All applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 32 and have finished high school by the time their trip departs.
If you're 17 when you apply, you must be 18 by the day of the trip and have finished high school.
If you're turning 33 prior to May 1 for summer trips, or Dec 1 for winter trips, you are not eligible.
An eligible applicant is one who identifies as Jewish and is recognized as such by their local Jewish community. Applicants must also have at least one Jewish birth parent who still identifies as Jewish. Alternatively, if an applicant has completed a Jewish conversion through a recognized Jewish denomination before their departure date, they are eligible.
Previous Israel Experience
Applicants must not have participated on a peer educational trip since turning 18.
Applicants must not have lived in Israel for more than three months past the age of 12.
You are still eligible if you have been to Israel before, as long as your stay did exceed 3 months.
✅ I have been to Israel before. Am I eligible or ineligible?
You are still eligible if you have been to Israel before, as long as your stay did not exceed 3 months.
✅ I have been on an organized program. Can I still go?
Yes! If, for example, you went on March of the Living, participated in the Maccabi Games or spent a semester in Israel prior to turning 18, you are 100% still eligible.
✅ I am an Israeli citizen, but I never lived in Israel or left Israel before the age of 12. Where does that leave me?
If you are an Israeli citizen, you are only eligible if you have never lived in Israel or left Israel before the age of 12.
If you are accepted to the program, you will need to obtain army exemption papers from your local Israeli consulate.
❌ I do not have a Jewish birth parent, nor have I had a recognized Jewish conversion. Am I eligible or ineligible?
Eligible individuals are those who identify as Jewish and are recognized as such by their local Jewish community or by one of the recognized denominations of Judaism.
❌ I'm enrolled in a Jewish studies program. Can I still go?
Students in Jewish studies programs, at any institution of higher learning, including Jewish teacher training programs (not including Jewish studies major or minor candidates at secular institutions), rabbinical programs, yeshivot or seminaries, are not eligible for the gift of Birthright Israel while they are still in said study program.
❌ I served in the Israel Defense Forces and / or volunteered on an Israel army base. Where does that leave me?
Thank you for your service.
If you volunteered before the age of 18, you are still eligible. If you served after the age of 18, you are ineligible.