Birthright Israel has announced a $20 million challenge grant from the Las Vegas-based Adelson Family Foundation that will enable ten thousand young Jews to participate in ten-day educational trips to Israel during the spring and summer.
For every new dollar raised by the Birthright Israel Foundation in 2009, two dollars will be contributed by the Adelson Family Foundation. The grant is the lead gift in a new fundraising campaign designed to secure the future of the program, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary. The campaign will be led by Birthright Israel Foundation board chair and New York financier Daniel Och and Birthright Israel Foundation president Robert Aronson.
"The goal of the new campaign is easy to understand, if challenging to achieve," said Och. "Bring more young Jews to Israel and create a sustainability that will guarantee another ten years for Birthright Israel and another quarter-million trips."