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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

“Too Jewish” for me?

Are you asking yourself the following question: “Is Birthright-Israel just “too Jewish” for me?" Its a reasonable question asked by many potential candidates and sadly they sometimes decide for themselves that it just seems to be too Jewish for them. They never apply, and so never experience the best 10 days of their lives. That’s such a pity because the answer I know Birthright Israel would give  ( and Sachlav | Israelonthehouse) would be a resounding "NO. As long as you are eligible for a trip, it will definitely not be "too Jewish" for you!" But lets take a step back - Whats the real question that's being asked? It isn't whether Birthright Israel is too Jewish, but rather... “Am I Jewish enough?”,or even “Will everyone else know so much more about Judaism and make me look bad?”. This challenge of confidence is a very real barrier that stops some people from ever receiving their birthright. I hope that in this short blog I can give you some information to answer read more

August 18, 2014