2020 at 8:00 am

Tzedakah is a Hebrew word that resonates for most American Jews. Perhaps you remember collecting coins in a blue and white pushke as a kid. Or maybe you learned about mitzvot as a young adult on a Birthright Israel trip. The closest English translation is philanthropy, but tzedakah also ties into justice and righteousness. Read More

Arlene Kaufman & Sandy Baklor and Their Unwavering Support for Birthright Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation July 21, 2020 at 8:00 am
Arlene Kaufman & Sandy Baklor

Arlene Kaufman & Sandy Baklor and Their Unwavering Support for Birthright Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation July 21, 2020 at 8:00 am

When Arlene Kaufman and Sandy Baklor married over two decades ago, they both not only shared an undeniable love for each other but an undeniable love for Israel and Jewish people. Anyone who has had the pleasure to meet Arlene and Sandy knows firsthand their focus is on securing the Jewish future – whether through Birthright Israel Foundation, Masa Israel Journey, The Jewish Agency for Israel, or local Federations.    Read More

Birthright Israel to Atlanta: How I’m Still Reaping the Benefits of My Trip

by Jordan Shipowtiz • Atlanta, GA July 20, 2020 at 8:00 am
Jordan Shipowitz on his Birthright Israel trip in 2014

Birthright Israel to Atlanta: How I’m Still Reaping the Benefits of My Trip

by Jordan Shipowtiz • Atlanta, GA July 20, 2020 at 8:00 am

In summer 2014, there was ongoing rocket fire from Hamas into Israel, and like many Jewish people, this was weighing heavily on my heart. Sure, being in the US as this was happening, it’s easy to sort of tune it out since quickly, these situations in Israel can become like any other news cycle. Read More

Meet Sam & Jared: Atlanta Alumni Who Were Transformed on Birthright Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation July 13, 2020 at 8:00 am
Jared, Sam and Omer on Birthright Israel

Meet Sam & Jared: Atlanta Alumni Who Were Transformed on Birthright Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation July 13, 2020 at 8:00 am

This past year Atlanta natives and best friends Jared Siegel and Sam Baroff decided it was time to claim their birthright. During their junior year at the University of Georgia, they signed up for a Birthright Israel trip together, hoping to further their understanding of Israel. Like many, Sam had initially heard of Birthright Israel through his mom. Read More