You can start your application today.
Registration officially begins on Tuesday, September 8
This year Rutgers Hillel is partnering with
to make our trip even better!
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*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
*Visiting centuries -old marketplaces
*Walking through one of the high-tech capitals of the world
*Meeting peers from all different backgrounds
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- What makes your trip special?
Most students say that their favorite part of the trip is getting to meet Israelis, specifically the soldiers that join the trip. To make our trip even better we will have the soldiers for all ten days, while other trips only have them for five days.
- When is the trip?
Winter 2015/16 trips leave on Dec 28th. The Summer 2016 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. If your non- Rutgers friend applies please tell them to email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com when they do.
- 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?
- 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 gift of a trip to Israel from Birthright 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 and 26 and have finished high school by the time their 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 birth parent, or have completed Jewish conversion through a recognized Jewish denomination.
Previous Israel Experience
If you have been to Israel before but only with your family or on other personal business, you are still eligible.You are not eligible if you have been to Israel for more than three months since the age of 12. You are also not eligible if you were in Israel as part of a touring group, educational program, study program or an organized extended residential program since you were 18 years of age or older. 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 are an Israeli citizen you are only eligible if you left Israel before the age of 12. If you have served in the Israeli Army or volunteered on an Israel Army base after the age of 18, you are not eligible.
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.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com if you have questions about your eligibility for the trip.
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 Birthright Israel.