The Gift of a Free Trip to Israel
Birthright Israel is an innovative partnership between the Government of Israel, private philanthropists, and thousands of donors and Jewish communities around the world, including North American Jewish Federations through the Jewish Federations of North America, the Jewish Agency for Israel, and Keren Hayesod. Since 1999, more than 400,000 young adults from 66 countries have taken advantage of a Birthright Israel sponsored trip opportunity.
Why it’s Free
The founding philanthropists of the program wished for every young Jewish adult to have the chance to visit their ancestral homeland, regardless of financial means, at least once in their lifetime. Their vision was for a program without any political or religious overtones – but rather an opportunity for participants to explore their identity through a journey in Israel. Donors from around the world continue to subsidize this generous gift.
Who is Eligible
According to Birthright Israel rules, eligible participants are Jewish young adults, ages 18-26. who have never before visited Israel on a peer-group in the past. Learn More: Eligibility
The 10-day trip includes round airfare plus ten days of touring in Israel, all site entrance fees, transportation, local health insurance, accommodations, and two meals a day. Learn More: FAQs
Why URJ Kesher
URJ Kesher is an official provider of Birthright Israel experiences. Our trips offer an exceptional opportunity to experience Israel’s land, culture, and people on a more intimate and meaningful level. URJ Kesher is a project of Reform Judaism, and our trips are open to anyone seeking an inclusive, open-minded experience in Israel. Read our Vision Statement to find out more about our philosophy and why so many people choose URJ Kesher as their trip provider: Kesher’s Advantage