Birthright Israel

Taglit-Birthright Israel is an innovative partnership between the People of Israel through the Government of Israel, Jewish communities around the world (North American Jewish Federations) through the United Jewish Communities (UJC), and leading private philanthropists. 

This trip is a 10-day tour of Israel completely FREE. Available to Jewish young adults, ages 18 through 26.

 

· Tour, hike and jeep throughout Israel 

· Climb the ancient fortress of Masada 

· Float in the Dead Sea 

· Enjoy the culture, and excitement of Jerusalem & Tel Aviv 

· Experience a warm and fun-filled traditional Shabbat 

· Tour the cities of Tiberias and Safed 

· Meet Israeli students, soldiers, politicians & business leaders 

· Nightlife in Tel Aviv 

· Party Time!!! 

Birthright Israel Interest Form
At least one of my parents are Jewish 
I have not lived in Israel after age 12
I have not studied in Israel after age 12 
I have not been in Israel for any consecutive 3-month period after the age of 12 
When would you like to travel?
Are you a student at the University of Hartford?

! IMPORTANT !

We want to help you! 

When registering select: 

Trip Dates: University of Hartford Trip 

School: University of Hartford 

Departing from: New York  

Reference: Rabbi Kulek (860) 997-2921 

THIS WILL ALLOW US TO ADVOCATE FOR YOU AND ENSURE THAT YOU GET PRIORITY SELECTION. 

YOU CAN TRAVEL WITH ANY FRIEND FROM BACK HOME OR ANOTHER SCHOOL 

Mayanot allows you to register with your friends and to list who you want to travel with. 

 

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO TRAVEL ON THE UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD TRIP 

Even if you cannot travel on the dates of the official University of Hartford trip, list University of Hartford as your first choice. When you are interviewed you will be able to specify when you can or cannot travel.  

ANYONE IN THE KNOW WILL TELL YOU THAT DALIA AND RABBI KULEK ARE THE BEST TO TRAVEL WITH! 

Each trip has a Jewish educator. Jewish educators are not there to boss around or judge the students, they are there to answer questions and advocate for the needs of the students.  

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“Your kindness, honesty, and selflessness is inspiring and worth emulating.” 

“You are open to questions and your nonjudgmental attitude towards all people, ideas and ways of life.” 

“You are the first rabbi I feel a connection to.”  - Sharon S. 

“I truly felt more comfortable on this trip than I ever have felt before thanks to your warmth.” - Daniel H. 

“I can’t believe how lucky I got, considering I joined a random trip” -Tali B. 

Birthright FAQ

Who is eligible?


This amazing gift is available to Jewish young adults, ages 18 through 32 who have never been to Israel on a previous educational tour with their peers. Mayanot's birthright Israel tours are open to all Jews, regardless of background, affiliation or practice. Our welcoming approach and excellent track reputation of attention to detail help ensure that Jews with varying beliefs and observance levels are able enjoy the program -- together.




Is it really free?


Yes, the program is free. This includes airfare on El-Al Airlines, accommodations at quality hotels, and almost all meals. A $250 fully refundable deposit is required, and is returned after the program. Students will need to arrange their own transportation to the city of departure, and are expected to pay for several of their own meals in Israel. That's it!




What will we do when we are there?


Tour, hike and jeep throughout Israel.  Climb the ancient fortress of Masada. Float in the Dead Sea. Ride a camel through the desert. Visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. Stand at the site where Israel declared its statehood. Enjoy the culture and excitement of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Experience Shabbat at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Tour the cities of Tiberias and Safed. Experience Israeli Nightlife. Soak of the sun on the Mediterranean beaches. Meet Israeli students, soldiers, politicians and business leaders. ...and much more!




Why are these trips free?


Birthright Israel is a unique partnership between the people of Israel through their government, local Jewish communities and Federations (through the United Jewish Communities, Keren Hayesod and The Jewish Agency for Israel), and leading Jewish philanthropists. The goal of these exciting tours is to inspire in our participants a stronger connection to the Jewish people, Jewish life and to the Jewish State of Israel while having a great time!




Where do I sign up?


Visit www.mayanotisrael.com for more information and to sign up! To ensure that you are part of our group, make sure you enter "RABBI KULEK" in the Referral code box and select University of Hartford as your school on your application (even if you do not go to UHart).




Can I invite friends from other schools to come with me (or can I go with them)?


Yes! You can invite your friends from other schools to go with you! Just ask them to sign up with Mayanot on the same trip as yours and to list you as their travel partners. If the group dates don't work out with your personal plans, you can choose to go on another date, or you can wait until the next round of trips.




Is the trip religious?


No! Mayanot has been providing adventurous and educational experiences to students Israel since its inception in 1996. As one of Taglit-birthright israel's largest providers. Mayanot's birthright israel tours are open to all Jews, regardless of background, affiliation or practice. The trips are co-ed and are catered to non-affiliated participants. Mayanot's welcoming approach and excellent track record of attention to detail help ensure that Jews with varying beliefs and observance levels are able enjoy the program--together. Mayanot believes that a diverse, pluralistic group of participants makes the experience a much richer one and therefore regardless of your background or denomination you will feel at home on this trip.




Can I contact someone who has gone on the trip before?


Absolutely. Just speak with Rabbi Kulek or email chabad@hartford.edu and we will be glad to connect with you with an alumnus of the program.




What should I do if I have further questions?


Send an email to chabad@hartford.edu with your question and we will hasten to answer them!




What about security?


We understand that applicants may be concerned about the security situation in Israel. Rest assured that the safety and security of our participants is Mayanot's and Birthright Israel’s #1 priority. Please click here for more. https://mayanotisrael.com/safety/





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