Alumni Food Holidays

Quiz: How much do you know about the Jewish holiday of Purim?

For centuries the Jewish people have been dressing up to celebrate Purim and pay tribute to the bravery of Queen Esther. The festivities of the holiday include reading of the Megillah, shaking our groggers, and eating delicious hamantaschen. Are you ready for some Purim fun? Take our quiz below to see how much you know about the Jewish holiday of…   Read More 
Leadership & Supporters

Securing the Future of LGBTQ+ Birthright Israel Trips in Memory of Bob Beleson

On December 29, 2020, the world lost a gem with the passing of Bob (Robert) Beleson. He was a beloved brother, husband, and a dear friend to so many. When Bob’s brother Rick and husband Steven were looking to honor his legacy, they wanted to ensure that whatever contribution they made would be everlasting, just like the mark Bob left…   Read More 
Alumni Food Holidays Trip Highlights

Unique and Easy Hamantaschen Recipes for Everyone

The one thing everybody looks forward to on Purim is eating hamantaschen. This is why we're partnering with Birthright Israel alumna and chef Alexis Sicklick to bring you unique and easy hamantaschen recipes. Keep scrolling for Chef Sicklick's Blackberry Mojito and Delicata Squash hamantaschen recipes. History of Hamantaschen Hamantaschen are known for their unique triangle shape representing the 3-corners of…   Read More 
Alumni Leadership & Supporters Trip Highlights

Birthright Israel Shapes Generations of Jewish Young Adults

The majority of Americans polled in a recent study by Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) believe that the Holocaust, or something like it, could happen again. Even so, 72 years after Israel was declared a state, many in the Diaspora still confront falsehoods and misinformation about the Jewish homeland. With assimilation and the changing times, some…   Read More 
Alumni Trip Highlights

Why Birthright Israel is 10 Days of Ah‑Ha!

Growing up hearing stories about my Zayde who fought in the War of Independence in the Haganah, I always had a deep appreciation for the state of Israel and a strong desire to see this land for myself. After my Bar Mitzvah, I took my first trip to Israel where I explored the land of my ancestors. As I finished…   Read More 
Alumni Trip Highlights

Why My Birthright Israel Trip Changed Me

In 2004 I moved from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn to a small suburban town in New Jersey where I became the “token Jew.” Here, I could count on one hand how many other Jewish people there were. For me, it made growing up Jewish and accepting my faith hard. I am also “half Jewish” so some people described me as not being a…   Read More 
Leadership & Supporters

Sheldon Adelson (z”l): A Legacy Worth Leaving

Today is a sad day for the Jewish people, the State of Israel and Birthright Israel for we have lost our dear friend and most generous supporter, Sheldon Adelson (z”l).  There are few people in this world who can compare to Sheldon and his wife, Dr. Miriam Adelson, when it comes to their generosity and dedication to our people and our homeland.  …   Read More 
Alumni Trip Highlights

Recap: Birthright Israel’s 2020 Initiatives

As the leading educational project of the Jewish world, our mission is to help young Jews form unbreakable bonds with Israel and their Jewish heritage. So, even though Birthright Israel trips are paused, the team has been quite busy. Watch the short video below to see how they are engaging young Jews throughout the world. Birthright Israel's 'Community Features' Secondly,…   Read More 
Alumni Trip Highlights

Why Birthright Israel is More Than a 10‑Day Trip

For countless Birthright Israel participants, the return flight home can be an overwhelming experience. After ten days of exploring the culture and history of your ancestors with 40 new friends, the thought of separation, and a return to normal life is daunting. With a new perspective on life, Birthright Israel alumni often find themselves asking, "what now?" On my trip, meeting Chen,…   Read More 
Leadership & Supporters

A Ripple Effect: The Reach of Your Support of Jewish Nonprofit Organizations

We’re the first to admit there are countless Jewish causes worthy of your support.  As a charitable entity, Birthright Israel Foundation is fortunate to have strong relationships with a variety of these Jewish nonprofit organizations. Not only does some of the funding for Birthright Israel come from them, but alumni often go on to support valuable Jewish nonprofits professionally and…   Read More 
Trip Highlights

Embracing Jewish Heritage Across Generations, in Israel and at Home

Though more and more young Jews these days are conflicted about their heritage and faith, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks z’’l was optimistic about the future of the Jewish people. “We are super-resilient people,” said the respected spiritual leader. “The more pressure we’ve been under, the stronger we’ve become.” Take Israel, for example. The Jewish State has faced unrelenting threats to…   Read More 

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Sheldon Adelson (z'l): A Legacy Worth Leaving - There are few people in this world who can compare to Sheldon and his wife, Dr. Miriam Adelson, when it comes to their generosity and dedication to our people and our homeland. Sheldon has truly transformed the Jewish world. Sheldon Adelson (z'l): A Legacy Worth Leaving - There are few people in this world who can compare to Sheldon and his wife, Dr. Miriam Adelson, when it comes to their generosity and dedication to our people and our homeland. Sheldon has truly transformed the Jewish world.