What is Yom Kippur? 5 Key Facts to Know

Yom Kippur is considered the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. It falls on the 10th day of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Jewish lunar calendar. The holiday is preceded by Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and together they are known as the High Holy Days or, in Hebrew Yamim Noraim. Yom Kippur is a deeply meaningful and… Read More 

What Is Rosh Hashanah? 10 Key Facts to Know

The Jewish High Holy Days, also known as the 10 Days of Repentance or Awe, are approaching faster than three blasts of a ram’s horn. It’s time for us to let go of the old as we embrace the Jewish New Year. A time of reflection and renewal, the High Holy Days kick off with Rosh Hashanah, Hebrew for “head… Read More 

A Father’s Day Quiz: Name That Famous Jewish Dad

This Father’s Day, we honor the father figures in our lives: dads, stepdads, granddads, fathers-in-law, and all the men who helped us become the people we are today. Traditionally, Jewish fathers were the parent charged with bringing up their children with a love of learning, and that’s just one of the many reasons why they hold a special place in… Read More 
Food Holidays

Shavuot: How to Make an Israel-Inspired Sundae Bar

From cheesecake to blintzes to ice cream, Shavuot is all about dairy. What began as a harvest festival thousands of years ago now commemorates the Israelites receiving the Torah at Mt. Sinai. And from there, Jews worldwide celebrate with dairy delights and all-night study sessions. So, this makes Shavuot the perfect time to serve up a sundae bar, complete with… Read More 
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A Mother’s Day Quiz: Name That Famous Jewish Mom

Jewish mothers come in all shapes and sizes. They smash stereotypes in nearly every profession and show us what can be accomplished with talent, determination, and a little chutzpah. To honor Jewish mothers everywhere, Birthright Israel Foundation created the perfect quiz. Find out if you can name these famous Jewish mothers! More for Mother's Day Treat your mom to something… Read More 

A Short & Sweet Passover Haggadah

Are you ready for Passover? The Jewish festival begins at sundown on Wednesday, April 5, and ends at sundown on Thursday, April 13. This year, to help make your seder special, Birthright Israel Foundation produced a short and sweet Passover Haggadah. Our Haggadah is complete with the story of Passover, blessings, and a guide to the seder plate. Plus, there… Read More 

How to Make a Purim Gift Basket or Mishloach Manot

You may be most familiar with dressing up in costume or shouting "Boo Haman" during Purim but sending Mishloach Manot, or Purim gift baskets, are also a fun tradition. Sending the gift baskets is a tradition from the Book of Esther and helps us celebrate Queen Esther and the Jewish people's victory over Haman. In ancient times, one would send… Read More 

Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Tu Bishvat

Get ready to test your knowledge of the Jewish festival of Tu Bishvat. Tu Bishvat begins at sundown on February 5, 2023, and ends at sundown on February 6, 2023. On the Hebrew calendar, the holiday begins on the 15th of Shevat. The 15th of Shevat marks the season when the trees in Israel begin to bloom and bear new… Read More 
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Chanukah Video Messages From Birthright Israel Alums

As you gather with friends and family this Chanukah, we want you to be reminded of another modern-day miracle you have helped create — Birthright Israel. For over 22 years, your generosity has fueled this transformational program and helped 800,000-plus young Jews better understand their heritage and the State of Israel. Like the story of Chanukah that teaches us never… Read More 

8 Facts to Know About Chanukah

Chanukah begins at sundown on Sunday, December 18, and ends at sundown on Monday, December 26. As your prepare for this Jewish festival, we thought it was only proper to review a few fun Chanukah facts and share our Chanukah-themed coloring page for kids. More so, we've got great recipes, perfect for the occasion. 8 Facts to Know About Chanukah… Read More 
Food Holidays

Apple Cider Glazed Baked Chicken Recipe

Nothing says fall more than a glass of apple cider and watching the leaves change colors. In our latest fall recipes, we're bringing you a delicious and easy apple crumble plus a pumpkin spice challah perfect for any gathering. And, for today's eats, we've got an apple cider glazed baked chicken that will melt your mouth. Our recipe calls for… Read More 

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