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Sheldon Adelson Pledges Additional $13 Million To Birthright

Monday July 30, 2012 2:42 AM - 7 Comments

adelsonBirthright Israel recently announced a new $13 million gift from Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson in recognition of the Foundation’s “bar mitzvah” year. This gift follows the success of a $20 million challenge grant made by the Adelsons earlier this year.

The Birthright Israel Foundation Campaign, which is run in partnership with major foundations and federations around the country, along with over 25,000 individual donors, has thus far raised $28 million dollars in 2012 in addition to the generous gifts of the Adelson family. Together, the foundation will be working with donors to meet the Adelson challenge and raise a total of $72 million before the end of the year.

“When we discovered that 5,000 more young adults could still attend a trip this year if the funding was available, we felt compelled to act,” said Mr. Adelson. “With over 20,000 young adults on the waiting list, we feel that reducing that list must be a top priority… For those young adults still on the waiting list, we urge them to keep applying. We plan on continuing to do all we can to provide this opportunity to everyone who is interested.”

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}

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7 Responses to “Sheldon Adelson Pledges Additional $13 Million To Birthright”

1. Comment from beethoven’s friend
Time July 30, 2012 at 2:48 AM

Sheldon is buying Israel. I am sure that it is a blessing to go to Jerusalem and Israel as a young under 26 year old youth, but reality is that Torah is more important and your studies are a higher priority than your sight seeing. Either way, Sheldon will acheive his stardom by letting more and more kids go to the Holy Land.

2. Comment from ???
Time July 30, 2012 at 6:50 AM

Wish he had donated this to a Yeshiva instead!

3. Comment from Anonymous
Time July 30, 2012 at 8:46 AM

this man puts his money where his mouth is, he doesn’t just tummul.

4. Comment from Moshe
Time July 30, 2012 at 9:44 AM

This man is very generous to Jewish causes.Thank you

5. Comment from DryCast.com
Time July 30, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Birthright is an amazing opportunity for kids to see Israel - kudos to him.

6. Comment from Anonymous
Time July 30, 2012 at 2:12 PM

So happy to see this. With every tourist comes a thirst to know more about their heritage. The thirst will hopefully lead them to the truth. Thanks for donating to the cause.

7. Comment from Anonymous
Time July 30, 2012 at 2:51 PM

I only wish there were more modest birthright trips; while the concept is wonderful, the pritzus on these trips is horrendous.

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