From the desk of Birthright Israel Foundation

Party for young Russian-speaking Jews marks 18th anniversary of Birthright

by JNS November 7, 2018 at 2:00 pm

“Everything that you saw and heard, people that you have met, the land you’ve touched—all this will become a trigger for your own inner discoveries,” said Genesis Philanthropy Group vice president for community relations Dorit Golender. Taglit-Birthright Israel marked its 18th birthday on Aug. 21 with a series of events in Tel Aviv for 1,000 participants from the former Soviet Union, or FSU. Read More

What alumni are saying this week? (November 5, 2018)

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 5, 2018 at 9:14 pm

What alumni are saying this week? (November 5, 2018)

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 5, 2018 at 9:14 pm

It is that time of the week again when we give you a dose of what we like to call Birthright Israel magic – when participants share their life-changing and most memorable moments from their time in Israel. Drum roll please… “Without Birthright Israel I would have never felt so proud of my Jewish identity.” – Alesha “Every moment from my Birthright Israel trip helped me explore what role Judaism plays and will play in my life. 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

Doing Birthright as a Mother of Two

by Tova Ross October 23, 2018 at 10:40 am
Tova Ross' Birthright Israel Trip

Doing Birthright as a Mother of Two

by Tova Ross October 23, 2018 at 10:40 am

A 32-year-old mom of two takes a Birthright Israel trip and finds she has something to learn from her young companions. Other than the fact that I’m a sucker for anything free, I wasn’t entirely sure what compelled me to go on Birthright’s pilot trip for Jewish men and women in the advanced age range of 27 to 32. Read More

What are alumni saying this week? (October 22, 2018)

by Birthright Israel Foundation October 22, 2018 at 11:00 am
Venessa's 2018 Birthright Israel group

What are alumni saying this week? (October 22, 2018)

by Birthright Israel Foundation October 22, 2018 at 11:00 am

No matter where in the world a Birthright Israel participant comes from, each and every single one continues to relive the magic of Israel throughout their entire lives. With more than 650,000 alumni embarking on the journey of a lifetime we wanted to share with you, by week, an insight into just how impactful Birthright Israel is. Read More

Birthright Israel: A Journey That Changed Me Forever

by Kate Eppers September 17, 2018 at 3:00 pm
Kate Eppers

Birthright Israel: A Journey That Changed Me Forever

by Kate Eppers September 17, 2018 at 3:00 pm

I could write novels upon novels about how beneficial Birthright Israel is and how this trip changed my life for the better. Growing up, I really didn’t know much about Judaism or my culture. I am 100% Jewish on both sides, but I was not in touch with my roots. Because I didn’t come from a huge Jewish community, once in Israel, it was like nothing else I had ever experienced before; to be surrounded by all these new Jewish friends from around the states. Read More