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  • Israelis make fun of Birthright kids, themselves

    Israel’s most popular TV satire, Eretz Nehederet (Wonderful Country), began its 9th season last night and chose to kick things off with some good old “let’s laugh at Americans for being JAPs and fratboys.” I have to say that for a cliched topic, the video was pretty funny. You do have to understand Hebrew. If you… More ▸

  • Bar Refaeli’s got mud on her face

    Bar Refaeli boldly goes where every Birthright participant has gone before — the Dead Sea. The newly single supermodel tweeted this photo of herself covered in mud like an 18 year old American college student who is being shepherded around the country while drinking and hooking up on the tour bus. At least she didn’t… More ▸

  • Could a Birthright for high schoolers be in the offing?

    Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu has dropped hints that he and the Jewish Agency for Israel could be working on a plan to offer free or heavily subsidized trips to Israel for high school students from the Diaspora, according to The erusalem Post. Nethanyahu, in addressing the board of governors of the Jewish Agency in… More ▸

  • Bob Aronson (Contact): What I’ve learned about raising money from Jews

    The spring issue of Contact: The Journal of the Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life enlists a dozen of the foremost thinkers on Jewish philanthropy to talk about the state of fund raising. With the Steinhardt Foundation’s permission, The Fundermentalist will republish over the next two weeks pieces from the likes of the foundation’s president, Bob Aronson,… More ▸

  • Ex-Hadassah chief to become head of Birthright NEXT amid expansion

    Birthright NEXT has announced new professional and lay leadership, among plans for expansion. NEXT, the well-funded, but somewhat embattled follow up program to Birthright Israel announced today in Phoenix that Morlie Levin will become its next CEO and that Al Levitt will become its chairman on May 10. Levin, who was previously the executive director… More ▸

  • Inside the Birthright matching grant

    There is an interesting subtext to the Birthright matching grant program we mentioned last week. The came out of a late January summit of 49 major donors held by the foundation in Las Vegas and hosted by Adelson, though he was not in attendance. Of the 49, only three of the 15 original private funders… More ▸

  • Guest post: Other orgs can learn from post Birthright peer-to-peer success

    As a JPost writer and the director of Birthright NEXT debate whether there is enough follow-up programing for the 220,000 alumni of Birthright Israel trips, the Jim Joseph Foundation’s Josh Miller says that other organizations can learn from what successful follow-up initiatives have found works: The recent dialogue between Rabbi Daniel Brenner from Birthright Israel… More ▸