categoryLeadership & Supporters

How Birthright Israel Strengthened My Sons’ Relationship to Judaism and Each Other

by Stacey Cohen May 10, 2019 at 8:53 am

My two boys, Lenny and Ben, went on Birthright Israel this past winter and all I can say is THANK YOU from deep in my soul for this opportunity. This WAS the trip of a lifetime and everything I ever wished for; everything I worked hard to develop came to fruition on this trip.  I wanted to give my kids two things in their life. Read More

Overheard in NYC

by Avi Mayer April 12, 2019 at 5:01 pm
Avi Mayer

Overheard in NYC

by Avi Mayer April 12, 2019 at 5:01 pm

Get to my hotel. Informed my room is on the third floor. I know better than to accept a low room in Midtown Manhattan. Ask for a higher floor. Offered something on 10. “Anything higher?” I ask. The guy offers to show me a room on 22. “Great,” I say, and off we go. As we take the elevator up, he asks what brings me to New York. Read More

Jewish leader finds connections, meaning in trip to Holy Land

by Janiece Sebris February 6, 2019 at 2:24 pm
Barbara Kay and Susan Pertnoy

Jewish leader finds connections, meaning in trip to Holy Land

by Janiece Sebris February 6, 2019 at 2:24 pm

Palm Beach native and longtime Temple Emanu-El member Susan Pertnoy recently took a trip that she had spent nearly two decades promoting and supporting for others. Pertnoy joined other donors on a specially designed Birthright Israel trip celebrating the organization’s 18th anniversary. Founded in 1999, Birthright Israel Foundation, the largest educational tourism organization in the world, sends Jewish young people on a free trip to Israel. Read More

How Birthright Israel Transformed Our Daughter’s Life

by Mark & Renee Kaufman December 18, 2018 at 10:00 am
Praying at the Kotel in Jerusalem

How Birthright Israel Transformed Our Daughter’s Life

by Mark & Renee Kaufman December 18, 2018 at 10:00 am

Our daughter, Desiree, went on Birthright Israel last July from New York. Up until this trip she had very little interest in her Jewish heritage and absolutely no interest in going to temple, adhering to the traditions of Judaism or dating/marrying a Jewish man. When my wife and I picked her up from the airport, we were amazed and delighted to hear her proudly announce that as a result of her trip to Israel, she has had a spiritual and religious awakening. Read More

I Can’t Wait for My 5-Month-Old Granddaughter to Go on Birthright Israel!

by Bonnie Bornstein Fertel December 11, 2018 at 8:30 am
Bonnie Fertel and her granddaughter Janie

I Can’t Wait for My 5-Month-Old Granddaughter to Go on Birthright Israel!

by Bonnie Bornstein Fertel December 11, 2018 at 8:30 am

I grew up in the diaspora of New Jersey in the 1950s, where there was no religion. We never belonged to a synagogue, never had a Seder, and didn’t celebrate the High Holidays. When my husband and I had our first daughter, Pamela, I began to realize how important that missing piece of my heritage was to me. Read More

Birthright Israel Celebrates 18 Years at the JFNA GA

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 8, 2018 at 4:19 pm

Birthright Israel Celebrates 18 Years at the JFNA GA

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 8, 2018 at 4:19 pm

On Tuesday, October 23rd Birthright Israel and Birthright Israel Foundation hosted an afterparty at the 2018 JFNA GA in Tel Aviv, Israel to celebrate our 18th Anniversary and the overall success of the program. We raised our glasses and had a huge l’chaim with a crowd of over 150 Federation professionals, current Birthright Israel participants, alumni, donors, board members and prominent dignitaries. Read More

Birthright Israel is Crucial to Keeping Judaism Alive

by Leah Graff October 26, 2018 at 9:00 am

Birthright Israel is Crucial to Keeping Judaism Alive

by Leah Graff October 26, 2018 at 9:00 am

This is why I became a Birthright group leader. I remember every second of my first Birthright Israel trip. I’ve never felt that connected to anything in my life. Everywhere we went, everything I saw and did, I felt like I was meant to be there. I think it’s because it’s the land of my people. Read More

A Time to Re-member

by Dr. Zohar Raviv August 28, 2018 at 7:00 am

A Time to Re-member

by Dr. Zohar Raviv August 28, 2018 at 7:00 am

As we embark on this month of Jewish holidays, starting a New Year of an ancient people, I am honored to share with you a few thoughts. Our collective Jewish narrative arguably revolves around that seminal moment at Mt. Sinai, wherein a pulse of the divine merged with the human, infusing an eternal ethical backbone to govern mankind’s life on earth. Read More

Can we truly strengthen the Jewish future?

by Birthright Israel Foundation August 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Can we truly strengthen the Jewish future?

by Birthright Israel Foundation August 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm

You may have heard us say this before: Birthright Israel is strengthening the Jewish future. But what does that mean? In many ways, the Jewish future is a numbers game. The longevity of our people is tied to the number of Jews who embrace our heritage in the years to come, enabling our community to grow and thrive. Read More

Birthright Israel: Challenging Beliefs & Developing Foundations

by Haley Pogachefsky June 27, 2018 at 4:49 pm

Birthright Israel: Challenging Beliefs & Developing Foundations

by Haley Pogachefsky June 27, 2018 at 4:49 pm

During my time at Tufts University, I spent months considering whether or not to participate in a Birthright Israel trip. In weighing my decision, I decided that if I were ever to do Birthright I wanted my trip to be through an institution I knew would respect all sides of the geopolitical issue at play. Read More