Taglit-Birthright Israel is an amazing once in a lifetime experience for Jewish students to learn about themselves, the land of Israel, and their cultural heritage. Contact Jacqui Schulefand, Director of Engagement and Programs at for more information and with any questions about the program. This trip is made possible through a gift from Birthright Israel.
Taglit-Birthright Israel is an innovative partnership between the people of Israel through the Government of Israel, private philanthropists through the Birthright Israel Foundation and Jewish communities around the world (North American Jewish Federations, Keren Hayesod, and the Jewish Agency for Israel).
ARE YOU ELIGIBLE?
YOU ARE ELIGIBLE IF...
- Be between 18 and 32 years of age.
- Identify as Jewish and be recognized as Jewish by their local community, or by one of the recognized denominations of Judaism. Applicants must also have at least one Jewish birth parent, or have completed Jewish conversion through a recognized Jewish denomination.
YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE IF...
- If you have been to Israel for more than three months since the age of 12.
- If you were in Israel as part of a touring group, educational program, study program or an organized extended residential program since you were 18 years of age or older. There are a few programs, such as volunteering for Magen David Adom, participating in the Maccabiah games and Federation missions, that do not affect your eligibility.
- If you were born in Israel or are an Israeli citizen you are only eligible if you left Israel before the age of 12.
- If you have served in the Israeli Army or volunteered on an Israel Army base after the age of 18, you are not eligible.If you were born in Israel or have ever held Israeli citizenship or have held an Israeli passport you are not eligible unless you prove by official documentation that you 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. If you do not hold an Israeli passport, but have Israeli parents, you must obtain army exemption papers from your local Israeli consulate.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHENS THE NEXT TRIP?
The next trip is TBD following Covid.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
It's an all expenses paid trip! You will be required to submit a $250 deposit upon registration, however, it is fully refundable upon completion of the trip.
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
Just go to this site https://freeisraeltrip.org/uconn to apply today (following Covid-19) When you pre-register you'll get some early-bird swag and secure your seat with us since seats are limited.
WHAT IF THAT DATE DOESN'T WORK FOR ME?
That's okay, UConn Hillel goes twice a year! UConn Hillel provides a trip in the winter (end of December/early January) and again in the summer (middle/end of May).
WHERE DO WE GO?
Israel's main attractions plus some less touristy, but very magical places. Although all trips vary to some degree, you can check out a sample itinerary using this link
WHY IS A TRIP WITH UCONN HILLEL THE BEST?
BECAUSE WE ARE A BICEP CAMPUS!
BICEP stands for "Building Israel Connections Engagement Project", meaning we are focused on enriching and enhancing the participant experience in Israel by adding unique social action and geopolitical activities that other trips don't offer. More than that, once the trip ends, we offer post-trip engagement by facilitating exclusive BICEP community events and programs in an effort to provide the Birthright Israel participants a deeper and even more meaningful connection to Israel! Learn more here.