Taglit-Birthright Israel provides the gift of first time, peer group, educational trips to Israel for Jewish young adults ages 18 to 26. Taglit-Birthright Israel operates on a belief that it is every Jewish person’s birthright to visit Israel. To date, over 300,000 young adults from 52 countries have traveled to Israel for the first time on Taglit-Birthright Israel trips.
As one of Taglit-Birthright Israel’s largest providers, Mayanot provides an unforgettable, adventurous Israel experience to thousands of students and young adults. Participants of Taglit-Birthright Israel: MAYANOT love our trips because our groups include young Israelis as well as participants from diverse backgrounds and experiences. We believe that makes for a much richer experience, and our alumni agree.
Mayanot is built upon a love for Israel,the Jewish people, our common history and the Jewish tradition. Mayanot draws inspiration from Chabad spirituality.
For our campus-based Taglit-Birthright Israel trips, we partner with the Chabad on Campus International Foundation through their 100 + centers across the United States.
Mayanot offers multiple departure dates and cities, diverse trip mates, great Israeli staff, the chance to hang out with other Mayanot groups from all over the country, excellent customer service in North America and Israel and a vast network of exciting alumni programming.
The Taglit-Birthright Israel: MAYANOT trip is an adventurous and educational ten day tour of Israel. It includes extensive touring of Israel, interactive discussions, recreational activities and much more! To see some of the trip highlights click here.
The trip is free because Taglit-Birthright Israel: MAYANOT believes that a visit to your homeland is your birthright. Taglit-Birthright Israel’s founders created this program to send thousands of young Jewish adults from all over the world to Israel as a gift in order to diminish the growing division between Israel and Jewish communities around the world; to strengthen the sense of solidarity among world Jewry; and to strengthen participants’ personal Jewish identity and connection to the Jewish people.
Taglit-Birthright Israel is an innovative partnership between the people of Israel through the Government of Israel, private philanthropists through the Birthright Israel Foundation and Jewish communities around the world (North American Jewish Federations through the United Jewish Communities (UJC); the Jewish Agency for Israel; and Keren Hayesod).
If you are coming with a group then you may travel with students from your campus or city. Otherwise, you will travel with other young Jews from your country. All Taglit-Birthright Israel trips are also divided into age groups: 18-22, and 22-26. In addition, every Taglit-Birthright Israel: MAYANOT group includes a group of young Israelis, often soldiers in the Israeli army. You will have a chance to make many new friends with other Jewish young adults from all over! Most Mayanot participants are not religious and come from all different Jewish backgrounds.
At Taglit-Birthright Israel: MAYANOT, all Jews, regardless of Jewish background, affiliation, knowledge or practice are welcome! Because Taglit Birthright Israel is only open to Jews who have never been to Israel on a peer-group experience, naturally many participants have very limited connection to their Jewish identity. Our experienced staff create an atmosphere to ensure that all participants, from all walks of Jewish life, feel comfortable on a Mayanot trip. And our experience has shown that this wide mix of backgrounds provides for a richer and more interesting experience for all.
Keeping in line with Taglit-Birthright Israel’s goal to be as inclusive as possible, all food provided on the trip is kosher, and there is no organized group travel or touring by bus on Shabbat. No one is forced to observe Shabbat however in public places participants are asked to be respectful to others around them. Mayanot provides opportunities to experience spirituality, Jewish life, culture and heritage, and encourages questioning! While participants are offered the opportunity to experience religious elements, they are completely optional for those who wish to participate.
All of Mayanot’s trips are co-ed and span religious backgrounds that encompass the entirety of today’s greater Jewish community.
Staff will be comprised of Jewish community professionals and student leaders from North America and Israel, all of whom will have been specially trained to ensure the highest quality experience in Israel. A unique and popular component of many MAYANOT trips is the presence of a Campus Rabbi who brings an educational and spiritual dimension to the experience.
Let us assure you that the safety and security of our participants is our number one priority. Taglit-Birthright Israel: MAYANOT would never take on this endeavor if we felt we were unable to adequately provide an absolutely safe and secure trip. We take whatever precautions are necessary, no matter the cost, to ensure the safety of our participants at all times. For more details of our safety precautions please visit our safety page.
Registration for the summer seasons usually opens in mid-February and remains open for approximately 1 week. Registration for the winter typically begins mid-September and is open for a similar time period. Keep your eyes on our homepage for specific registration dates for the upcoming season!
In order to be considered for a trip the following simple steps must be taken as soon as possible after registration begins for a respective session:
Step 1: Apply online here and complete the 8 part application.
Step 2: Submit a fully refundable $250 USD deposit.
Step 3: After receiving your login information, follow the link to Mayanot’s secondary application and submit the required forms.
Sure! As of 2012, Taglit-Birthright Israel changed their policy as such that any applicant who previously participated on a middle school trip to Israel is still eligible for a Taglit-Birthright Israel experience.
Be sure to complete your application, including uploading an image of your passport and paying your security deposit, to better your chances of being accepted. Additionally, the more dates you are available to travel, the higher your chances are of being selected for a trip.
Mayanot will contact you via email as to whether or not you are accepted to the program. Please be sure to check your email periodically. If your email address that you put on your application has changed please contact us at email@example.com and let us know your new address. Since we will communicate with you primarily by email, please add firstname.lastname@example.org to your e-mail address book, spam software whitelist, or mail system whitelist to ensure that you receive important updates from us.
The $250 deposit is to ensure that your seat is filled on the airplane and that you participate fully in the program. If these conditions are satisfied, your deposit will be returned shortly after your return home. If you should need to cancel your trip please be sure to do so before the cancellation deadline to avoid forfeiture of your deposit.
Your deposit can be submitted in section 7 of the Taglit-Birthright Israel online application (only after sections 1 through 6 have been completed). Taglit-Birthright Israel requires that all participants pay their deposit through Payoneer.
If you are accepted to the program and assigned to a flight, you will receive an email from Taglit-Birthright within a week of your return, with a link to receive your deposit. If you cancel in writing prior to the deadline, or are not accepted to a program in the current season, then your refund will be issued directly back to your original method of payment.
Get one fast! All participants must have valid travel documents (passport, Green Card, visa, etc.) in order to participate on a Taglit-Birthright Israel: MAYANOT program. Passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the last day of your trip. We need to have a copy of your VALID passport at least 45 days before your scheduled departure date or you may be removed from the trip and forfeit your deposit. For more information please visit our passport and travel documents page.
Please note that you can complete the Taglit-Birthright Israel application without passport information and fill it in at a later time.
MAYANOT makes every effort to place participants with friends and/or family that they wish to be with. You will be asked who you wish to travel with on the Date Request Form, and we will do our best to try to accomodate.
MAYANOT makes every effort to get applicants on to trips. There are a number of variables that determine how and when applicants get assigned including flight availability, groups and the amount of applicants. You can increase your chances of getting on a trip significantly by completing the entire application process (including submitting the fully-refundable deposit and all forms) as soon as possible after registration opens. In addition, the more flexibility you have in terms of departure dates, the easier it makes it for us to get you on a trip.
The safety and security of each and every one of our participants on a Taglit-Birthright Israel Mayanot Trip is our top priority. We are in constant contact with all of the appropriate security authorities. Additionally, a GPS (Global Positioning System) device is carried by each group and is monitored 24/7 by the “situation room” so that authorities are aware of each group’s location at all times. The groups, which travel by private bus at all times, are joined by an armed guard for the duration of the trip. At no time are groups permitted to travel into any unsafe or questionable territory.
Yes, but within the guidelines set forth by the Taglit-Birthright Israel official alcohol policy. Participants may be removed from the program for illegal use or possession of alcohol, for failure to abide by the terms of this policy, and also for drinking to excess, i.e. so much that it impedes participation in an activity, or if the participant is heavily intoxicated. There will be no tolerance for drunkenness and/or drunk or disorderly conduct.
Please click here to read the official alcohol policy.
Taglit-Birthright Israel: MAYANOT trips include roundtrip airfare (from designated cities), accommodations at quality hotels, coach transportation, tour educators, all site entries, two meals a day, and ten days of adventurous and educational programming. You will only need to bring spending money for lunches, snacks, drinks, tips, gifts and souvenirs.
Accommodations will be triple-occupancy in quality hotels and guest houses. We will try to accommodate roommate requests upon acceptance to the program. To see some of the hotels that Taglit-Birthright Israel: MAYANOT participants stay at please see our hotel page.
The Taglit-Birthright Israel program covers two meals a day, which normally includes buffet Israeli breakfasts and dinners in the hotel or restaurants. For lunch, participants should budget about $10 per day.
There is a limited amount of free time built into the program’s itinerary and you can invite visitors to your hotel during those times. If you would like to have extended visits with your family or friends we suggest you extend your trip.
All participants must be covered by insurance. Even if you have insurance, you are strongly encouraged to purchase travel insurance as soon as you are confirmed on a trip. This will ensure that any medical expenses, flight cancellation/interruption, baggage loss/damage, and much more will be covered. Travel insurance can be purchased at www.mayanotisrael.com/pre-trip/travel-insurance/
We suggest bringing approximately $150 to $200 USD in cash. If you do not have a credit card, you may want to bring a little more. Almost all stores in Israel accept credit cards. Do not rely on ATM machines as they can be difficult to find. Travelers Checks are also difficult to cash so we do not recommend bringing them. Please bring $70 USD, in addition to your spending money, which will be used as gratuity for your amazing Israeli staff.
Mayanot strongly encourages all participants to rent a cell phone for your Taglit-Birthright Israel: MAYANOT trip. Besides for emergencies this will be the only way family and friends will be able to reach you while you are on the trip.
Sure! Just remember, as with any valuables you choose to bring with you on the trip, Taglit-Birthright Israel and Mayanot hold no responsibility for any loss or damage, and we highly encourage all participants to take out travel insurance.
Our staff members have extensive Jewish and Israel experience, and are there to facilitate a fun, safe, inspiring, and educational experience. The educational staff consists of an Israeli certified tour educator, an Israeli social guide, an American Judaic educator, an American peer representative. Each group also has a private Israeli Security guard/medic, and of course an Israeli bus driver. The combination of American and Israeli staff members allows the team to provide the most unforgettable experience for each applicant!