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  • 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.

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  • 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...

  • Adelsons give Birthright another $5 million

    November 30, 2011 | 10:20 am

    Sheldon and Miriam Adelson are contributing an additional $5 million to Birthright Israel, which the organization says will move 2,000 applicants from waitlisted to traveling this winter.

    The contribution announced Wednesday, a day after the Adelsons were honored in Washington by...

  • Can young Jews give as good as they get?

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    November 9, 2011 | 5:28 pm

    On the last day of a Birthright alumni mission to Israel last year, participants got a taste of something that was not a part of their initial trip to Israel: a fundraising pitch.

    Birthright is credited with reframing the formative Jewish years for 200,000 young North Americans who...

  • Rebirthing birthright

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    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...

  • Adelsons give $5 million matching grant to Birthright

    July 28, 2011 | 11:10 am

    Philanthropists Sheldon and Miriam Adelson are giving a $5 million matching grant to Taglit-Birthright Israel.

    The grant, which was announced Monday, aims to encourage new donors by doubling their gifts in an ongoing attempt to transition from large philanthropic to grass-roots...

  • Birthright Israel: As political as chopped liver

    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,...

  • Study: Birthright alumni better Israel advocates, marry Jewish

    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...

  • Birthright gets record number of applicants

    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...

  • Storahtelling taps Isaac Shalev, ex-Birthright NEXT exec, as new leader

    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.

    Shalev...

  • Birthright launches effort to take back ‘Zionism’

    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...

  • Birthright rejects J Street partnership

    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...

  • Israeli court sentences Birthright assailant

    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...

  • Israel to ramp up Birthright investment

    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...

  • Get back to Israel after Birthright

    By Dikla Kadosh

    May 28, 2010 | 12:31 pm

    So you’ve used up your free ride to the Jewish state through Taglit-Birthright Israel and you want to go back. Maybe you miss careening down the Jordan River or those warm nights strolling down the Tayelet Haas Promenade in Tel Aviv, or you want to spend more time exploring the Old...

  • Birthright bringing 21,000 to Israel

    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...

  • At least 10 teens contract swine flu during ‘Birthright Israel’ trip

    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.

  • Report: Communities Must Do More to Attract Birthright Alums

    March 23, 2009 | 3:29 pm

    SAN FRANCISCO (JTA)—Nearly 160,000 young Jews from North America have taken part in Taglit-Birthright Israel, a 10-day free Israel trip aimed at revving up their Jewish identities.

    Of those no longer in college, only half have attended any Jewish event since their return.

    That’s...

  • Jews by Choice bolster ties with first Israel mission

    By Rachel Heller

    October 10, 2008 | 12:32 am

    Misty Zollars knew she wanted to be Jewish ever since she was 13, when her best friend invited her to her first Passover seder.

    "I found the afikoman, and I knew I was going to be a Jew," said Zollars, now 28, of Sherman Oaks. "The warmth of the family tradition and the concept of...

  • Orit: I went to Macao and it’s not Las Vegas!

    By The Web Guy

    October 3, 2008 | 7:09 pm

    Bloggish contributor Orit Arfa went on a press junket to Shelden Adelson’s (the Sands) new Venetian resort-casino in Macao, China and filed this report for the Jerusalem Post:

    As I wandered alone through The Venetian casino on my first night, my personal fantasies of Vegas-style fun,...

  • VIDEO: Rosh Hashanah (funny) (political) e-card from Taglit-Birthright

    By The Web Guy

    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

  • More Jewish teens attacked in Paris, Adelson gives $30 million to Birthright

    September 11, 2008 | 1:26 am

    Jewish 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...

  • Calendar Girls Picks and Clicks Aug. 30-Sept. 5: Painting, a benefit, jazz, flies

    By Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin

    August 28, 2008 | 9:46 pm

    SAT | AUGUST 30

    (ART)

    East-West issues are the focus of Sundaram Tagore Gallery's newest exhibition, "Dimensions of Color," which showcases the talents of artists representing Korea, Japan, India and Uzbekistan, as well as Israeli-born artist Nathan Slate Joseph. Joseph treats...

  • Butt flag fever, Orthodox crawl, what to expect, propaganda

    July 31, 2008 | 1:00 am

    Flag 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)...
  • Parents cash in on kids’ Birthright

    By Julie G Fax

    July 18, 2008 | 6:01 pm

    Jenny Meyer was feeling guilty, and she was willing to use that guilt to get what she wanted -- a free trip to Israel for her parents.

    Judy and Wayne Meyer live in La Grange, Ill. (about 13 miles west of Chicago) -- the nearest synagogue is 30 minutes away -- and had been talking...

  • Extending the Birthright privilege

    By Julie G Fax

    July 17, 2008 | 12:06 am

    Sophie Ambrose grew up without religion on a hippie commune near Jerusalem, Ark. Her mother had rejected Judaism, her father had rejected his Christian background. Ambrose explored churches on her own as a teenager, took a world religions class in college, and as a graduate student...
  • Birthright Israel, sex and the column

    June 12, 2008 | 2:32 pm

    Birthright Israel

    Your idea of creating multiple levels of free services and programs for various Jewish groups is brilliant ("Free at Last," June 6). In retrospect, and l'havdil, we should take a lesson from Hamas and Hezbollah. What gives these organizations their popular support...
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