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Event Highlights: ICA Miami

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 6, 2019 at 5:52 pm

Event Highlights: ICA Miami

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 6, 2019 at 5:52 pm

On Tuesday, November 5, 2019 Birthright Israel Foundation hosted an incredible event at ICA Miami. Our guests had the pleasure of hearing from renowned philanthropist and community member Norman Braman, followed by Birthright Israel Mifgash participant Lior Navon, and 27-32-year-old participant Nicole Livadas. Lior gave great insight into what it’s like to be a participant through the lens of an Israeli and how she became more motivated to give back to the global Jewish community. Read More

Event Highlights: Hudson Yards Real Estate Community Event

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 5, 2019 at 5:28 pm
Jeff Blau,CEO of Related Companies, and Dan Doctoroff, Chairman and CEO of Sidewalk Labs

Event Highlights: Hudson Yards Real Estate Community Event

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 5, 2019 at 5:28 pm

On Monday, November 4, 2019 in New York City we hosted a remarkable program featuring Jeff Blau, CEO of Related Companies, and Dan Doctoroff, Chairman and CEO of Sidewalk Labs for a conversation on Hudson Yards and the intersection of real estate and technology. We also had the opportunity of hearing from Shavit Rootman, former IDF officer and alumnus of Birthright Israel’s Mifgash program. Shavit’s message to Birthright Israel Foundation donors: “Your investment is twofold; it does not just bring people closer to their Jewish identity; it also allows Israelis, like me, to see that we are one big family, and we are connected as one.” Read More

Finding A Higher Purpose Through Birthright Israel

by Shavit Rootman • Mifgash Participant November 5, 2019 at 5:27 am

Finding A Higher Purpose Through Birthright Israel

by Shavit Rootman • Mifgash Participant November 5, 2019 at 5:27 am

I frequently ask myself, “What is your higher purpose?” It’s a question that I think so many people fail to ask themselves enough. I am a 4th generation Israeli and have a deep family connection to this land. My family experienced the Holocaust and various wars in Israel, of which some of them did not survive, but some did. Read More

Birthright Israel: Renewal, Recovery, and Discovery

by Daniel Cohen • Chesterfield, VA November 5, 2019 at 5:18 am

Birthright Israel: Renewal, Recovery, and Discovery

by Daniel Cohen • Chesterfield, VA November 5, 2019 at 5:18 am

In Summer 2019, I ventured to Israel on a Birthright Israel trip focused on renewal. The goal of this trip is to reconnect young people, like myself, who are in recovery or are impacted by addiction with their Jewish heritage and help us reclaim our roles as active members in the Jewish community. As far as I can remember, I have always wanted to go a Birthright Israel trip. Read More

Birthright Israel Love Story: Tori Berkman & Dylan Burstyn

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 3, 2019 at 7:08 am

Birthright Israel Love Story: Tori Berkman & Dylan Burstyn

by Birthright Israel Foundation November 3, 2019 at 7:08 am

In May 2015, neither Tori or Dylan thought when they signed up for Birthright Israel, they’d meet their soulmate. Now, a few years later, they’re engaged and can’t wait to start their life together. We had an opportunity to catch up with them and learn how their Birthright Israel love story played out! Did either of you think you’d meet your future partner on Birthright Israel? Read More

Event Highlights: Atlanta Cocktail Reception

by Birthright Israel Foundation October 30, 2019 at 5:17 pm

Event Highlights: Atlanta Cocktail Reception

by Birthright Israel Foundation October 30, 2019 at 5:17 pm

On Monday, October 28 and Tuesday, October 29, 2019, the Atlanta Jewish community hosted a back-to-back cocktail reception at the home of Andrea and Mike Leven to benefit Birthright Israel Foundation for our major donors ($10,000+). We shared an exceptional program with you including remarks from Zohar Raviv, International Vice President of Educational Strategy at Birthright Israel, Arel Moodie, Birthright Israel Alumnus, and Accessibility and Inclusion participants from our ASL (American Sign Language) program, Jacob Salem, Trip Leader, and Myles Goldberg, Alumnus. On behalf of our 700,000 alumni and Birthright Israel Foundation, we cannot thank the Atlanta community of supporters enough. Read More

Going Home: My Birthright Israel Story

by Sara Armet • New York, NY October 28, 2019 at 7:04 am

Going Home: My Birthright Israel Story

by Sara Armet • New York, NY October 28, 2019 at 7:04 am

Birthright Israel consecrated an unrealized dream that seemed intangible for so long. I grew up as a reform Jew, a fourth-generation American, in a predominantly Irish Catholic community. Looking back, I think we were culturally Jewish out of respect for my grandmother. Both my sisters and I went to Hebrew school on Sundays and Wednesdays, which concluded with our B’nai Mitzvot (note: the backdrop of my Jewish upbringing took place at a church and a hotel, rented space where our small congregation persisted in planting roots). Read More

6 Things to Know When Visiting The Shuk

by Birthright Israel Foundation October 23, 2019 at 3:33 am
Machane Yehuda

6 Things to Know When Visiting The Shuk

by Birthright Israel Foundation October 23, 2019 at 3:33 am

Marketplaces in Israel are widely known as “Shuks.” Shuks are magical and vibrant and sell everything from fresh fruit to clothing, and spices to electronics. They can seem intimidating at first, with all the smells, flavors and sounds, but once you get the gist of it, you’ll be a pro!  Whether you’re headed to the Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel) in Tel Aviv or Machane Yehuda on a crazy Friday afternoon in Jerusalem, here are six things you should keep in mind while visiting Israeli shuks. 1) Bargain! Israeli’s will try to sell you anything for a pretty penny, but they’re open to hearing your suggestions on what you think a “fair price” is. Read More

Kohelet’s Lessons For A New Year

by Rabbi Jessica Zimmerman Graf October 21, 2019 at 5:17 am

Kohelet’s Lessons For A New Year

by Rabbi Jessica Zimmerman Graf October 21, 2019 at 5:17 am

How do we address our challenging world through a Jewish lens? As we live in a complicated world, we look to the ancient wisdom of Jewish texts for inspiration. Preparing for the Yamim Noraim—the upcoming Days of Awe—I opened my favorite Jewish text, Kohelet (Ecclesiastes). We read this text each year during Sukkot. Read More

Birthright Israel: A Modern Day Miracle

by David-Seth Kirshner October 21, 2019 at 4:11 am

Birthright Israel: A Modern Day Miracle

by David-Seth Kirshner October 21, 2019 at 4:11 am

Every once in awhile I am reminded of the power of miracles in the world. I have yet to witness a miracle as described in lore, like streams changing their currents for example, but every time I am in Israel and see a bus-load of young adults of all backgrounds and Jewish upbringings, wearing the easily recognizable Birthright Israel nametag, in our shared homeland of Israel, I know I am witnessing a modern-day miracle. Read More