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July 10, 2012 | 9:50 am
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...
May 30, 2012 | 12:50 pm
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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:
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.
January 5, 2012 | 10:28 am
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August 17, 2011 | 10:55 am
Birthright Israel is now 11 years old and has brought some 300,000 young Jews to Israel. I recently led another Birthright trip for Mayanot, one of its best and most professional providers, and learned a great deal about how a spectacular program could be made even better.
I knew of...
July 28, 2011 | 11:10 am
July 19, 2011 | 5:33 pm
Does Taglit-Birthright Israel have a political agenda? Questions about Birthright’s content have come to the fore, magnified by intense debate about Israel and, perhaps, as a consequence of the program becoming a rite of passage for Diaspora young adults. The questions are not new,...
March 17, 2011 | 11:35 am
The impact of a Taglit-Birthright experience is significant and lasts for years, according to a new study.
Participants in the 10-day Israel trips are more confident advocates for Israel, are more likely to feel very connected to Israel, and are 51 percent more likely to marry a...
February 23, 2011 | 2:23 pm
Birthright Israel received a record-breaking number of North American applicants for its free, ten-day trip to Israel.
The organization, which provides all-expense-paid trips to Israel for Diaspora Jews aged 18 to 26, received 40,108 applicants during the seven-day registration...
February 8, 2011 | 3:47 pm
Storahtelling has tapped former Birthright NEXT executive Isaac Shalev to become its next executive director.
Isaac Shalev, who helped launched Birthright NEXT and served as COO to the official follow-up program for Birthright Israel, will assume his new post on Feb. 15.
February 7, 2011 | 10:43 am
Birthright Israel has launched an effort to reclaim the word Zionism from Israel’s detractors.
The effort, launched last week in New York with speeches by Israeli U.S. Ambassador Michael Oren and Birthright funder Michael Steinhardt, drew several hundred alumni of Birthright...
February 1, 2011 | 3:34 pm
Birthright Israel has rejected a proposed partnership trip with J Street, saying it no longer works with organizations with Israel-related political leanings.
J Street had begun promoting the trip last week being organized by its campus arm, J Street U, in cooperation with Israel...
January 25, 2011 | 10:48 am
A New Jersey man who assaulted a fellow Birthright Israel participant was sentenced to time served and community service.
Jonathan Haft, 25, was convicted Monday in Israel of aggravated assault for attacking Sherry Kestenbaum, 23, also of New Jersey, last May. He was sentenced to...
January 6, 2011 | 2:43 pm
Israel’s government announced it would more than double its investment in the popular Birthright Israel program.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the announcement Thursday night before 3,000 program participants in Jerusalem, The Jerusalem Post reported.
“My government will...
May 28, 2010 | 12:31 pm
April 21, 2010 | 11:42 am
Participation in Taglit-Birthright Israel trips this summer has doubled from the summer of 2009, the group said.
Some 21,000 young Jews will take the free 10-day trip to Israel this summer. Thousands remain on waiting lists, the group said in a news release.
This summer marks the...
June 17, 2009 | 7:57 pm
Around a dozen participants on a ‘Birthright Israel’ trip contracted swine flu during their tour of Israel and were put under quarantine, Israeli media reported on Tuesday.
The teens reportedly infected 18 Israel Defense Forces troops who participated in the trip with them. Read the full story at HAARETZ.com.
March 23, 2009 | 3:29 pm
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September 21, 2008 | 3:00 am
McCain and Obama, Biden and Palin reach out and apologize (in the Rosh Hashanah tradition), blow a shofar, interrupt, yell, smile and joke—just like your family on Rosh Hashanah.
It’s a joke video, see!
The YouTube text says:
The presidential candidates for 2008 atone for their sins for the New Year. Happy Rosh Hashanah from Taglit-Birthright Israel! Cartoon by http://jewishrobot.com
September 11, 2008 | 1:26 amJewish Teens Beaten in Paris Attack
Three Jewish teenagers were attacked in the same Paris district where another Jewish teen was beaten severely in June.
The victims, who were wearing kippot, were temporarily hospitalized for minor injuries on Saturday in what some officials are...
August 28, 2008 | 9:46 pm
July 31, 2008 | 1:00 amFlag Skirts
I was very interested in the subject matter of the young people of the United States going to Israel on the Birthright program (Cover, July 18).
However, am I the only paranoid Jew who found it offensive? Since when is it appropriate to drape a flag (from any country)...
July 18, 2008 | 6:01 pm