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, 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 Movement / Denominations of Judaism. Applicants must also have at least one Jewish parent, or have completed Jewish conversion through a recognized Jewish Movement / Denomination.
NOT JEWISH? Talk to us about your situation.
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 about Passages trips for Christians, the CUFI trips, and others.
Previous Israel Experience
If you have been to Israel before but only with your family or on other personal business, you are still eligible. Did you visit as a minor? Talk to us about your trip.
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. Citizens born abroad who are eligible for a passport but have not held one are exempt, but you will need to obtain army exemption papers from your local Israeli consulate.
The closest consulates to Northern Nevada are in San Francisco, Ca. and Los Angeles, Ca. The Los Angeles Consulate General holds regular hours.
An appointment is strongly suggested.
Hillel of Northern Nevada has partnered with Jewish Nevada (The Jewish Federation in Las Vegas) to bring a Nevada community trip of Jews to Israel through the provider Israel Outdoors.
(While we strongly encourage you to sign up with these trips, it is more important that you can go to Israel than who you go with. If you need help finding the right trip for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We will help you find the correct fit.)
REGISTER IN FOUR EASY STEPS
1) Go to Nevada2Israel.com & Sign Up
2) Select Nevada Community or Nevada Campuses with your preferred dates. Check back soon for our Birthright Israel 2020 trip dates!
3) Submit your $250 refundable deposit