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  • Global lacrosse community welcomes a formidable new member—Israel

    1 week ago

    Israel made a smashing debut at the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship in Denver this month, finishing seventh out of 38 teams, just three years after the first game was ever played in the country. 

    Facing much more experienced teams, the Israelis came away with a 6-2 record,...

  • Blaming Birthright for a Gaza death

    1 week ago

    Is Birthright Israel to blame for the death of Max Steinberg, one of two American Israeli soldiers killed in the war in Gaza?

    That’s the assertion of Allison Benedikt, a senior editor at Slate, who first provoked Israel supporters in 2011 with an angry and rambling essay about...

  • Slain Americans in Gaza among long line from U.S. to fight for Israel

    1 week ago

    Three days before he was killed fighting for Israel in Gaza, American Nissim Sean Carmeli sprained his ankle, and a doctor asked the Texan if he wanted to heal before going into action.

    He refused, according to Maya Kadosh, Israel's deputy consul for the U.S. Southwest.

    "He...

  • Birthright in a new light

    2 weeks ago

    Before my Birthright trip, when I pictured Israel, I saw myself riding camels, visiting the Western Wall, hiking Masada, floating on the Dead Sea. ... I never imagined rockets exploding in the air, running barefoot to a bomb shelter or sirens wailing in the streets of Jerusalem....

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  • Birthright to bring Israeli-American kids to their homeland

    By Jared Sichel

    May 14, 2014 | 10:27 am

    As the sun dipped below the horizon on the evening of May 6, nearly 100 local supporters of Birthright Israel gathered under a massive tent in the backyard of the Encino estate of philanthropists Adam and Gila Milstein.

    Two hours later, Adam Milstein had announced a new...

  • My Birthright trip: From Mizzou to Masada

    May 1, 2014 | 3:00 pm

    I was raised in a suburban, particularly Jewish area of the San Fernando Valley, where everyone knew everyone’s friend. We all studied Hebrew and proceeded with our b’nai mitzvahs, polished for our big day, not fully grasping the concept that this occasion was a rite of passage...

  • Birthright initiative keeps seders on next gen’s tables

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    April 9, 2014 | 11:17 am

    This Passover, hundreds of young Birthright alumni will be hosting seders — many for the first time — thanks to an initiative from NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation.

    Adam Pollack, senior director of NEXT’s Western region, said the Passover project encourages young...

  • Birthright the ‘LA way’

    By Julie Bien

    February 12, 2014 | 5:06 pm

    When registration opens Feb. 19, a Birthright trip sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles geared specifically toward entertainment professionals will represent the first time that young adults up to age 29 will be allowed to take part in the free Israel program. ...

  • Israel’s new reality star, an unbelievable survival story, Birthright and more-This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 13, 2014 | 12:14 pm

    Goodbye, Arik

    Former prime minister Ariel (Arik) Sharon passed away this Saturday, eight years after a stroke left him comatose. He will be remembered for his exploits in Israel's wars, the decision to leave Gaza, an infamous trip to the Temple Mount at the start of the second...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 9, 2013 | 1:42 pm

    Birthright for Christmas

    Israeli Tourism Minister Uzi Landau came up with a new initiative to increase the number of tourists arriving in Israel: bringing young Evangelical Christians to Israel for a trip of a lifetime. In a press conference held in Tel Aviv ahead of Rosh...

  • An open letter to our Olim

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 28, 2013 | 12:53 pm

    Summer in Israel is a time of reflection. In summer time, many of us fly away to our desired destinations overseas while the rest sit in front of their television, carefully considering every departure from the air-condition. It doesn't matter what group you are part of, you will...

  • Birthright Israel trip staffer almost bails for Heineken [VIDEO]

    July 18, 2013 | 12:58 pm

    Drop everything and go.

    That’s the pitch made to travelers at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport in a Heineken ad campaign, who were given the opportunity to press a button that would select a vacation destination — departing immediately.

    As seen on the video posted to the...

  • Adelsons donate $40 million to Birthright

    May 23, 2013 | 9:23 am

    Casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, donated $40 million to the Birthright Israel Foundation.

    Their latest gift brings the couple’s overall donations to the program to $180 million.

    “Sheldon and I are committed to improving the world through cultural exchange and...

  • Love, Birthright style

    May 8, 2013 | 11:44 am

    Now entering its 13th year, Taglit-Birthright Israel’s goal is to strengthen the Jewish identity of its participants and their connection to Israel. Yet the popular program also has provided a platform for untold numbers of young singles to form lasting, loving partnerships.

    ...
  • Mormon and Jewish interfaith marriage rates: Of temples and missionaries

    By Mark Paredes

    May 4, 2013 | 12:17 am

    I read with great interest Naomi Schaefer Riley’s recent Forward article, in which she contrasts the low LDS interfaith marriage rate and the relatively high Jewish rate while proffering areas for emulation to her Jewish readers. I believe there are two main reasons why Mormons...

  • The Birthright Israel flip side: Fewer high school students traveling to Israel

    April 17, 2013 | 4:19 pm

    With the summer travel season fast approaching, providers of Israel programs for teenagers are bracing themselves for what several say could be a season of historically low travel in a year unaffected by major security concerns.

    Over the past decade, Israel travel among those...

  • Adelson to face courtroom cameras despite safety concerns

    April 4, 2013 | 9:46 am

    Sheldon Adelson, a major benefactor of Jewish and Israeli causes, will face courtroom cameras in an upcoming trial despite safety concerns based on his views on Israel.

    A Nevada court ruled against a petition by Adelson asking to keep cameras out of the courtroom during a breach...

  • Local Birthright offerings feature niche trips

    By Ryan Torok

    February 13, 2013 | 12:02 pm

    Registration began this week for Taglit-Birthright Israel, the program offering free 10-day trips to Israel for Jews ages 18-26 that was created to connect young people to their heritage. This year, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is co-sponsoring a variety of...

  • Taglit-Birthright Israel roundup

    February 6, 2013 | 12:24 pm

    Since its inaugural trip in the winter of 2000, more than 340,000 participants ages 18-26 have traveled to Israel for the first time through Taglit-Birthright Israel. The 10-day excursions have attracted people from 62 countries, bringing together Jews from virtually every cultural...

  • Home after Birthright

    November 28, 2012 | 2:59 pm

    Moledet means “homeland” in Hebrew, and it’s no coincidence that it’s been chosen as the name of a pilot program aimed at maintaining the passion of recent Los Angeles Birthright alumni following their return home from Israel. 

    Applications for the new program, created by...

  • Apparently, giving up on ‘distancing’ isn’t easy

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 1, 2012 | 10:36 am

    Commenting on my recent JPPI study – details hereProf. Steven Cohen writes that, “the world is more complex than Shmuel Rosner makes it out to be” (that’s obviously true for us all, is it not?). He also writes:

    [T]he overall arrest in declining attachment does not mean, as...

  • Inaugural Brawerman scholarships awarded

    August 29, 2012 | 1:35 pm

    Five Los Angeles teenagers have been awarded $40,000 in college scholarships as part of the inaugural Brawerman Fellowship of the Geri and Richard Brawerman Leadership Institute. The fellows, who applied for the scholarships through The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles,...

  • Palestinian Diaspora discover their roots

    July 17, 2012 | 4:20 pm

    The participants gather outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s old city for a group photo. They look like any group of college students visiting Jerusalem on a summer trip.

    The photographer counts to three. “Free Palestine!” they yell in unison, and laugh.

    The 41...

  • Why a Jewish Democratic leader attacked Sheldon Adelson

    By  Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    July 10, 2012 | 9:50 am

    The most unpleasant people I have encountered in politics are those who put party before principle, partisanship before politeness, tribal political doctrine before common human decency. Since beginning my run for Congress I have been approached by Republicans convinced that Barack...

  • The Israelis who would not support Diaspora Jews

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 28, 2012 | 10:14 am

    I was not exactly kind to previous B’nai B’rith surveys of contemporary Israeli ‎attitudes toward Diaspora Jewry, and maybe that’s why the most recent survey was ‎not sent to me by the organization, but rather brought to my attention by other means. ‎It is a poll that still...

  • Birthright Berlin

    By Rob Eshman

    May 30, 2012 | 12:50 pm

    I’m a normal Jew. When I dream, I dream of Israel. When I have nightmares, I have nightmares of Germany.

    No other countries, not even my own, occupy so much of my psyche as those two. 

    Israel is not a fantasy to me. Long ago, I went there, lived there, learned its language,...

  • Birthright trip for Crohn’s and IBD patients

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    February 23, 2012 | 1:12 pm

    When David (not his real name) traveled to Israel with the NFTY Reform youth group a few years ago, he hadn’t yet been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, but he had the symptoms.

    “While it was a great experience, I missed several events due to stomach and intestinal...

  • Israeli parody of Taglit-Birthright Trips [VIDEO]

    February 1, 2012 | 5:50 pm

    This season of “Eretz Nehederet,” Israel’s version of “Saturday Night Live,” features a running parody of a Birthright trip to Israel that mocks American Jews for their enthusiasm and naivite (and obesity and JAPpiness, of course) and Israelis for their gold-digging and trigger fingers. Chuckle along:

  • Record number of Birthright groups lands in Israel

    January 10, 2012 | 2:00 pm

    A record number of participants in the Birthright Israel program arrived in Israel on one day.

    Some 1,200 participants from 24 Birthright groups in three countries—the United States, Brazil and Argentina—arrived Monday over a two-hour period.

    The Birthright program, which provides free 10-day trips to Israel for Jews aged 18 to 26, is entering its 13th year. Nearly 300,000 young Jewish adults from 54 countries have participated in the program. Some 42,000 young Jewish adults are scheduled to visit Israel in 2012.

  • Become Israel advocates, Netanyahu urges Birthright participants

    January 5, 2012 | 10:28 am

    Israel’s prime minister called on participants in the Birthright Israel program to become advocates to for Israel when they return home.

    “I want you to enjoy yourselves, go back to your homeland and tell the truth about Israel. Tell them about a country where you can be free, free...

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