Registration for Summer 2014 starts February 19.
Trips are staffed by experienced professionals who get to know participants before the trip, and often return to campus with them after their Israel experience. Our Israeli tour educators are the best in their profession. They all speak English fluently and will make Israel come alive for participants.
On Shabbat, we focus on taking a break from the fast-paced regular itinerary. Shabbat is celebrated in a pluralistic manner, allowing for many opportunities and experiences. In addition to Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox services, we also offer non-prayer alternatives such as meditation, discussions, and/or yoga. Shabbat is also the time where students have the opportunity, if they would like, to take on a Hebrew name and celebrate becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
In addition to the major sites of Israel – Masada, the Dead Sea, and the Western Wall, we’ll take you to amazing places you didn’t even know existed. Ride a camel at the Bedouin tent, go Jeeping in the Golan, have lunch in a Druze village, and meet Ethiopian children at an absorption center. And of course, in addition to your campus peers, you will be traveling with new Israeli friends and getting to know the real Israel.
So, who's giving me this gift?
Philanthropists, Jewish communities worldwide, and the government of Israel have partnered to launch Taglit-Birthright Israel - whose goal is to provide a free first peer-group trip to Israel as a birthright for every Jew.
Thanks to Taglit-Birthright Israel, Hillel and its partners are able to offer thousands of Jewish college students and young adults the opportunity for a free first peer-group trip to Israel.
Taglit-Birthright Israel is an innovative partnership between the people of Israel through the Government of Israel, private philanthropists through the Birthright Israel Foundation and Jewish communities around the world (North American Jewish Federations through the United Jewish Communities (UJC); the Jewish Agency for Israel; and Keren Hayesod).
Neither Hillel nor Taglit-Birthright Israel is affiliated with a political party or religious movement.
For more information about these organizations, visit the Hillel or Taglit-Birthright Israel Web sites.