Leadership & Supporters Trip Highlights

Birthright Israel and Becoming a Rabbi: The Lasting Impact

Birthright Israel is an experience that strives to maximize every minute of those magical ten days. So it’s no surprise that 18 years ago, on my Birthright Israel trip, I woke up in a Bedouin tent cold, frustrated and exhausted. I staggered onto the bus and promptly fell asleep. Shortly thereafter, we had reached our destination, the base of the… Read More 
Alums Trip Highlights

VIDEO: A Sneak Peek Of My Birthright Israel Journey

Natalie Leinbach is a 2019 Birthright Israel Alumna currently studying Communications and Economics at the University of Maryland, College Park. Below is a personal video she made to remember her Birthright Israel trip and showcase her favorite moments. You can scroll down to read our interview with Natalie as well! What type of Birthright Israel trip did you choose to… Read More 
Food Holidays

High Holiday Recipe: Apples, Honey & Pomegranate Crumb Pie

We are excited to share 2012 Birthright Israel alumna, Lindsay Morrison's favorite High Holiday recipe on the blog! Keep scrolling to learn how to make this delicious treat and read more about the impact Birthright Israel had on Lindsay. We promise her interview is just as sweet as the recipe! Ingredients (1) 8-9” pie dishpomegranate seeds, to top For the… Read More 

Event Highlights: Purchase, NY 2019

On Thursday, September 19, 2019 Birthright Israel Foundation supporters gathered in Purchase, NY for an evening of conversation with Lior Navon, an alumna of Birthright Israel's Mifgash program who shared her inspiring story through the unique lens as an Israeli participant. Lior shared how Birthright Israel changed her life and motivated her to give back to the Jewish community. Tom… Read More 
Alums Trip Highlights

Community, Acceptance, and Self‑Discovery

When most people hear the words “Birthright Israel,” they usually think “free trip,” and while Birthright Israel technically is a “free trip,” it is so much more than that. Birthright Israel is a unique partnership between the Israeli government, various Jewish communities and Jewish philanthropists. The founders of Birthright Israel created this project to send hundreds of thousands of young… Read More 

Event Highlights: Chicago 2019

On Tuesday, September 10, 2019, Birthright Israel Foundation had the pleasure of spending the evening with our Chicago community. We had the pleasure of hearing from Birthright Israel alumna, Erin Schrode, who shared her inspiring story and Ariella Rada from the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest who spoke about her unique Jewish journey and the importance of fostering… Read More 
Leadership & Supporters

Regional Roundup: The Midwest

Birthright Israel Foundation is so very fortunate to have more than 35,000 annual supporters. Our donors care deeply about Israel and the Jewish future and they are proud to be part of the Birthright Israel Foundation Family. Get to know some of our friends from the Midwest. Barbara & Rick Silverman, Chicago, IL "A Birthright Israel trip provides young people… Read More 

Event Highlights: Scarsdale 2019

On Thursday, September 5, 2019, supporters of Birthright Israel Foundation gathered in Scarsdale, NY to hear from alumna Erin Schrode who shared her unique and inspiring story of how the trip impacted her life. Guests also had the opportunity to hear from Board of Directors Vice Chair, Stephen Siderow who closed the program with special remarks. We thank all of… Read More 
Alums Trip Highlights

One-on-One with Birthright Israel Madrich Alan Avitan

Outside of the favorite Hebrew words Birthright Israel participants learn, like Sababa (cool), Yalla (let's go!), and Ma'Kore (what's up), they also learn the word, Madrichim (leaders/staff/guide).  Madrichim are often staff members from the participants' home country who accompany them on their Birthright Israel journey. The Madrichim are an essential element to the educational components of the program, which are based on a person-centered learning approach. … Read More 
Alums Trip Highlights

VIDEO: My Birthright Israel Trip Explained

Lindsay Nathanson is a 2019 Birthright Israel alumna from Philadelphia, PA. She is currently studying History at the University of Tampa, Florida and is an intern at the National Museum of American Jewish History. Lindsay has her own YouTube channel, auxcord, where she makes history "as little of a bore as possible." We spoke with Lindsay about her Birthright Israel… Read More 
Alums Trip Highlights

Why I’ll Never Forget Visiting Jerusalem on Birthright Israel

I want to start this blog off by saying thank you to the people who made my trip all it was. I’d like to thank all the donors who made my trip to Israel possible. I’m truly blessed to have had this experience. Without the donations, I wouldn’t have had the most memorable experience I’ve had in my life. Birthright… Read More 

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