Learn more about the Birthright Israel with Israel Outdoors approach to providing an experience that is safe, meaningful and joyous.
Each group is accompanied 24/7 by a licensed security escort and a trained medic, most of whom have recently completed their military service.
Our itineraries are approved in advance and re-approved daily by the “Situation Monitoring Room,” a special unit administered by the Ministry of Education and coordinated with Israel’s security services.
Each group leader carries a GPS communication device to ensure they are in contact with the security agencies and with our main office at all times.
We do not use public transportation. Rather, our travel is conducted on a private coach bus with experienced drivers trained to keep the bus secured.
We only stay at overnight accommodations with security personnel on site and equipped with secure rooms in accordance with Israel’s high standards.
We plan our itineraries with caution in mind — being careful to avoid areas of potentially heightened concern and always traveling with discretion.
We make every effort to give you space and time to explore Israel on your own. However, per Birthright Israel rules, there is no leaving the group except for designated nights out.
If necessary, we won’t hesitate to modify itineraries in the interest of safety. Decisions are carefully made and based on guidance from the authorities monitoring Birthright Israel trips.
Soon after arriving in Israel, your trip leaders will get you oriented for the adventure ahead, including briefing you on all the tips you need to travel smart and safe.
UNDER THE UMBRELLA
The Government of Israel is an official partner of Birthright Israel and takes an active interest and role in the safety of the experience.
It’s no secret that Israel takes security seriously. The government employs an extensive approach to securing its public spaces, its people, and its visitors. While the peace we all ultimately yearn for still remains elusive, you may be surprised to discover for yourself that Israeli society is full of vibrancy, joy, and a very deep sense of kinship.
We understand how important it is to travel with confidence. Should you have any questions about our polices or approach, we encourage you to contact us by email at [email protected] or by phone at (202) 537-0006 to learn more.
You’ll be taken to the Birthright Israel website where you can currently pre-register to claim priority trip selection status. Full registration and trip placements begin on January 28th at 10am EST. Remember to select “Israel Outdoors” as your trip organizer!