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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

How Birthright Israel Inspired Me to Launch a Fashion Brand

We recently had the chance to catch up with Birthright Israel alum Cameron Alpert. Today, Cameron runs AKIVA STRIPE, a clothing brand which brilliantly blends Pop Culture and Jewish Iconography. The brand is at the intersection of where where 'Jewishness' and 'Coolness' collide. His journey to discover his unique style is an interesting one. The following is our interview with Cameron himself. Sachlav: So, Cameron how you feeling today? Cameron: Feeling excellent! I’m getting ready to do bit of traveling which is always exciting, so mostly packing. Sachlav: Tell me more about AKIVA STRIPE. Where did the name come from? Cameron: Akiva is a cognate of my middle name, Jacob, and also one of my favorite Hebrew names. Akiva can also mean protector, which ultimately creates the idea of a protection stripe, a very culturally relevant theme. The name suddenly came to mind one day as I was driving. Sachlav: Do you believe that the Jewish youth in America these days are "proud" to be Je read more

December 31, 2015

Another Israel Trip Please

- By Gabby Hergt, Alumna & Trip Staff Two weeks ago was the culmination of a portion of my journey that started almost two years ago. It has been my personal blessing to have been able to experience four amazing Israel trips with Birthright Israel. My first trip in 2013 was the start of a life-long love affair with a country that has become, in my heart, soul, and spirit, my home and people who have become my friends and family. Since returning to Israel three more times as a counselor, Birthright has offered me a view of Israel as both a participant and as a leader. These have both been invaluable to my personal growth and learning of Israel. The beginning of my trips always starts with me telling the participants why I chose to lead. I explain to them that my reason is not for a free flight, delicious food, and gorgeous Israeli boys, but rather because of the personal fulfillment that I gain by helping each participant fall in love with Israel. Being able to show my participant read more

February 10, 2015

Tweeting my Memories

- by Perri Fuerst, Winter 2014 trip participant As nominated social media addict of my amazing Sachlav Birthright trip, I have different viewpoints from my other trip members [ie. every amazing moment must be captured & shared!]. Something we can all agree on though, was that the trip was by far the most unforgettable experience we have ever encountered. The friendships we made are irreplaceable, and I can hardly wait to see everyone again in the not so distant future. I am 22 years old and happened to be the oldest member on my trip. The age difference between my new found friends and I didn’t bother me at all. Here's why I chose to come to Israel: I always knew about Birthright and always thought I would eventually make my way to Israel with Birthright’s help, but I never thought this day would actually come. People used to nag me to register for the trip, and I would always push it aside and say I wasn’t ready yet. It wasn’t until quite recently when my mother read more

February 10, 2015