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Birthright Israel Diaries

Raquel Gadaa kept a daily diary on her Birthright Israel trip where she documented her experience over 10 days. Now she's opened it up for us to get an insider perspective on the journey of a Birthright Israel trip participant. Thank you so much for sharing!   My Birthright Israel trip experience was unlike no other, which is something that can really be said for anyone who has been on a trip. One of the best things about Birthright Israel is that no one leaves with the same stories, but we all leave with 40 new friends and a different perspective on Israel. We also all leave having a bigger emotional bond with Israel, and the people we met while exploring it. While on my trip in August 2018, I took daily journals highlighting the things we did so that I would be able to look back at them when I get older. I don’t want to ever forget the amazing memories I made. Welcome to Israel: Day 1 of Birthright Israel, August 5th 2018 Day one of Birthright Israel felt lik read more

September 24, 2019

Culture Shock: 8 Differences Between Israelis and Americans

Israel is a melting pot of cultures, with immigrants from around the globe coming together to call it home. With such a diverse population, it seems Israelis have created their own way of doing things. American tourists are often hit with an initial culture shock when they realize the extent of the differences between Israelis and Americans. 1. Being casual vs formal Would you wear jeans to a wedding, or flip flops to a job interview? In America you probably wouldn't think of it, but in Israel you could. Israeli culture is casual. Whether it's how Israelis dress for different occasions, or the way they interact with people in authority, they are generally casual people, and often see formality as unnecessary and even insincere. This is one of those differences between Israelis and Americans which will always be there, no matter what dress code is written on the invitation! via GIPHY 2. Being polite vs saying it how it is Israelis generally don't waste time candy coating an read more

February 14, 2019

Humans of Birthright Israel: Natasha Rouchon

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, SIGN UP HERE! Meet Natasha Rouchon.  Natasha is a 19 year old YouTube personality and Instagram Influencer with over 13K followers from Los Angeles, California.  Natasha and her sister Alexa (also known as the ~Rouchon Sisters~) are passionate about fitness, travel and self love. Together they hope to bring positivity and good will to the world, as can be seen from their motto: Living is giving. Thanks Natasha for sharing your thoughts with us!   read more

September 16, 2018

Humans of Birthright Israel: Emma Davidman

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, SIGN UP HERE! Meet Emma Davidman.  Emma is a 23 year old Physician’s Assistant graduate student in Eastern North Carolina.   On top of being passionate about providing medical care to underserved areas, she is also passionate about cooking, hiking and traveling!  Emma’s bubbly personality and witty pictures are what set her apart from her peers and brought her to Sachlav’s Humans of Birthright Israel! Thanks Emma for sharing your thoughts read more

May 30, 2018

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