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Birthright Israel Love Story: Tori Berkman & Dylan Burstyn

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 3, 2019 at 7:08 am

Birthright Israel Love Story: Tori Berkman & Dylan Burstyn

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 3, 2019 at 7:08 am

In May 2015, neither Tori or Dylan thought when they signed up for Birthright Israel, they’d meet their soulmate. Now, a few years later, they’re engaged and can’t wait to start their life together. We had an opportunity to catch up with them and learn how their Birthright Israel love story played out! Read More

Going Home: My Birthright Israel Story

by Sara Armet • New York, NY October 28, 2019 at 7:04 am

Going Home: My Birthright Israel Story

by Sara Armet • New York, NY October 28, 2019 at 7:04 am

Birthright Israel consecrated an unrealized dream that seemed intangible for so long. I grew up as a reform Jew, a fourth-generation American, in a predominantly Irish Catholic community. Looking back, I think we were culturally Jewish out of respect for my grandmother. Both my sisters and I went to Hebrew school on Sundays and Wednesdays, which concluded with our B’nai Mitzvot (note: the backdrop of my Jewish upbringing took place at a church and a hotel, rented space where our small congregation persisted in planting roots). 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

Birthright Israel Love Story: Jordana & Gregory Bel

by Jordana Kozupsky Bel • Astoria, NY October 18, 2019 at 8:58 am

Birthright Israel Love Story: Jordana & Gregory Bel

by Jordana Kozupsky Bel • Astoria, NY October 18, 2019 at 8:58 am

My husband and I met on our Birthright Israel trip in January 2011. We were a grade apart at Union College and applied for the trip through the Hillel. Greg has said that he was instantly attracted to me ever since the initial meeting in the Hillel board room (though he likely won’t admit that publicly!) We became friends on the trip but didn’t feel a romantic connection until afterward. Read More

The Importance of Zionism, The Negev & David Ben-Gurion on Birthright Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation October 16, 2019 at 3:21 pm
David Ben-Gurion speaking to the Knesset

The Importance of Zionism, The Negev & David Ben-Gurion on Birthright Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation October 16, 2019 at 3:21 pm

Since today is October 16, 2019, David Ben-Gurion’s birthday, we thought it only right to speak of how his visions for the Negev and Zionism impacts participants of Birthright Israel and how it plays out in our educational framework. To begin, Birthright Israel is an opportunity to discover one’s Jewish roots in a place that has been the root of the Jewish story for 3000 years. Read More

THEN & NOW: Jason Yale Cohen

by Jason Yale Cohen • Wilkes-Barre, PA October 16, 2019 at 8:29 am
Jason on Masada

THEN & NOW: Jason Yale Cohen

by Jason Yale Cohen • Wilkes-Barre, PA October 16, 2019 at 8:29 am

Dear Mr. Charles Bronfman: Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to be a participant in the Birthright Israel 2000 experience. The trip has left an impression on me, which will last a lifetime. How can I summarize this experience to you in just a few short paragraphs? Read More