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  • High Holy Days: What’s NEXT for Birthright

    By Ryan Torok

    August 14, 2013 | 2:26 pm

    High Holiday map screenshot. Courtesy of NEXT.

    On Aug. 5, the Birthright Israel alumni organization NEXT launched its 2013 High Holy Days initiative. It features an interactive, nationwide map of services and events — including learning opportunities, dinners and...

  • Why is this Trip Different than All Other Trips?

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 18, 2013 | 1:59 pm

    By Adam Siegel

    At Beit T’Shuvah, we thrive on transformative experiences; stories of transformation and redemption nourish our souls.  Often times, the stories people share with me serve as sustenance for showing up (for life) each morning.  We collectively celebrate achievements...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • $20,000 fund to advance Jewish innovation in Australia

    August 29, 2012 | 10:16 am

    A $20,000 fund to advance Jewish innovation in Australia was launched by the ROI Community, a global network of young Jewish innovators, and Australian Jewish Funders.

    The Dave Grants—named for Dave Burnett, a young Australian Jewish leader and ROI Community member who died in an...

  • 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 has contributed $535 million to Israel’s economy

    February 27, 2012 | 10:46 am

    Taglit-Birthright Israel has contributed more than $535 million to Israel’s economy since the trip’s inception in 2000, the organization said.

    The contribution to Israel’s tourism industry comes from providing transportation, lodging, food, training, security, entry to tourist sites...

  • Finding their place [VIDEO]

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    February 22, 2012 | 2:46 pm

    Lauren Levine is settling in with a group of friends apartment to watch “American Idol,” when a look of panic comes over her face. She rummages around, finds her keys and darts out.

    “I left the hair thing on,” she says when she returns, breathless, from her own apartment...

  • Bloomberg declares May Birthright Israel month in N.Y.

    May 4, 2011 | 10:25 am

    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has declared May Birthright Israel month.

    Bloomberg will issue a formal proclamation at an event Wednesday evening in New York City set to be attended by more than 1,000 alumni of the free Israel trip for Jews aged 18 to 26.

    The Taglit-Birthright...

  • J Street organizing its own college Israel trip

    February 16, 2011 | 10:19 am

    J Street is organizing its own Israel trip for Jewish college students after Birthright Israel declined to partner with it.

    In a letter to J Street supporters, the organization announced that its campus arm, J Street U, would organize a trip to Israel and the West Bank for 10-15...

  • Perfect storm for charities— contributions go down and requests go up

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 19, 2008 | 2:50 am

    Rachel Bookstein didn't realize just how anxious she'd become wondering whether Beach Hillel in Long Beach would be able to raise the funds it needs this year.

    Contributions had declined -- $500 here, $100 there. Folks had been hard hit by the economic crisis and were paring down...

  • Briefs: Katsav plea bargain stands, Dems designate Mordecai official donkey

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    High Court Upholds Katsav Deal

    Israel's High Court of Justice upheld ex-president Moshe Katsav's plea bargain. A five-justice High Court panel decided Tuesday to reject six petitions against the Attorney General's Office decision last year to drop rape charges against Katsav in...

  • Israelity Tour teases trips with an Israeli beat

    By Dikla Kadosh

    February 14, 2008 | 5:00 pm


    Michelle Citrin: If I Fall


    Folk singer Michelle Citrin made a connection between Birthright Israel and music almost Michelle Citrina decade ago as a student at Rutgers University. Her experience traveling to Israel on one of the first Birthright trips at the start of the second Intifada inspired her...

  • American Jewish youth alienated from Israel, study finds

    By Sue Fishkoff

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Young American Jews are increasingly alienated from Israel, according to a report released last week.

    The report, titled "Beyond Distancing: Young Adult American Jews and their Alienation from Israel" and commissioned by The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, generally...

  • Briefs: Western Wall dig starts, Israel and U.S. back gays at U.N.

    February 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Israel Starts Western Wall Dig

    Israel began a controversial dig in the Western Wall Plaza. Bulldozers from the Antiquities Authority broke ground Tuesday near a ramp connecting the plaza to the Temple Mount, with officials saying the aim was to search for historical artifacts...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Foxman Presses Vatican on Film

    Abraham Foxman wants the Vatican to take a stand on Mel Gibson's controversial film on Jesus. Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, met with Vatican officials Tuesday. He urged Vatican officials to tell bishops around the...

  • Birthright Continues Despite Setbacks

    By Rachel Brand

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    For much of his life, Lawrence Mudgett didn't need Judaism. He had football. But when the 6-foot-6, 250-pound sophomore was declared ineligible for the NCAA at the beginning of the school year, he began searching for another niche.

    As a participant on Birthright Israel's 2002-2003...

  • Dirty Money?

    By Julie Wiener

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Exactly two weeks before a controversial last-minute presidential pardon made him a household name in the United States, Marc Rich was sitting in the VIP section at a mega-event for Birthright Israel in Jerusalem.

    Surrounded by thousands of young, primarily North American Jews on...

  • Looking for the ‘Jew Inside,’ Young Adults Grapple with Israel

    January 20, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The high winds stirring up the sands at Masada added an epic Cecil B. DeMille air to the words of Rabbi Binny Freedman.

    But 24-year-old Riva Saker of Deerfield Beach, Fla., wasn't paying attention.

    Freedman, a former Israeli tank commander, is one of many educators trying to raise...

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