Welcome to URJ Kesher – the only Taglit-Birthright Israel trip affiliated with Reform Judaism and open to all. Make the most of your gift by choosing Kesher. Here’s why!
Inspired by Reform Judaism
As a project of the Union for Reform Judaism, you can be sure our trips embody values important to you – inclusiveness, open-minded thinking, and bold ideas. We welcome people from all backgrounds as part of a journey that is both meaningful and a true adventure.
An Open-Minded Approach
Traveling to Israel can be a deeply personal experience, and our itineraries are designed to both inspire and challenge you to ask more questions. More than just a comprehensive Israel tour, the Kesher itinerary highlights innovative initiatives in Israel and connects you with young, forward-thinking leaders.
A Not-Profit Organization With a Focus on You
URJ Kesher is a not-for-profit organization with a proud tradition of reliably serving the Jewish world since 1873. Our singular focus is to provide you with an extraordinary Birthright Israel experience – without regrets.
Making a Deeper Connection in Israel
The word Kesher is Hebrew for “connection,” and joining our experience is about connecting with Israel on a more meaningful level. Kesher’s specially designed itinerary isn’t just a collection of sites and tours, but a chronological journey through the land, people, and history of Israel. You’ll experience the 3000-year story of the Jewish People where it happened and how it happened.
Bonding with Peer Staff
Each Birthright Israel trip is staffed by an Israeli Guide and two North American Peer Staff. On a URJ Kesher trip, we make sure that our Peer Staff are in their mid-20’s or 30’s. Why? Because we want our participants to connect with their trip staff on a personal level. URJ Kesher has amazing staff, and you can look forward to making lasting friendships with your fellow participants and with your trip staff for years to come.
A Focus on Informal Education
The URJ has been sponsoring programs in Israel for young adults for over 50 years. A trip with URJ Kesher is about having a truly enjoyable experience in Israel while learning about Israel’s history, culture, and people along the way. Philosophically, URJ Kesher believes in the importance of informal education – or learning by doing, seeing, and feeling. We tend to avoid traditional classroom learning and seminars, and spend more time immersed in the local culture.