What is birthright israel?

Birthright Israel is a unique partnership between the Israeli government,  Jewish communities worldwide, and leading Jewish philanthropists, providing the gift of free, peer-group, educational trips to Israel for Jewish young adults ages 18 to 32.

Our students travel throughout the country, exploring sites of historic, cultural, and religious significance, hiking and taking in Israel’s varied landscape and nature. Additionally, Israeli peers join our buses for a significant part of the trip, introducing students to popular culture, music, and food, and what it’s like to live in Israel as an Israeli.

 
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Who is Eligible?

All participants must be between 18-26 years old and have finished high school by the time the trip departs.  If you are turning 27 prior to May 1 for summer trips, or December 1 for winter trips, you are not eligible to participate in the upcoming round of trips.  

Eligible individuals are those who identify as Jewish and are recognized as such by their local community or by one of the recognized denominations of Judaism.  Applicants must also have at least one Jewish parent, or have completed Jewish conversion through a recognized Jewish denomination.  

  • 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.
  • Applicants who traveled to Israel since turning 18 on a family trip, a multi-generational trip, or some interfaith/secular experiences are eligible.
  • Applicants who traveled to Israel after turning 18 on programs designed for college students or young adults are not eligible. Programs include University, study abroad, gap year, yeshiva/seminary, internship and any other experience under the umbrella of Onward Israel or Masa Israel.
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Go With IU Hillel

To go with IU Hillel, be sure to check off: 

Indiana University, Bloomington as your University

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IF YOU REGISTER THROUGH HILLEL AT FREEISRAELTRIP.ORG YOU WILL BE GUARANTEED A SPOT WITH IU HILLEL WITHIN THE NEXT 2 YEARS ON THE TRIP OF YOUR CHOICE.

It is our goal to make registration seamless and easy. Please don't hesitate to  Contact IU Hillel regarding any questions. A staff member will get back to you at our earliest convenience.

Download our step-by-step Registration Guide

Other reminders:

  • Have your passport information readily available.

  • Have a credit/debit card ready to submit your $250 refundable deposit (Your application is not complete until you have made your deposit).

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