Welcome to Taglit-Birthright Israel: Hillel! As the largest Jewish campus organization in the world, we offer the opportunity to travel throughout Israel with groups of your peers. Whether with students from your own college or from across the country, we have no doubt that you will have the time of your life on this free trip to Israel.
As a participant you can expect to learn about Israel from your peers – Israelis on your trip, your Israeli tour educator, and through your own eyes – seeing Israel as she is. You will see the cities, industries and nightlife that aren’t covered on network news.
In addition to the major sites of Israel – Masada, the Dead Sea, and the Western Wall – we’ll take you to amazing places you didn’t even know existed. Ride a camel in the desert, go jeeping in the Golan, and meet Ethiopian children at an absorption center. And of course, in addition to your campus peers, you will be traveling with new Israeli friends and getting to know the real Israel.
On Shabbat, we focus on taking a break from the fast-paced regular itinerary. Shabbat is celebrated in a pluralistic manner. In addition to Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox services, we also offer non-prayer alternatives such as meditation, discussions, and/or yoga. Shabbat is also the time where students have the opportunity, if they would like, to take on a Hebrew name and celebrate becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
The Taglit-Birthright Israel: Hillel trips will connect Jewish students to their Jewish journey and identities, to Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people, and, upon return, to their Jewish communities. All Hillel trips will provide a variety of meaningful Jewish experiences for students from all Jewish backgrounds to explore their tradition. Hillel will focus on follow-through after the trip with all campus-based participants, enabling and empowering them to continue examining their relationship to Israel and to the Jewish people both on campus and in their communities.
Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life provides opportunities for Jewish students at more than 500 colleges and universities to explore and celebrate their Jewish identity through its global network of regional centers, campus Foundations and Hillel student organizations. Hillel is working to provoke a renaissance of Jewish life.
Hillel's mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. Hillel student leaders, professionals and lay leaders are dedicated to creating a pluralistic, welcoming and inclusive environment for Jewish college students, where they are encouraged to grow intellectually, spiritually and socially. Hillel helps students find a balance in being distinctively Jewish and universally human by encouraging them to pursue tzedek (social justice), tikkun olam (repairing the world) and Jewish learning, and to support Israel and global Jewish peoplehood. Hillel is committed to excellence, innovation, accountability and results.
The Trip Staff Team
Staff accompanying Hillel’s trips from North America are local Hillel professionals, other Jewish community professionals, or university faculty/officials - all of whom have been specially trained to ensure the highest quality experience in Israel. Each group is also accompanied by a highly experienced, educationally-focused, licensed Israeli tour educator (guide).