categoryLeadership & Supporters

A Message from Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks to the Supporters of Birthright Israel

by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks September 14, 2020 at 8:00 am
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

A Message from Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks to the Supporters of Birthright Israel

by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks September 14, 2020 at 8:00 am

Dear Friends, In decades to come, we will look back on 2020 as a watershed moment. The COVID-19 pandemic has already changed so much. We are in the midst of a public health crisis, an economic crisis, a race crisis, a law and order crisis, the ripples of which have been felt around the world. Read More

Birthright Israel is a Game-Changer for American Jews, Says Indiana’s Bob Schuckit

by Birthright Israel Foundation September 13, 2020 at 4:36 pm
Bob Schuckit at the Kotel in Jerusalem

Birthright Israel is a Game-Changer for American Jews, Says Indiana’s Bob Schuckit

by Birthright Israel Foundation September 13, 2020 at 4:36 pm

As a child in Madison, Wisconsin Bob Schuckit grew up in a Conservadox household where his Jewish heritage was extremely important. His parents were immigrants and valued the strength and support of their local Jewish community.   Eventually, he left Wisconsin and attended Brandeis University. Here, he had a wonderful time and credits the school for keeping his passion for Judaism alive. However, like most young Jews today, Bob lost touch with his Jewishness as a young professional. Read More

Looking Forward: A Rosh Hashanah Message from Izzy Tapoohi

by Israel "Izzy" Tapoohi • President & CEO September 11, 2020 at 8:00 am
Birthright Israel Foundation CEO Izzy Tapoohi with his extended family in Israel

Looking Forward: A Rosh Hashanah Message from Izzy Tapoohi

by Israel "Izzy" Tapoohi • President & CEO September 11, 2020 at 8:00 am

Each year as the summer winds down, the Jewish community prepares to observe the High Holy Days.  The evening breeze, the anticipation of fall, are all part of the build-up to Rosh Hashanah.  We enjoy the last minutes of summer, we prepare our children and grandchildren to return to school, we shop for dresses, ties, and shoes to add to our wardrobes for our days in synagogue.  We Read More

A Look at Why Rob Clarfeld Supports Birthright Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation September 10, 2020 at 8:00 am
Robert & Kristen Clarfeld at a Birthright Israel Mega Event concert

A Look at Why Rob Clarfeld Supports Birthright Israel

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

Like hundreds of thousands of other Jewish parents, Rob Clarfeld first learned of Birthright Israel when his son went on a trip. He remembers his son Larry, then a student at the University of Vermont, informing him: “I’m going to Israel with a group called Birthright Israel.” Within a few weeks, Larry and his girlfriend (now wife) were in Israel; a wonderful time and perspective-altering experience. Read More

How Birthright Israel Trips Impact Indiana University Students

by Jess Goldblatt • Bloomington, IN September 10, 2020 at 8:00 am
Jess Goldblatt

How Birthright Israel Trips Impact Indiana University Students

by Jess Goldblatt • Bloomington, IN September 10, 2020 at 8:00 am

Staffing Birthright Israel trips are the most rewarding aspect of my job. My desire to pursue Hillel work stems from prodigious positive memories formulated during 13 years of attending a Yeshiva day school. Over the course of ten days Birthright Israel trips are able to successfully create more positive memories and enable growth for students in ways in which Jewish professionals strive to emulate throughout the academic year. Read More

How Birthright Israel Set My Son on a New Path

by Stacey Geer • Atlanta, GA September 8, 2020 at 12:30 pm
Jonah Geer with his mother on his Birthright Israel accessibility trip

How Birthright Israel Set My Son on a New Path

by Stacey Geer • Atlanta, GA September 8, 2020 at 12:30 pm

As a mom, it is important that my son Jonah achieve special milestones throughout his life. When Jonah was diagnosed with high functioning autism at a young age, I wasn’t sure if he would have the same opportunities as other kids. This included the chance to experience Jewish milestones.  Our family belongs to Temple Sinai in Atlanta, Georgia. Jonah Read More

How Birthright Israel Foundation is Transforming Young Jewish Lives in Philadelphia

by Birthright Israel Foundation September 1, 2020 at 8:00 am
Remi Schwartz and her Birthright Israel group in 2018

How Birthright Israel Foundation is Transforming Young Jewish Lives in Philadelphia

by Birthright Israel Foundation September 1, 2020 at 8:00 am

Throughout the last twenty years, Birthright Israel Foundation has changed tens of thousands of young Jewish lives in Philadelphia. This is in large part due to the incredible local lay leadership, proving Philadelphia is truly the City of Brotherly Love. We must thank our local lay leaders Margie Honickman, Gail Norry, Susan Schwartz and the late Madlyn Abramson z’l who have worked tirelessly to ensure this gift remains a factor of life for young Jews in the city.   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

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

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