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.
Watch Wu-Tang Clan member Remedy perform at the Mini Mega
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
JR, in my experience the "Israeli boyfriend" is partly an interference tactic used by pretty Jewish girls. The boyfriends are generally doing their own thing and the girl is available but won't say so. I think your befriending strategy is right on the money and could pay off when the bf fails to answer a text, etc. Of course this is a general observation and has nothing to do w/Melissa F.
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