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Taglit-Birthright Israel trip with Columbia/Barnard Hillel

Taglit-Birthright Israel is an amazing, FREE, 10-day trip to Israel for Jewish young adults between 18 and 26 who have never been on a peer trip to Israel, or who went on a peer trip for less then three months before 18 years old. For more information on Birthright, go here. Want to know what past participants have said? Check out their blog here. Email Allie Conn at allie@hillel.columbia.edu for questions.


The largest trip provider for Columbia/Barnard students

Summer trip after finals

Bring your friends from other schools



If you are a Jewish undergraduate student, age 18-26, who has never been to Israel on a group trip, you're invited to visit Israel as our guest. The Taglit-Birthright Israel gift is made possible through a partnership between a group of prominent philanthropists, local Jewish federations, the people of Israel through their government, Keren Hayesod and The Jewish Agency for Israel. 


• When is the trip?
Our summer trip is during Columbia and Barnard's summer break, once finals are over and before most internships being.  

• What if I am not sure of my summer plans?
If you aren't sure about your summer plans, but you may be interested in the trip, we encourage you to register and pay the fully refundable deposit. There will be plenty of time to withdraw if you decide not to go.  Most Columbia/Barnard students go over winter break. 

• What if I register and then I can’t go?  Will I get my deposit back?
When you register, you are required to pay a deposit to be considered for participation. If you decide you cannot go, you can withdraw and receive your deposit back if you do so before the withdrawal deadline. If you withdraw after this deadline, you will lose the deposit.  The deadline will be communicated to all students who register so that there is no confusion.

• If I register am I guaranteed a spot?
Registration is a bit of a numbers game because we cannot predict how many students will register; however, we work hard to accommodate everyone who registers.   If we have more registrants than spots, a waiting list will be created. 

• Can I go with friends from other schools?
Yes! A new policy has allowed for Columbia/Barnard students to invite their friends and relatives from other schools onto the Columbia/Barnard winter trip. 

• How many students will be going this winter break?
We expect that at least 80 students will be participating on the Columbia/Barnard Hillel buses this summer.

• Do most students know other participants in advance of the trip?
No!  Most of our participants do not know other students in advance of the trip, but leave the experience with a strong community of friends.

• Is there anything I have to pay for?

Participants will receive their deposit back upon completion of the trip. Participants are responsible for transportation to and from the airport (either JFK or Newark) and for the cost of one meal a day. Participants are also asked to bring $70 in tip money for tour guides in Israel. Any shopping or additional spending money is at your discretion.

• Can I see a sample itinerary?
Sure! Email allie@hillel.columbia.edu. To read about a past trip, click here

• What's the catch?
None at all.  We are offering you this gift because we believe that a Jewish journey to Israel is your birthright.