From the desk of Birthright Israel Foundation

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. But in order for the next generation, the millennials and Generation Z and those that will follow to successfully achieve this, they need to understand why anti-Zionism is the new antisemitism. 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

Birthright Israel: Transforming “Jews by Birth” to “Jews by Worth”

by Dr. Zohar Raviv October 3, 2019 at 6:29 am

As we enter this year’s High Holidays season, I am delighted to share a few thoughts with you all — our extended Birthright Israel family. It is hard to believe, but Birthright Israel embarks on celebrating two decades of operation; and while we are surely gratified by this project’s unprecedented achievements on behalf of world Jewry and the State of Israel, we already try to imagine the next 20 years and the envisioned trajectory of our young Jewish adults in the contemporary world. Read More

Keeping An Open Heart On Birthright Israel

by Thomas Steinhart • San Francisco, CA October 2, 2019 at 7:46 am
Thomas Steinhart, 2019 Birthright Israel Alumnus

Keeping An Open Heart On Birthright Israel

by Thomas Steinhart • San Francisco, CA October 2, 2019 at 7:46 am

When I was in my late twenties, I considered going to Birthright Israel but unfortunately did not have the time to make the trip. When representatives from the organization told me earlier this year that the age limit had increased to 32, I decided to sign up for a trip in July, not wanting to miss another chance. Growing up in a secular household, I never really knew much about my Jewish heritage. Read More

A High Holiday Message from Birthright Israel Foundation’s CEO

by Birthright Israel Foundation September 26, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Birthright Israel participants

A High Holiday Message from Birthright Israel Foundation’s CEO

by Birthright Israel Foundation September 26, 2019 at 8:00 pm

Dear Friends, The High Holidays are a special time for the Jewish people. Deep rooted in religious practices and tradition, these days are synonymous with community. It is during these holy days that the Jewish people unite together in many shapes and forms to welcome the New Year as one. As we sit in our respective synagogues, we can take great pleasure and pride in our community. Read More

Event Highlights: Israeli Food Tasting at HaSalon NYC

by Birthright Israel Foundation September 26, 2019 at 5:12 pm

Event Highlights: Israeli Food Tasting at HaSalon NYC

by Birthright Israel Foundation September 26, 2019 at 5:12 pm

On Wednesday, September 25, 2019 Birthright Israel Foundation and Birthright Israel Excel hosted over 150 alumni for an Israeli Food Tasting at NYC’s HaSalon! We were excited to be in company with Birthright Israel Foundation’s NYC Young Leadership Council and Fellows from Birthright Israel Excel. Guests had the opportunity to learn more about the Foundation and their work with the 35,000 donors who made their Birthright Israel trips possible. Read More

Birthright Israel and Becoming a Rabbi: The Lasting Impact

by Rabbi Levy September 26, 2019 at 4:55 am

Birthright Israel and Becoming a Rabbi: The Lasting Impact

by Rabbi Levy September 26, 2019 at 4:55 am

Birthright Israel is an experience that strives to maximize every minute of those magical ten days. So it’s no surprise that 18 years ago, on my Birthright Israel trip, I woke up in a Bedouin tent cold, frustrated and exhausted. I staggered onto the bus and promptly fell asleep. Shortly thereafter, we had reached our destination, the base of the Roman ramp that led up to Masada. Read More

VIDEO: A Sneak Peek Of My Birthright Israel Journey

by Natalie Leinbach • Bowie, MD September 25, 2019 at 8:35 am

VIDEO: A Sneak Peek Of My Birthright Israel Journey

by Natalie Leinbach • Bowie, MD September 25, 2019 at 8:35 am

Natalie Leinbach is a 2019 Birthright Israel Alumna currently studying Communications and Economics at the University of Maryland, College Park. Below is a personal video she made to remember her Birthright Israel trip and showcase her favorite moments. You can scroll down to read our interview with Natalie as well! What type of Birthright Israel trip did you choose to go on? I chose to go with Maryland Hillel, The Center for Jewish Life at the University of Maryland. Read More