Photo: Oren, Adelson family attends Birthright Israel event at Washington’s Newseum.

"Michael Oren (center), Israeli Ambassador to the United States, poses with philanthropists Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson during a Birthright Israel event at the Newseum in Washington, DC Tuesday, November 29, 2011."

Any time I get to cover an event related to Birthright Israel, I’m overjoyed. My experience in Israel was like none other in my life, so I jump at any opportunity that I know will bring me back to that trip. 

This was the latest of that type, a fundraising event at the Newseum in Washington, DC. (The Newseum, home to an exhibit full of Pulitzer Prize winning photographs, is of course, my favorite museum out there).

This was a wonderful event, and, as a Birthright alum who had an incredible ten days in Israel at zero cost, it was interesting to witness what actually goes into making that gift possible for myself and thousands of others around the world. 

I was in great company, as well. Here’s a photo of the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson, who have donated over $100 million to Birthright Israel since 2007, posing with Michael Oren, the Israeli Ambassador to the United States.

It will certainly be a nice addition to the Philanthropy and Foreign Policy portfolios. 

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