Taglit-Birthright Israel -Applications December 2018 season – NOW OPEN

Applications for the December 2018 season NOW OPEN



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Please read all information below carefully before applying.

Birthright Israel is an innovative partnership between the people of Israel through the Government of Israel, private philanthropists through the Birthright Israel Foundation and Jewish communities around the world. Through this, Birthright Israel provides a gift of a free 10-day educational tour of Israel for young Jewish adults aged 18-26* who have never before participated in a peer-group educational trip to Israel.

The ZFA, together with the support and the initiative of the Keren Hayesod, is proud to represent the Australian Jewish community as the local partner in this exciting and ambitious project. The ZFA works in partnership with AUJS, Kangarusski, Hagshama and Chabad on Campus to operate Birthright Israel. By the end of 2015, over 4000 participants will have travelled from Australia on a Birthright Israel program from Australia.

December 2018 (Round 39 – Winter 2019 Season)

In December 2018 there will be 4 program providers to choose from, Hagshama, AUJS Chavaya and Kangarusski.

Please consider your choice carefully as you can only apply for one Birthright Israel program. Please also consider the dates and age criteria when making your selection.


Want to take a break from your busy schedule? Want to see the sights, smell the spices of the Middle Eastern market place, float in the Dead Sea and experience so much more? The Hagshama Taglit-Birthright Israel trip is for young adults between the ages of 23 – 26 who want to explore the beauty and excitement of Israel, connect with their Jewish identity and meet other young Jewish adults. Come join us for a once in a lifetime experience in Israel!

  • Departing Australia: 16th December 2018
  • Trip dates: 17th December – 26th December 2018
  • Departing Israel: 26th December 2018

AGE: 23 – 26 year olds

CONTACT: Shayndle Loewy – 03 9272 5644  Email:


The AUJS ​Taglit-​ Birthright Israel trip is a gift of ten days in Israel providing a first time, peer group, educational experience for ​Australasian ​Jewish students and young adults aged 20-23. This unique tour will inspire, and give you a stronger connection to the Jewish people, Jewish life and the State of Israel – all whilst having a great time relaxing on the beach, camel riding and exploring historical sites​!​

  • Departing Australia: 9th December 2018
  • Trip dates: 10th December – 19th December 2018
  • Departing Israel: 19th of December 2018

AGE: 20 – 23 year olds

CONTACT: Romi Rutovitz – 0433473251  Email:

PROGRAM 3: Chavaya 

Operating since 2005, Chabad on Campus – Chavaya’s mission is to provide university age students and young adults with an opportunity to connect to Eretz Yisrael (our land), Klal Yisrael (our people), and experience the rich culture of authentic Judaism, and inspiration and fulfilment of Jewish community life. Chavaya mostly targets unaffiliated or disaffected students and young adults, many of whom have not attended Jewish day schools, and/or with minimal, if any, involvement in Jewish community life.

  • Departing Australia: 2nd December 2018
  • Trip Dates: 3rd December – 12th December 2018
  • Departing Israel: 12th December 2018

AGE: 18 – 26 year olds

CONTACT: Avi Althaus  Email:

PROGRAM 4: Kangarusski

The Kangarusski Birthright program is a once in a lifetime experience for young adults of Russian decent. Come and explore, sight see, hike and discover Israel infused with Russian flavour. Be part of this unique niche Birthright Bus of like-minded Russian Speaking Jewish young adults!

  • Departing Australia: 13th December 2018
  • Trip Dates: 14th December – 23rd December 2018
  • Departing Israel: 23rd December 2018

AGE: 18 – 26 year olds

CONTACT: Anna Maylis  Email:


Participants are required to:

  1. Pay a deposit (refundable) ($260US) in indication of good intentions. $10US will not be refundable. Please note you are only required to pay the deposit once you have been formally accepted onto the program.
  2. Agree to the Online Waiver in the application form.
  3. Submit a copy of your valid passport (needs to be valid for at least 6 months after your return flight home.
  4. Provide proof of purchased travel insurance.
  5. Provide a medical form from their doctor. The doctor must know their medical history and know the participant for at least 12 months.

Eligible applicants who are Israeli to must provide a copy of their Israeli Army Exemption. Those who do not have one will need to apply for one ASAP. If you have not applied for one by the interview stage you will not be considered for the trip and will not be interviewed. It can take up to 3 months to receive one from the time you apply for it therefore we urge you to apply for one today to ensure you receive it in time for the trip. If you do not receive it in time your place will be given to another applicant.

You are considered Israeli if you meet one or more of the following criteria:

  1. You were born in Israel,
  2. One or both of your parents were born in Israel, or at some stage in their lives made Aliyah,
  3. You have an Israeli passport,
  4. You have previously made Aliyah.

You can contact the Israeli Embassy in Canberra on  02 6215 4510 or email




All participants must be between 18 and 26 and have finished high school by the time their trip departs. If you are turning 27 prior to May 1st for summer trips, or December 1st for winter trips, you are not eligible to participate in the upcoming round of trips.

Jewish Heritage

Eligible individuals are those who identify as Jewish and are recognised as such by their local community or by one of the recognised denominations of Judaism. Applicants must also have at least one Jewish birth parent, or have completed Jewish conversion through a recognized Jewish denomination.

Previous Israel Experience

If you have been to Israel before but only with your family or on other personal business, you are still eligible.

You are not eligible if you have been to Israel for more than three months since the age of 12. You are also not eligible if you were in Israel as part of a touring group, educational program, study program or an organized extended residential program since you were 18 years of age or older. If you went to Israel on an educational, peer-group program with your high school, before the age of 18 (for a duration of less than 3 months) then you are still eligible.

There are a few programs such as volunteering for Magen David Adom, participating in the Maccabiah games and UIA/JNF family missions that do not affect your eligibility.

If you were born in Israel or are an Israeli citizen you are only eligible if you left Israel before the age of 12. If you have served in the Israeli Army or volunteered on an Israel Army base, you are not eligible.

If you were born in Israel or have ever held Israeli citizenship or have held an Israeli passport you are not eligible unless you prove by official documentation that you left Israel before the age of 12. If you are accepted to the program you will need to obtain army exemption papers from your local Israeli consulate.

Jewish Studies Students

Students in exclusively Jewish Studies programs in any institute of higher learning, including Jewish teacher training programs, Jewish Studies Programs (not  including Jewish Studies major or minor candidates at secular institutions), rabbinical programs, yeshivot/seminaries, Jewish communal service programs and the like are not eligible for the Taglit-Birthright Israel gift while they are still in the study program.

Conditions – please read before applying.

Applicants must register online with Birthright. Please note: Applicants can only select ONE Birthright program to apply to.

Important Notes:

  1. Each program can, at its discretion, decide the appropriate age range for its program. Please check with the program organiser  for more information.
  2. Taglit Birthright Israel trip selection is a lottery process. Once applications close, all Complete and Eligible applications are placed in the lottery. 
  3. Priority is given to 26 year olds, as well as participants that have missed out on previous lotteries.
  4. Participants may extend their tickets (at their own cost) after the end of their Taglit-Birthright Israel program, but may only extend their ticket for a maximum of three (3) months. Participants must return to Australia within 3 months of the program ending.
  5. All participants must purchase compulsory travel insurance
  6. Breakfasts, dinners and all meals on Shabbat are covered by Birthright Israel. Participants will need to purchase their own lunch throughout the program. A budget of $100 should adequately cover this.
  7. Participants traditionally each give a tip of approximately $90AUD for the Israeli staff on the program. Group leaders will typically collect this at the beginning of the trip.
  8. Participants must have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity on it from the date of return to Australia. If a participant needs to renew their passport, it must be done so at least 1 month prior to departure for the trip.
  9. Participants are required to:
    •  Pay a deposit ($250US) in indication of good intentions.
    • Agree to the Online Waiver and Alcohol Waiver in the application form.
    • Submit a copy of their valid passport (needs to be valid for at least 6 months after your return flight home)
    • Provide proof of purchased travel insurance.
    • Eligible participants who were  born in Israel or lived in Israel and left after the age of 12 and anyone with one Israeli parent must apply for an army exemption and Israeli passport from the Israeli Embassy in Canberra before he applies and submit an online application.

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