Menu JTA Search

Birthright

  • Birthright tries to fix its Adelson ‘problem’

    Birthright Israel is faced with an interesting fund-raising conundrum: How does an organization known for relying on mega-donors convince grass-roots donors that it now needs their money? The program, which sends Jews aged 18 to 26 on free 10-day trips to Israel, has become widely regarded as arguably the most successful Jewish identity-forming initiative launched… More ▸

  • Forward says Adelson Birthright pledge is in doubt

    Birthright Israel is not assuming that casino mogul Sheldon Adelson will make good on a pledge he made to the organization for this year, the Forward reports. In September, Adelson pledged $30 million to be paid over the next two years to Birthright, which takes Jews aged 18-26 on free 10-day trips to Israel. At… More ▸

  • Jewish college mag calls Birthright propagandist

    Whoever thought a year ago that Birthright Israel would become financially embattled — more or less attacked by a magazine representative of a core constituency? A year ago, the program widely regarded as the single most effective Jewish identity-forming initiative in existence was coming off a record year, sending 42,000 Jews between the ages of… More ▸

  • Adelson drops 12 places on latest Forbes list

    Bloomberg news has a piece about the hit that Sheldon Adelson – he who has pledged and given nearly $100 million to Birthright Israel – is taking in the market. Adelson, who made his billions in the gaming industry as the president of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, shot up to number three on the… More ▸

  • Birthright cries poverty; Steinhardt says it is no ploy

    Birthright Israel has become the latest of the Israel-oriented organizations to cry poverty because of the falling dollar, the Jerusalem Post reported Monday. Since 2000, the program has taken some 200,000 Jews between the ages of 18-25 on free trips to Israel. With the dollar worth about 30 percent less against the shekel than it… More ▸

  • Och to become next Birthright Foundation chair

    Daniel Och will become the chairman of the board of the Birthright Israel Foundation. Och, ranked No. 317 on the Forbes 400, which was published in September, will take over for Susie Gelman, who has held the position since 2004. The Birthright Foundation is the entity through which all money from private donors flows into… More ▸

  • Take II on Birthright bash

    Guest post by Editor Man The Fundermentalist’s post on the big Birthright bash in Jerusalem a few weeks ago was, well, priceless: One night of fireworks. Renting an amphitheater for 7,500. One staged shtick that involves a helicopter display. A hundred member dance troupe. Cost: Somewhere around a few hundred thousand dollars, according to the… More ▸

  • Olmert takes advantage of Birthright mega event

    One night of fireworks. Renting an amphitheater for 7,500. One staged shtick that involves a helicopter display. A hundred member dance troupe. Cost: Somewhere around a few hundred thousand dollars, according to the head of the Birthright Israel foundation, Jay Golan. Watching one Israeli prime minister currently in the political gallows for alleged underhanded dealings… More ▸

  • Beilin to the Fundermentalist: Birthright was my idea

    I’m here in Israel officially on a UJC-sponsored media mission to Sderot and Ashkelon. But the mission to the rocket-pecked areas on Israel’s border with Gaza doesn’t officially start until Monday night, so the Fundermentalist has been looking for Funder-fun. Sunday night, I ended up at the Taglit-Birthright mega event, the gathering of several thousand… More ▸