Welcome to your Canadian trip organizer! We are so excited to have you apply with us!
By registering with CIE you will achieve an immediate relationship with your local Israel Experience representative and instantly become part of the Taglit-Birthright Israel community. We are proud to have CIE professional staff across Canada, from Halifax to Vancouver, who are ready to answer all of your questions and provide you with everything you need to know about your trip to Israel.
Our numbers speak for themselves. More than 26,000 Canadians have travelled on a Taglit-Birthright Israel program with Canada Israel Experience. We have been providing unforgettable Israel experience memories since our first trip in February 2000.
CIE offers both National and community-based trips, allowing participants the opportunity to tour Israel with their peers from their city or university community. This way, our participants have the chance to meet, network and build long-lasting relationships with other Canadian Jews residing in the same region and/or city.
Once again, we are thrilled to have you join us in Israel!
Canada Israel Experience (CIE) is committed to the development of Jewish identity based on the centrality of Israel through the building of relationships between and among the Jewish people of Israel and Canada. As the Israel Experience arm of the Canadian Jewish federations, CIE operates on a community based program model that focuses on the notion of building community and connecting the participants to their local Jewish institutions upon their return from Israel. Through an extensive training of our madrichim (trip staff) they are equipped to act as informal Jewish educators, capable of inspiring their participants while in Israel and conducting programs aimed at fostering a stronger Jewish identity both in Israel and upon their return to Canada. Our goals are to expose our participants to the diversity Israel and Jewish peoplehood offer, and to gain an understanding of the history of the Jewish people and the modern state of Israel. Connecting young Canadian Jews to the wonders of Israel and ensuring that there will exist a strong and viable Canadian Jewish community are the pillars of the CIE Taglit-Birthright Israel experience.
Canada Israel Experience (CIE) is an organization born of the collective vision to strengthen Jewish identity among Jewish youth and young adults through participation in meaningful Israel Experience programs. Since 1996, CIE has proven to uphold a tradition of excellence in preserving the highest quality of educational, logistical, and safety standards. As the leading Israel tour organizer in Canada, our organization is committed to ensuring that all of our programs provide CIE participants with a unique, unparalleled Israel Experience. It is Canada Israel Experience’s goal to meet and respond to the needs of the Canadian Jewish community.
As a not-for-profit organization, CIE is funded through Jewish Federations of Canada - UIA by local UJA/CJA Federations across Canada. CIE prides itself in playing an active role within the Jewish Federation system. In this regard, Canada Israel Experience is the only Canadian tour organizer that maintains a national network of local Israel Experience representatives. In every major Canadian Jewish community, CIE employs a regional Canada Israel Experience professional ready to facilitate and assist participants in preparing for their Israel Experience. In addition to helping orient individuals before their trip to Israel, CIE community representatives are also eager to help all interested Canada Israel Experience alumni obtain the necessary tools and knowledge needed to get involved in their home Jewish community and/or return to Israel.
The Trip Staff Team
Each Canada Israel Experience (CIE) Taglit-Birthright Israel trip is led by an Israeli tour educator. In addition to being certified as tour guides, all educators undergo extensive preparation and training to make them experts at teaching the sites, subjects, and stories that matter to Canadian Jewish young adults. CIE tour educators come from an array of backgrounds, each bringing his or her own experiences to share with the group. Beyond simply informing, tour educators are expected to challenge participants with the thought-provoking questions which ultimately lead to a fuller understanding of what Israel means to them.
Every Canada Israel Experience Taglit-Birthright Israel trip has one male and one female Canadian staff. All CIE staff successfully complete an eight month Leadership Development Program in which they are trained in a wide range of areas including Israel geography, Shabbat programming, Holocaust education, current Israeli affairs and group facilitation. CIE staff are outgoing, passionate, fun and ensure that all of their participants have the time of their lives while in Israel!