Alumni Trip Highlights

Meet Summer 2021 Birthright Israel Alumna Alana Wortsman

Alana Wortsman is a summer 2021 Birthright Israel alumna currently living in Hollywood, FL. She's a lover of all things food, Pitbulls, horses, travel, broadway, and serving her community. She's worked for amazing organizations such as March of Dimes, American Cancer Society and Feeding South Florida. Currently, Alana is the Business Development Manager at the Jack & Jill Center of… Read More 
Events Leadership & Supporters

The Polo Club of Boca Raton Hosts First Event to Benefit Birthright Israel

On Tuesday, December 7, 2021 Birthright Israel Foundation supporters joined us for our first event at The Polo Club in Boca Raton, FL. The evening was generously hosted by South Palm Beach County Leadership Cabinet Member Roz August. Those in attendance had the pleasure of hearing remarks from Dr. Zohar Raviv, International Vice President of Educational Strategy at Birthright  Israel, as… Read More 
Alumni Trip Highlights

Birthright Israel Showed Me the Real Meaning of ‘Am Yisrael’

The Birthright Israel experience is very different for an Israeli young adult than our American counterparts. When I was asked to join a Birthright Israel group in Tel Aviv for three days, I said, "of course, it's a free vacation." Most of all, I was excited to have time off from the army. I was very excited about this "free… Read More 
Alumni

Meet Boca Raton Birthright Israel Alumna Hailey Desser

Hailey Desser is a 2015 Birthright Israel alumna originally from Baltimore, MD who now resides in Boca Raton, FL. She's a full-time real estate agent who is passionate about pickleball, real estate, and fitness. Upon moving to Boca Raton, Hailey founded a Jewish Social Networking group on Facebook to help connect Jews of all ages to each other. In our… Read More 
Alumni Trip Highlights

The Ripple Effect of Birthright Israel On Me & Young Jews Everywhere

For me to share more about my Birthright Israel experience, I need to start with one of my favorite stories. Here we go:  Once upon a time, there was a man who was walking along the beach early one morning after a big storm and found the shore covered with starfish as far as the eye could see.   Off in the distance, the… Read More 
Alumni Trip Highlights

Birthright Israel Helped Me Discover and Become Part of the Jewish People

Israel has always been a bit of a mystery to me, and I know I am not alone in that. Israel is often misunderstood, even controversial. I’ve long wanted to answer the questions and share what I know, but first, I needed to learn, experience, and understand the answers myself.   I grew up in a home where we celebrated… Read More 
Alumni Leadership & Supporters

Loren Brovarnik’s 8 Ways to Support Birthright Israel on #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that helps people and organizations transform their communities and worlds. That is why I'm partnering with Birthright Israel Foundation to help transform our Jewish world and the future of our people this Giving Tuesday. As many of you know, eight years ago, when I volunteered to lead a Birthright Israel trip, I met… Read More 
Holidays

Video: This Thanksgiving, We’re Thankful For You

It is the time to give thanks and Birthright Israel Foundation is excited to give a huge Toda Rabah (thank you) to our donors. Thank you for your unwavering support of our mission and your investment in our future. We are proud to say our family of donors is 40,000 people strong and growing. Your generosity is what ensures young… Read More 
Events Leadership & Supporters

An Incredible Night in LA with Ambassador Gilad Erdan

On Thursday, November 11, 2021,  Birthright Israel Foundation hosted a spectacular event, chaired by Alyce & Philip de Toledo, Dorit & Shawn Evenhaim, and Lexie & Michael Messinger, to benefit our mission in Los Angeles. We were honored to have as our keynote speaker, Ambassador of Israel to the United States and the United Nations, Ambassador Gilad Erdan on his first visit to Los Angeles. Ambassador Erdan is a huge proponent of Birthright Israel and shared that the program "does not… Read More 
Alumni Trip Highlights

How Birthright Israel Gave Me the Passion to Stand Up for Israel

In summer 2021, I went on Birthright Israel, an opportunity I am forever thankful for. For a little background on myself: I grew up in Greenwich, CT – a very un-Jewish town with a Jewish mother and a Catholic father, and while we were lucky to be members of an amazing synagogue, I always craved a larger Jewish community. This… Read More 
Events Leadership & Supporters

Miami Donors Learn the Importance of Birthright Israel at This Critical Moment

On Wednesday, November 3, 2021, nearly 100 Miami donors joined Sharon and Howard Socol, Miami Leadership Council Co-Chairs, for a virtual event about the importance of Birthright Israel. The event was an evening of insight with Dr. Zohar Raviv to benefit Birthright Israel Foundation's mission. Dr. Raviv, International VP of Educational Strategy at Birthright Israel, in conversation with Howard Socol,… Read More 

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