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  • Israeli-Americans Get Their Own Birthright Trip

    By tessc

    2 weeks ago

    When Eden Bennun — who had to give up on plans to attend a Birthright Israel trip this summer because of a job — heard about a new trip aimed specifically at Israeli-Americans, she thought: “It must be fate.”

    Both of her parents were born in Israel, and, although she grew up in...

  • Blaming Birthright for a Gaza death

    July 23, 2014 | 9:39 am

    Is Birthright Israel to blame for the death of Max Steinberg, one of two American Israeli soldiers killed in the war in Gaza?

    That’s the assertion of Allison Benedikt, a senior editor at Slate, who first provoked Israel supporters in 2011 with an angry and rambling essay about...

  • An open letter to our Olim

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 28, 2013 | 12:53 pm

    Summer in Israel is a time of reflection. In summer time, many of us fly away to our desired destinations overseas while the rest sit in front of their television, carefully considering every departure from the air-condition. It doesn't matter what group you are part of, you will...

  • 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...

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  • Love, Birthright style

    May 8, 2013 | 11:44 am

    Now entering its 13th year, Taglit-Birthright Israel’s goal is to strengthen the Jewish identity of its participants and their connection to Israel. Yet the popular program also has provided a platform for untold numbers of young singles to form lasting, loving partnerships.

    ...
  • Local Birthright offerings feature niche trips

    By Ryan Torok

    February 13, 2013 | 12:02 pm

    Registration began this week for Taglit-Birthright Israel, the program offering free 10-day trips to Israel for Jews ages 18-26 that was created to connect young people to their heritage. This year, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is co-sponsoring a variety of...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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:

  • 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

  • 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...

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