Despite the decrease in available spots, things here at home aren't all gloom and doom. The Philadelphia area was actually able to send more individuals than it might otherwise have, thanks in part to a relatively new cooperation among Oranim, a travel provider in Israel; Hillel of Greater Philadelphia; and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.Prospective participants must apply via the Birthright Web site, and must choose a designated trip provider, such as Oranim or one of nearly 20 different outlets. While the itineraries share certain elements, some differences exist. For example, because of the Philadelphia Federation's participation with Hillel and Oranim, students on those trips visit Netivot and other Federation partnership cities.While sizable donations to Birthright have dried up somewhat, large dollars are still coming in, including a $20 million matching grant from Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire financier. Adelson has supported the program for several years, but after suffering major setbacks with his Las Vegas casino industry, he has pulled back on some of his philanthropy Still, he is slated to give another $10 million in 2010. In 2007 and 2008, he gave Birthright a total of $70 million.
Economy Hits Birthright; Yet in Philly, It's Far From All Gloom and Doom Aaron Passman Jewish Exponent; Jun 18, 2009; 226, 13; Docstoc pg. 10 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.
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