About Ezra USA



Ezra USA is a vibrant international Jewish youth and student organization with tens of thousands of participants.

We are an international and apolitical non-profit organization, providing opportunities for Jews of all backgrounds to discover the wisdom and beauty of their heritage in an atmosphere of open inquiry and mutual respect.

Ezra USA is an affiliate of Ezra World, an organization which has been in existence for close to a hundred years.

Ezra World maintains branches in USA, Canada, Israel, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, England and Germany. Ezra inspires thousands of young Jews all over the world with the meaning of being Jewish.


Our Goals:

• Fighting assimilation
• Strengthening Jewish self-identification
• Leadership development in the Jewish community
• Development of Jewish education
• Support for the State of Israel
• Solidarity and Unity among all branches of the Jewish People



How do we work:

The key to Ezra-USA's success is peer-leadership from within the community. Our madrichim (leaders) know what speaks to their generation; which programs will succeed in creating a vibrant organization with the "street cred" to attract thousands of young Jews. All of our madrichim are alumni of a unique year-long leadership course that includes visiting Israel, meetings with major Jewish leaders around the world, developing leadership skills and deepening their knowledge of Judaism. This enables our madrichim to be effective ambassadors of Jewish values to young people.


What do we do:


Our diverse programs create joyful, rich and fun Jewish experiences. These include:

• Our own tailor-made Taglit-Birthright trips, to promote a life-long commitment to the State of Israel.
• Poland-Israel leadership seminars.
• Jewish-themed international travel to Europe, Argentina, South Africa etc.
• Joyful Shabbat Dinners showing the centrality of Shabbat in Jewish life
• Charity events promoting Tzedakah and giving to the community as a key Jewish value.


Where do we work:

Ezra USA's main offices are located in the heart of Jewish Brooklyn. We are currently opening a West Coast branch in San Francisco, and have plans to open additional centers in Philadelphia, Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles.


Who do we work with:

Ezra USA is proud to be partners with leading Jewish organizations in the USA and worldwide, including:
Taglit-Birthright Israel, Birthright Israel NEXT, Genesis Philanthropy Group, Jewish National Fund, Claims Conference, Jewish Agency for Israel, Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life, Beyteynu Olami, Jewish Russian Community Center of Ontario, COJECO, RAJI, Hagshama, Ezra FSU and Ezra Olami.