As you are preparing for your fantastic free trip to Israel, we would like to draw your attention to some important eligibility rules.The Taglit-Birthright Israel gift is meant for people who meet specific criteria. To be eligible for the Taglit-Birthright Israel: EZRA gift you must:
1) Be Jewish. For the Taglit-Birthright Israel trip, Jewish is defined as:
- Recognized as Jewish by the Jewish community or recognized as Jewish by one of the recognized denominations of Judaism;
- Where either parent is Jewish and the applicant does not actively practice another religion;
- From Former Soviet Union, the applicant must be eligible by the Israeli Law of Return;
- Applicants who have been on a March of the Living trip or Bayachad trips by JCH are eligible for Taglit-Birthright Israel as long as they are 22 years of age or older (through 26) by the date of their Taglit-Birthright Israel trip’s departure;
- Applicants who have participated in the Maccabiah Games in Israel are eligible for Taglit-Birthright Israel;
- Applicants who have been to Israel on family trips or with tours that were not peer educational trips are eligible for Taglit-Birthright Israel;
Please review reasons why you may be not eligible.4) If you have been to Israel for a period longer than 3 months after the age of 18. Not sure if you are eligible? Contact us and we will be happy to check your eligibility status!
- If you are younger then 18, or older than 26.
- If you still enrolled in High School.
- If you already participated in an organized peer trip to Israel after being 18 years old, and it does not matter whether it was a paid trip or not, or with Ezra or another organizer.
- If you practice another religion.
- If none of your parents are Jewish.
- If you studied in Israel since the age of 12;
- If you lived in Israel since the age of 12;
- If you learned in Israeli University, Yeshiva or another educational institute
- If you were any long term program such as working on Kibbutz, serving in Israeli Defense Army etc.
- If you are currently a full-time student in a Jewish Studies program in any institute of higher learning such as Jewish Teacher Training program, Jewish Studies program, Rabbinic program, Yeshiva/Seminary, Jewish Communal Service program, etc.