Alums Trip Highlights

From Law School to Leadership: How Birthright Ignited My Jewish Purpose

As a third-year law student at the University of Florida, I am constantly facing existential crises. Why am I here? What career path is best for me? What will my future be? But amidst the swirling doubts, one desire shines brightly: the yearning to help my Jewish community and make a difference in our world. Law school seemed like the… Read More 

Wendy & Elliot Koolik Host Woodfield’s First Event in Support of Birthright Israel

On Tuesday, January 23, 2024, Wendy & Elliot Koolik generously hosted Woodfield Country Club's first event in support of Birthright Israel Foundation. The Kooliks, deeply connected to the cause, have seen two out of their three children embark on Birthright Israel's classic 10-day journey. Their youngest son, Justin, not only participated in the program but also secured a coveted spot… Read More 

From Track Star to Skeleton Slider: Birthright Alum Jared Firestone’s Olympic Dream for Team Israel

Jared Firestone, a 33-year-old former track athlete from Miami Beach, has traded his running shoes for a skeleton sled on a remarkable journey toward the 2026 Olympics. His passion for representing Israel ignited in his youth and rekindled by a Birthright Israel trip, now takes him down exhilarating and treacherous ice tracks head-first at 80 miles per hour! Jared's athletic… Read More 
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350 Young Adults Will Participate in Birthright Israel Trips This Month

Birthright Israel is thrilled to welcome 350 young adults from primarily the U.S. on our classic 10-day trip this month, marking the program’s welcomed return after a temporary hiatus following the October 7th terrorist attack. These participants will join the vibrant community of 850,000 Birthright Israel alums who have discovered their heritage and deepened their connection to Israel since the… Read More 
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“Only One Home”: A Song of Resilience After October 7th’s Shadow

Following the October 7th attack, siblings Ally and Daniel Rodnunsky turned to music as a refuge and a way to express their solidarity with the Jewish community and Israel. "Only One Home," their powerful song born from pain, brings awareness to the tragedy while offering solace to those affected. "Israel has always held a special place in my heart," shares… Read More 
Leadership & Supporters Trip Highlights

Seeing Strength and Purpose in Times of Conflict: Irwin Siegel Revisits his Time in Israel

Israel holds a special place in the hearts of Irwin and Faye Siegel, supporters of Jewish causes. So, when their grandchildren returned from Birthright Israel trips over the years with eyes alight and stories of the vibrant Israeli culture and its unwavering spirit, it was like watching a familiar flame bloom brighter. The Siegel's recognized the transformative power of the… Read More 
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“Israel stitched friendships and memories forever woven into my Jewish identity”

My name is Nicole Lucas; I am a Junior at Washington University in St. Louis (originally from Chicago) studying Global Health and Biology, hoping to become a physician. I am President of WashU’s AEPhi chapter, a research intern at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and a volunteer at senior centers running improv workshops with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. My parents have been involved… Read More 
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Hineini: My Quest to Embody and Find Humanity in War-Torn Israel

On October 7th, inhumane acts were committed against Israelis who, as a Jew, I consider extensions of my own family. These atrocities took place in a land that I consider a second home, the place where my soul resides. We have all experienced loss and heartbreak in our lives but on this day, something much deeper within me was broken,… Read More 
Alums Leadership & Supporters Trip Highlights

United Under the Israeli Sun: How Birthright Israel Became a Beacon of Solidarity in 2023

In 2023, Birthright Israel witnessed an extraordinary outpouring of connection and resilience. Over 27,000 young Jewish adults embarked on transformative journeys, immersing themselves in Israel’s vibrant culture and rich history through our programs. These programs, be they the classic 10-day trip, Onward or Excel, were more than just sightseeing; they sparked personal growth and ignited a sense of belonging to… Read More 

Lynne & Howard Halpern Host Gen-Z Activist & Alum Brandon Farbstein

On Tuesday, December 12, 2023, Lynne and Howard Halpern opened their home to fellow Boca Raton philanthropists and St. Andrew's residents for a night of support for Birthright Israel Foundation. The event showcased Boca Raton's dedication to Birthright Israel's mission and commitment to Birthright Israel's educational impact on the next generation. MAKE A GIFT NOW Furthermore, the Halperns are committed supporters of the… Read More 
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Video: Inside Birthright Israel Onward’s Volunteer Program

Following the horrific October 7th attack, Birthright Israel Onward invited alums of all Birthright Israel programs and any young Jewish adult aged 18-40 to apply to volunteer in Israel. This program invites Jewish young adults to participate in the shared value of Arvut Hadadit (mutual responsibility) through volunteerism. In the video below, we invite you to meet several of the… Read More 

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