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Birthright Israel Alumni From California Share Their Favorite Memories

by Birthright Israel Foundation January 8, 2019 at 3:45 am
Selfie with Camel in the Negev, 2018

Birthright Israel Alumni From California Share Their Favorite Memories

by Birthright Israel Foundation January 8, 2019 at 3:45 am

In a little over 18 years thousands and thousands of young Jewish adults from San Francisco to San Diego, California have experienced the once-in-a-lifetime educational trip of Birthright Israel. Many visit Israel for the first time and feel the warmth of community by interacting with Israelis, but most of all they gain a deeper sense of their Jewish identity that lasts forever. Read More

My Story: In A Land Far, Far Away

by Andrew Skidmore January 3, 2019 at 4:30 pm
Andrew Skidmore in Northern Israel, 2018

My Story: In A Land Far, Far Away

by Andrew Skidmore January 3, 2019 at 4:30 pm

Growing up, you’d hear so many stories in Hebrew or Sunday school about how amazing Israel is. But, it is only once you actually travel there does everything come together, and you feel the connection you have always wanted to feel. This is exactly what happened to me when I traveled to Israel in June 2018 with Birthright Israel. Read More

What Alumni From New Jersey Say About Birthright Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation December 31, 2018 at 4:37 pm
2018 New Jersey Birthright Israel Group

What Alumni From New Jersey Say About Birthright Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation December 31, 2018 at 4:37 pm

In this week’s edition of What Alumni Are Saying we’re hearing from participants from New Jersey. Since Birthright Israel’s inception, 72,305 young Jewish adults from New Jersey have received this life-changing gift. Do you know how many buses participants from New Jersey would fill? You guessed it, 1,807 buses! So, if you’re ready let’s see what participants from New Jersey said about their Birthright Israel trip. Read More

How Birthright Israel Transformed Our Daughter’s Life

by Mark & Renee Kaufman December 18, 2018 at 10:00 am
Praying at the Kotel in Jerusalem

How Birthright Israel Transformed Our Daughter’s Life

by Mark & Renee Kaufman December 18, 2018 at 10:00 am

Our daughter, Desiree, went on Birthright Israel last July from New York. Up until this trip she had very little interest in her Jewish heritage and absolutely no interest in going to temple, adhering to the traditions of Judaism or dating/marrying a Jewish man. When my wife and I picked her up from the airport, we were amazed and delighted to hear her proudly announce that as a result of her trip to Israel, she has had a spiritual and religious awakening. Read More

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

Elizabeth Savetsky’s Birthright Israel Story 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