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Birthright Israel welcomes first second-generation participant

Brooke Rubinoff’s parents joined the program in 2001.

The Rubinoff family: Miles, Hayley, Brooke and Ashley. Credit: Courtesy of Birthright Israel.
The Rubinoff family: Miles, Hayley, Brooke and Ashley. Credit: Courtesy of Birthright Israel.

Given that Birthright Israel has offered trips to Israel for 24 years now, it was only a matter of time before a couple that previously attended would have a child follow in their footsteps.

Brooke Rubinoff, 20, has now earned that distinction.

Her parents, Miles and Hayley Rubinoff, were already together when they joined a Birthright trip in 2001, two years after the program started in 1999. Last week, Brooke received a certificate noting the milestone. “I am so grateful to be here now and will never take for granted that this experience is a gift from the Jewish community,” she said.

Hayley Rubinoff said, “I never thought that two decades since my husband Miles and I were privileged to be among the first Birthright Israel groups — and Miles’ first time in Israel — our eldest daughter Brooke would also be receiving this incredible gift.”

She added that she looks forward to her second daughter, Ashley, also participating in the future.

Brooke and her family are from the Toronto suburb of Thornhill, Ontario, in Canada. She is studying biological science and minoring in neuroscience at the University of Guelph. She previously attended Jewish day school and Jewish summer camp.

Birthright Israel has organized tours of Israel for more than 800,000 Jewish young adults.

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