Birthright Israel is an amazing, FREE, ten-day trip to Israel for Jewish Penn students.
Explore Who You Are as a Jewish Person in this World
Explore Entire Breadth of Israeli Religious & Political Perspectives
Network with Penn Alumni in Israeli Hi-Tech and VC Fields
Have the Best Time with the Best People. Period.
Questions or want to learn more? Email Alexa Vecchio
WHEN CAN I GO NEXT?
Update for September 2020:
As a result of ongoing uncertainty, it is unknown when the next trip will be. However, we strongly encourage you to apply now, in order to save your spot on a first-come, first-serve basis for when trips resume.Instead, the home page will have a message with a short explanation that will encourage potential travelers to SAVE THEIR SPOT on a first come first serve basis for when trips resume. So: visit freeisraeltrip.org/penn now to pre-register. When you do:
Be sure to select Penn as your school!
When you click “save my spot” you will be directed to the application with the ability to complete it, including submitting a refundable deposit (that can be rolled over from season to season.
Applicants will not have an option to choose a trip but rather a preferred month of travel.
WHAT IF I AM NOT SURE OF MY SUMMER PLANS, BUT I WANT TO TRY TO GO ON THE TRIP THIS SUMMER?
If you are not sure about your summer plans, but you are interested in the trip, we encourage you to register and pay the refundable deposit. There will be plenty of time to withdraw; however, if you do not register before registration closes, we unfortunately will not be able to get you into the system.
WHAT IF I SIGN UP AND THEN I CANNOT GO? WILL I GET MY DEPOSIT BACK?
When you register, you are required to pay a deposit to be considered for admission. If you decide you cannot go, you can withdraw and receive your deposit back if you do so before the withdrawal deadline (65 days before the trip departs). If you withdraw after this deadline, you will lose the deposit. The deadline will be communicated to all students who register, so that there is no confusion.
IF I REGISTER AM I GUARANTEED A SPOT?
The short answer is unfortunately, no. Registration is a bit of a numbers game, because we cannot predict how many students will register; however, we truly work very hard to accommodate everyone who registers. The sooner you register, the higher a chance you will have to get a spot on the bus.
CAN I GO WITH FRIENDS FROM OTHER SCHOOLS?
Non-Penn students can sign up for the Penn trip. Penn students get priority, and then if there are additional spots available, we will be happy to consider other applicants.
IS THERE ANYTHING I HAVE TO PAY FOR?
Participants will receive their $250 deposit back upon completion of the trip, but the deposit must be paid upfront in order to secure your seat on the bus. Participants are responsible for transportation to and from the airport and for the cost of one meal a day on their own. Participants are also asked to bring $100 in tip money for tour providers in Israel. Any shopping or additional spending money is at your discretion.
THE SHORT VERSION OF WHO IS ELIGIBLE:
Someone who is 18-32 who identifies as a member of the Jewish people with at least one Jewish parent or a formal conversion, and who has not been on a peer trip to Israel for longer than 4 months.
THE SHORT VERSION OF WHO IS NOT ELIGIBLE:
Someone who does not identify as Jewish, or does not have a Jewish parent, who has lived in Israel after their 13th birthday for longer than 4 months, has been on an organized trip to Israel after the age of 18, or who has begun but not completed the conversion process.
Please contact Alexa if you have questions about your eligibility for the trip.
HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?
Birthright Israel is a partnership between the people of Israel through the Government of Israel, private philanthropists through the Birthright Israel Foundation and Jewish communities around the world (North American Jewish Federations, Keren Hayesod, and The Jewish Agency for Israel).
This trip is a gift from Birthright Israel.