Meet the Rodgers

We got to interview Sophie and Jake Rodgers, cousins from Chicago and Bloomington, Illinois. Sophie is in Israel with her brother, David, and Jake is here with his four siblings, Max, Cole, Payton and Jet. There are seven Rodgers on Young Judaea Birthright, and we couldn’t be more thrilled.     Woah, you guys are a big family. How did …


David and Bailey Lerner: A Love Story

David and Bailey Lerner, newlyweds from Gainesville, Florida, just spent 10 days on Birthright with Young Judaea. We got the chance to sit down with them and hear the coolest Taglit love story ever. How did you two meet? B: We met six years ago playing beach volleyball at the University of Florida. David was very upfront with me about …


Humans of Birthright: The Stern Family

“Coming with my sister Brooklyn and cousins Lydia and Cameron on Young Judaea Birthright was the most important thing to us because our bubbe (grandma) has been bringing this up for so many years. We all go to colleges across the country, so we don’t get to see each other often. We have a lot of family members who were …


From Young Judaea’s Teens, a Lesson in Dialogue

by Dafna Laskin, Digital Communications Associate at Young Judaea This summer, participants on our Teen Summer Programs in Israel were invited to Camp Tel Yehudah for a leadership training weekend upon their arrival home. Among many other enriching sessions geared to help them unpack their experience in Israel, one of the activities we decided to run was a workshop on …


Taglit-Birthright Israel: Young Judaea by the Numbers

Our Taglit-Birthright Israel summer season has ended, so we decided to take a look at the trips through the numbers! If you know someone interested in participating in a free, 10-day trip to Israel with Young Judaea, send them the link to get more information. Registration opens September 9!  2:  The number of Young Judaea buses that participated in Taglit-Birthright …


Volunteering at Rosh HaAyin, New Orleans’ Sister City

Andrea LeVine is the Senior Programmer/Community Organizer for Tulane Hillel. She wrote about a day on the Tulane Hillel’s Young Judaea Taglit-Birthright trip. We spent our volunteer day at Rosh HaAyin. It was an amazing experience to work with New Orleans’ sister city! We were greeted with an amazing performance by the Begin High School Gospel Choir, and then spent …





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