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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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"...if I truly wanted to keep the spirit of my brother alive, I wanted to create a living memorial and that’s what a donation to Birthright Israel Foundation is … as long as these trips to Israel are going, Bob’s spirit will be kept alive in each participant who goes."
Rick Beleson, DonorRead More
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 AlumnusRead More
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 AlumnaRead More
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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 AlumnaRead More
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 DonorRead More
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 AlumniRead More
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