From the desk of Birthright Israel Foundation

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

Birthright Israel: Challenging Beliefs & Developing Foundations

by Haley Pogachefsky June 27, 2018 at 4:49 pm

Birthright Israel: Challenging Beliefs & Developing Foundations

by Haley Pogachefsky June 27, 2018 at 4:49 pm

During my time at Tufts University, I spent months considering whether or not to participate in a Birthright Israel trip. In weighing my decision, I decided that if I were ever to do Birthright I wanted my trip to be through an institution I knew would respect all sides of the geopolitical issue at play. Read More

Birthright at 30? Organization Pilots Travel Experience for Older (Young) Adults

by Maayan Hoffman June 22, 2018 at 11:35 am

Some 2,000 young adults who thought they had missed the chance to travel on Taglit-Birthright Israel when they turned 27 – the regular program is for individuals 18 to 26 – are getting a chance to experience the touted 10-day free trip to Israel. This summer, and again in October and November, Birthright is piloting a series of trips for people between the ages of 27 and 32. Read More

An Investment in the Future of the Jewish People

by Israel "Izzy" Tapoohi June 8, 2018 at 10:22 am

An Investment in the Future of the Jewish People

by Israel "Izzy" Tapoohi June 8, 2018 at 10:22 am

A year and a half ago I joined Birthright Israel Foundation as President & CEO. With me I brought a lifetime of business experience and an intense passion for the Jewish people and the State of Israel. In Israel, I saw the Birthright Israel program all over the country as buses drove by on the highway, logos were placed in store windows offering discounts and young people in branded t-shirts and name tags flooded the streets. Read More