From the desk of Birthright Israel Foundation

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

A Match Made in Israel: Ian & Mackenzie

by Birthright Israel Foundation September 1, 2018 at 8:30 am

A Match Made in Israel: Ian & Mackenzie

by Birthright Israel Foundation September 1, 2018 at 8:30 am

For Ian Persits and Mackenzie Samet, Birthright Israel was much more than a free trip—it was where their love story began. Although both from New York, the two of them were brought up in very different homes. Ian was born and raised in Brooklyn in a Russian-Jewish household. His parents immigrated to the United States in 1975 to build a better life for their children. 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

A Note for the New Year

by Israel "Izzy" Tapoohi August 27, 2018 at 7:00 am
To a Sweet New Year

A Note for the New Year

by Israel "Izzy" Tapoohi August 27, 2018 at 7:00 am

Dear Friends, In 2018, we have a great amount to be appreciative for. Personally, I am extremely thankful for the incredible opportunities I have had and will continue to have on behalf of Birthright Israel Foundation. Every day I have the unique privilege of interacting with some our generations’ most prominent Jewish leaders whose vision and resources are providing the Jewish people with a more secure future. Read More

Galilee: Discovering the Lush, Mountainous Green of Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation August 17, 2018 at 7:53 pm

Galilee: Discovering the Lush, Mountainous Green of Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation August 17, 2018 at 7:53 pm

When Birthright Israel participants travel to Israel, many imagine they will spend 10 days in a desert. While they are partly right, they are astonished to discover Israel’s amazing landscape is as diverse as its people. In Israel’s northern region, pastoral green valleys and mountains define the area of Galilee. Participants have the opportunity to see beautiful waterfalls and streams, the freshwater lake of the Sea of Galilee, wildflowers, wildlife and fields of green. 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

A Granddaughter’s Understanding

by Sara Greenberg August 2, 2018 at 1:02 pm

A Granddaughter’s Understanding

by Sara Greenberg August 2, 2018 at 1:02 pm

From an early age, I knew Israel was an important place. My mother’s parents had both survived the Holocaust. After World War II, my grandfather, a survivor of Auschwitz, volunteered in a displaced persons camp in Germany helping other Jewish refugees get to British-controlled Palestine. While my grandfather hoped to also emigrate to Eretz Yisrael, his one surviving family member from the war, his brother, was unable to secure a visa and instead they accompanied each other to the United States. Read More

Welcome To Your Ordinary Birthright Experience!

by Oz Isseroff July 10, 2018 at 7:12 pm

Welcome To Your Ordinary Birthright Experience!

by Oz Isseroff July 10, 2018 at 7:12 pm

A staff member observes how Birthright’s Special Needs trips…aren’t especially different from any other. Ben Gurion Airport, early in the morning, a group of young Canadian or American Jews ​get off the air-conditioned ​air​plane straight into the​ hot​ Mediterranean climate, tired after a long flight, on their faces ​a mixture of pressure and excitement ​is evident​. Read More

Philly Faces: Birthright Trip Inspired Career

by Selah Maya Zighelboim July 5, 2018 at 4:02 pm

Philly Faces: Birthright Trip Inspired Career

by Selah Maya Zighelboim July 5, 2018 at 4:02 pm

At Adath Israel, a typical day doesn’t really exist, Julia Campbell said. Campbell has worked as the program and marketing coordinator at Adath Israel for just over a year. At the Merion Station synagogue, you can find the 25-year-old organizing events, meeting with staff, communicating with congregants and, right now, planning for the High Holidays, in addition to many other tasks. Read More