Leadership & Supporters

Leaving a Lasting Legacy Through Planned Giving

Birthright Israel Foundation has officially launched the Birthright Israel Legacy Society to ensure young Jewish adults from around the world will be able to fulfill their birthright and explore their ancestral homeland for generations to come. Birthright Israel is founded on three values that are central in the Jewish world: Unity, Community, and Mutual Responsibility. The educational experience is a… Read More 
Alumni Trip Highlights

Texas A&M Student Noah Friedman Talks Birthright Israel

Noah Friedman is a 2022 Birthright Israel alumnus from San Antonio, TX. He is currently a sophomore chemistry major at Texas A&M University. At campus, Noah is a leader at the Hillel and is also involved with MOVE Texas, a progressive grassroots student organization focused on increasing voter registration. Noah is outspoken on issues that face the Jewish community, and… Read More 
Alumni Trip Highlights

Julia Pratt: Onward Israel Made Me Who I Am

It’s simple: I am the person I am today because of Onward Israel. Growing up, I was a handful, especially when it came to being Jewish. If there was a world record for the number of times someone faked being sick to stay home from Hebrew school, I would hold it. In fact, if you asked my Rabbi who was… Read More 
Events Leadership & Supporters

An Evening of Celebration at the Nassau County Museum of Art

On Wednesday June 15, 2022, nearly 150 of our friends and supporters gathered at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor, NY, for our annual Birthright Israel Foundation Long Island event. The evening honored Arlene and David Horowitz for their leadership and dedication to Birthright Israel. MAKE A GIFT NOW The evening featured remarks from Long Island Leadership Cabinet Chair Amy… Read More 
Alumni Trip Highlights

Q&A with University of Kansas Student Jake Niefeld

Birthright Israel alumnus Jake Niefeld is currently a student at the University Kansas studying Spanish Education. He's originally from Minneapolis, MN, and absolutely loves to be outdoors. Jake also enjoys playing his guitar and any kind of sport, most specifically, Ultimate Frisbee. In our interview below, we caught up with Jake and wanted to know why he thought Birthright Israel… Read More 
Alumni Trip Highlights

Meet Photographer and LA Birthright Israel Alum Levi Meir Clancy

Levi Meir Clancy was born in Los Angeles, CA, and is of Ashkenazi and Okinawan descent. Levi's work, passions, and hobbies are all one and the same. He explained that growing up with a minority’s perspective on survival from both sides of his family — an estimated one-third to one-half of Okinawans perished in atrocities during World War II —… Read More 
Events Leadership & Supporters

An Inspiring Evening in Chicago Featuring Birthright Israel Alumni

On June 14, 2022, Birthright Israel Foundation donors and supporters joined for an intimate gathering with Birthright Israel alumni at the beautiful Chicago home of Lori Komisar & Morrie Silverman. Attendees had the pleasure of hearing remarks from Dr. Zohar Raviv, International Vice President of Educational Strategy at Birthright Israel, and Birthright Israel Alumnus Billy Steinberg, who shared how a 10-day… Read More 
Alumni Trip Highlights

Meet Birthright Israel and Onward Israel Alum Caleb Esrig

Caleb Esrig grew up in New Rochelle, NY, where he attended Solomon Schechter School of Westchester (now The Leffell School), where he first developed his passion for Judaism. For college, Caleb attended Harvard, where he studied Economics and worked closely with Combined Jewish Philanthropies and the Harvard Hillel. Today, Caleb works as an associate consultant in Bain & Company's New… Read More 
Events Leadership & Supporters

22nd Anniversary Gala Honoring Co‑Founder Charles Bronfman

On Tuesday, May 17th, 2022, Birthright Israel Foundation hosted its 22nd Anniversary Gala honoring the program's Co-Founder Charles Bronfman, and celebrating his 90th birthday. Charles shared his vision and passion for transforming the Jewish future and gave us an inside glimpse into how Birthright Israel became a reality. His stepson, Tony Cohen and his children, Stephen Bronfman and Ellen Bronfman-Hauptman,… Read More 

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Shavuot?

Are you familiar with the Jewish festival of Shavuot and all it entails? Thousands of years ago, what began as a harvest festival now commemorates the Israelites receiving the Torah at Mt. Sinai. And from there, Jews throughout the world celebrate with dairy delights and all-night study sessions. So, whether you're familiar with Shavuot or not, we suggest taking our… Read More 
Leadership & Supporters

Greg Siwak Shares His Own Israel Love Story & Why He Supports Birthright Israel

For long-time St. Louis donor Greg Siwak, Jewish philanthropic causes have always been of the utmost significance. Growing up, Greg's parents and grandparents were his role models for giving back to the Jewish community. His mother, Nancy Siwak, even served as Board Chair of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis and is now on their Council of Life. "Supporting the… Read More 

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