Birthright Israel has established basic guidelines governing eligibility for the Gift.
You're eligible for this trip if you're between 18-26 years old and of Jewish descent with at least one Jewish parent (or you converted). You also must have graduated high school by the time of the trip, and you can't be attending a full-time Jewish studies program. Finally, this must be your first Jewish peer trip to Israel since turning 18. Explore additional eligibility below.
Applicants must be between 18 - 26 years old at the time of the trip, and must have already graduated from high school. However, anyone who is 26 as of May 1st is eligible for trips in the forthcoming summer season (i.e. May, June, July or August), even if they have turned 27 by the time of the actual trip. Similarly, for winter trips (i.e. November, December, January, February, March departures), anyone who is still 26 as of December 1st is still eligible for winter season of trips even if they have turned 27 by the time of the actual trip. Some very limited exceptions to this rule may be considered for people who recently aged out of the eligibility limits, depending on the circumstances. Contact us for additional details.
NOTE: It is the policy of Israel Outdoors to give automatic priority status to applicants who are 26 since we know that your eligibility window is closing soon!
Applicants must have at least one Jewish birth parent, or have converted to Judaism. But don't worry - having a Jewish background does not mean you need to be religious to qualify or to fit in on our trips. In fact, many of the participants on Israel Outdoors have more of a cultural connection to Judaism than a traditional one.
NOTE: With Israel Outdoors, there is no "right way" to be Jewish, and you certainly don't need to worry about being "Jewish enough." Our groups are comprised of people across the Jewish identity spectrum, and our approach is to be entirely welcoming.
Rules pertaining to prior Israel experience have recently changed. More people than ever are now eligible for a Birthright Israel experience.
Birthright Israel is an innovative partnership between the people of Israel through the Government of Israel, private philanthropists and thousands of donors and Jewish communities around the world (North American Jewish Federations through the Jewish Federations of North America; the Jewish Agency for Israel; and Keren Hayesod).