(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The
Birthright Israel Foundation on Friday announced a new $40 million gift from Dr.
Miriam and Sheldon Adelson that continues their commitment to fund free, 10-day
educational trips to Israel for Jewish young adults between the ages of 18 and 26. The
gift brings the Adelsons’ total donations to the program to $180 million.
Dr. Miriam Adelson said, “Exposing young Jews to Israel helps broaden their awareness and deepen their cultural identity. We are committed to the goal of all young Jewish adults having the opportunity to be inspired by their ancestral homeland.”
Sheldon Adelson added, “As a proud American, I celebrate Israel’s commitment to liberty and democratic values. By supporting Birthright Israel, Miriam and I want to give young people not only an enjoyable experience, but also knowledge of Israeli society, and the desire to live for a cause larger than themselves.”