How to Apply

Applications for the 2025 Alum Ambassador cohort open May 31, 2024, and close November 15, 2024. We encourage those interested to review the application process and apply today. Each year, Birthright Israel Foundation (BRIF) and its Board of Directors choose a select group of alum from the Birthright Israel, Onward Israel, and Excel programs to represent the Foundation. Alum Ambassadors are awarded a $1,500 stipend for their time, and all travel expenses are covered. Those chosen will have the opportunity to meet with the movers and shakers of the Jewish-Israel nonprofit world and help shape the future of Birthright Israel Foundation

To be considered for an Alum Ambassador role, you must complete 2 steps: review our policies and fill out the application questions, which include submitting a 2–3-minute video about how your Israel experience impacted your life.

To receive the stipend, Alum Ambassadors must actively participate in various speaking engagements and digital media efforts and attend the Alum Ambassador gathering in New York City in late January/February 2025.

During this crucial time, the Alum Ambassadors play a key role in helping secure the necessary donations to make our programs possible. There is currently a waitlist for the classic 10-day trip, and every dollar counts! All alums are encouraged to donate to Birthright Israel Foundation. Whether it is $10 a month or a one-time gift that is meaningful to you, you are impacting the lives of your peers and making Birthright Israel a reality for all young Jews. Please note the program is open to US alums only.

Details About the Program

Event Speaking and Attendance

  • All Ambassadors will serve as the keynote alum speaker for a minimum of 3 events throughout the year and attend various donor meetings with our fundraising staff.
  • Ambassadors must be able to travel for a minimum of 2 days to attend the event(s).
  • Birthright Israel Foundation will work with you on crafting your speech and messaging for the audience.
  • All travel-related expenses are covered by BRIF.

Perks of Being an Alum Ambassador

  • Network with today’s top Jewish lay leaders and leaders of Birthright Israel and Birthright Israel Foundation.
  • Your involvement will firsthand help ensure the future of  Birthright Israel’s programs for generations to come.
  • Grow your skillset and develop your personal and professional network.

Step 1Review Our Policies

Step 2Fill Out Your Alum Ambassador Application

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Meet Our 2024 Alum Ambassadors

Adela CojabAdela Cojab

Alum Ambassador Chair
2017 Birthright Israel Alum
New York, NY

My Story 
Tyler Scheff Tyler Scheff

Alum Ambassador Chair
2022 Birthright Israel Alum
Baltimore, MD

My Story 
Michael ValdesMichael Valdes

Alum Ambassador Chair
2023 Birthright Israel Alum
New York, NY

My Story 
Gabriella GuezGabriella Guez

2022 Birthright Israel Alum
Miami, FL

Mitch LinefskyMitch Linefsky

2022 Birthright Israel Alum
& 2022 Onward Alum
Fair Lawn, NJ

Romy MillerRomy Miller

2019 Birthright Israel Alum
& 2019 Onward Alum
Boca Raton, FL

Sam PermuttSam Permutt

2005 Birthright Israel Alum
New York, NY

Marcus PierreMarcus Pierre

2021 Birthright Israel Onward Alum
Fort Meyers, FL

Julia PrattJulia Pratt

2018 Birthright Israel Onward Alum
Miami, FL

Ava RigelhauptAva Rigelhaupt

2022 Birthright Israel Alum
West Warwick, RI

Amanda RosenAmanda Rosen

2008 Birthright Israel Alum
Seattle, WA

Jared StoneJared Stone

2023 Birthright Israel Alum
Las Vegas, NV

Rosseta TourgemanRosseta Tourgeman

2017 Birthright Israel Alum
& 2017 Onward Alum
Miami Beach, FL