As you are preparing for your fantastic free trip to Israel, we would like to draw your attention to some important eligibility rules.
What Qualifies You:
- 1) Be Jewish (according to Birthright Israel)
- – 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
- – Applicants from the Former Soviet Union must be eligible by the Israeli Law of Return
- 2) Be between the ages of 18 – 26
- 3) Be out of High School
What Disqualifies You:
- 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 (it does not matter whether it was a paid trip or not, or with Ezra or another organizer.)
- If you practice another religion.
- If neither 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.
- If you have been to Israel for a period longer than 3 months after the age of 18.
Note: 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
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 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 have left Israel before the age of 12. Unfortunately there are those who abuse the trust given to them to attempt to acquire something that is not theirs. We take very seriously any attempt to lie or hide facts on your applications, and we have a right to suspend and penalize any person who is not eligible. We also have a right to request an additional documentation such as Birth Certificate, School Transcripts etc in order to prove your eligibility.
Not sure if you are eligible? Contact us and we will be happy to check your eligibility status!