Israeli singer Einat Sarouf leads us in round of "Salaam", the unofficial birthright israel bus trip anthem
Yesterday I attended the birthright israel Mini Mega Event, a reunion for birthright alumni and friends hosted on the vast Bedford estate of Michael and Judy Steinhardt. And when I say vast, I'm talking Neverland Ranch proportions, complete with apple orchards, a Japanese garden, a zoo with exotic animals, catered food in a tent for hundreds of alumni, and more. Michael Steinhardt introduced his friends, Senator Joe Lieberman
, and honorary Jew, Newark NJ Mayor Cory Booker
, who gave a most memorable, rousing speech about, oddly enough, the privilege of being Jewish.A baby fennec fox, just one of the exotic animals in Steinhardt's zoobirthright staffer Melissa Frank calls her boyfriend in Israel to brag that she is hanging out with the Jewish RobotShira Shimoni of Taglit-birthright NY and Aaron Bisman of JDub Records"Sure, Mrs. Steinhardt and Mrs. Schusterman, I'd be happy to pose for a photo and sign my autograph for you!"Michael Steinhardt, Newark NJ Mayor Cory Booker, singer, and Senator Joe Lieberman singing "Oseh Shalom" ... "We Are The World style!"Photographer Michael "Crouching Tiger" Findling captures it all on filmEsther K. and JTA's Jacob Berkman, whose goal is to make his head and hair grow to resemble a fist holding a black tambourineMini Mega Coordinator/Terminator Lindsay LitowitzFilmmaker Alan Dorfman with Moshav singer DuvidJewish Robot freestyle rapping against Wu-Tang Clan member Remedy
While I'm not a birthright israel alumnus, I've participated in several events funded by the Steinhardt Foundation and the Schusterman Foundation, and I can see how these mega events will help former participants maintain a sense of pride and responsibility, even though they are miles away from Israel.
See more photos from the birthright israel Mini Mega event on Facebook:Photo Album 1
, Photo Album 2
, Photo Album 3