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The Adelsons Continue Their Campaign Giving

The casino magnate gives another $40 million to Birthright

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Sheldon and Miriam Adelson.(Wikimedia)

The election season might be over (for now) but Sheldon and Miriam Adelsons aren’t giving up contributions to high-profile campaigns. Their latest contribution is a cool $40 million to Birthright Israel, bringing their lifetime total contribution to the program to a super-high super-chai $180 million.

“Sheldon and I are committed to improving the world through cultural exchange and educational opportunity,” said Miriam Adelson in a statement released Wednesday by Birthright Israel, which offers Jews aged 18 to 26 a free 10-day trip to Israel. “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.”

In recent years, the Adelsons have given major donations to several Jewish institutions and organizations. In 2011, they donated $25 million to Yad Vashem, bringing their overall donations to the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem to $50 million. Other recipients of their largesse include the Shalem Center, a think tank in Jerusalem, and the Zionist Organization of America.

This may sounds like a lot, but for world’s 15th wealthiest man, it’s mere chump change. And with his bets on Israel paying off more than his bets on America, this could help his winning percentage.

Adelsons Donate Another $40 million to Birthright [JTA]

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Guest says:

This is all fine and dandy, but I think it’s lousy that birthright cuts off at 26. Do we cease to want to visit Israel after turning 27? I’m 30 and the desire is strong, but the money’s not there.

John Salisbury says:

Suspect his descendants will be embarrassed

Binyamin the Prophet says:

“Cultural exchange”? Between who? Jewish American Zio-diehards, and Jewish Israeli Arab-haters?

Birthright is evidence that it is the Israelis that are an “invented people,” not the Palestinians. There would be no need for a hundred-million-dollar program to shore up Jewish nationalism if it were not such a weak historical force.

Adelson’s money is immoral earnings generated by gambling and related vice and are undermining Israeli democracy by damaging freedom of the press (using his private free newspaper) and Israel’s relations with the USA by causing Israeli politicians to intervene in US politics. He is harmful to the Jewish people.

Yad Vashem should not accept his money.
http://www.scmp.com/article/732898/vice-squad-raids-casino-hours-after-owner-adelson-flies
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/05/sheldon-adelson-casino-company_n_2807870.html
http://news.firedoglake.com/2013/03/04/sheldon-adelson-admits-to-bribing-foreign-officials/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-downgraded-in-press-freedom-report/

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The Adelsons Continue Their Campaign Giving

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