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Birthright Israel with Argentinians: Connecting with our Jewish Identities

by Nathan Lightman • Chicago, IL August 21, 2020 at 8:03 am
Nathan Lightman with his Birthright Israel group in front of the Kotel

Birthright Israel with Argentinians: Connecting with our Jewish Identities

by Nathan Lightman • Chicago, IL August 21, 2020 at 8:03 am

Growing up, I went to Sunday school every Sunday until I was 16. For a time, I was even at the synagogue on a weekday evening after soccer practice for Hebrew/religious school as well. At a young age, I felt connected to my Jewish identity; I loved the songs, the prayers, the food (other than maror), the holidays, and the community.  Read More

Birthright Israel Fellows: Leading the Way

by Birthright Israel Foundation August 20, 2020 at 3:03 pm
Birthright Israel Fellows at a training seminar in San Diego

Birthright Israel Fellows: Leading the Way

by Birthright Israel Foundation August 20, 2020 at 3:03 pm

“So, let’s go around the room and introduce ourselves by saying our names, where we’re from, our most memorable Birthright Israel moment, how each of us defines our Jewish identity, a value that represents how we live our lives, and what each of us is hoping to get out of being here at Birthright Israel Fellows.” Read More

Connecting with Grandma: How My Birthright Israel Trip Reconnected Us

by Alix Ablaza • Philadelphia, PA August 19, 2020 at 8:00 am
Alix Ablaza in the Negev on a windy day at sunrise on her 2015 Birthright Israel trip

Connecting with Grandma: How My Birthright Israel Trip Reconnected Us

by Alix Ablaza • Philadelphia, PA August 19, 2020 at 8:00 am

Over the last few years, Birthright Israel and Birthright Israel Foundation have become dear to my heart. This is in large part due to Margie Honickman who many in the Philadelphia area know and love. Margie sits on the Board of Directors and is the Philadelphia Leadership Council Co-Chair for the Foundation too. Before I began working for her, I had never heard of Birthright Israel.    Read More

Shabbat Recipes to Help You Slow Down and Celebrate

by Birthright Israel Foundation August 17, 2020 at 1:23 pm
Shabbat dinner heating on a hot plate.

Shabbat Recipes to Help You Slow Down and Celebrate

by Birthright Israel Foundation August 17, 2020 at 1:23 pm

After a long week of work or school, Shabbat serves as a prime opportunity to relax, recharge, connect with loved ones, and sit down for a nice meal. The festivities, which begin at sundown on Friday, commemorate the day when G-d rested after creating the entire world, in the Torah.  And you thought your week was busy! Read More

Birthright Israel Ignited My Love of Judaism Even More

by Billy Steinberg • Highland Park, IL August 17, 2020 at 8:00 am
Billy Steinberg on the beach in Tel Aviv on his 2018 Birthright Israel trip

Birthright Israel Ignited My Love of Judaism Even More

by Billy Steinberg • Highland Park, IL August 17, 2020 at 8:00 am

My love for Judaism was ignited at my Bar Mitzvah and the candle has stayed aflame since that day. It was only when my sister went on Birthright Israel, I became interested in going to Israel, where all our prayers go. I have Autism and I knew that I too could have my Birthright Israel experience with peers from all walks of life.   Read More

Say It Forward: Spreading the Word in the Jewish Community

by Birthright Israel Foundation August 13, 2020 at 8:00 am
Birthright Israel participants hanging a heart sculpture

Say It Forward: Spreading the Word in the Jewish Community

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

Have you ever performed a mitzvah and told the recipient to “pay it forward”? A common saying in popular culture, the term was likely coined during the early 20th century, though the concept dates back to ancient literature. The idea is simple: Rather than repaying an act of kindness, do something kind for someone else. Read More

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