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"To this day, Israel is such a big part of our lives, both as individuals and as a couple. Our Birthright Israel love story isn’t typical because we weren’t participants; we fell in love while sharing the land we love with others and seeing it fresh through their eyes. We are forever grateful to Birthright Israel and the generous donors who make the program possible."

Jordy Callman, Birthright Israel Madricha

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I went in thinking I was Jewish because my parents are Jewish, and I identified as Jewish—kind of. And then you go and you're there at the Wall and there's this palpable energy. Judaism and the thousands of years of history, both of the people and of the religion, are around you and you can feel it.

Brooke, 2018 Birthright Israel Alumna

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"I truly believe Birthright Israel has the greatest impact on the continuity of the Jewish people. It is why I choose to give my time to this organization and more importantly it’s the main reason Lexie and I choose to give our money and why it’s our top philanthropic priority."

Michael Messinger
Chair, Los Angeles Leadership Council

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Being in the holy land, walking on sacred ground with my own two feet, was a gift I will be forever grateful for…Coming home to Israel was a special feeling, indescribable really, hard to put into words. I fell in love with Israel, the people, the culture, and what it stands for. I made Israeli friends, saw the beautiful landscape, and feel so much closer to my Jewish heritage through this experience. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!”

Holly Millet
Birthright Israel Alumni, 2018

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Not everyone on a Birthright Israel trip knows what it means to be Jewish. Some of my participants even admitted they were embarrassed about being Jewish…After the trip, I watched them all change their social media pages to pictures of them in Israel, something you’d never see before.

David Bitton, Birthright Israel Trip Leader & 2006 Alumnus

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It led me to realize that I had a newfound connection with my grandmother that was previously unexplored. We talked for hours about my Birthright Israel trip and she shared memories with me that I had never heard before. I told her about all I saw and experienced in Israel. After this, she found and dusted off her Shabbat candles.

Alix Ablaza, 2015 Birthright Israel Alumna

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Birthright Israel gives our younger generations an opportunity to go to Israel and ask questions. It’s an opportunity to learn about their heritage and traditions…We need this in the Jewish religion. If you don’t take advantage of learning opportunities like Birthright Israel, how are you going to fight antisemitism?

Gene Hoffman, Palm Beach Donor

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Then the soldiers came and met us, and they didn't fit the image that I had of soldiers in my head. They were teenagers; twenty-somethings like us in jeans and t‑shirts…[We] spent hours talking, and there were so many similarities between a 21 year old girl in Israel and a 19 year old girl in America that we were only discovering because we were put together in a hotel room one night.

Erin Schrode, 2010 Birthright Israel Alumna

…I was not surrounded by many Jews growing up, so to be in a country of Jews is astounding…The generosity of Birthright Israel is life-changing, not only to the trajectory of my future by finding my life partner, but in terms of connecting me further to Judaism. Thank you for creating a trip of a lifetime for Jews across the world to connect and feel united.

Haley Harris-Bloom, 2017 Birthright Israel Alumna

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Every time we turn around, there is another voice popping up that is anti-Israel or antisemitic. We have a vehicle here to reverse what is happening, and the vehicle is Birthright Israel, and it’s needed. This is how we can show the beauty and vibrancy of Israel to our young people.

Ron Eichel, Atlanta Donor

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Ira and I have now been married almost 9 years, and we would never have met had it not been for Birthright Israel. I would not be observant had it not been for Birthright Israel. And most importantly, my two daughters, Stella and Juliet, would not be here were it not for this organization…This story is just one of the thousands in which Birthright Israel has changed the course of someone’s life for the better, filling it with inspiration, meaning, connection, and direction.

Elizabeth Savetsky, 2004 Birthright Israel Alumna

What Birthright Israel does is of phenomenal importance…it's not anything we could have done on our own. Having this experience at this point in our lives and knowing that this is the foundation for…marriage and for our family and raising children. It really is a gift.

Sarah & David Myer, 2018 Birthright Israel Alumni

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