(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 for Jewish young adults between the ages of 18 and 26. The
gift brings the Adelsons’ total donations to the program to $180 million.
Sheldon Adelson, pictured, and his wife Miriam have donated another $40 million to Birthright Israel. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
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