From the desk of Birthright Israel Foundation

Finding Jewish Identity through Passion

by Birthright Israel Foundation December 17, 2018 at 4:40 pm
Rebecca Cohn in the Hanging Gardens of Haifa

Finding Jewish Identity through Passion

by Birthright Israel Foundation December 17, 2018 at 4:40 pm

Young adults today live in a dramatically different world than those from the first Birthright Israel groups 19 years ago. Then, many participants got their first passport to embark on their journey to Israel. Today, the sky is the limit for Millennials and Generation Z’ers. International travel has become increasingly affordable. Read More

What Alumni Are Saying This Week – Florida Edition

by Birthright Israel Foundation December 12, 2018 at 2:11 pm
Group at the top of Masada in 2018

What Alumni Are Saying This Week – Florida Edition

by Birthright Israel Foundation December 12, 2018 at 2:11 pm

Did you know Birthright Israel participants come from every corner of the United States? Many participants choose to go on community buses or join national trips where they meet new friends from around the country. In this week’s edition of What Alumni Are Saying This Week we’re going to hear from participants from the sunshine state of Florida. What made your Birthright Israel trip so special? Read More

I Can’t Wait for My 5-Month-Old Granddaughter to Go on Birthright Israel!

by Bonnie Bornstein Fertel December 11, 2018 at 8:30 am
Bonnie Fertel and her granddaughter Janie

I Can’t Wait for My 5-Month-Old Granddaughter to Go on Birthright Israel!

by Bonnie Bornstein Fertel December 11, 2018 at 8:30 am

I grew up in the diaspora of New Jersey in the 1950s, where there was no religion. We never belonged to a synagogue, never had a Seder, and didn’t celebrate the High Holidays. When my husband and I had our first daughter, Pamela, I began to realize how important that missing piece of my heritage was to me. Read More

#Instafamous Elizabeth Savetsky: My Birthright Israel Story

by Elizabeth Savetsky (@ExcessoriesExpert) December 5, 2018 at 8:30 am
Elizabeth Savetsky and her family

#Instafamous Elizabeth Savetsky: My Birthright Israel Story

by Elizabeth Savetsky (@ExcessoriesExpert) December 5, 2018 at 8:30 am

The single most critical decision I made in my life was to apply for a Birthright Israel trip in the summer of 2004.  Almost everything that is important to me in my current life can be traced back to that moment. I grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, where my world felt a zillion miles from the State of Israel, or any strong Jewish community for that matter.   Read More

Hanukkah Surprise Cake from Noshpitality

by Michal Cohen December 3, 2018 at 8:38 pm
Hanukkah Surprise Cake

Hanukkah Surprise Cake from Noshpitality

by Michal Cohen December 3, 2018 at 8:38 pm

Ever since I can remember, Israel has been a big part of my life. My grandparents have a second home in Israel and as kids, we’d go for the entire summer. The minute we landed my mother would start breathing in the air through her nose, almost like she never experienced oxygen before, and when it was time to leave she’d cry and get emotional in a way that wasn’t typical for her. Read More

How to Make Veggie Latkes – Alumni Recipe Feature

by Birthright Israel Foundation December 3, 2018 at 7:53 pm
Mallory Hope in the Kitchen

How to Make Veggie Latkes – Alumni Recipe Feature

by Birthright Israel Foundation December 3, 2018 at 7:53 pm

There is no better way to share the light this Hanukkah season than by showcasing our incredible alumni and their favorite holiday recipes. We’d like you to meet Atlantan and passionate Birthright Israel alumna Mallory Hope Schwartz. Her Birthright Israel resume includes being an active Birthright Israel Fellow, 2-time trip staffer and a member of Birthright Israel Foundation’s speaker’s bureau. Read More

What Alumni Are Saying This Week – Jerusalem Edition (December 3)

by Birthright Israel Foundation December 3, 2018 at 7:45 am
Above the Kotel in 2018

What Alumni Are Saying This Week – Jerusalem Edition (December 3)

by Birthright Israel Foundation December 3, 2018 at 7:45 am

Throughout the summer and winter seasons of Birthright Israel trips, young Jewish adults experience firsthand the ancient and modern streets of Jerusalem. For many, this is the first time they visit this holy city that is so dear to our history. Together, with their bus mates, participants discover the Western Wall, place a note in the cracks and cherish this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity forever. Read More

How Birthright Israel Inspired My Love of Ashkenazi Food – Alumni Recipe Feature

by Aliaksandra Sukharuchkin December 2, 2018 at 8:12 pm
Aliaksandra Sukharuchkin's Birthright Israel group in 2010

How Birthright Israel Inspired My Love of Ashkenazi Food – Alumni Recipe Feature

by Aliaksandra Sukharuchkin December 2, 2018 at 8:12 pm

Hanukkah is a very nostalgic time for me and brings me very special memories. In 2010, on the eve of the first night of Hanukkah, I went on my Birthright Israel trip. I was finishing up the final year of my Bachelor of Science degree and knew very little about Israel or Judaism. Read More

What Alumni Are Saying This Week –  Masada Edition (November 26)

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 28, 2018 at 2:48 pm
Sunrise on Masada in 2018

What Alumni Are Saying This Week –  Masada Edition (November 26)

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 28, 2018 at 2:48 pm

A huge highlight from any Birthright Israel trip is the hike to Masada. Participants wake up before sunrise, fill their water bottles and begin the ascent to learn about an incredible part of Jewish history. Many participants walk away feeling an overwhelming sense of Jewish pride and understanding of our collective past through their experience atop Masada. Read More

Chocolate Rugelach Recipe for Thanksgiving

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 19, 2018 at 10:00 am

Chocolate Rugelach Recipe for Thanksgiving

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 19, 2018 at 10:00 am

Rugelach is delicious no matter what holiday it is! We suggest you sweeten up your Thanksgiving with this delicious treat. Chocolate Rugelach What You Need: For the Cream Cheese Dough 1 package of cream cheese (8 ounce) 2 sticks unsalted butter, cold and cubed 2½ cups flour ½ teaspoon salt What You Need: For the Chocolate Filling 1 tablespoon cinnamon ½ cup sugar 6 ounce bittersweet chocolate, small pieces or shavings 4 tablespoons butter, melted What You Do Remove dough from refrigerator and cut into 4 pieces. Read More