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Humans of Birthright Israel: Joshua Ronen

Every year Sachlav Birthright Israel brings thousands of young Jews from all over North America to Israel for a free 10 day trip.  As a non-denominational organization, Sachlav prides itself on bringing Jews from all different backgrounds together. Over the years, Sachlav has become known for its diversity and its unique participants including but not limited to movie stars, professional photographers and LGBTQ advocates.  It is this diversity that sparked the need for Humans of Birthright Israel!  If your interested in going on a trip, REGISTER HERE. Meet Joshua Ronen! Josh is a 27 year old doctor from San Jose, California.  Known by everyone on his trip as “Dr. Josh,” Josh went to medical school in the Caribbean and completed his studies at several major cities in the USA.  He will be moving to Texas to start his residency in Internal Medicine this coming summer. Mazel Tov Dr. Josh on this huge accomplishment!   [caption id="attachment_3547" align="aligncenter" wi read more

April 11, 2018

Humans of Birthright Israel: Michael Kushner

Every year Sachlav Birthright Israel brings thousands of young Jews from all over North America to Israel for the experience of a lifetime.  Over the years, Sachlav has become known for its diversity and its unique participants including movie stars, professional photographers and LGBTQ advocates.  It is this diversity that sparked the need for Humans of Birthright Israel!  If your interested in going on a trip, REGISTER HERE. Meet Michael Kushner! Michael is a 26 year old actor and photographer in New York City with a large following on Instagram! He is also the creator of the Dressing Room Project and one of the founding members of Musical Theatre Factory.   [caption id="attachment_3516" align="aligncenter" width="641"] Graffiti Tour in Tel Aviv[/caption] Follow him on Instagram at @themichaelkushner Heres what he had to say about his trip: Q: How would you sum up your trip in 1 sentence? A: Birthright was an incredibly insightful experience that help read more

February 26, 2018

Humans of Birthright Israel: Sonia Engman

Every year Sachlav Birthright Israel brings thousands of young Jews from all over North America to Israel for the experience of a lifetime.  Over the years, Sachlav has become known for its diversity and its unique participants including movie stars, professional photographers and LGBTQ advocates.  It is this diversity that sparked the need for Humans of Birthright Israel!  If your interested in going on a trip, REGISTER HERE. Meet Sonia Engman! Sonia is a 24 year old seasoned and experienced dancer and choreographer with more than 1,400 followers on Instagram! Sonia is currently a dance teacher at Empire Dance Academy in Kansas City and a crew member at TigerStyle! Crew.     [caption id="attachment_3488" align="aligncenter" width="615"] Standing Outside the Old City in Jerusalem[/caption] Follow her on Instagram at @sonia.stylez Heres what she had to say about her trip:   Q: Where are you from? A: I am originally from Albuquerque, New Mexic read more

February 11, 2018

Expectations, Israeli women, and Getting Emotional – The Full Interview with Jonathan Lipnicki

Remember Jonathan Lipnicki, that cute little kid from Stuart Little, with spiky blonde hair and round glasses? You know who I'm talking about, he starred in many of our old-school movie favorites, including Jerry Maguire. Dr DoLittle and Like Mike. He is the kid who made me want a rodent for a sibling, and that my friend, requires talent! [caption id="attachment_3201" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Snapshots of Lipnicki's career from Instagram @JonathanLipnicki[/caption]  Skip ahead a few good years, and he's kept the same charming smile, lost the glasses, and packed on some muscle. His talent for acting is still keeping him as busy as ever, with various new releases this year, but in his free time he's having epic adventures with us. Yup, you read that right. Jonathan recently went on a Birthright  Israel trip run by Sachlav | IsraelontheHouse, and we had the chance to sit down with him and ask him a few questions. [caption id="attachment_3196" align="aligncenter" width read more

August 16, 2017

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