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  • Birthright announces matching grant from Adelson

    Following much speculation about whether Sheldon Adelson will make good on tens of millions of dollars in pledges he made to Birthright Israel for 2009 and 2010, the Birthright Israel foundation officially announces his $20 million matching grant for 2009 and maintains that it will still send around 10,000 kids to Israel for free this… More ▸

  • 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 ▸