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Why Kesher

More than just a quick vacation away from the ordinary, Kesher takes you on an epic journey, covering Israel from all angles. We’re a progressively-minded organization, affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism, which means we’re inclusive of all Jewish, sexual, and gender identities. We believe strongly in embracing Judaism as a path to meaning and joy, and empowering young North Americans to explore Israel and Judaism in an inspiring way, one that reflects your interests and your own identity.

Part of the Reform Movement

URJ Kesher is under the umbrella of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). As a part of the Reform Movement, the URJ Kesher trip embodies a spirit of inclusiveness, tolerance, and progressive thinking. The program welcomes eligible participants from all Jewish backgrounds as part of a trip community experience that is relaxed and always enjoyable.

A Not-For-Profit Organization with a Focus on You

URJ Kesher is a non-profit organization with a proud tradition of serving the Jewish world for over 100 years. As such, our single focus is to provide you with a meaningful and quality Birthright Israel experience.

A Progressive Approach

The URJ Kesher program offers a unique opportunity to experience Israel through a progressive lens. Learn about the challenges of pluralism in Israel, connect with the leaders who embody the spirit of contemporary Zionism, and give something back on a meaningful service project.

Making a Deeper Connection in Israel

The word Kesher is Hebrew for “connection.” Joining a Taglit-Birthright Israel trip with URJ Kesher is about connecting with Israel on a more meaningful level — the people, the history and the land itself.

We’re about making every moment count. At Kesher, that’s what we do best. We have a team of the most experienced and enthusiastic tour guides and staff members who embody a welcoming spirit of inclusiveness and progressive thinking. All of our team members – Israelis and North Americans – have spent time living it like a local in Israel, and know our stellar destinations inside and out.

What it means to travel with URJ Kesher

  • 10 day FREE trip to Israel
  • An open and welcome to people of all Jewish, ethnic, sexual, and gender identities
  • An unparalleled combination of stellar fun, deep culture, and beautiful Jewish heritage
  • An open, honest, and inspirational approach to learning about Israeli politics, religion, culture, and society
  • Phenomenal Israeli and North American staff
  • Traveling alongside a diverse group of Americans, Canadians, and Israelis

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