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The first Birthright Israel group after a year-long absence due to the coronavirus pandemic, May 24, 2021. Photo by Erez Uzir.

Birthright to resume trips, no quarantine in Israel for those fully vaccinated

Birthright Israel received confirmation from the Israeli Ministry of Health that it can resume its trips to Israel, JNS has learned. The first Birthright Israel trip since the start of the coronavirus pandemic took place in May,...
Birthright Israel group in front of the Western Wall in Jerusalem, June 2021. Credit: Sami Marshak.

‘Energized and inspired’: After a year away, Birthright returns to Israel at a critical...

They’re baaaaack! If you’re in Israel this month, you can’t miss the clusters of them downing falafel on Jerusalem’s Ben-Yehuda Street, cooling off in the Dead Sea, climbing Masada at sunrise or slipping prayers between...
Birthright Israel participants hike up Masada, Israeli flag in hand. Credit: Courtesy.

Birthright Israel to resume trips for vaccinated Americans in May

Birthright Israel announced on Monday that it will resume trips to Israel beginning in May for all eligible adults from the United States who are vaccinated or fully recovered from the coronavirus. According to Birthright,...
Rosalyn Gold-Onwude at the Western Wall. Source: Instagram.

ESPN host and basketball star Rosalyn Gold-Onwude opens up on Israel’s impact on her...

When Rosalyn Gold-Onwude was a college student at Stanford University, she participated on Birthright Israel. Several years later, she went on her second trip—this time, as a staff member on her younger sister’s Birthright...
Birthright participants hike up Masada, Israeli flag in hand. Credit: Birthright Israel.

Is there something wrong with a program that encourages in-marriage?

What’s the point of programs that were designed to encourage young people to embrace their Jewish identity? There was little doubt about what was on the minds of those supporting massive increases in funding...
The amphitheatre in Beit She'an, Israel, May 4, 2007. Credit: James Emery via Wikimedia Commons.

Birthright launches online interactive tour as pandemic halts trips to Israel

For the first time in its history, Birthright Israel has postponed all trips since mid-March due to the global coronavirus pandemic. “While tens of thousands of Jewish young adults were planned to visit Israel this...
Participants in the Zoom graduation of the Birthright Excel 2020 summer program, on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2020. Credit: Israel Birthright.

One of Jewish world’s ‘most prestigious summer programs’ marks online graduation

The Birthright Excel 2020 summer program concluded this week with a special broadcast directly from Birthright Israel’s Innovation Center at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange building. Zohar Zisapel, prominent Israeli entrepreneur and president of the...
Hallway at the Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) building in downtown Boston. Credit: cjp.org.

Boston-based philanthropic partnership to transition to Hillel International

IACT (Inspired, Active, Committed, Transformed), the signature campus engagement initiative created by Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston (CJP) and scaled nationally in partnership with the Edward Fein Foundation, will move to Hillel International...
A group photo of the virtual hackathon called “HackCorona” on March 19-20, 2020. Credit: Courtesy.

Birthright, MIT and IDF Unit 8200 alumni collaborate in anti-coronavirus hackathon

Throughout Thursday night and into Friday, a virtual hackathon called “HackCorona” was held by the Birthright Excel Community (Birthright’s leadership program) in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the 8200 Alumni Association (an elite intelligence...
Birthright Israel alumni and friends attend the largest Birthright Israel event ever to take place outside of Israel, in Odessa, Ukraine, Sept. 8, 2019. Credit: Birthright Israel.

2,500 attend Birthright Israel mega-event in Ukraine

This week, 2,500 Birthright Israel alumni and friends gathered in Odessa, Ukraine, as part of the largest Birthright Israel event ever to take place outside of Israel. Once home to Revolutionary Zionist leader Ze’ev Jabotinsky,...