What is the deposit used for?
The deposit serves a few purposes. Once an applicant is accepted to the program the deposit acts as a guarantee that he/she will not withdraw from the program, thereby forfeiting their spot and preventing another person from benefiting from the opportunity to go to on the Birthright Israel Excel program. Moreover, should a participant withdraw less than approximately 30 days prior to departure (you will be notified as to the exact dates), it provides us with revenue to pay the penalties that are incurred from the airlines for last minute cancellations. Additionally the deposit serves as a guarantee that each individual will participate in all aspects of the program and behave according to the program guidelines. The non-refundable portion of the deposit covers participant programming and operational expenses.