Birthright Israel travel foundation reaches out in Palm Beach


More than 500,000 youths from the U.S., Canada and around the world have traveled to Israel for free over the past 16 years, thanks to Birthright Israel Foundation, a nonprofit co-founded and endowed by part-time Palm Beacher Charles Bronfman.

Bronfman, former co-chair of Seagram’s, once the world’s largest distiller, and former owner of the Montreal Expos,  has said that he considers Birthright his greatest achievement.

At a Palm Beach fundraiser Tuesday night, 181 local residents and Canadian snowbirds pledged another $1 million to keep the program expanding.

At $3,000 a trip, it takes a budget of more than $130 million a year, which is paid for by nearly 30,000 donors in the U.S. and Canada and by the Israeli government.

Started in 1999, the program sends 45,000 Jews, ages 18 to 26, for 10-day guided tours to connect with their heritage and identity.


Charles and Rita Bronfman





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