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Ziploc Sufganiyot – We Tried It

If you haven't seen it yet, where have you been? This is the Hanukkah hack from Jewlish that makes even the worst cook want to host a hanukkah party.  So what did we do? We took up the challenge and tried it, of course!! [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGR3q7NEUls[/embed] How did it go? We give it an 8/10, and that's good! Maybe it's just us, but we needed to play the video about 15 times to catch all the steps and ingredients, so here it is again, completely still - so you can stare at it for as long as you need to build up the courage to get started! Ingredients:  1 packet dry active yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons) 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 egg 3 tablespoons sugar 1 cup warm water 1 1/2 tablespoons oil 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 tablespoon brandy or cognac zest of 1 lemon Steps:     Tips Learnt From our Mistakes: Frying Don't launch them too enthusiastically into hot oil otherwise you end up burning yourself - lesson w read more

December 27, 2016

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Birthright Israel Trip

Remember that free t-shirt you won? Was it amazing? Probably not. It's sad but true, but the likelihood of anything "free" being awesome, or not involving some kind of hidden cost, is quite low. That's why Birthright Israel isn't "free". When you add up the return flights, accommodation, food, transport, sites and activities, the whole package comes to around $3000. Fortunately, you're not the one paying the bill! A few exceptionally generous philanthropists, together with the Israeli government, have made it possible for you to have an incredible $3000 travel experience without having to fit the bill. If you ask us, that's pretty amazing, and is definitely not something to be taken for granted. If it's free, how good can it be? While it is a free Birthright Israel trip after all, and doesn't cost you a dime, it's definitely not a "cheap" experience. The generosity of Birthright Israel's supporters has ensured an exceptionally high standard of trip, and in turn made it t read more

September 8, 2016

You’re not my type, but I love you anyways

I'm a Science guy, he's religious, she's a sorority girl, and they're into meditation. Could we be more different? We were 40 strangers about to share our space, our time, and our travel snacks for the next 10 days. It's understandable that I was nervous. I figured that all things going well, we'd get on just fine. The trip would be fun, and at the end we'd all go our separate ways and probably never see each other again. What I didn't expect was that this weird bunch of people would be the heart and soul of my trip. That when I'd look back on the experience, I'd say that above all the awesome things we did and saw, it's the people that were the real highlight for me. At first I thought we were just lucky, but then my trip counselor let me in on a little secret. "It's not just us, it's what Birthright Israel brings out in people." No matter where we're from, or what unique talents we might have, when we touch down in Israel, we're on equal ground. We're all experien read more

August 12, 2016

The Impact of Volunteering on Birthright Israel

"Come to Israel for free! Do this, do that, get this, get that..." You know the drill. Yes, Birthright Israel trips are free, and that is amazing. However, the real key to a meaningful experience isn't what you get.   Woah, hold up. Are we about to release trade secrets? Probably.   Here it goes: It's about the people. It's about the connections you make. And this is twofold, on the one hand you connect with other American Jews, and on the other, you build a connection to Israel and its people. That's quite an achievement in 10 days if you ask me.   Now, the "connecting with other American Jews" part is easy, you already have 3 definite things in common. You all have some kind of Jewish connection, you're all of a similar age, and you're all up for an adventure. The connecting with Israelis part, takes a little more effort on our part, but that's why you travel with peer group soldiers, and why we organize volunteer activities.   You Get, You Give, You read more

July 29, 2016

Finding Where I Fit on Birthright Israel

With a Jewish father and a Catholic mother, I had two religions, but felt connected to neither. I heard about Birthright Israel and the trips they offer, but honestly didn’t feel it was for me because I wasn’t even close to being Jewish despite having Jewish blood and a Jewish last name. I was coming up on my twenty seventh year, which is the cut off to go on this trip. At the last minute, I decided to go for it without any expectation of what was going to happen or what it was going to be about. My parents are not too religious, but when I was little they still tried to pass down their religious views - according to my mom, I was not a fan of either one. Within the last six to seven years, I did my research for my Italian ancestry and found I could become an Italian citizen, which I did. I loved the process of figuring out the missing puzzle pieces of who I am and where I came from. I was able to trace myself back to my great-grandfather in Sicily. As excited as I was t read more

July 12, 2016

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