From the desk of Birthright Israel Foundation

Event Highlights: Scarsdale 2019

by Birthright Israel Foundation September 10, 2019 at 5:49 pm

Event Highlights: Scarsdale 2019

by Birthright Israel Foundation September 10, 2019 at 5:49 pm

On Thursday, September 5, 2019, supporters of Birthright Israel Foundation gathered in Scarsdale, NY to hear from alumna Erin Schrode who shared her unique and inspiring story of how the trip impacted her life. Guests also had the opportunity to hear from Board of Directors Vice Chair, Stephen Siderow who closed the program with special remarks. Read More

One-on-One with Birthright Israel Madrich Alan Avitan

by Birthright Israel Foundation September 9, 2019 at 7:54 am

One-on-One with Birthright Israel Madrich Alan Avitan

by Birthright Israel Foundation September 9, 2019 at 7:54 am

Outside of the favorite Hebrew words Birthright Israel participants learn, like Sababa (cool), Yalla (let’s go!), and Ma’Kore (what’s up), they also learn the word, Madrichim (leaders/staff/guide).  Madrichim are often staff members from the participants’ home country who accompany them on their Birthright Israel journey. The Madrichim are an essential element to the educational components of the program, which are based on a person-centered learning approach.  Read More

VIDEO: My Birthright Israel Trip Explained

by Lindsay Nathanson • Philadelphia, PA September 6, 2019 at 7:18 am

VIDEO: My Birthright Israel Trip Explained

by Lindsay Nathanson • Philadelphia, PA September 6, 2019 at 7:18 am

Lindsay Nathanson is a 2019 Birthright Israel alumna from Philadelphia, PA. She is currently studying History at the University of Tampa, Florida and is an intern at the National Museum of American Jewish History. Lindsay has her own YouTube channel, auxcord, where she makes history “as little of a bore as possible.” Read More

Why I’ll Never Forget Jerusalem

by Chloe Meinert • Westfield, IN September 3, 2019 at 8:17 am
Chloe with her Birthright Israel group

Why I’ll Never Forget Jerusalem

by Chloe Meinert • Westfield, IN September 3, 2019 at 8:17 am

I want to start this blog off by saying thank you to the people who made my trip all it was. I’d like to thank all the donors who made my trip to Israel possible. I’m truly blessed to have had this experience. Without the donations, I wouldn’t have had the most memorable experience I’ve had in my life. Read More

From Bat Mitzvah to Bar Mitzvah: One Man’s Journey with Birthright Israel

by Samuel Benji • Los Angeles, CA August 29, 2019 at 7:51 am

From Bat Mitzvah to Bar Mitzvah: One Man’s Journey with Birthright Israel

by Samuel Benji • Los Angeles, CA August 29, 2019 at 7:51 am

This may be a bit cliché because everyone who goes on Birthright Israel seems to say this, but it is because it is true…Birthright was a life-changing experience. I have many memories that are going to stick with me for the rest of my life. For example, getting to know all of the amazing people on my trip, walking in the Tel-Aviv Pride March, swimming in the beautiful clear blue waters next to the beaches of Tel Aviv, climbing Masada at sunrise, hiking near the Syrian and Lebanese borders, sleeping in Bedouin-style tents, and river rafting down the Jordan River. Read More

Birthright Israel Was My First Journey In Recovery

by Rachel Kessler • New York, NY August 27, 2019 at 9:01 am
Rachel Kessler in the Dead Sea

Birthright Israel Was My First Journey In Recovery

by Rachel Kessler • New York, NY August 27, 2019 at 9:01 am

I grew up in a small Jewish community in Northern California, where I had a broken relationship with my Judaism. After my Bat Mitzvah, I didn’t see any reason to continue with the Jewish community. I knew about Birthright Israel, but it was never something that I was interested in doing. Read More

Rediscovering My Jewish Roots

by Samuel Meller • Miami, FL August 22, 2019 at 8:17 am
Samuel Meller in the Negev

Rediscovering My Jewish Roots

by Samuel Meller • Miami, FL August 22, 2019 at 8:17 am

Birthright Israel was a life-changing experience for me. I found out about this opportunity by getting more involved with my Hillel branch at Florida International University. I had never been to Israel before, so when I learned it was essentially free, I jumped on it and signed up. I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to connect with their faith and expand their mind spiritually, emotionally and socially. Read More

Event Highlights: 2019 Atlanta Leadership Celebration

by Birthright Israel Foundation August 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Doug Ross, Benji Sklar, Max Greenberg, Kyle Simon, and Melissa McGrath

Event Highlights: 2019 Atlanta Leadership Celebration

by Birthright Israel Foundation August 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm

We gathered with over 140 supporters at Ray’s on the River in Sandy Springs, GA on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 to celebrate seven years of Birthright Israel Foundation in the Atlanta community. Thank you to our amazing Atlanta leadership for your vision and dedication! During the festive evening, we had the pleasure of hearing from Birthright Israel alumni from Atlanta — Melissa McGrath, Max Greenberg and Kyle Simon — each sharing his/her unique story and closing with the powerful words, “Birthright Israel changed my life.” Read More

How Birthright Israel Helped Me Embrace My Identities

by Jordan Daniels • San Diego, CA August 20, 2019 at 8:05 am
Jordan at the Kotel

How Birthright Israel Helped Me Embrace My Identities

by Jordan Daniels • San Diego, CA August 20, 2019 at 8:05 am

My Jewish background was hidden throughout childhood but has been brought forward as I’ve stepped into adulthood. When I was a kid, I was told never to disclose my Jewishness to people. As a mixed child, my family felt that appearing both Black and Jewish would subject me to too much discrimination, therefore, I kept my Jewish observation inconspicuous. Read More

How I Roll: Birthright Israel No Limits In Motion

by Naomi Hess • Clarksville, MD August 14, 2019 at 7:06 am
Naomi and her group in Jerusalem

How I Roll: Birthright Israel No Limits In Motion

by Naomi Hess • Clarksville, MD August 14, 2019 at 7:06 am

I can’t even fully explain how amazing my Birthright Israel trip was, but I’ll do my best. Birthright Israel No Limits In Motion is a trip designed specifically for young adults with disabilities ages 18-32. This trip promises a completely free and accessible trip to Israel. Each participant gets to bring a companion with them for free, so I brought my former camp counselor Shira Schneeweiss, who knows me so well that I consider her a sister. Read More