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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

Birthright Israel Love Story: Jordana & Gregory Bel

by Jordana Kozupsky Bel • Astoria, NY October 18, 2019 at 8:58 am

Birthright Israel Love Story: Jordana & Gregory Bel

by Jordana Kozupsky Bel • Astoria, NY October 18, 2019 at 8:58 am

My husband and I met on our Birthright Israel trip in January 2011. We were a grade apart at Union College and applied for the trip through the Hillel. Greg has said that he was instantly attracted to me ever since the initial meeting in the Hillel board room (though he likely won’t admit that publicly!) We became friends on the trip but didn’t feel a romantic connection until afterward. Read More

The Importance of Zionism, The Negev & David Ben-Gurion on Birthright Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation October 16, 2019 at 3:21 pm
David Ben-Gurion speaking to the Knesset

The Importance of Zionism, The Negev & David Ben-Gurion on Birthright Israel

by Birthright Israel Foundation October 16, 2019 at 3:21 pm

Since today is October 16, 2019, David Ben-Gurion’s birthday, we thought it only right to speak of how his visions for the Negev and Zionism impacts participants of Birthright Israel and how it plays out in our educational framework. To begin, Birthright Israel is an opportunity to discover one’s Jewish roots in a place that has been the root of the Jewish story for 3000 years. Read More

THEN & NOW: Jason Yale Cohen

by Jason Yale Cohen • Wilkes-Barre, PA October 16, 2019 at 8:29 am
Jason on Masada

THEN & NOW: Jason Yale Cohen

by Jason Yale Cohen • Wilkes-Barre, PA October 16, 2019 at 8:29 am

Dear Mr. Charles Bronfman: Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to be a participant in the Birthright Israel 2000 experience. The trip has left an impression on me, which will last a lifetime. How can I summarize this experience to you in just a few short paragraphs? Read More

Reflections from Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks October 16, 2019 at 6:40 am

Reflections from Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks October 16, 2019 at 6:40 am

Increasingly, and disturbingly, antisemitism and anti-Zionism can be found online and in particular, on university campuses around the world. That is what makes the work of Birthright Israel so important and inspiring. It is only by strengthening young Jews pride in, and connection to, their faith and ancient homeland that we will be able to defeat those who seek to demonize Jews and Israel. Read More

I Did It All: An Unparalleled Israeli Experience

by Max Woessner • Philadelphia, PA October 7, 2019 at 5:11 pm
Max's Birthright Israel group

I Did It All: An Unparalleled Israeli Experience

by Max Woessner • Philadelphia, PA October 7, 2019 at 5:11 pm

I will always have a passion for traveling. I’ve lived in Philadelphia all my life and have always enjoyed exploring other states and countries. A few years ago, my parents and I discussed the possibility that I would go on Birthright Israel. I was mildly anxious as we took the idea and started to finalize it. Read More