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Aliyah Blog, Part 11: An Update From Alexandra

 Aliyah Blog, Part 11: An Update From Alexandra

During my week in Israel, Alexandra Polsky had a bit of a more hectic schedule than the other olim I was covering as she settled into a yeshiva program in Tel Aviv, a temporary apartment in Jerusalem and searched for a job. So it was hard to keep in touch.

That’s why God created e-mail.

I received a lovely update from her this morning. And since I’m a little blogged out from 10 days of frantic posting, I thought it would be nice to let you hear from her in her own words:

Time to Fly

 Your blogger has had a wonderful, spiritually uplifting visit to Israel, but you know what they say about all good things.

On The Birthright Bandwagon?

09/21/1999
Staff Writer
Officials of UJA-Federation of New York are taking a cautiously optimistic view of Birthright Israel, the $300 million effort to provide a free, 10-day trip to Israel for diaspora youth. “We share their goals and look forward to the opportunity to sit down with the Birthright leadership to learn the specifics of the project as it evolves,” said John Ruskay, UJA-Federation’s chief operating officer.

Free Heritage Trip On The Runway

08/06/1999
Staff Writer
Birthright Israel, the ambitious and controversial project to provide a free 10-day trip to Israel for diaspora youth, is planning to send as many as 7,000 college students in January and February: even as organizers await the financial backing they counted on for the $300 million enterprise.

Can The Establishment Do Renewal?

03/24/2000
Staff Writer
For the last quarter-century, Jewish Renewal has been a grassroots, anti-establishment movement embraced by Jews searching for spirituality in their lives. Now, itís becoming mainstream. One of the four pillars of the new United Jewish Communities is being called Jewish Renaissance and Renewal. Its 36-member committee is slated to meet in Washington next month to develop ways to make Jewish life more meaningful. Because it is to be the committee's first meeting, it is unclear which areas it plans to address.

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."

What’s Next For Birthright Alumni

05/16/2008
Editor and Publisher
Michael Steinhardt is never satisfied. That’s what drives some of those who work with him crazy at times. But it’s also what drives his success as a businessman and major philanthropist. While much of the Jewish community, here and in Israel, has been heralding birthright israel — the audacious project he helped found to give every young Jew in the world a free trip to Israel — as the most exciting and successful of efforts to increase Jewish identity, Steinhardt has been grumbling that it’s not enough.

Birthright Israel’s Biggest Night

06/13/2008
Editor and Publisher
Jerusalem — I attended the biggest Mega-Event ever for Birthright Israel last Sunday night, with 7,500 screaming participants gathered at an outdoor amphitheater near here, and my ears are still ringing.

Defending An Unpopular Notion

07/04/2008
Editor and Publisher
by Gary Rosenblatt Editor And Publisher When Natan Sharansky was told during his visit to New York last week that John Lennon’s song, “Imagine,” was the unofficial anthem of the recent Birthright Mega-Event in Israel — with thousands of young Jews from around the world linking arms as they sang it reverentially — he was upset, but not surprised.

Birthright Program Saved From Budget Ax

03/28/2003
Staff Writer
The popular birthright israel program that has brought 40,000 college-age students to Israel in the last three years narrowly averted a funding crisis this week. The Israeli cabinet restored much of the $14 million the Finance Ministry had proposed eliminating as part of the government's emergency budget plan. Had all the money been cut, it may have forced the end of the project. "It's encouraging to see that the Israeli leadership recognizes the importance of its role in the birthright israel program for world Jewry," said Marlene Post, chairman of the organization.
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