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June 12, 2008 | 2:32 pmBirthright 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...
June 5, 2008 | 2:36 pm
Last Sunday night (June 1) in an amphitheatre outside Jerusalem, I had a flash of insight into how to get disaffected Jews excited and involved in Jewish life: Make it free!
I was at something called the Birthright Israel Mega Event. Birthright is the eight-year-old program that has...
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August 10, 2007 | 11:09 pm
Here’s all we know: A wacky college student on a Taglit-birthright trip to Israel found a kindred spirit at the flea market in Jaffa . . .
February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm
Birthright Israel has received many more applications for its upcoming trips than it has spaces available. Approximately 14,000 young Jews applied for 8,000 spots in the program's spring/summer trips this year in just the first 12 hours of registration Feb. 8.
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A new grant of $7 million to Birthright Israel is breathing new life into the cash-strapped program, allowing Birthright to more than double the number of slots available for this summer's tours.
The future of Birthright -- which provides free trips to Israel for Diaspora young...
September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm
U.S. Vetoes U.N. Resolution
The United States vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have demanded Israel not "remove" Yasser Arafat. The United States vetoed the resolution Tuesday at the 15-member council in New York because it does not explicitly condemn...
April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm
Rhonda Van Hassalt's concerned father offered her $1,000 not to go to Israel. Although the money would have been enough to send both Van Hassalt's and her boyfriend to Europe for winter break, it wasn't Europe that was tugging at her heart -- it was Israel.
"When I was young, I...
September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm
Birthright Plans to Send 1,000 to Israel
Birthright Israel hopes to send 1,000 participants this winter despite violence in the Middle East. The program has sent 300,000 students to Israel in the past 21Â¼2 years. In a media conference call with the North American Jewish...
February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm
With his wedding two weeks away, Scott Price didn't have extra funds laying around to go to Israel. However, when he found out that he could go for free, he and his fiancé jumped at their chance. "It was a great opportunity for us to go to Israel together," Price said.
At a time...
January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pmWhen Jessica Wolf arrived in Eretz Yisrael, she dutifully kissed the ground. Still, she didn't feel all that impressed. Says the UCLA sophomore, "It looked to me a lot like Santa Barbara when I first got off the plane." For the next 10 days, as part of Hillel's Israel 2000, she and...
December 2, 1999 | 7:00 pmThe old-time Zionist religion had it that the only good Diaspora Jew was the one who made aliyah and settled in the ancestral land.
Now, after decades of inner-focused effort to build up the new land and survive, the Jewish state is rediscovering its distant relatives and, what's...