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I was an Israeli...I've been to all these places and I was at a point in my life that I thought that I didn't necessarily want to get to know new people from out of the country...But I remember one of my teammates approached me and said, 'Shavit, you have to go on this trip.' ... Gifting Birthright Israel is really life transforming. It's almost the only resource to be able to provide to Jewish young people like myself to understand each other. To identify with each other."
Shavit Rootman, Birthright Israel Mifgash Alumnus
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I remember so specifically getting off the plane to Israel and our tour guide was like, 'Courtney, welcome home!' Welcome home? I'm from New York City! But, I understood what he meant by the end of the trip, because it was home. The way that they showed Israel to the participants was as if we were meant to be there, and we should have visited years prior!"
Courtney Demri, 2012 Birthright Israel Alumna
I witnessed a soldier who was Israeli...but he was brown just like me. I was blown away! There's another one! I was just so excited because my whole life it was just me and my brother—that was it...Then he said something to me that forever changed my life. He said, 'In Israel, there is no Jew/brown Jew. You're just Jewish.' It was the first time I even thought about not saying, 'I'm a brown Jew' or 'a Jew of color.' I could be just Jewish."
Arel Moodie, 2004 Birthright Israel Alumnus
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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 MadrichaRead More
I remember thinking that this was full circle: somebody who doesn't want anything to do with Judaism went to Israel and had a life-changing experience. How do I give back? How do I bring this back to my day-to-day life protecting our people on American soil? ... Israel changed my life. That's what I want to give someone else."
Corey Black, 2018 Birthright Israel Alumnus
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"Birthright Israel is a true emersion into Judaism and Israel. It reawakens our children to our history and who we are. It's a chance for our kids to travel with like-minded people and to get an experience they certainly can't get here in Atlanta. Believe me, when I say you're not just sending them on a trip, this is a once-in-a-lifetime educational experience."
Hal Philipson, Birthright Israel Foundation DonorRead More
I didn't grow up going to synagogue, I didn't have a Bat Mitzvah, I didn't know the prayers. But, when I went to Israel, I learned about being Jewish in a different way...To anyone who maybe feels like they're not Jewish enough to go on Birthright: you are Jewish enough! Not only for Birthright, you're Jewish enough in every area of your life."
Amy Albertson, 2013 Birthright Israel Alumna
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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 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
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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
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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