Birthright Israel

Birthright NEXT Partnership Here Is Misunderstood

05/25/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

As a longtime supporter of programming for Birthright Israel alumni and a current member of the Birthright Israel NEXT board of directors, I feel compelled, as I work with board chair Al Levitt and my friend Lynn Schusterman, to advance NEXT and its vision, to set the record straight about our largest and most long-running alumni program here in New York.

Mirthright Israel To Show Lighter SideOf Jewish State

02/26/2010

IIn a bid for American youth to take Israel less seriously, Birthright Israel has launched its first just-for-laughs trip to the Holy Land in time for Purim.

The Mirthright Israel tour will include a long stay at Moshav cHA cHA and a tour of both of Israel’s comedy clubs, one of which is not located at an army base.

Facilitated by Zany Zion Tours, the trip will also feature performances by leading Israeli comic Simcha Shpritz, best known for his imitation of his fellow countrymen trying to line up politely while waiting for a bus. 

Fresh Debate Over New National Charter School Movement

Steinhardt-backed group looks to seed 20 new schools, while other charter supporters call vision 'misguided.'

02/03/2010
Associate Editor

The race to establish a national Hebrew charter schools movement has officially begun, igniting a growing, and fierce, debate about the vision and purpose of schools that could potentially revolutionize the American Jewish education landscape.

Principal Maureen Campbell with students at Brooklyn's Hebrew Language Academy Charter School

Birthright Study Offers Mixed Bag Of Results on Jewish Connections

Birthrighters are far more likely to marry within the fold than those who didn’t go on the free Israel trip, a new study revealed.
 

10/29/2009
Editor and Publisher

Ten years ago, a survey asked American Jewish college students to name the top 20 countries they would like to visit. Israel didn’t make the list.

Today, nearly 225,000 Jews between the ages of 18 and 26, mostly from the U.S., have visited Israel, courtesy of Birthright Israel, a program whose free 10-day trips are designed to deepen Jewish identity.

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Birthright Israel Boom

10/01/1999
Staff Writer
Birthright Israel, the unprecedented offer of a free 10-day trip to Israel for 6,000 Jewish college students worldwide, has met with such a huge response that three of the 14 organizations sponsoring trips have stopped taking applications. Funding for the January trip is available for 5,000 students from North America but Moshe Margolin, vice president of educational services for Birthright Israel, North America, said that based on the response to date, "we will significantly exceed 15,000 applications."

A Divorce in the Birthright Family

Top trip provider severs ties, saying his ‘marry Jewish’ message is being stifled.

07/10/2009
Staff Writer
Oranim’s “Momo” Lifshitz: Agenda at odds with Birthright?“Momo” Lifshitz is a legendary figure among Birthright Israel participants, a larger-than-life symbol of the free 10-day trip that more than 200,000 diaspora Jews have used to jumpstart their Jewish identities.

Birthright Israel’s Biggest Night

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Jerusalem – I attended the biggest Mega-Event ever for Birthright Israel on Sunday night, with 7,500 screaming participants gathered at an outdoor ampitheater near here, and my ears are still ringing.

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