What is the difference between Birthright Israel Foundation and Birthright Israel?
Birthright Israel Foundation aims to raise the funds needed to send Jewish young adults to Israel on an educational and experiential journey of a lifetime through Birthright Israel. Together, we stand firmly behind our joint mission and vision to help Jewish young adults feel more connected to the State of Israel and to the future of the Jewish people.
How does Birthright Israel view pluralism?
Birthright Israel’s motto is simple: We seek unity without uniformity! The diverse makeup of participants is seen as a great asset and the ultimate example of Jewish pluralism. Birthright Israel’s approach is to offer each participant an equal opportunity to share and voice their feelings and opinions about Judaism, Israel, and identity—no matter what their personal background, political views, religious beliefs or practices, sexual orientation, gender identity, and so on. Birthright Israel is 100 percent pluralistic, inclusive, and does not endorse any ideological, party, or religious line.
Is Birthright Israel an apolitical organization?
Unequivocally, yes. Birthright Israel is committed to the State of Israel as a sovereign, Jewish, and democratic state, and upholds its standing as the historic and eternal homeland of the Jewish people. Within that framework, Birthright Israel refrains from any political or ideological partisanship. Birthright Israel promotes a culture of open, safe, pluralistic, and meaningful dialogue and seeks to unite Jewish young adults and build strong connections to the State of Israel.
Do the parents of trip alumni donate to Birthright Israel Foundation?
When a trip participant returns home, their new-found love of Israel and connection to their roots is often felt deeply by their parents. When the magic jumps from the participant to the parent, it’s a little something we here at Birthright Israel Foundation like to call the “birthright bounce.”
Parents feel the effects of their child’s experience so deeply that year after year they pay it forward—making it possible for another young adult to claim their birthright. Birthright Israel Foundation is tremendously grateful to this profound group of committed individuals who donate a significant amount to ensure a vibrant Jewish future for all.