categoryTrip Highlights

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

Siblings Rediscover Their Jewish Heritage in Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation March 22, 2020 at 5:25 am
Cameron Koffman with his sister

Siblings Rediscover Their Jewish Heritage in Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation March 22, 2020 at 5:25 am

Who would have thought when the Birthright Israel program was founded 20 years ago, that our investment would go beyond reconnecting young adults to their Jewish heritage! What is an investment in one person turned out to be an investment in their entire family and their offspring for generations to come. Read More

Masada’s impact on Birthright Israel groups

by Birthright Israel Foundation March 18, 2020 at 5:25 am
Participants at Masada on Birthright Israel

Masada’s impact on Birthright Israel groups

by Birthright Israel Foundation March 18, 2020 at 5:25 am

Nearly every Birthright Israel participant tells us that the sunrise hike to the top of Masada is one of the highlights of their journey. When they reach the precipice, they are rewarded with stunning views of the Moab Mountains and the Dead Sea. They discover there is so much more to Masada than just a lively hike and beautiful vistas. Read More

5 Ways Birthright Israel Changed Me as an Israeli

by Niran Avni • Las Vegas, NV March 12, 2020 at 6:11 pm
Niran and fellow IDF soldiers on Birthright Israel.

5 Ways Birthright Israel Changed Me as an Israeli

by Niran Avni • Las Vegas, NV March 12, 2020 at 6:11 pm

As a Birthright Israel Madrich, volunteer, and Mifgash, you could say that my journey began six years ago when I was asked to go on a five-day paid military vacation. Little did I know, this trip would turn out to be one of the most impactful moments of my life.  Growing up, I lived in the small suburban town of Hod Hasharon, Israel. Read More

If your grandmother says “go,” you go!

by Guido Weiss • Wellington, FL March 6, 2020 at 5:33 pm
2008 Alumnus Guido Weiss in from of the American flag

If your grandmother says “go,” you go!

by Guido Weiss • Wellington, FL March 6, 2020 at 5:33 pm

My grandmother, who survived World War II hiding in Italy, has the mentality that nothing in this world should be taken for granted. She has a zero-waste policy – she is the type who brings the bread and butter home from a restaurant and when she heard about the gift of Birthright Israel, she insisted that I take advantage of it. Read More

Two Weeks in Israel and Forever in Our Hearts

by Kyla Gladstone • Boca Raton, FL February 27, 2020 at 5:18 pm
Kyla with fellow alumni in Boca Raton

Two Weeks in Israel and Forever in Our Hearts

by Kyla Gladstone • Boca Raton, FL February 27, 2020 at 5:18 pm

The two weeks I spent in Israel were nothing short of transformative and to show you how much it changed my life; I need to go back a little bit. I went to high school in Boca Raton, FL, where my mom and stepfather still live. As many people already know, Boca Raton is a very Jewish community. Read More

4 Things Participants Learned on Their Birthright Israel Trips this Year

by Birthright Israel Foundation February 26, 2020 at 7:52 am
Participants listening to a lecture from trip staff

4 Things Participants Learned on Their Birthright Israel Trips this Year

by Birthright Israel Foundation February 26, 2020 at 7:52 am

This winter, thousands of young Jews are arriving in Israel and will be shocked at how much they can learn in 10 days on a Birthright Israel trip. By not only visiting sites but gaining insights from their tour educators and Israeli peers, these moments here and there turn into lessons they’ll appreciate for a lifetime. Read More

Birthright Israel Showed Me that There’s No Right Way to Be Jewish

by Sarah Fielding • New York, NY February 24, 2020 at 4:29 am

Birthright Israel Showed Me that There’s No Right Way to Be Jewish

by Sarah Fielding • New York, NY February 24, 2020 at 4:29 am

The idea of going on Birthright Israel had been in my head long before I turned 18, but it always seemed like a hypothetical, not something I would actually do. This was due mostly in part to my upbringing in a town of very few Jewish people. No one talked about going to Israel and I couldn’t name a single person who had taken the trip through Birthright Israel. Read More

Go For Those Who Couldn’t

by Aidan Segal • Pittsburgh, PA February 20, 2020 at 8:41 pm
Aidan and his 2020 Birthright Israel group on Mt. Scopus in Jerusalem at sunset

Go For Those Who Couldn’t

by Aidan Segal • Pittsburgh, PA February 20, 2020 at 8:41 pm

“In Israel, in order to be a realist,” Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion said, “you must believe in miracles,” and for centuries in the diaspora, Jews under the oppressive arm of an undying anti-Semitism prayed for such a miracle to come into fruition –– to return to Eretz Yisrael. My ancestors of Romanian and Lithuanian descent immigrated to another land said to flow with milk and honey, and made a new life for themselves in America. I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA the product of an interfaith family. Read More

Assimilation

by Riley Pope • Memphis, TN February 13, 2020 at 7:15 am
2019 Birthright Israel participant Riley Pope with his mom in Memphis, TN

Assimilation

by Riley Pope • Memphis, TN February 13, 2020 at 7:15 am

Assimilation. A word we hear so often in the Jewish world. It’s a tragedy not quite as obvious as the many others that have plagued the Jewish people before. If you grew up Jewish, unlike me, you have likely not felt the sting of assimilation or been able to comprehend what that entails fully. Read More