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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

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