Below are some of the most common questions that people ask both before registration opens and during the process. Read through these Qs and As -- and learn how you can make sure you're ready when registration opens!
*(Registration opens February 13th at 10:00 am EST., and for returning applicants February 11th at noon EST.) Here you will:
**Please note that at some point you may receive an automated message from Birthright that the trip is waitlist only. This does not indicate your final status with IsraelExperts, only a registration function of Birthright. We ask you to be patient and remain on the IsraelExperts list for your desired trip.
Within 24-48 hours of registration you will receive an email from IsraelExperts. You will be asked to continue your application process using an IsraelExperts Infocenter profile created for you - the login information will be provided. Here you will need to follow these steps:
Follow the instructions on the Infocenter: photograph or scan the front page of your passport, save a legible copy (under 1 MB) and upload it to your Infocenter profile. Make sure:
Unless otherwise notified, you will receive information on scheduling an interview with IsraelExperts to determine your eligibility for the trip. Interviews are conducted by phone and typically last 15-20 minutes. Following your interview, you may be required to submit additional documentation to support your application.
*Please note that the timing of your interview will not affect your assignment status.
Be patient and persistent. Registering may go slowly (and seem even slower) because there are so many people on the IsraelExperts and Taglit-Birthright Israel sites at the same time. Don't give up! You will get through; try again in a couple of hours. If you are over 25, and/or have been waitlisted by IsraelExperts in the past – don’t panic: your priority status with us will remain even if you cannot get through to register on the first day; just keep trying.
Every season we have more applicants than seats. There are some things we recommend you do in order to improve your chances of coming to Israel with us this summer:
You are eligible for the Taglit-Birthright Israel gift if you meet all three of the following criteria:
Regarding age, for Summer 2013 Taglit-Birthright Israel have set a cutoff date of May 1st 2013. If you turn 27 before May 1st then you are NOT eligible for any Summer 2013 departure. If you turn 27 ON or AFTER May 1st then you ARE eligible and this will be your LAST CHANCE!!
On the other end of the age range, you must have turned 18 AND completed high school before your trip departure date.
Family visits to Israel or private visits on your own do not disqualify you. If you are unsure whether a previous visit to Israel affects your eligibility, contact us to find out.
For Taglit-Birthright Israel eligibility requirements, you are Jewish if you have at least one Jewish parent (mother or father) and consider yourself to be Jewish, or if you have completed a conversion course (certification will be required).
As you were waitlisted on a previous Taglit-Birthright Israel trip with IsraelExperts, we are giving you priority status to join us in the following seasons. In addition, YOU can take advantage of a special early registration, which opens on February 11th at noon EST. Official registration opens February 13th at 10 AM EST.
Since you started your registration process before, you will only need to undergo a partial registration process including reactivation of your Taglit-Birthright Israel profile. Please remember to re-activate your profile using the same email address you used in your original application.
Additionally, you will need to re-sign the waiver and re-submit your deposit. You will receive a welcome email from IsraelExperts inviting you to update your Infocenter profile, which contains important information including exact departure dates, mandatory information and friend requests.
Click here to reactivate your Taglit-Birthright Israel account (*link will be functional on February 11th, at noon EST): http://israelexperts.birthrightisrael.com
You cannot be assigned to a flight unless you have a passport that will be valid for at least 6 months from the completion date of the trip. Israeli law will NOT let you into Israel without this. If you don't have a passport, apply for one now. If you need to extend your passport, do it now.
If you already have your passport, either take a good digital picture of it or scan it and get ready to upload it to your Infocenter account which will be created when you register. All information on Infocenter and how to upload your passport will be provided upon registration. Make sure the name on your passport exactly matches the spelling of your first and last name (and middle name, if it appears on your passport) on your Taglit-Birthright Israel application!
If you want to travel with friends - Get Organized!
During registration, don’t forget to put down the names of your friends in the correct section: when you log into your IsraelExperts Infocenter application you will be able to enter this information under the Trip Requests section in the 'Friendship Requests' box.
According to Israeli citizenship law, you are a citizen of the State of Israel if any ONE of the following statements is true:
If ANY of the above apply to you, it is very important that you read on:
If you are a citizen of the State of Israel, as defined above, Taglit-Birthright Israel requires that you prove by official documentation that you have lived continuously outside of Israel from before your twelfth birthday. Even those of you who have never lived in Israel will need to provide proof of living abroad from before your twelfth birthday, if you were born to an Israeli parent. The following documents are acceptable:
You should prepare your documents and get ready to send them to us when registration opens.
PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU ARE ISRAELI WE - BY LAW - CANNOT SECURE YOUR PLACE UNTIL WE HAVE THIS DOCUMENTATION.
In addition, if you are a citizen of the State of Israel, by any of the definitions above, Israeli law requires that you enter and leave Israel using an Israeli passport (it is recommended that you bring your other passport as well so as to facilitate your re-entry into the United States or Canada). Please see this page for more info.