categoryLeadership & Supporters

A Passover Message from our President & CEO

by Israel "Izzy" Tapoohi April 6, 2020 at 8:00 am
The Western Wall

A Passover Message from our President & CEO

by Israel "Izzy" Tapoohi April 6, 2020 at 8:00 am

Dear Partners & Supporters, This year, instead of asking why this night is different from any other night, we may be asking ourselves, “why is this Passover different from any other in history?” The answer is that more people than ever before are sharing a “virtual” Seder with family and friends. Read More

Video: The 10 Values of Birthright Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation March 30, 2020 at 9:55 am
Dr. Zohar Raviv

Video: The 10 Values of Birthright Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation March 30, 2020 at 9:55 am

750,000 young Jewish adults from 68 countries have experienced the 10 Values of Birthright Israel and are forever impacted by each and every one of them. The program’s educational framework makes each journey unique and allows participants to explore their Jewish identity and Israel like never before. Whether a young Jewish adult grew up with a Jewish identity or embraced theirs because of Birthright Israel, our values ensure this educational program provides a life-changing experience. Read More

Birthright Israel Gave My Son What I Couldn’t

by Daniela Filmer • Delmar, New York January 28, 2020 at 7:49 am
Jacob visiting the Bedouin tents in Israel

Birthright Israel Gave My Son What I Couldn’t

by Daniela Filmer • Delmar, New York January 28, 2020 at 7:49 am

The Birthright Israel trip was an amazing experience for my son Jacob, he literally came back a changed person with a more insightful view on history, current events and learned so much about the people of his rich heritage. Jacob was amazed by the things he saw and, most importantly, was challenged by the activities he participated in. Read More

Kohelet’s Lessons For A New Year

by Rabbi Jessica Zimmerman Graf October 21, 2019 at 5:17 am

Kohelet’s Lessons For A New Year

by Rabbi Jessica Zimmerman Graf October 21, 2019 at 5:17 am

How do we address our challenging world through a Jewish lens? As we live in a complicated world, we look to the ancient wisdom of Jewish texts for inspiration. Preparing for the Yamim Noraim—the upcoming Days of Awe—I opened my favorite Jewish text, Kohelet (Ecclesiastes). We read this text each year during Sukkot. 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

Reflections from Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks October 16, 2019 at 6:40 am

Reflections from Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks October 16, 2019 at 6:40 am

Increasingly, and disturbingly, antisemitism and anti-Zionism can be found online and in particular, on university campuses around the world. That is what makes the work of Birthright Israel so important and inspiring. It is only by strengthening young Jews pride in, and connection to, their faith and ancient homeland that we will be able to defeat those who seek to demonize Jews and Israel. But in order for the next generation, the millennials and Generation Z and those that will follow to successfully achieve this, they need to understand why anti-Zionism is the new antisemitism. Read More

Birthright Israel: Transforming “Jews by Birth” to “Jews by Worth”

by Dr. Zohar Raviv October 3, 2019 at 6:29 am

As we enter this year’s High Holidays season, I am delighted to share a few thoughts with you all — our extended Birthright Israel family. It is hard to believe, but Birthright Israel embarks on celebrating two decades of operation; and while we are surely gratified by this project’s unprecedented achievements on behalf of world Jewry and the State of Israel, we already try to imagine the next 20 years and the envisioned trajectory of our young Jewish adults in the contemporary world. Read More

A High Holiday Message from Birthright Israel Foundation’s CEO

by Birthright Israel Foundation September 26, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Birthright Israel participants

A High Holiday Message from Birthright Israel Foundation’s CEO

by Birthright Israel Foundation September 26, 2019 at 8:00 pm

Dear Friends, The High Holidays are a special time for the Jewish people. Deep rooted in religious practices and tradition, these days are synonymous with community. It is during these holy days that the Jewish people unite together in many shapes and forms to welcome the New Year as one. As we sit in our respective synagogues, we can take great pleasure and pride in our community. Read More

Birthright Israel and Becoming a Rabbi: The Lasting Impact

by Rabbi Levy September 26, 2019 at 4:55 am

Birthright Israel and Becoming a Rabbi: The Lasting Impact

by Rabbi Levy September 26, 2019 at 4:55 am

Birthright Israel is an experience that strives to maximize every minute of those magical ten days. So it’s no surprise that 18 years ago, on my Birthright Israel trip, I woke up in a Bedouin tent cold, frustrated and exhausted. I staggered onto the bus and promptly fell asleep. Shortly thereafter, we had reached our destination, the base of the Roman ramp that led up to Masada. Read More

Regional Roundup: The Midwest

by Birthright Israel Foundation September 12, 2019 at 8:41 am

Regional Roundup: The Midwest

by Birthright Israel Foundation September 12, 2019 at 8:41 am

Birthright Israel Foundation is so very fortunate to have more than 35,000 annual supporters. Our donors care deeply about Israel and the Jewish future and they are proud to be part of the Birthright Israel Foundation Family. Get to know some of our friends from the Midwest. Barbara & Rick Silverman, Chicago, IL “A Birthright Israel trip provides young people the opportunity to hopefully begin their lifelong connection with Israel. Read More