From the desk of Birthright Israel Foundation

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

A Hamsa Keychain Changed My Life

by Ilana Fromm May 22, 2018 at 2:22 pm
Ilana Fromm on her trip in 2014

A Hamsa Keychain Changed My Life

by Ilana Fromm May 22, 2018 at 2:22 pm

Four years ago, I boarded a plane to take a journey with Birthright Israel. I had very few expectations. As a senior in college, the past President of a national Jewish sorority, and a member of the Chabad Student Board, I was confident in my Jewish identity. I was raised in a strong Jewish community, attended Hebrew School twice a week until my Bat Mitzvah, and celebrated the High Holidays with my extended family. Read More

Millennial Jews are not Distancing Themselves from Israel, Quite the Contrary

by Gidi Mark May 21, 2018 at 11:51 pm

News stories have warned us of an unprecedented distancing between Israeli and North American Jewry. The recent decision of actress Natalie Portman to turn down the Genesis Prize – an award that celebrates Jewish achievement and contributions to humanity – has only exacerbated these fears. It seems that each side doesn’t fully grasp the difficulties the other is facing, and that there’s a substantial disagreement concerning many of Israel’s policies. Read More

Getting Back to My Roots

by Nikita Rotin May 17, 2018 at 9:45 am

Getting Back to My Roots

by Nikita Rotin May 17, 2018 at 9:45 am

When I turned 16, my father told me I was Jewish. This isn’t uncommon in Russia, where I was born and raised. Many people discover their Jewish roots later in life. But I just didn’t think I’d be one of them. I spent the next few weeks poring over family documents – birth certificates, passports, letters. Read More