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Registration Steps – SIMPLIFIED

The Birthright Israel registration process may seem a bit complicated. Here are some tips to help!

STEP #1: Choose Your Trip

  • Figure out what kind of URJ Kesher trip you prefer
  • Figure out approximately when you want to travel
  • LEARN MORE >> Trip Options | Trip Dates


STEP #2: Primary Application & Refundable Deposit

  • The Primary Application becomes available during registration periods (see above)
  • Choose “URJ Kesher” as your official trip organizer
  • Select your preferred trip type and departure date (e.g. URJ Kesher / January / Ages 18-22 or 22-26) to give us a general idea of your availability
  • Submit a $250 refundable deposit.
  • LEARN MORE >> Detailed Registration Steps

We highly recommend completing your entire Primary Application on the first day of registration to improve your chances of being selected.


STEP #3: Secondary Application & Dates

The more trip dates you select, and the more flexibility you have, the greater your chances are of getting on a trip!


STEP #4: Phone-Based Interview

  • URJ Kesher staff will call or email to interview you
  • Don’t panic if you don’t hear from us immediately! The order in which we interview you has no relationship on how we assign trips
  • The interview is also a chance for you to ask questions too
  • LEARN MORE >> Eligibility Rules

The interviews are just to confirm that you are eligible for the Taglit-Birthright Israel gift and have no bearing on trip placement. Always answer honestly!


STEP #5: Accept Your Trip Spot

  • Receive trip acceptance via email 3-5 weeks after registration closes
  • Log back into your Secondary Application to accept your trip assignment
  • Even after you formally accept your trip spot, you can withdraw without penalty up till the official cancellation deadline
  • Get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime experience
  • LEARN MORE >> About the Deposit

Who Gets Selected for What Trips?

URJ Kesher assigns applicants to trips according to according to when you complete your application. We consider your application to be complete after you have fully finished the Primary Application – including submitting the refundable trip deposit (Trip Deposit?). We recommend completing the Primary Application with URJ Kesher on the first day of registration to give yourself the best chance of getting on the trip you want. All applications received on the first day will be treated the same no matter what time of day they are received!

In addition to honoring a first-come-first-served registration policy, priority trip selection status is granted to applicants who have applied in the past as well as applicants who are about to turn 27 and age out of the program.

Israel Outdoors is a part of the Authentic Israel family of travel experiences.