Taglit-Birthright Israel was established in 2000 by a group of visionaries, in partnership with the Israeli government, as a response to increasing assimilation, decrease in Jewish communal life and disassociation from Israel.
With the vision of ensuring a vibrant future of the Jewish people by strengthening Jewish identity, Jewish communities and connections with Israel, is that we aim to give every young Jewish adult (18-32) around the world, especially the less connected, the opportunity to visit Israel on an educational trip.
To date, 750,000 young Jewish adults from 68 countries have experienced the gift of Taglit, including 110,000 Israelis and almost 6,000 participants from Australia alone.
We wish to acknowledge our appreciation to Gandel Philanthropy, the principal supporter of the Australian Taglit-Birthright Israel and to the Alter Family Foundation for their generosity.
We know you’re anticipating your 10-day adventure in Israel, and now more than ever, your health and safety is our top priority. We hope to open the trips as soon as possible so apply now to Save your Spot
During this 10-day educational journey, participants discover Israel from its historical Jewish landmarks to its highly diverse society and thriving high-tech and cultural scenes.
The sites, experiences and educational framework serve to motivate and an inner quest that promotes continued engagement with Jewish concepts, values, communal life and Israel, long after the trip ends. Birthright has mastered the ability to learn, reassess and evolve, in accord with the changing needs of young Jewish adults in today’s era.
One of the most celebrated components of Birthright is the Mifgash, the encounter between overseas participants and young Israelis – primarily IDF soldiers or officers – who join each group. The deep bonds that form are among the highlights of the participants’ experiences on Birthright, and often last years.
"The experience was truly something else. The friendships, emotions and welcoming feeling are memories that I will never forget. The shared experience connected us not just with other Australian Jews but also with our Israeli counterparts. I’ve come back different, more grounded by my identity.
I think if I had to summarise the trip in one word it would be “inspired”. Even though I grew up attending many Jewish frameworks, I feel re-inspired by all the new and different things I’ve been exposed to and the impromptu discussions we had about what being Jewish can mean. I try to incorporate these more into my day to day life."
“Birthright meant a great deal to me. It meant my identity, my religion, my family, my history, my belief systems. It all changed after Birthright. I suddenly felt a sense of belonging that I did not know I was missing. It was about what it meant to me in relation to my own journey.
After going on Birthright, I’ve become much more involved in my Jewish community both locally and globally. I’m a Campus Exec for AUJS at my uni, I’ve travelled to Washington DC to represent Australia at the AJC Global Forum, I go to Shul on a Friday and have regular Shabbat dinner with friends, family and even strangers!
I feel much more comfortable telling people about my Jewish identity and love telling people about our beliefs and practices. I am more confident in debating people on issues of politics and speaking up for what is right.
Numerically speaking the trip is 40 new friends, 10 new best friends, 3 trips to
Melbourne and too many Shabbat dinners to remember!”