BIRTHRIGHT is a ten day guided trip to Israel. It is usually a one time “trip of a lifetime”. Young adults find the experience to be both life changing and deeply significant in their connection with the ancestral Homeland.
The gift of a trip to Israel is designed to offer an educational peer experience. As such, while the trip is available to young Jews all over the world and from various backgrounds, there are guidelines for eligibility.
All participants must be between 18-21, 22-26 and 27-32, and have finished high school by the time their trip departs.
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.
Hillel is working on connecting with funders who take those who don’t meet the Birthright criteria, on free or low cost trips to Israel. Contact the director for details.
Previous Israel Experience
If you have been to Israel before but only with your family or on other personal business, you are still eligible.
There are a few programs such as volunteering for Magen David Adom, participating in the Maccabiah games and Federation missions that do not affect your eligibility.
If you were born in Israel or have ever held Israeli citizenship or have held an Israeli passport you are not eligible unless you prove by official documentation that you left Israel before the age of 12. If you are accepted to the program you will need to obtain army exemption papers from your local Israeli consulate.
The University of Nevada has partnered up with The Jewish Federation of Las Vegas to bring a Nevada community trip of Jews to Israel through the provider Israel Outdoors.
Click on this link, and select the age group and airport, and look for the registration link next to “Nevada Community” to get started now!