Why is a deposit necessary?
Birthright Israel requires all applicants to submit a refundable security deposit in order for your application to be considered complete. There is a good reason for this rule. Because the Birthright Israel organisation spends a great deal of money on each participant, the refundable deposit is required to ensure that you really do intend to join the trip!
Of course, since the trip is truly free, the deposit will be fully refunded within 3 to 4 weeks following the end of the trip.
How does the deposit payment and refund process work?
The deposit can only be submitted online via the Payoneer payment service. The deposit is paid via credit card (a US$10 non-refundable processing fee applies).
If you are not selected for a trip or if you cancel a trip prior to the deadline, the US$250 deposit will be refunded directly to your credit card. If you do take part in the program, you will receive an email directly from Birthright Israel with instructions on how to retrieve the deposit. Your deposit will be refunded directly to your credit card if you complete the program in full.