Applicants must be at least 19 years of age by the start of the trip, and they must be no older than 26 years of age by the last day of the trip. Some very limited exceptions to this rule may be considered for people who recently aged out of the eligibility limits, depending on the circumstances. Contact us for additional details.
Applicants must have at least one Jewish birth parent, or have converted to Judaism. But don’t worry: Having a Jewish background does not mean you need to be religious to qualify or fit in on our trips. In fact, many of the participants on Israel Outdoors have more of a cultural connection to Judaism than a traditional one.
Prior Israel Experience
Rules pertaining to prior Israel experience have recently changed. More people than ever are now eligible for a Birthright Israel experience.
- Applicants who traveled to Israel prior to turning 18 on a peer program designed for high school teens shorter than three months in length are eligible. Even if you were 18 at the time of the trip, you are eligible, as long as the trip was designed for high school students.
- Applicants who traveled to Israel since turning 18 on a family trip, a multi-generational trip, or some interfaith/secular experiences are eligible.
- Applicants who traveled to Israel after turning 18 on a peer program designed for college students or young adults are not eligible. Such programs include any study abroad, gap year, yeshiva/seminary, and any other experience under the umbrella of Masa Israel.
- Have not lived in Israel for over three months since the age of 12
- Have not served in the Israeli Army
- Not currently registered 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.
- Must reside in the United Kingdom — which includes being a resident, citizen or even a visiting student .
Still unsure about your eligibility?
Many applicants wonder if they are Jewish enough for a trip. Others are concerned about coming from an interfaith household. And some feel that they’ve just lost their connection. Unsure about your eligibility? We encourage you to contact us in advance and ask – we’d be glad to clarify your status and help get your application underway.
HONORING THE ELIGIBILITY RULES
Israel Outdoors has a responsibility to take the Birthright Israel eligibility rules very seriously, and we expect you to do the same. In large part, we rely on your honesty and personal integrity to ensure that you are, in fact, eligible for the gift. Please understand that lying or otherwise misrepresenting your background to get on this trip is no different morally or legally than stealing approximately $3,000, and it will be treated accordingly.