A trip to Israel connected participants to our Jewishness. But it didn’t make us more politically engaged.
Our trip leader’s spontaneous pop culture references became a running joke—but they also kept us engaged
Select stops from our last days on Birthright
Birthright made insane demands on our time, but showed us how to make the most of a day
Our Israel tour guide first seemed an IDF G.I. Joe. He turned out to be like a football coach: tough but righteous.
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
With a heat wave preventing a hike, we go for a swim in Caesarea
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
An Israeli who prayed for the late prime minister’s demise bravely comes clean at his tomb
My Israeli roommate and I both grew up reed-thin. The implications for him as a soldier are far more profound.
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
The Haifa native explains why she decided to come on Birthright
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
The Tel Aviv native talks nineties T.V.with an American participant.
My trip-mate opted for a late-night delivery snack that tasted like matzo with tomato sauce
Israel as our homeland because our ancestors were here. No religion required.
A perfect song to get you in the mood
Eight representatives of the IDF join our group.
A Tableteer explains why she’s taking the plunge, along with a dozen others on the bus
3:45 am wake up to make sunrise at Masada.
Taking on the Bedouin preferred method of transportation.