Birthright Israel

 The trip is free. The experience… priceless.

RH Birthright winter 2014 at Masada
The journey of a lifetime!


Summer 2015 registration opens on February 2nd at 12noon for returning applicants and February 3rd at 10am for new applicants! 


Want to go to Israel for FREE? Register for the Rutgers Hillel Taglit Birthright Israel trip and discover why going with Rutgers Hillel is the RIGHT trip for YOU 

Imagine yourself:

*Floating in the Dead Sea
*Riding a camel through a desert landscape
*Hiking through beautiful green forests
*Exploring 5,000 year-old cities
*Exploring all streams of Judaism
*Learning about Israeli culture and history
*Bargaining in a centuries old marketplace
*Walking through one of the high-tech capitals of the world
*Meeting peers  from all different backgrounds and from all parts
of the world who are all on the same journey with you

Now imagine doing this with your friends from Rutgers as you embark on the trip of a lifetime: exploring Israel with Rutgers Hillel! 



• When is the trip?
Winter 2014/15 trips leave on Dec 31st.  The Summer 2014 trips will always leave at the end of May so as to not interfere with the Rutgers Academic Calendar.

• What if I am not sure of my winter/summer plans, but I want to try to go on the trip this winter/summer?
If you aren’t sure about your winter/ summer plans, but you are interested in the trip, we encourage you to register and pay the refundable deposit. There will be plenty of time to withdraw once we announce the dates; however, if you do not register before registration closes, we unfortunately will not be able to get you into the system.

• What if I sign up and then I can’t go?  Will I get my deposit back?
When you register, you are required to pay a deposit to be considered for admission. If you decide you cannot go, you can withdraw and receive your deposit back if you do so before the withdrawal deadline. If you withdraw after this deadline, you will lose the deposit.  The deadline will be communicated to all students who register, so that there is no confusion.

• If I register am I guaranteed a spot?
Registration is a bit of a numbers game, because we cannot predict how many students will register; however, we truly work very hard to accommodate everyone who registers.   If we have more registrants than spots, a waiting list will be created, and we will do our best to accommodate people from that list.

• Can I go with friends from other schools?
Non-Rutgers students can sign up for the Rutgers trip.  Rutgers students get priority, and then if there are additional spots available, we will consider other applicants.

• Is there anything I have to pay for?
Participants will receive their deposit back upon completion of the trip. Participants are responsible for transportation to and from the point of embarkation (usually in the New York area) and for the cost of an average of one meal a day on their own. Participants are also asked to bring $70 in tip money for tour providers in Israel. Any shopping or additional spending money is at your discretion.

• Can I see a sample itinerary?
Sure!  email

• What’s the catch?
None at all.  We are offering you this gift because we believe that a Jewish journey to Israel is your birthright.


The short version of who is eligible:
• Someone who is 18-26 who will have graduated high school at the start of the trip and who identifies as a member of the Jewish people with at least one Jewish parent or a formal conversion.  You are still eligible if you have traveled to Israel prior to turning 18.  This includes going to Israel on a family trip, a touring group, educational program, study program or an organized extended residential program prior to turning 18.

The short version of who is not eligible:
• Someone who lived in Israel after their 12th birthday, or who has begun but not completed the conversion process or who identifies as a member of another faith or who has been to Israel on a peer trip after the age of 18. Please contact if you have questions about your eligibility for the trip.

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, Keren Hayesod, and The Jewish Agency for Israel).

This trip is a gift from Taglit-Birthright Israel.

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