Family donates $40 million to fund Birthright trips
May 29, 2013
Many people love traveling overseas whenever possible, but because of the current economy, numerous individuals find it hard to squeeze in a trip comfortably. That's not always the case for young Jewish individuals, who are allowed a free Birthright trip to Israel from numerous participating organizations.
However, these groups are hit with large fees as they sponsor free trips, so they need funding whenever possible. As such, Sheldon and Miriam Adelson recently made a gift of $40 million to the Birthright Israel Foundation to pay for trips. The organization said that this money will be put directly into creating 10-day trips for Jewish people between the ages of 18 and 26.
This brings the total of Adelson family donations to the Birthright Foundation to $180 million.
"By supporting Birthright, 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," Sheldon Adelson noted. "Birthright Israel offers young people direct experience of the actual country, thus making the trip one of the most effective educational tools."
The foundation has also been very generous to various efforts. For example, according to the group's official website, the couple has made donations to Hebrew SeniorLife, Yad Vashem, Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home and other nonprofits.
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