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  • 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,...

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  • 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...
  • Free at last!

    By Rob Eshman

    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...

  • MUSIC VIDEO: Michelle Citron—‘I Gotta’ Love You Rosh Hashanah’

    September 7, 2007 | 7:21 pm

    A musical New Year’s greeting from the Rosh HaShanah Girl and Taglit-birthright-israel—a huge YouTube video hit.

     

  • Real life comedy at the flea market in Jaffa, Israel

    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 . . .

  • Requests Swamp Israel Trip Program

    By Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    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.

    The organization...

  • Do ISM Activists Exploit Birthright?

    By Gaby Wenig

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    When Vicki Kaplan's Birthright Israel trip finished, the Los Angeles native wasn't sure what she wanted to do. Kaplan definitely wanted to stay longer in Israel, so she extended her ticket, but the politically active college student wasn't sure where she should take her activism.

    ...
  • Avi Chai Grant Saves Birthright

    By Dina Kraft

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    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...

  • World Briefs

    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...

  • Students Seek Identity in Israel

    By Rachel Brand

    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...

  • Community Briefs

    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 21¼2 years. In a media conference call with the North American Jewish...

  • Israel Bound

    By Rachel Brand

    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...

  • Hillel Students Return From Israel 2000 Trip

    By Beverly Gray

    January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    When 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...
  • Embracing Diaspora

    By Tom Tugend

    December 2, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The 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...

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