Birthright

Money Woes For Birthright

06/07/2002
Staff Writer
Birthright israel is receiving high marks for its success in bringing thousands of Jewish young adults to Israel on free 10-day trips. But is it receiving sufficient funding? It seems that one of birthright's three primary partners, the United Jewish Communities, is having fund-raising problems that could have an adverse effect on the 2-year-old program, sources tell The Jewish Week.

Birthright Faces The Chopping Block

11/12/2008
Staff Writer
There will be 17,000 fewer young people accepted to the Birthright Israel program in 2009 as the organization slashes its budget by $35 million due to increased costs, an unfavorable exchange rate and a decline in fundraising, according to the president of its foundation, Jay Golan. “Our budget this year was $110 million and it will be $75 million in 2009,” he said. “That will mean we will take 25,000 [participants] worldwide in 2009 compared to 42,000 in 2008.” About 80 percent of the 25,000 will be from North America.

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.

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