Check out the video below on Vancouverite, Romy Sank's Birthright Israel trip in 2012.
What is Birthright Israel?
Birthright Israel provides a gift of free first time, peer group, educational trips to Israel for Jewish young adults ages 18–26. You travel with people just like you on a 10-day trip that introduces you to the marvels of Israel and connects you to your global and local Jewish communities.
Since Birthright Israel began in 2000 more than 18,000 young Jewish Canadians have traveled to Israel, joining 300,000 young adults from around the world on the trip of a lifetime.
Canada Israel Experience Centre (CIE), operated in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, is Canada's very experienced trip organizer for educational tours to Israel. CIE is dedicated to maintaining the highest educational, logistical, safety and security standards on its 10-day Taglit-Birthright Israel program. Visit CIE for more information.
Are Birthright trips really free?
Birthright Israel is free for participants thanks to a unique partnership between the people of Israel through their government, local Jewish communities (United Jewish Communities, Keren Hayesod, and the Jewish Agency for Israel), and leading Jewish philanthropists. Through the Annual Campaign, Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver pays for one-third of the cost for each local participant.
How do I register?
Trips take place at various times throughout the year, typically in May to August and December – and registration happens quickly. Sign up for a reminder e-mail. Click “Sign up for an e-mail reminder of when registration opens” – this will allow you to enter your name, e-mail address and phone number to be sent an e-mail reminder of when registration will open. Once you have done so, you will receive an e-mail outlining the registration steps and some basic information, as well as a number of reminder e-mails closer to the next registration opening date.
BC Birthright Alumni Community
Birthright Israel is a life-changing experience, affecting each individual in a unique and very personal way. Returning to Canada doesn’t mean that this amazing experience has to end. There are many ways for you to deepen your connection with Israel through our local community, including exciting alumni events and programs. Start by liking our Axis Vancouver Facebook page.
For more information about alumni events and programming in Vancouver, as well as all other events for young adults, please email Anna Labadaze.
For more information about Birthright Israel please contact Dafna Silberstein at 604.257.5100 or by email.