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