FAQ's

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Coronavirus

Birthright Israel trips will resume as soon as it is safe to travel, hopefully in late summer 2021. We are continuously monitoring the situation and are in close contact with Israel’s Ministry of  Health. When trips resume, we plan to take all necessary measures to ensure a safe, fun and enjoyable Birthright Israel experience.

We are working closely with Israel’s Ministry of Health and will maintain the highest level of precautions once trips resume and adjust whenever necessary. 

As it always has been for the last 21 years of operation, the safety and well-being of our participants and staff is our highest priority and foremost concern. All of the participants and staff will be fully vaccianted or receovered, most of the flights to Israel will be direct, your Birthright Israel group will have fewer participants, you will spend more time outdoors, visit sites that abide by the high standards of Israel’s Ministry of Health, wear a facemask in public and keep 6 feet / 2 meters from others outside your group when possible. Other than that, we can assure you that we will take all necessary measures to ensure a safe, fun and enjoyable Birthright Israel experience.

General Information

Sure – please visit our contact page to obtain contact information for our national network of Israel Experience professionals as well as the CIE National Office staff.

Birthright Israel is a not-for-profit organization providing the gift of  a 10 day educational group trip to Israel for Jewish young adults between the ages of 18 to 32. 

Today, Birthright Israel is the largest educational tourism organization in the world that has given over 750,000 journeys to the magical state of Israel.  

When you go on a Birthright Israel trip, you’ll travel throughout the country. Explore historic, cultural, and religious sites. Hike, raft, and take in Israel’s varied landscape and nature. Israeli peers will also join you for a significant portion of the trip and introduce you to the local culture, music, and food—giving you a glimpse of what it’s like to live in Israel. You might even become lifelong friends. 

What’s included: 

  • Round trip airfare (from designated cities) 
  • Accommodations 3 and 4-star hotels 
  • Group transportation in Israel 
  • At least two meals per day 
  • All organized activities and touring  

What’s not included: 

  • Most lunch meals 
  • Personal purchases (like souvenirs) 
  • Travel/health insurance  
  • Refundable 250 USD deposit (300 Canadian dollars) 

There’s no catch! It is given freely, with no expectation of anything in return. 

You are only responsible for a 250 USD (300 Canadian dollar) deposit — which is refundable upon your return home after successfully completing the program (a 10 USD non-refundable processing fee will apply). 

Birthright-Israel was founded in 1999 by a remarkable group of committed Jewish philanthropists led by Charles Bronfman and Michael Steinhardt. The gift of a Birthright Israel trip is made possible thanks to the generous support of many sources and aims to give every young Jewish person equal opportunity to explore life’s most important questions about identity, community and connection to a homeland. 

Many of our participants return from their trip with a desire to get more involved in the Jewish community, go back to Israel, or explore other aspects of Jewish life. Of course, that’s up to you!  

We encourage you to check out the rest of our website as well as social media for resources and more information. For full details about expectations from our participants, please see the Participant Waiver.

Over 750,000 young adults from all over the world have been to Israel on Birthright Israel trips. 

Our participants hail from 68 countries and every continent in the world (except Antarctica). They come from all Jewish religious backgrounds and degrees of travel experience.  

All participants return home with a new understanding and appreciation for the people of Israel and the country, as well as new friends and incredible memories.

80% of our alumni called their Birthright Israel trip a “life-changing experience”- an approval rate every brand would envy. They have so many incredible things to say about how our trips impacted them in a variety of ways.

In addition, independent research conducted by Brandeis University confirms this. For more information, see our Research page.

Unfortunately, no. While we love a Birthright Israel love story (there are more than just a few of them!) we don’t give free honeymoons to couples who meet on our trips.

Absolutely! To make a donation in support of Birthright Israel, please click here. 

Eligibility

Birthright Israel trips are open to all Jewish young adults, ages 18 to 32 years old who have not participated on an educational trip since they turned 18 and/or lived in Israel past the age of 12.

You must have at least one Jewish birth parent or have completed Jewish conversion through a recognized Jewish denomination. If you’ve converted, we may ask you to provide conversion documentation during the application process.

You must be between 18 to 32 years old. Also, it’s okay to apply for Birthright Israel while you’re still a high school student as long as you graduate before the start date of your trip.

Yes! But your 18th birthday must fall before or on the first day of your trip.

If you’re traveling in winter, you must be 32 by December 1st. As long as you meet these requirements, you can be 33 while you’re on the trip. 

It depends. If you’ve been to Israel before, but only with your family or for personal business, you’re still eligible as long as you were there for under 3 months. 

For more details on specific kinds of trips, see below. 

Personal Trips 
Applicants who traveled to Israel since turning 18 on a family trip, a multi-generational trip, or some interfaith/secular experiences are eligible. 
 
High School Trips 
Applicants who traveled to Israel prior to turning 18, on a program designed for high school teens, for a period shorter than three months in length are eligible. Even if you were 18 at the time of the trip, you are eligible, as long as the trip was designed for high school students. 
 
Applicants who participated in most “High School in Israel” programs for up to a semester are eligible. 
 
University Trips 
Applicants who traveled to Israel after turning 18 on programs including gap year programs, to attend University or study abroad semesters/programs, yeshiva & seminary, as well as any program under the umbrella of Onward Israel or Masa are not eligible. 
 
Volunteer Programs/Other Trips 
Applicants who volunteered on programs such as Magen David Adom, participated in the Maccabiah games and/or traveled on family Federation missions are eligible as long as the programs were for a period shorter than 3 months. 
 
Applicants who participated in Young Professional Federation missions are not eligible. 
 
Unsure about your eligibility? Please contact us at information@birthrightisrael.com or reach out to your Trip Organizer. 

If you are an Israeli citizen, you are only eligible if you never lived in Israel or left before the age of 12 (official documentation will be required). If you are accepted to the program, you will need to contact your local Israeli consulate to obtain army exemption papers and other required documentation. 

If you served in the Israeli Army or volunteered on an Israel Army base after the age of 18, you are not eligible.

Not while you’re still enrolled in the program. Students in exclusively Jewish Studies programs in any institute of higher learning, including Jewish teacher training programs, Jewish Studies Programs (not including Jewish Studies major or minor candidates at secular institutions), rabbinical programs, yeshivot/seminaries, Jewish communal service programs and the like are not eligible for a Birthright Israel trip while they are still in the study program. 

Not at all! We don’t ask applicants to share their political views. The Birthright Israel trip is for all Jewish young adults from around the globe. That being said, while on the trip, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss historical and current events in an organized and educational setting.

Birthright Israel recognizes the following denominations: 

  • Reform 
  • Reconstructionist 
  • Conservative 
  • Orthodox 
  • Sephardic 

If your eligibility is in question our team may ask for you to provide identification recognized by your local community or by one of the recognized denominations of Judaism.

How you choose to define your Jewishness is up to you. This trip is a chance to discover Israel and explore your Jewish identity, whether it be cultural or spiritual. We welcome participants from diverse backgrounds so you’ll fit right in. 

While DNA testing kits are a cool way to learn about your ancestry, we don’t accept them as proof for eligibility. You must have at least one Jewish birth parent or have completed Jewish conversion through a recognized Jewish denomination.

We take adoption cases very seriously and prefer to talk to you about your situation 1 on 1. Please contact us at information@birthrightisrael.com

Trip

Our trips run from May to September (summer) and from December to March (winter). 

When looking for a trip in the marketplace, click on a trip and look for a drop down of all the dates of when that specific trip runs this season. Keep in mind that departure dates, departure ranges, and airports are subject to change. After applying, depositing, and accepting your trip—we will provide you with the exact flight information directly.

You’ll be exploring Israel with 40 other Jewish participants. Of course, your trip wouldn’t be complete without the two staff members (called madrichim) who fly with the group, one Israeli tour educator, an Israeli medic/security guard, and the bus driver, who will help you make the most of your adventure. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet Israeli locals who will join you for a portion of the trip. 

We like to bring a range of participants from different places around the USA so you can make new friends you wouldn’t have otherwise had the chance to meet. And after 10 full days of bonding in Israel, you’ll feel more like one big family than friends. Many of our participants stay in touch long after the trip ends.   

If you prefer not to go solo, you can request to travel with friends or family members.

All of our trips include the must-see sites around Israel, like Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem— so don’t worry about missing out! Your trip itinerary will depend on your dates, interests, and other factors, however, our trips are well-rounded and focused on key landmarks of historical and nationals sites, contemporary arts, culture, technology and environmental initiatives and Jewish values such as social justice, community, and Shabbat. 

Trip Organizers are tour companies that have been accredited by Birthright Israel to run trips.  

Each Trip Organizer has its own unique set of trips so you can travel with like-minded peers who share your interests. Head to the marketplace to discover the diverse set of programs and find the trip that best aligns with your lifestyle. The name of the Trip Organizer is located on the trip tile in the marketplace. 

Once you choose a trip and begin the application process, a Trip Organizer may reach out to answer any questions you might have. After you pay your deposit, the Trip Organizer will set up a 1-on-1 chat to give an overview of the trip and learn more about you. 

If you have any further questions after submitting your application, it’s best to reach out to your Trip Organizer directly as they will be able to give you the answers regarding your specific trip.

We work with Trip Organizers to offer Jewish youth the gift of a free trip to Israel.  

What are our responsibilities? We coordinate all air travel and set educational and quality standards, procedural guidelines, and security policies for all programs. We also perform extensive quality control reviews of every trip to ensure that they meet our high standards. 

In a nutshell—the trip is developed and implemented by the individual Trip Organizers that Birthright Israel puts through a rigorous approval process, all so you can enjoy your Israel adventure to the fullest!

One of the highlights of the trip is the multi-day Mifgash (encounter) with your Israeli peers. What better way to experience Israel than through the eyes of its locals? 

You’ll have an incredible opportunity to meet and travel with Israelis of the same age, many of whom are serving in the Israel Defense Forces. Together, you and your new Israeli friends will explore your views about personal, religious, and political identities and ideologies. 

Campus trips allow you to travel with other Jewish students from your university or college campus. These trips are usually timed to coincide with your school’s winter or summer break. Don’t be surprised if a lot of you arrive at the airport wearing the same school hoodie!

Absolutely! Every winter and summer round, we offer a limited number of Accessibility trips. These include, but are not limited to, trips for those with medical, developmental, and physical disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), vision or hearing impairments, IBD and Crohn’s Disease, individuals who use wheelchairs, and others. 

We also offer opportunities for inclusion, where an individual with a disability may be integrated into a traditional Birthright Israel trip where possible, such as through the assistance of an aide. 

We recommend that individuals with disabilities choose a date, complete the Birthright Israel application, and then contact the Trip Organizer. The Trip Organizer will assess if inclusion options are available, before accepting the application. They can also provide more information about the trip, including the itinerary.

Not if you don’t want it to be! Our Trip Organizers represent a variety of religious movements and Zionist ideologies. While all Birthright Israel programs provide opportunities for participants to celebrate Jewish life together—the ‘how’ will vary by Trip Organizer. 

We recommend asking your Trip Organizer some key questions like “How will Shabbat be observed?” to help ensure that the program you are choosing is right for you.

Pack your hiking boots and swimsuit! Our trip itineraries are jam-packed with exciting, physically-demanding activities, including walking long distances, climbing, hiking, and swimming. The average day includes about 15 hours of activities, which means early wake-ups and late nights. Check out a sample itinerary here. 

Meeting and connecting with your peers is a big part of the Birthright Israel experience. As such, you will be living in a communal environment. 

We understand that you might want to room with your significant other of the opposite sex, however, single-sex rooms are the standard across Birthright Israel trips. This is to ensure a comfortable night’s stay for all our participants.  

You’ll sleep in a dormitory or share living quarters with many other people and eat in communal dining facilities. You’ll also share transportation (a tour bus) with up to 50 other people.

Your health is our top priority! A fully-trained paramedic will be with your group throughout the length of your trip. An on-call doctor and local hospitals are also always available. In extreme situations, participants will be transferred to another city for specialized medical treatment when necessary and, where indicated, will later be returned to the country of origin for further treatment.  

You’re responsible for having personal medical insurance coverage. It must be valid in Israel throughout the period covered by the trip. (If you don’t have medical insurance and are purchasing travel/medical insurance for the sole purpose of this trip, you might want to consider supplementary coverage for continuation of treatment/care in your home country if required when you return home).

Yes! You can extend your stay in Israel with one of our Birthright Plus programs or on your own for a fee determined by the airline you’re flying with. 

What to keep in mind if you extend on your own: 

  • You must travel to Israel with your group. You can’t travel beforehand and meet up with the group in Israel. 
  • You can only request an extension once your Trip Organizer has confirmed your acceptance to a Birthright Israel trip and assigned you a flight.  
  • Be flexible with your dates. We can’t guarantee that your preferred times will be approved.  
  • Certain terms and conditions apply. Please contact your Trip Organizer to inquire about specific details regarding extensions.

No. The Birthright Israel trip begins when you meet your group at the airport prior to your departure. You must travel to Israel with your group, which means you can’t travel to Israel before the trip departure date and meet your group in Israel. 

We’ll do our absolute best to put you on the next available flight departing from the original gateway city of departure and on the same airline, provided that it will arrive in Israel no more than 24 hours after the original missed flight.  

But we can’t guarantee it. Rebooking a flight is based entirely on airline availability and departure schedule. If you miss your connecting flight due to a delay, send an email to your Trip Organizer.

Canadian trips depart from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.

You don’t need alcohol to have a good time! Drinking alcohol is allowed only under certain conditions. In order to keep all of our participants and staff safe, we strictly enforce our alcohol policy.

Air Canada: In Tel Aviv: 03-6072111. Hours of operation Sun-Thu 8:30AM-5PM Israel time. 

EL AL Israel Airlines: In Tel Aviv 03-977-1111, 24 hours.

Safety & Security

Yes. while there has been a significant escalation of hostilities from Gaza towards Israel, a ceasefire was reached, and life in Israel returned to normal.  

Our summer trips continue as planned. The safety and well-being of participants is our primary concern and the ongoing priority across our organization, both in terms of COVID-19 and security concerns.  

We will not hesitate to revisit our daily itineraries in accordance with our security guidelines without compromising the educational caliber and overall trip experience.  

In the twenty years of our program we have earned a well-deserved reputation for being cautious and conservative while hosting over 750,000 participants with no security issues.

Absolutely, Birthright Israel is a supervised program where you travel in a group setting. Each group is led by a Tour Educator and accompanied by two staff members from the group’s country of origin. Additionally, the group is accompanied by a security guard (who is also a medic) and a bus driver.

Throughout the trip, you will be traveling in a group setting. At times, groups are provided with independent time to explore the area on their own. This usually takes place during scheduled lunch times, scheduled self exploration segments (exploring a central area within city limits on own) and scheduled night outs. All scheduled independent times are set to take place on foot. During scheduled night out, you will also be invited to use taxis if needed within predetermined city limits. 

During the above independent times, the Tour Educator, staff from country of origin and security guard will be available for all your needs, but they won’t necessarily be with you physically.   

Yes. You will be accompanied by a trained security guard (who is also a medic). If needed, additional security will be provided. 

You will travel together as a group by bus. All trips, tour bus companies, and drivers are subject to Birthright Israel’s strict standards.

Generally no. You will have a bus dedicated for your group’s travel. At times, during scheduled night outs, you will be invited to use taxis if needed within predetermined city limits. Throughout the trip, you will be traveling in a group setting.

Yes! Birthright Israel works with several international airlines in order to safely bring you to Israel. The airlines we work with are all accredited members of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and operate within the guidelines of their Operational Safety Audit.

No. The safety and well-being of our Birthright Israel participants is our primary operating principle and our foremost concern. We provide for over 50,000 participants annually and have a well-deserved reputation for being exceedingly cautious and conservative. While operating for over 20 years, we have brought over 750,000 participants to Israel with no security issues.

Yes. While trips are running, Birthright Israel operates an information line that is available weekdays, 9am to 5 pm EST. After office hours, we have an emergency answering service to ensure that you can be reached if needed. 

We are always available via email at information@birthrightisrael.com or telephone at +1-888-99-ISRAEL (+1-888-994-7723) to answer any further questions. Your Trip Organizer will also provide you and your family with additional contact information. Additionally, you may choose, as many participants do, to bring your own phone with an international calling and data plan.

While trips are running, Birthright Israel operates an information line that is available weekdays, 9 am to 5 pm EST. After office hours, we have an emergency answering service to ensure that you can be reached if needed. 

We are always available via email at information@birthrightisrael.com or telephone at +1-888-99-ISRAEL (+1-888-994-7723) should you have further questions. Your Trip Organizer will also provide you and your family with additional contact information.

Yes. Trip itineraries are approved daily with the “Situation Monitoring Room” administered by the Society for the Protection of Nature. The Situation Monitoring Room works closely with Israel’s security forces including the IDF, Israel Policy, and local security and reservation authorities. 

No. The best way to be safe while on your Birthright Israel trip is to stay with your group and follow directions at all times. Birthright Israel and your Trip Organizer have vast experience running trips, keeping participants safe, and making changes to the itinerary if necessary.

Application

Airline tickets are issued based on the first, middle, and last name that you put on your application, which must match the full name on your passport. If there’s a discrepancy, the airline has the right to deny you passage or charge to reissue the ticket (in which you may need to forfeit your deposit). If you entered your name incorrectly or changed your name, send us an email at info@birthrightisrael.com. 

Registration is open on an entirely commitment free basis. Save your spot* on a first come first serve basis. Show your interest by applying online for your preferred month of travel with the confidence in knowing that your deposit is fully refundable. Then sit tight, we will make sure to let you know when trips resume.   

*Spots may be limited 

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You can continue to apply for each new round of Birthright Israel trips as long as you meet the eligibility requirements. 

Please note: Applications don’t carry over from season to season. If you wish to apply again, you’ll need to submit a new application when registration for that round opens. 

If you cancel your trip within 65 days of your confirmed flight departure, you’ll forfeit the security deposit. 

*subject to change due to COVID-19

Yes! No one can travel to Israel without a valid passport. If you don’t hold a U.S. or Canadian passport, you may need a visa or face other restrictions. Please contact your closest Israeli consulate for more information.

If you don’t already have a passport, we recommend that you begin the process to obtain one as soon as possible. You’ll be required to provide your Trip Organizer with your passport number and a photocopy of your passport before Birthright Israel issues your flight ticket. 

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from your last day in Israel. If you realize after the cancellation deadline and after being assigned to a flight that this is not the case, your Trip Organizer may cancel your trip without refunding your deposit if you’re unable to obtain a new passport in a designated amount of time before the trip.

If you’re not traveling on a U.S. or Canadian passport, you may need a visa to travel to Israel. Connecting flights and flights with short stopovers sometimes require visas. It’s your responsibility to check if you’ll need a visa before traveling.

Yes. It’s mandatory for you to have health insurance that is valid in Israel for the duration of the trip. If you already have extended health coverage, or you purchase a plan for this trip, you’ll be required to submit this information to your Trip Organizer. 

If you plan to extend your trip, make sure that you’ll be covered for the whole duration of your trip. If you don’t have medical insurance and are purchasing insurance for the sole purpose of this trip, you may want to consider supplementary coverage for the continuation of treatment/care in your home country if required when you return home.  

While your Trip Organizer will provide basic travelers’ health insurance while you are in Israel (which is secondary to your personal coverage), it does NOT cover: 

  • Medical care for preexisting conditions 
  • Medical evacuation 
  • Coverage when you return home if needed

We recommend to add travel insurance which can cover the cost of lost/stolen baggage, cameras, phones, and so on. In addition, if you’re booking a connecting domestic flight, this may cover your costs in the event that your flight is cancelled or delayed due to -bad weather or other circumstances.

No, you have only taken the first step toward your free trip to Israel. There are a few more steps . In order to complete your application, you’ll need to fill out all sections of the online application form. 

IMPORTANT: Your application will not be processed unless you complete all sections and accept the terms and conditions of the waiver.

Once you’ve filled out all the sections of the application, if there is any information that you wish to update or change, you may access your application until the registration deadline for that season. Keep in mind that any changes you make will be what Birthright Israel considers your final application. 

Now sit back, relax, and be patient. We will contact you as soon as we have an available trip to offer you.

The only way for friends/family (or groups of people) to be on the same program is to apply for the same trip. You can invite friends to join you on your trip by using your personal “Bring a Friend” referral link and sharing it with them by email or on social media. 

Find your link in the My Trip section of your application. Birthright Israel cannot guarantee that any one person or group of individuals will be selected. But, applying for the same trip can ensure that you and your friends get to travel together if all of you are selected.

If you decide to forfeit your return ticket, you must contact the airline before your scheduled return date. If you fail to do so and are a no-show for the scheduled departure, you’ll forfeit the deposit held for your trip.

Deposit

Due to the limited number of spots on each trip, we need to ensure that all chosen participants will show up. When an applicant pays the 250 USD (300 CAD) deposit, this lets us know that you’re serious about traveling with Birthright Israel and covers any fees that we might incur in the event of a late cancellation. It also helps guarantee that you follow Birthright Israel safety and behaviour standards. In extreme cases in which participants violate these guidelines, their deposit may be confiscated.

Upon returning home from your trip, you can either claim or donate your refundable 250 USD (300 CAD) deposit. Many participants choose to donate their deposit to help others experience this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. If you do choose to donate, we have an anonymous donor that will match every trip deposit donation dollar for dollar. This covers two full days of the trip for a new participant! 

If you’re accepted to a trip and cancel at least 65 days before your confirmed flight departure or are not accepted to participate in a program this round, your deposit will be refunded via your original method of payment. 

 In order to receive this refund, you must submit a written request to CIE:Birthright Israel directly. If you don’t make the request, your deposit will remain with us throughout the season and will then be available for you to use for the next round of Birthright Israel trips. After you successfully participate in a Birthright Israel trip, you may voluntarily donate all or part of your deposit in order to sponsor future Birthright Israel trips. 

If you’re from the United States or Canada, about five days after you successfully complete your trip, you will be notified by email that your deposit is available to be refunded. You’ll also have the opportunity to voluntarily donate all or part of your deposit in support of future Birthright Israel trips. If you don’t retrieve your deposit within 30 days of your return, it will be donated.  

 If you’re not from the United States or Canada, you may choose to retrieve your deposit by contacting your local Birthright Israel representative within 30 days after your trip.  

 Please note: In many countries deposits are charged in U.S. dollars and therefore are converted from your local currency to U.S. dollars on your credit card statements. Since they are converted using the daily U.S. dollar rate and are refunded using the daily rate on the day the refund is processed, variances often occur.

If you weren’t offered a trip this round, you’re automatically placed on a waitlist until the end of the season. 

If you’d like to be taken off the waitlist and get your deposit back, please send a refund request IN WRITING via email directly to the Trip Organizer you applied with. It will take between 7 and 10 days for the refund to appear via your original method of payment.

About five days after you returned from your trip, you were sent an email telling you that your deposit is available to be refunded. Click here to retrieve your deposit. 

If you are not from the United States or Canada, you may choose to retrieve your deposit by contacting your local Birthright Israel representative within 30 days after returning from your trip.

Deposits are paid and handled through a secure online payment systems (PayPal / Payoneer). We accept international credit cards and debit cards. There is no option to use wire transfare, cash or checks. 

Absolutely. All deposits are paid, handled, and refunded via PayPal which is completely secure.

Deposits are paid, handled, and refunded through the secure online payment system. If you’re having trouble making your deposit, send an e-mail to information@birthrightisrael.com with the word DEPOSIT in the subject line and explain what the issue is. If you’re not from the United States or Canada, you should contact your local Birthright Israel representative. 

Trip Organizers

In North America, Birthright Israel is the umbrella organization that funds the gift and accredits individual Trip Organizers to run Birthright Israel-approved programs and sets down the basic guidelines, standards and security policies by which Trip Organizers must operate. There are over ten Birthright Israel-accredited Trip Organizers running programs this session from North America. 

If you’re not from the United States or Canada, upon beginning the registration process, you’ll be directed to the selection of Trip Organizers or the local community partner that serve your country or region.

Each Trip Organizer has a unique approach and perspective on how to introduce and show Israel to you. At the same time, they’ve all been accredited by Birthright Israel and incorporate the Birthright Israel core program, which focuses on three main areas:  

  • Narratives of the Jewish People 
  • Contemporary Israel 
  • Ideas and Formative Values of Judaism

Accessibility

Absolutely! Every winter and summer round, we offer a limited number of Accessibility trips. These include, but are not limited to, trips for those with medical, developmental, and physical disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), vision or hearing impairments, IBD and Crohn’s Disease, individuals who use wheelchairs, and others. 

We also offer opportunities for inclusion, where an individual with a disability may be integrated into a traditional Birthright Israel trip where possible, such as through the assistance of an aide. 

We recommend that individuals with disabilities choose a date, complete the Birthright Israel application, and then contact the Trip Organizer. The Trip Organizer will assess if inclusion options are available, before accepting the application. They can also provide more information about the trip, including the itinerary.

Show your interest by applying online for your preferred month(s) of travel with the confidence in knowing that your deposit is fully refundable. Then sit tight, we will make sure to let you know when trips resume. Once trips resume, you will be able to submit an application and look for Accessibility trips on the marketplace. There may also be opportunities for inclusion, where an individual with a disability may be integrated into a traditional Birthright Israel trip where possible, such as through the assistance of an aide. 

Individuals with disabilities should discuss their disabilities thoroughly with the Trip Organizer, which will allow the Trip Organizer to assess if inclusion options are available, prior to accepting participation onto a trip. The Trip Organizer can provide more information on the trip, including the itinerary.

Contact us at our hotline phone number: 1-888-994-7723 or send us an e-mail at information@birthrightisrael.com

Classic 27-32

This program is open to all Jewish young adults between 27 to 32 years of age, who haven’t participated in a peer educational trip to Israel since they turned 18 nor lived in Israel past the age of 12. 

Yes you are! As long as you’re still 32 years old by the time the summer round begins (May 1st), you’re eligible to participate in a summer trip—even if you turn 33 during the round. 

If you turn 33 before the summer round begins (May 1st) you are, unfortunately, ineligible.

You sure are. As long as you’re still 32 years old by the time the winter round begins (December 1st), you’re eligible to participate in a winter trip, even if you turn 33 during the round. 

If you turn 33 before the winter round begins (December 1st) you are, unfortunately, ineligible. 

Unfortunately you’re not eligible for the 27-32 program. But you’re in luck! You’re still eligible for the 18-26 program. Apply today. 

 Unfortunately you’re not eligible for the 27-32 program. But you’re in luck! You’re still eligible for the 18-26 program. Apply today.

You sure can. Just as long as you haven’t been in Israel after your 18th birthday on an educational program. Learn more about eligibility here.

Just like other Birthright Israel trips, you are still required to submit a 250 USD (300 Canadian dollars) fully-refundable deposit with your application. 

Please note – we might charge a fee in future rounds.

The main difference between this program and other Birthright Israel trip is that this will only include participants between 27 to 32 years of age. Other than that, the trip includes all of the core concepts and highlights as the classic program with adjustments for this age group.

JCC Fitness Experience

Select Trip Age Group:

  • 18 - 22
  • 23 - 26
  • 27 - 32

No trips at this time.

No trips at this time.

No trips at this time.

Western Canada

Select Trip Age Group:

  • 18 - 22
  • 23 - 26
  • 27 - 32
  • May 13 – 24: Western Canada Does Israel* (18-22) Departing from YVR SIGN UP  * Exclusively for applicants from cities West of, and including Winnipeg

No trips at this time.

No trips at this time.

Hillel Ontario

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  • May 11 – 21: Original Experience with Hillel Ontario SIGN UP

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Hillel York & Ryerson

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  • May 11 – 21: Original Experience with Hillel York and Ryerson SIGN UP

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Extreme Outdoor Adventure

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  • 18 - 21
  • 21 - 26
  • 26 - 32

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Original Experience

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  • 18 - 22
  • 23 - 26
  • 27 - 32

Winter Dates:

*This trip is only available to participants aged 22-26. *

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*This trip is only available to participants aged 22-26. *

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