The Birthright Israel Foundation has announced a $13 million gift from Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, in support of programs that send young Jewish adults to Israel.
The gift follows on the heels of a $20 million challenge grant made by the Adelsons earlier this year and will be added to the $72 million Birthright Israel Foundation Campaign, which was launched to mark the foundation's thirteenth "Bar Mitzvah" year. All told, the foundation has raised some $61 million toward the campaign, which concludes at year's end.
According to the Jerusalem Post, the gift will be used to help an additional five thousand young adults take trips to Israel. Since it was established in 2000, Taglit-Birthright Israel has helped more than three hundred thousand young adults from fifty-nine countries visit Israel.
"Sheldon and I feel blessed that we have been able to contribute to the growth of this remarkable program," said Miriam Adelson. "We hope that Jewish federations and other generous donors will join us in increasing their gifts this year so that as many young people as possible can participate in this transformational experience."