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Taglit-Birthright Israel through Tufts

What is Taglit-Birthright Israel?

Taglit-Birthright Israel is a unique, historical partnership between the people of Israel through their government, local Jewish communities (North American Jewish Federations through the United Jewish Communities; Keren Hayesod; and The Jewish Agency for Israel), and leading Jewish philanthropists.

Taglit-Birthright Israel provides a gift of first time, peer group, educational trips to Israel for Jewish young adults ages 18 to 26.

Taglit-Birthright Israel's founders created this program to send tens of thousands of young Jewish adults from all over the world to Israel as a gift in order to diminish the growing division between Israel and Jewish communities around the world; to strengthen the sense of solidarity between Israeli youth and Jewish communities throughout the world; and to promote the idea of a trip to Israel for all Diaspora Jews as a critical part of Jewish life outside of Israel.

I’ve heard that there are other trip providers. Why should I go with Tufts?

There are a number of reasons that going with Tufts is preferable to another trip provider. Tufts Hillel uses Shorashim as the trip provider. We consider Shorashim to be the best there is- it’s like the red carpet treatment for Taglit-Birthright Israel. On a Tufts Hillel trip you live and experience Israel through the eyes of Israeli peers. Shorashim is the only Taglit-Birthright Israel program where groups travel for 10-days with Israeli friends. In fact, many students return saying that their favorite part of the trip was getting to know these Israelis who are the same age as them, but have such different life experiences.

Another reason to go with Tufts is because of the strong friendships that you build during the trip. On buses where not everyone attends the same university, relationships are very difficult to maintain after the trip ends. When you see a Taglit-Birthright Israel friend around campus, you momentarily relive the feeling that you had in Israel and you are able to cultivate these relationships into life long friendships.

Additionally, this year Taglit-Birthright Israel has had to cut back the number of people that can go on the trip. Thousands of people who sign up for the non-campus buses will be waitlisted and unable to go. Through the Tufts trip you have a much higher chance of getting a spot on the bus.

When are the trips?

Tufts Hillel sends out two trips per year, one during winter break and one during summer break. The exact dates are generally not decided until a few months before the trip. Contact Sara Legasey for more information..

How and when can I register?

Email Sara Legasey for more information.

How free is the trip?

Completely free! For real! Airfare, hotels, food… it’s all covered. The only things you might spend money on are gratuities, personal purchases, and travel medical insurance.

Am I eligible to go on Taglit-Birthright Israel?

You are eligible as long as you are Jewish, between the ages of 18-26 and have not been to Israel on a peer-group program since the age of 18. If you have questions about your eligibility,click here to read more, or contact the Shorashim office at 312-267-0677- we'd be happy to answer any questions you have.

Those who participated on peer educational trips prior to turning 18 years of age are now welcome to apply.

Go to the Shorashim website for more information.

I have more questions that aren’t answered here. Who can I contact?

Contact Sara Legasey, Program Associate at Tufts Hillel: email or (617) 627-3242.


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