Program Details Summer 2019
Programs offered during the weeks of May 26th, June 2nd, June 10th, June 30th, July 14th, July 21st, August 4th and August 25th.
1. The He(ART) of Israel – Go behind the scenes of Israeli art and culture. 4 days, Tel Aviv and the Negev.
Join us for 4 fascinating days of Israeli art and culture. We will meet with designers and participate in cool workshops. From design and painting, through music and dance, to photography and fashion.
2. Multi-Cultural Israel – Discover the diversity of Israel. 5 days, Jerusalem and Abu Ghosh.
Spend 5 days exploring the multi-ethnic communities of the Jerusalem and learn how these different communities co-exist. You’ll make cultural connections in a traditional Arab village, live on an authentic kibbutz, and celebrate Shabbat in a Hassidic Jewish community.
3. Mountains & Mystics – A 7-day retreat to energize your spirit. 7 days, Tzfat.
Awaken your soul in the mystical city of Tzfat! Join us for 7 days of hiking, meditation, authentic interactions with the local community, and meaningful community service in Northern Israel and the Galilee.
4. The Foods of Israel – A culinary experience through Israeli diversity. 4 days, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and the Negev.
Savor Israeli food, get your hands dirty in cooking workshops, meet culinary leaders, and learn how food helps build a melting pot community within Israeli society.
5. Sea-to-Sea Trek – Hike from the Mediterranean Sea to the Sea of Galilee. 5 days, Galilee.
Embark on a 4-day hike from the Mediterranean Sea to the Sea of Galilee. Cross the Galilee highlands, learn important orienteering skills, enjoy campfire meals, and sleep under the stars.
6. Eilat of Heart & Soul – Delve deeper: beyond the surface of Israel and yourself. 5 days, Eilat.
In the epic city of Eilat, see the sun rise on Mount Tzfachot, meditate under the desert sky, snorkel in the Red Sea, and for your personal transformation, gain life-changing insights.
Also offering programs in Spanish during the weeks of July 21st, July 28th and August 4th.
BRI Plus FAQ’s
Am I eligible for an extension program?
Current participants as well as recent Taglit-Birthright Israel alumni (from the past year) are eligible to be a part of the Birthright Israel Plus extension program.
How do I apply?
All you need to do is click here after you’re assigned on your Taglit-Birthright Israel trip and use your Birthright Israel login credentials to sign in. Once you complete the short registration, you’ll be contacted for a personal interview. After the interview, your flight extension request will be submitted for processing.
Can I use my deposit to pay for the fee?
Yes, current participants can use their Taglit- Birthright Israel deposit towards the cost of the program.
What does the program fee cover?
If you register for Birthright Israel Plus, the program fee covers the cost of flight extension, accommodations and most meals for those 4-7 program days. Additionally, for this season, we will allow participants to use their Taglit-Birthright Israel deposit towards the payment of the program fee.
Can I choose my return flight date?
Yes you can, to a certain extent. You can fly back home after your BRI Plus program ends or stay longer in Israel on your own!
Important note: As a general rule, your ticket can be extended for up to 90 days from the time you leave your home country. Because of limited seat availability and fare differences, we can’t guarantee you’ll get your preferred return flight date. In some (extremely rare) cases we may not be able to extend your ticket at all.
What languages are offered by Plus?
Currently, Plus programs are running in English during all sessions, and in Spanish during selected sessions. Therefore, you will need an acceptable level of English or Spanish in order to join.
I have a break in-between my trip and my Plus program
Most participants will have a few days break in between their Taglit-Birthright Israel trip and BRI Plus to enjoy and explore Israel on their own. Participants are responsible for their own accommodations and plans for this time; however, we can however send some helpful links and information in terms of finding places to stay.
My Taglit-Birthright Israel trip ends the same day as my Plus program begins
Unfortunately, we do not allow participants whose program ends the same morning to join a Birthright Israel Plus program. Even if the timing works, participants need some time to rest and regroup after their trip. Participants need a minimum of a night’s sleep after the Birthright Israel group departs.
Can I leave my Taglit-Birthright Israel trip a day early to join?
By accepting the gift of Birthright Israel, you agree and accept to be present for all activities. Similarly, Birthright Israel Plus participants cannot join or leave a program early, it is mandatory to attend all programming. If you missed a day, you would be missing a significant part of the experience.
Will I be with the same group of people as my Birthright Israel trip?
Our goal is to offer you the opportunity to meet new individuals and make new friends. There will be a variety of people coming from different cities, countries, and trips that all share similar interests.
What if I want to change my flight again, after it has been extended?
Birthright Israel Plus only completes one flight change per registrant. If you desire to change your flight date once again, you must cover the cost yourself. Check here for more information.
Can I extend my flight further than the end of the program?
You can extend your flight extension for up to 90 days from the time you leave your home country.
Will there be free time on the program?
On Birthright Israel Plus, free time occurs after official programming ends each day. Participants will be allowed to explore as they see fit and are responsible for their own well-being. Additionally, there is usually a break in between trips and Birthright Israel Plus programs so that participants may experience Israel on their own time.
Will a security guard or other security personnel accompany the program?
Your safety and security are our top priority. Whenever deemed necessary the Birthright Israel Plus program will be accompanied by a trained security guard and medic. Additional security may be provided if needed.
Can I cancel my participation on Birthright Israel Plus?
The deadline to cancel your participation (in writing) and receive a full refund without penalty is 6 weeks prior to your program start date. However, if your flight change has already been processed, you cannot receive a refund.
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