Birthright Israel

A Boomer Looks Back At TribeFest 2012

03/29/2012
Special To The Jewish Week Online

A lot of folks my age have misperceptions about TribeFest, if they have even heard of it.  For the uninitiated, TribeFest is Jewish Federations of North America’s conference for 20- and 30-somethings, designed to engage, educate, and inspire them to become active in the Federation system and in organized Jewish life.  TribeFest 2012 was the second such conference, both held in Las Vegas.

Rabbi Arnold D. Samlan

J-Care and Project Ezra Hanukkah Package Delivery

Birthright Israel alumni deliver food packages and Chanukah cheer to elderly residents of the Lower East Side.

Casino Mogul Adds $5 Million To Birthright Israel Support

11/30/2011

 

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.

Israeli Soldiers On Birthright Speak Out

Mifgashim discuss their perspective on American counterparts and the success of program.

Birthright Needs New Leadership

07/20/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

For more than ten years now, Birthright Israel has succeeded in enhancing young people's Jewish identities and increasing their attachment to Israel. Like it or not, Birthright has been a silver bullet, the “it” brand in NextGen engagement, and the expectations have never been higher. Does Birthright Israel have the leadership in place to meet this new challenge?

Of Balaam And Birthright: When A Curse Is A Blessing

07/12/2011
Editor And Publisher

Officials of Birthright Israel are said to be worried about the impact of an in-depth, highly critical piece, written by a recent participant and published in the July 4-11 issue of The Nation.

They needn’t be.

Gary Rosenblatt

Jewish Entrepreneurs At CEA Expo

 
 

The Jewish Week's Aaron Herman attends the CEA Line Show in NYC and speaks with David Merel, CEO of Merel Technologies and Birthright I

Judaism 2030 And Israel

One of the great things about our high-tech world is that — by e-mailing files back and forth, scheduling everything on Google Calendar and relying almost solely on my cell phone — I can, fairly seamlessly, work from home three days a week.

Alas however, one thing Google cannot yet remedy for me is my tendency to leave reporter’s notebooks in the wrong places, to lose them altogether and to forget which bag and which notebook I was using when.

Which is why today, as I am at the Jewish Week’s Times Square headquarters (doesn’t that make us sound all impressive?) and am supposed to be blogging about last week’s Jewish Outreach Institute "Judaism 2030" conference, my notebook from said conference is at this moment lying on the floor of my home office. (A rather grandiose description of the tiny third bedroom in our apartment, where my IKEA desk, laptop and cheap all-in-one printer/scanner/copier compete for space with an exercise bike and stacks of yet-to-be sorted laundry.)

Birthright Gets Record Number of Applicants

02/24/2011

NEW YORK (JTA) -- Birthright Israel said it has received a record-breaking number of North American applicants for its free, 10-day trips 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 period ending Tuesday.

Israel's Minister For Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs, Yuli Edelstein, called it "the most successful project in the Jewish world.”

Boost For Birthright Funding; Tipping Point Seen

More than half of all 18- to 26-year-old diaspora Jews expected to have a free Israel trip by 2013.

01/18/2011
Editor And Publisher

A new landmark in the effort to strengthen Jewish identity and positive connection to Israel among diaspora youth was reached with the announcement by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu that his government has approved $100 million in funding for Birthright Israel over the next three years.

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