Birthright Israel

Other: The Fastest Growing Jewish Community Segment

07/18/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week


Quick, what’s the fastest growing part of the Jewish community, or at least the New York metro area’s Jewish community? Orthodox? They’re growing, but not the fastest. Conservative? Nah. Reform? Not anymore. Reconstructionist? Nope.

According to the recently released study of the NY Jewish community, the group that has doubled its share of the community, growing from just 15% to a whopping 37% is [drum roll, please]…OTHER. That’s right, “other”. [Source: Jewish Community Study of New York, page 121].

NJDC Removes Petition Against Adelson

07/11/2012 - 20:00


The National Jewish Democratic Council, citing peace among Jewish groups, has taken down a petition calling on Republicans not to accept money from Sheldon Adelson.

Peter Beinart and Boston Federation Head Spar Over Birthright

04/04/2012 - 20:00

Peter Beinart and the president of the Boston Jewish federation sparred over Birthright Israel during a public event at Harvard University.

Beinart, already in the news for calling for a boycott against Israeli settlements, slammed the travel program that has brought hundreds of thousands of young Jews to Israel.

How Leon Met Joanna

04/01/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

“My mom encouraged me to join JDate,” says 33-year-old Leon Smulakowski, an amateur weight-lifter, who can break an apple in two with his bare hands. 

The last day of his subscription to the dating site – he was going to cancel – he saw Joanna's profile. “It was her beautiful smile that attracted me,” says Leon.  He messaged her.

Joanna Sirlin and Leon Smulakowski, married June 12, 2011.

A Boomer Looks Back At TribeFest 2012

03/28/2012 - 20:00
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

11/29/2011 - 19:00


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

07/19/2011 - 20:00
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

07/11/2011 - 20:00
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
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