1. 80% of all participants are from the USA and Canada
Even though Birthright Israel trips are available to participants from across the globe, and groups from 64 countries have participated, the USA and Canada still account for the most participants.
2. One man has pledged over $250 million to Birthright Israel
Although trips are funded by the support of over 30 000 donors, the government of Israel, and Jewish Federations, Sheldon Adelson has played a fundamental role in making Birthright Israel as big as it is today.
3. If you go on a Birthright Israel trip you're more likely to marry a Jewish spouse
It's a fact. A study was conducted among young Jewish adults by Brandeis University which found that among Birthright participants 72 percent will marry Jewish spouses, compared with 51 percent among non-participants. The same study found that 25% of Birthright Israel alumni marry other Birthright alumni!
4. There have been some interesting niche trips along the way
1. Protect your razor with a binder clip
This will also prevent a finger massacre when you're scrounging around in your toiletry bag.
2. Pack non-iron clothes that all revolve around one or two color schemes.
Sounds boring, but you'll be able to mix and match like a pro, and you'll have space in your bags for souvenirs.
3. Keep a change of clothes in your carry-on
Someone spills a soda in your lap at the beginning of a 14 hour flight, and then you arrive and your luggage is lost. Not fun.
4. Put dirty clothes in a laundry bag with a small bar of soap
Mixing your dirty Dead Sea shorts with your clean night out in Tel Aviv gear is less than ideal. Any draw string bag will do the job perfectly, and a bar of soap will keep everything smelling fresh.
5. Email yourself copies of your passport, health insurance documents etc
Why? Because it's just the smart thing to do.
6. Pack basic medication
This should include Ibuprofen, Imodium, band aids, disinfectant,
We are only one week into this new year, but we've got big expectations for 2017, and we're kind of impatient for it to be amazing... Lucky for us, the last few days have been pretty good:
1. We've made A LOT of new friends
2. Had our first ever LGBTQ Birthright Israel trip
3. Got off to a great start with a bit of sunrise yoga on Masada
4. Been absolutely "Wowed" by nature
5. Connected to our roots and spirituality
6. Eaten amazing falafel sandwiches. Seriously, it looks a bit messy, but they were so good they had to make the list.
7. Got masked and muddy at the Dead Sea
8. Experienced something totally different
9. Had one of the best nights out in Tel Aviv, the famous nightlife city
10. Visited Jerusalem... and many more amazing places in Israel!
Now do you see why the first week of 2017 has got us feeling so optimistic? If you want to come experience all the above and more in Israel this year, then make sure you Sign Up now for 2017 Priority Status
1. Off-duty soldiers with weapons
IDF soldiers get the occasional weekend off, and when they do, they're not allowed to just stash their M16s under their pillows. So what do they do? They take them to the beach, mall, park, or wherever else they may wish to go.
2. Bus stop libraries
No return dates, no late fees, no angry librarians... The system is based 100% on trust and generosity. You borrow a book from the shelf, you return it. You've got a few spare books lying around at home? You put them on the shelf at your nearest bus stop library for the next person to enjoy.
3. "I'm Jewish, wanna check?" printed men's underwear
Well, you can't deny that the market is overflowing with potential customers...
4. Live chickens being swung over people's heads
For anyone unfamiliar with the traditional kaparot ceremony done before Yom Kippur - this is as strange as it can get. The idea is that the chicken is supposed to be a "substitute" for the individual, and serve as
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!!
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!
1 packet dry active yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
3 cups all-purpose flour
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
Tips Learnt From our Mistakes:
Don't launch them too enthusiastically into hot oil otherwise you end up burning yourself - lesson was learnt the hard way.
Be generous with the oil. Once y