Birthright Israel provides the gift of a free peer group, educational trip to Israel for Jewish young adults ages 18 to 26 from around the world. We want young Jewish people to come to Israel, and to see, smell, feel, hear and taste the land first-hand. To experience it, talk about it, and think about what Israel means for them and the Jewish people. Birthright Israel is all about discovery– a discovery of Israel and its people, discovery of one’s own personal connection to Jewish values and tradition, and discovery of the ways in which one can be a part of the larger Jewish community.
Since its inception in December 1999, Birthright Israel has sent over 500,000 Jewish young adults to Israel. They come from 66 countries, all 50 U.S. States and Canadian provinces, and from nearly 1,000 North American colleges and universities.
Each trip is absolutely FREE with no strings attached! That's right, FREE. The idea is simple– we want you to go to Israel, and to experience the beauty that is the Jewish homeland. The Birthright Israel gift covers round-trip airfare plus ten days of accommodations and unique travel programming in Israel.
Jewish Federation & Family Services Orange County (JFFS) partners with Shorashim, one of the top trip organizers and an official trip provider for Birthright Israel. With this partnership, we have created The OC WAY, a community trip for ages 21-26 that enables young adults to experience Birthright Israel with others who live in Orange County and the surrounding areas.
For Summer trips, Registration opens February 6, 2017. TO TRAVEL WITH THE OC WAY, FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS GIVEN HERE. The sooner you complete your application and refundable deposit, the better your chances are of traveling to Israel and being placed on the trip of your choice!
By pre-registering, you can get a head start and make sure your application is flagged for priority status.
To be placed on the PRIORITY LIST, email Erica@jffs.org with your name, email and phone number.
Eligibility for the Birthright Israel gift mostly depends on three factors: Age, Jewish Background, and Previous Israel Experience.
As a basic guideline: The Birthright Israel gift is open to all Jewish young adults, ages 18 to 26 who have not participated on a peer educational trip since they turned 18 nor lived in Israel past the age of 12.
Once the most incredible 10 days of your life are up, we know you’re looking for more ways to connect. Jewish Federation & Family Services Orange County have made it easy for you to get involved upon your return from Birthright Israel.
The OC Way Trip is organized by staff who live in Orange County, work at JFFS, and will be your staff in Israel. They have hand-picked your itinerary, have years of experience planning and staffing Birthright Israel trips, and will be available to you throughout the entire process.
From application to the actual trip, our staff are here to ensure you make your way to Israel effortlessly, and during the trip, get everything out of the experience that your desire.