The Jewish journey of Birthright Israel participants doesn't end once they return from their trip! See the impact of the Birthright Israel trip firsthand from these Birthright Israel alumni. Although these young Jewish adults come from different backgrounds, they all share the same love, passion and commitment to Israel and the Jewish people thanks to Birthright Israel. Birthright Israel Foundation continues to raise the funds necessary to give this gift to as many young Jewish adults as possible, securing a strong and bright future for the Jewish people.
Many have have heard the Birthright Israel trip is impactful, but did you know 85% of Birthright Israel participants consider the experience to be life-changing? Learn more about the impact of the trip »
Erin is a 2010 Birthright Israel alumna from the Bay Area. Before her Birthright Israel trip Erin never thought she'd visit Israel let alone fall in love with the people, sights, and flavors of our homeland. Within seconds of landing at Ben-Gurion Airport, Erin finally felt like she was home. Fast forward nearly ten years later, she can see how the seeds planted on her Birthright Israel trip have impacted her personally and professionally throughout every step of her life. Erin credits her time on Birthright Israel for providing her with the tools and confidence to navigate diverse opinions and questions regarding Israel and Judaism, especially during her 2016 run for the United States Congress. Erin's journey is only one of many genuinely life-changing experiences made possible because of Birthright Israel Foundation.
Brooke went on Birthright Israel in the winter of 2018. Although she didn't know much about Israel before her trip, she knew that it existed and that it's a place f or the Jewish people to call home. Her expectations included meeting Israeli peers, going on hikes, learning about Israeli culture and eating hummus. Never did she think that her trip would be one of the most amazing experiences of her life. Growing up without much of a Jewish background, Brooke explains that she went into her trip "blind." She made long-lasting friendships, learned about her people's history and experienced a culture different than her own. Brooke's Jewish journey didn't end when she returned home, it was just starting. Birthright Israel is just the beginning of the road for hundreds and thousands of young Jewish adults just like Brooke.
Meet Sarah & David
Sarah and David participated in one of the very first pilot 27-32-year-old Birthright Israel trips. Sarah and David had previously learned about Birthright Israel back when they were in college, but life got in the way and they were unable to find the time to go. The day Sarah and David found out Birthright Israel was piloting a program for 27-32-years-olds they immediately got on the computer and signed up. The couple has a young son they never thought they’d leave, but once they got to Israel they knew they would carry this experience with them for a lifetime and pass down everything they learned to him. The 27-32-year-old trips have made the gift of Birthright Israel possible for those Jewish young adults who had previously missed out or were waitlisted. Now, even more young Jews can forge lasting connections to Israel at an important time in their life.