Alumni Trip Highlights

Meet New York City Birthright Israel Alumna Risa Cohn

Risa Cohn is a 2007 Birthright Israel alumna from New York City. She is the Founder of Resume Maven, a company dedicated to working with college students and young professionals on resume design and interview preparation. When she isn't helping college students she is the Director of Student Activities in Higher Education. She also enjoys coaching student startups from New…   Read More 
Alumni Trip Highlights

How Atlanta Alumna Melissa Found Her Career Path on Birthright Israel

Growing up, my Jewish identity was important to my family, so it was important to me. However, as a young adult, I decided that I wanted to discover what Judaism meant to me. More so, I wanted to define what role Judaism would play in my life as an adult. This longing, combined with my sense of wanderlust, inspired me…   Read More 
Leadership & Supporters

Birthright Israel is a Priority for Karen & Mark Holzberg

Since 2018 Karen and Mark Holzberg of Atlanta have made Birthright Israel Foundation a priority for their philanthropic endeavors. The couple is part of our committed and growing Atlanta community of over 1,000 donors. In the past year, especially since the pandemic broke out, the Holzbergs, like so many others, have stepped up their involvement with Birthright Israel.   When many organizations…   Read More 
Trip Highlights

What Jewish Young Adults Really Learn on Their Trip to Israel

As a philanthropist with a passion for learning and educating, Gene Hoffman is a strong supporter of Birthright Israel Foundation.  Though he and other Jews of his generation faced harsh antisemitism and restrictions against Jews while growing up, he believes it made them feel even more connected to their Jewish heritage. Jews of his era, he said, “understood our people…   Read More 
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 
Alumni Love Stories Trip Highlights

How Loren Brovarnik of 90 Day Fiancé Found Love on Birthright Israel

Are you a fan of the hit reality TV show 90 Day Fiancé? Well, if you are, then you're probably familiar with the most famous Birthright Israel love story ever - Loren and Alexei Brovarnik. In 2013, when Loren (Goldstone) Brovarnik, a Birthright Israel alumna, volunteered to be a madricha (trip staff) and boarded a plane bound for Israel, she…   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 

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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.