Taglit-Birthright Israel offers Jewish young adults 18-26 a free, 10-day educational trip to Israel.
Taglit-Birthright Israel provides the gift of first-time, peer group, educational trips to Israel for Jewish young adults ages 18 to 26. Taglit-Birthright Israel’s founders created this program to send thousands of young Jewish adults from all over the world to Israel as a gift in order to diminish the growing division between Israel and Jewish communities around the world; to strengthen the sense of solidarity among world Jewry; and to strengthen participants’ personal Jewish identity and connection to the Jewish people.
The gift of the 10-day trip is being provided by private philanthropists through The Birthright Israel Foundation; the people of Israel through the Government of Israel; and Jewish communities around the world – North American Jewish Federations, Keren Hayesod and the Jewish Agency for Israel.
This past year, 29,000 young people worldwide made the trip and their lives were changed forever as a result!
Taglit-Birthright Israel trips create a common meeting ground for young Jews from around the world, reminding them that they are the first generation in 2,000 years to live with a thriving Jewish state.
Israel’s economy also directly benefits: Birthright Israel has been the primary provider of young adult educational trips in recent years, helping boost the sagging tourism industry caused by the intifada. In nearly eight years, Taglit-Birthright Israel has contributed over $300 million to the Israeli tourism industry.
Many of these young adults are unaffiliated with the organized community and roughly 40% are children of intermarriage.
In 2007 and 2008, there were more applications to Taglit-Birthright Israel than there were B’nai Mitzvot in North America. For most, this is their first visit to Israel.
For all, the result is powerful
After living and breathing their Jewish heritage in Israel, research by Brandeis University proves that they consider themselves more connected to the Jewish people and to Israel, more interested in exploring their identity, have a deeper understanding of the situation in Israel, and make plans to return.
More than 190,000 young people from all over the world have traveled for the first time to Israel since the start of Taglit-Birthright Israel in 2000.
Registration is in September (winter trips) and February (for summer trips).
If you would like more information about Taglit-Birthright Israel, Birthright Israel Foundation or Birthright Israel NEXT, please use the contact information below.
- Questions about registering for a trip? Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-888-99-ISRAEL.
- Trip Information Hotline: 1-888-99-ISRAEL (1-888-994-7723)
- Payoneer PrePaid MasterCard® Customer Support (USA) – 1-888-505-8885; Outside USA- 1-847-461-1436
Voice mail about trips left at any other number will not be returned.