What is the difference between Birthright Israel Foundation and Birthright Israel?

Birthright Israel Foundation aims to raise the funds needed to send Jewish young adults to Israel on an educational and experiential journey of a lifetime through Birthright Israel. Together, we stand firmly behind our joint mission and vision to help Jewish young adults feel more connected to the State of Israel and to the future of the Jewish people.

How does Birthright Israel view pluralism?

Birthright Israel’s motto is simple: We seek unity without uniformity! The diverse makeup of participants is seen as a great asset and the ultimate example of Jewish pluralism. Birthright Israel’s approach is to offer each participant an equal opportunity to share and voice their feelings and opinions about Judaism, Israel, and identity—no matter what their personal background, political views, religious beliefs or practices, sexual orientation, gender identity, and so on. Birthright Israel is 100 percent pluralistic, inclusive, and does not endorse any ideological, party, or religious line.

Is Birthright Israel an apolitical organization?

Unequivocally, yes. Birthright Israel is committed to the State of Israel as a sovereign, Jewish, and democratic state, and upholds its standing as the historic and eternal homeland of the Jewish people. Within that framework, Birthright Israel refrains from any political or ideological partisanship. Birthright Israel promotes a culture of open, safe, pluralistic, and meaningful dialogue and seeks to unite Jewish young adults and build strong connections to the State of Israel.

Do the parents of trip alumni donate to Birthright Israel Foundation?

When a trip participant returns home, their new-found love of Israel and connection to their roots is often felt deeply by their parents. When the magic jumps from the participant to the parent, it’s a little something we here at Birthright Israel Foundation like to call the “birthright bounce.”

Parents feel the effects of their child’s experience so deeply that year after year they pay it forward—making it possible for another young adult to claim their birthright. Birthright Israel Foundation is tremendously grateful to this profound group of committed individuals who donate a significant amount to ensure a vibrant Jewish future for all.

Why is Birthright Israel free even for participants who can afford to travel to Israel on their own?

Birthright Israel was launched as a manifestation of great Jewish values, including community building and cross-generational responsibility. As such, Birthright Israel is a gift that is offered to any eligible Jewish young adult, irrespective of their personal financial situation. Maintaining these founding values is vital, and we believe that even those who can afford the trip will eventually “pay it forward” by joining our donor family and investing in the continued success of Birthright Israel.

Additionally, choosing to go on a Birthright Israel trip may be the first Jewish-oriented decision that many young people make on their own, without parental involvement. As travel has become more accessible, we know that Israel may not be a first-choice destination for today’s young adults. We believe that taking out the financial commitment—and ensuring this trip is a gift—levels the playing field for young adults, making the decision to travel to Israel and connect with their heritage as easy as possible.

If there is no longer a waiting list, why do you need more funds?

There are more than 100,000 Jewish young adults in every corner of the world who are eligible for the Birthright Israel trip. We need to raise funds annually in order to recruit those who are not aware of Birthright Israel and to continue to help them claim their birthright.

Take a moment to think about the young adults who have no desire or attachment to Israel or their Judaism. Think about those who do not live in a vibrant Jewish community—or those that don’t live anywhere near a Jewish community. With more funds, we can build even better recruitment tools and increase the number of participants we send annually, so that every eligible Jewish young adult can receive this transformational gift.

The trip sounds great, but what happens after participants return home?

The mission of Birthright Israel is to provide participants with a life-changing educational experience in Israel, and in order to increase impact, trip follow-up starts the moment participants get home. We partner with and support many Jewish organizations—including Moishe House, Hillel, AIPAC, local federations and others—so that they can help trip alumni continue their Jewish journey.

Additionally, Birthright Israel Foundation is working with colleagues in Israel on a post-trip engagement app. The goal of the app is to provide alumni with a visually engaging marketplace of curated content from our partners, as well as engagement opportunities at home, on campus, and in their communities.

What are the eligibility requirements for Birthright Israel?

The gift of Birthright Israel is available to all Jewish young adults, ages 18-26* who have not participated on an educational trip since they turned 18 nor lived in Israel past the age of 12. Eligibility requirements are:

  • Identify as Jewish and are recognized as such by their local community or by one of the recognized denominations of Judaism.
  • Have at least one Jewish birth parent, or have completed Jewish conversion through a recognized Jewish denomination.

* Note: Birthright Israel is currently offering this gift to Jews ages 27-32 with limited availability as a pilot program.

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