From the desk of Birthright Israel Foundation

My Birthright Israel Journey: 12 Years In The Making

by Mallory Hope Schwartz • Atlanta, GA May 14, 2019 at 8:58 am
Mallory Schwartz in Israel

My Birthright Israel Journey: 12 Years In The Making

by Mallory Hope Schwartz • Atlanta, GA May 14, 2019 at 8:58 am

The alarm yells at me at 4:30am. I wipe the few hours of sleep away from my eyes. I sluggishly make my way into clothing and sneakers and join the team of sleepy walkers to the front door. We take a stroll to a small pathway that opens up to a bigger dirt road. Read More

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

Event Highlights: NYC Young Leadership Council Yom Ha’atzmaut

by Birthright Israel Foundation May 9, 2019 at 5:40 pm

Event Highlights: NYC Young Leadership Council Yom Ha’atzmaut

by Birthright Israel Foundation May 9, 2019 at 5:40 pm

On May 9, 2019, our NYC Young Leadership Council gathered at GoldBar for a Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration to ring in Israel’s 71st birthday! Alumni supporters are an integral part of our annual campaign to ensure that the next generation of young Jewish adults is connected to our rich heritage, traditions and beliefs. Read More

Birthright Israel Made Me A Better Mom

by Sarah Myer • Charleston, SC May 7, 2019 at 7:56 am
Sarah and Son Jake

Birthright Israel Made Me A Better Mom

by Sarah Myer • Charleston, SC May 7, 2019 at 7:56 am

This Mother’s Day, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a mom, and about the ways that my experience on Birthright Israel changed how I parent. My son Jake was 18-months old when my husband, David, and I went on a journey with Birthright Israel. We were the only parents on the trip, but this was something we knew we needed to do — both for ourselves, and for our family. Standing at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, surrounded by fellow participants, I watched Israeli mothers with their children. Read More

How I Found Community on a Birthright Israel Trip

by Eve Karlin • Los Angeles, CA May 6, 2019 at 8:47 am
Eve with Mifgash on Birthright Israel

How I Found Community on a Birthright Israel Trip

by Eve Karlin • Los Angeles, CA May 6, 2019 at 8:47 am

Isn’t it amazing how when you’re young, your life is built around the idea of community? We have community at school with our classmates, community with sports and in my case community with fellow tennis players on my high school tennis team or the dancers, I danced with in college. There are a lot of opportunities to be part of a community that is built into the educational experience from kindergarten through college. Read More

Birthright Israel Taught Me That Whatever Happens To The Jewish People, We Are Strong

by Morgane Klareich • Silver Spring, MD May 1, 2019 at 6:15 am
Morgane at Yad VaShem

Birthright Israel Taught Me That Whatever Happens To The Jewish People, We Are Strong

by Morgane Klareich • Silver Spring, MD May 1, 2019 at 6:15 am

In March 2019 I had the opportunity of a lifetime to travel to Israel with Birthright Israel and visit Yad VaShem. After experiencing Israel firsthand through this trip, I know how rare opportunities like this must be. However, I’m writing now not to focus so much on my Birthright Israel trip but about what I learned during our visit to Yad VaShem. My entire Birthright Israel trip was emotional from day one until the last when we visited Yad VaShem and then the Wailing Wall (The Kotel/Western Wall). Read More

Birthright Israel Love Story: Jordana & Danny Joseph

by Birthright Israel Foundation April 30, 2019 at 8:19 am
Jordana & Danny Joseph

Birthright Israel Love Story: Jordana & Danny Joseph

by Birthright Israel Foundation April 30, 2019 at 8:19 am

My husband, Danny and I went on Birthright Israel in 2001 during our last year of undergrad. We immediately became good friends and maintained contact well after the trip was over. At the time we were both in relationships, but deep down we knew there was something special. Nearly two years later we had moved on from those relationships and reconnected. Read More

Alumni Interview: Amanda Flaxman

by Birthright Israel Foundation April 23, 2019 at 5:52 am
Amanda Flaxman with her Birthright Israel group

Alumni Interview: Amanda Flaxman

by Birthright Israel Foundation April 23, 2019 at 5:52 am

Amanda Flaxman is a winter 2019 Birthright Israel alumna from Highland Park, IL. She currently works as a Data Scientist and the biggest takeaway from her Birthright Israel trip was the authenticity she felt from everyone. What was the major factor that drove you to sign up for Birthright Israel? My trip was leaving from Chicago and just happened to be the perfect time for me to go – it worked out effortlessly. Read More

Passover Recipe: Coconut-Halva Macaroons By Alumnus Jake Cohen

by Jake Cohen • New York, NY April 15, 2019 at 8:53 am
Jake Cohen's Cocounut Halva Macaroons

Passover Recipe: Coconut-Halva Macaroons By Alumnus Jake Cohen

by Jake Cohen • New York, NY April 15, 2019 at 8:53 am

Jake Cohen is a one-of-a-kind Birthright Israel alumnus and nice Jewish boy. His recipes and words have been featured on Food 52, Huffington Post Taste, Food and Wine Magazine, and Saveur Magazine to name a few. Currently, Jake is the editorial and test kitchen director of TheFeedFeed.com. Jake went on his Birthright Israel journey in 2013 and has been in love with the flavors of Israel ever since! Jake’s Story For me, Birthright Israel was my first foray into my love affair with Israeli cuisine. 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