Events Leadership & Supporters

Shirin Yadegar Interviews Elias Saratovsky: Birthright Israel Foundation President & CEO

Earlier this week, Shirin Yadegar, the founder of LA Mom Magazine and a Birthright Israel parent, hosted an insightful Instagram Live with Elias Saratovsky, President and CEO of Birthright Israel Foundation. Their conversation delved into the critical significance of immersive Israel experiences for today's young Jewish adults. Against the backdrop of rising challenges such as antisemitism and anti-Israel sentiment on… Read More 
Leadership & Supporters

BDS is a Trojan Horse. Their Real Goal is Far More Dangerous.

After 20 years of activism across the country, anti-Israel groups appear to be one step closer to achieving their stated goal of forcing universities to boycott, divest and sanction (BDS) Israel. All across the country, schools are capitulating to the demands of protesters waving flags of Hamas and Hezbollah. The protests have been led by students and professional activists in… Read More 
Events Leadership & Supporters

Honoring Resilience and Inspiring the Next Generation: Long Island Annual Event

The energy at our annual Long Island event last week was electric! It was a night filled with inspiration as we celebrated the evening's honoree, Phil Barnett, and the importance of passing on the torch of Jewish resilience. A Night of Reflection and Celebration We were reminded of the power of Birthright Israel to ignite passion and dedication in young Jewish adults.… Read More 
Alums Leadership & Supporters

New Study Released: “Birthright Israel’s Impact in the Shadow of the Israel-Hamas War”

Since our program’s inception, the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University has rigorously evaluated Birthright Israel’s impact on participants once they return home. New research from the Summer 2023 cohort underscores the transformative impact of Birthright Israel on our participants, particularly after October 7th. Compared to Birthright Israel applicants who did not participate on a trip last… Read More 
Alums Leadership & Supporters

Combating Campus Antisemitism: Six Birthright Israel Alumni Take Action

Antisemitism on college campuses has seen a sharp rise since 10/7, fueled by events like the encampment at Columbia University that spread across the US. Jewish students are witnessing administrations and peers tolerating, and endorsing, antisemitic rhetoric and support for Hamas terrorists. However, this has ignited a spirit of resilience. Birthright Israel alums, representing the program's diverse offerings — the… Read More 
Alums Leadership & Supporters

Watch How Birthright Israel Strengthens Jewish Communities Worldwide Following October 7

Six months ago, our world was forever changed.  We woke up on October 7 to the news that 1,200 innocent Israelis were murdered and 234 were kidnapped by Hamas.  Homes and families were destroyed as our homeland was under attack. Quickly, we understood the substantial impact these horrific attacks would have on Israeli society, its economy, and Jews around the world.… Read More 
Alums Events Leadership & Supporters

Bogens Host Touching Event in Support of Birthright Israel in Palm Beach

Roberta and Stanley Bogen generously opened their doors for Birthright Israel Foundation's annual Palm Beach event. Guests were treated to inspiring remarks by Roberta Bogen, Birthright Israel co-founder Charles Bronfman, and alumni, highlighting the program's profound impact. From Waitlist to Deep Friendship Chloe Bogen, a University of Texas at Austin graduate, captivated the audience with her story. Initially waitlisted for… Read More 
Events Leadership & Supporters

Melissa & Roee Wiczyk Host Los Angeles Event feat. Dr. Zohar Raviv

New Los Angeles Cabinet members Melissa and Roee Wiczyk generously welcomed more than 50 friends of Birthright Israel Foundation to their home on Monday, February 26. Guests had the privilege to hear from host Roee Wiczyk, Los Angeles alumna Drea Rice, and Dr. Zohar Raviv, the International Vice President of Educational Strategy for Birthright Israel. Roee opened the gathering by giving… Read More 
Events Leadership & Supporters

Roberta & Joe Menzin: A Night for Birthright Israel

Last week, National Board Member Roberta Menzin and her husband, Joe, hosted an evening of support for Birthright Israel. Their home was filled with the energy and passion of the Birthright Israel's Miami community. It was a truly inspiring evening that reminded us all of the importance of connecting young Jewish adults to Israel. Celebrating Jewish Identity and Connection Professor… 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 
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 

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