Federation partner Taglit-Birthright Israel has expanded eligibility for its free 10-day trips to Israel for Jewish young adults ages 18-26, effective immediately. Previously, those who went on an educational trip to Israel during high school were not eligible for Birthright trips, but can now participate, confirmed Noa Bauer, Birthright’s vice president of international marketing.
Birthright’s eligibility guidelines previously stated, “If you have been to Israel before but only with your family or on other personal business, you are still eligible. However, if you have been to Israel as part of a touring group, educational program, study program or an organized extended residential program since you were 12 years old, you are not eligible."
While those who have taken educational trips to Israel after turning 18 are still not eligible for Birthright, youths who took such trips before 18 can now go on Birthright from ages 18-26.
Thanks to the generosity of the Leichtag Foundation and Viterbi Family Foundation the San Diego Federation is expanding its Birthright program, guaranteeing the participation of 500 additional young Jewish adults annually get to experience this life changing trip.
Registration opens February 19. If you or someone you know would like to participate in this amazing program go to www.birthrightsandiego.com, or contact Carly Ezell at 858-571-3444.