Birthright FAQs

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What is Birthright Israel?

Birthright Israel is a FREE 10 day trip to Israel open to all Jewish young adults, ages 19 to 26 who have not participated on a peer educational trip since they turned 18 nor lived in Israel past the age of 12.

Are you sure it’s FREE?

Yes! Thanks to a group of incredible philanthropists, the Israeli government, and Jewish communities around the world, Birthright Israel provides this gift to the young Jewish world. In terms of cost, if domestic airfare is required, that is your responsibility, and you will want to bring money for one light meal a day.

What if I’m turning 27?

You’re still eligible for the season closest to your birthday (summer or winter) if you haven’t turned 27 by the time the first trip of that season will run! The cut-off is December 1st for Winter trips and May 1st for summer trips.

Am I eligible for this trip?

If you are Jewish, between the ages of 19-26, didn’t live in Israel past the age of 12 and haven’t participated on a peer experience in Israel after the age of 18, you should be eligible. To read more about Birthright Israel’s eligibility policy, click HERE. If you have any questions on your eligibility, just ask us at birthright@fzy.org.uk.

Will this trip be “religious”?

FZY does not have a religious affiliation, we are a pluralist movement, and our only agenda is to educate you about Israel. Our participants are from all walks of Jewish life, including those who have no Jewish background at all.

Can I visit my friends and family while in Israel?

During the 10-day trip, sometimes there will be small blocks of time available when they can come visit you. Note you will not be able to leave the group to visit them, as you must stay with your group for all 10 days. If you have friends and family, you’re encouraged to extend your trip to enjoy your leisure time with loved ones!

What does registration involve?

To register, you will be asked to fill in a primary and secondary application, and will receive a follow up phone call as an interview. In addition, Birthright Israel asks for a $250 fully refundable deposit. The deposit is to confirm your serious consideration to join the trip, and is to secure any penalties to the airline for last-minute cancellations. Upon successful completion of the trip, the deposit is returned within a week of your return.

Can I extend my stay in Israel after the trip?

Yes! We encourage it! Please note you will have to pay a flight extension fee. We are happy to help you arrange trip extensions.

To apply for this Birthright trip all you need to do is visit this site, click the button “Start Now!” and complete the forms.  In the question asking you to select the trip make sure to select “FZY – August 22, 2017″.