This week on Unorthodox, ‘The Bridge Ladies’ Author Betsy Lerner and CNN political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson
New study assesses impact of 2014 Gaza war on Jewish opinion
Casino magnate gives another $40 million for young Jews to visit Israel
New program offers subsidized trips to Israel for Jewish newlyweds
Program CEO fears American visitors just won’t get it
New funding plan would add $30 million from Israeli taxpayers and donations
Poll reveals Israelis don’t want leaders considering American Jews’ positions
The casino magnate was honored for innovation in international tourism
Survey finds increased attachment to Israel, but political ambivalence
Our trip leader’s spontaneous pop culture references became a running joke—but they also kept us engaged
The disorienting transition to freedom after 10 days of regimented scheduling
Our journey is done, which means it’s time to reflect on the unbelievable past 11 days
The social dynamic of our Birthright Israel trip, before the soldiers and after
An IDF soldier, whose job is to comfort families of fallen soldiers, was also there for me
Breaking down grooming habits among the men on the trip
After an anti-Semitic incident at boarding school, I denied being Jewish for years. Israel is changing things.
Shabbat in the shadow of the Knesset prompts political reflection
Our tour educator explains why he performs bar mitzvahs during the 10-day experience.
Twelve participants—some raised Catholic, others with little Jewish knowledge—get called to the Torah
The Dead Sea Scrolls, modern art, and a guide who hails from Jerusalem
Israel as our homeland because our ancestors were here. No religion required.
A perfect song to get you in the mood
Itʼs Bedouin tent night. Five hours until Masada
A group game that forces participants to reveal their relationship status
After one day of Birthright Israel, hashing out why all expenses are paid
In which we crawl in caves and eat lunch at a gas station. Next up: Ben Gurion’s grave.
Jews watching Jews who go on Birthright Israel trips
Did you know his kids went on Birthright?
Plus Israel stays course regarding Turkey, and more
Plus, Adelsons offer new Birthright gift, King kills Blitzer, and more