Who is Eligible to apply for our trips?
Please read over these criteria to determine if you are eligible for a Birthright Israel: Canada Israel Experience trip.
All participants must be between 18 and 26 years of age and no longer be in high school by the time their trip departs. If you are turning 27 years old before May 1st 2017, you are no longer eligible for a Birthright Israel: CIE trip.
If you are turning 27 years before to December 1st 2017, you are not eligible for a Birthright Israel: CIE trip.
Eligible individuals are those recognized as Jewish by their local Jewish community or by one of the recognized denominations of Judaism. Applicants must also have at least one Jewish birth parent, or have completed Jewish conversion through a recognized Jewish denomination.
Previous Israel Experience
If you participated on a peer educational trip to Israel which lasted LESS than 90 days, under the age of 18, you are ELIGIBLE to apply.
If you volunteered on an Army Base, which lasted LESS than 90 days, under the age of 18, you are ELIGIBLE to apply.
If you have been to Israel before but only with your family or for leisure, LESS than 90 days, at any age you are ELIGIBLE to apply.
If you participated on the March of the Living when you were in high school you are ELIGIBLE to apply, once you turn 18 years of age.
If you were born in Israel, have ever held Israeli citizenship or have held an Israeli passport you are not eligible unless you can prove by official documentation that you left Israel before the age of 12. Documentation can be in the form of a Landed Immigrant Certificate or a report card from the school you attended in Canada at the time.
If you have served in the Israeli Army or volunteered on an Israeli army base, you are not eligible.
If you have participated on a Kefiada trip beyond the age of 18, you are not eligible.
If you have participated on an Aish Hatorah trip beyond the age of 18,, your eligibility must be cleared prior to registering, by one of our Canada Israel Experience staff members.
For confirmation of whether participation on a specific Israel trip affects your eligibility, please contact us at 1-800-567-4772/416-398-6931.
Every applicant MUST successfully complete a mandatory one on one conversation. with their local Israel Experience representative as part of the application process. Please note: CIE has the right to rescind a trip offer at any time, should an applicant be deemed ineligible by the mandatory one on one conversation.
Important Passport Information
A valid passport is one that expires a minimum of six months after your return date (i.e. if you return on July 15, 2017, your passport must be valid until at least January 15, 2018). This is non-negotiable and is an airline policy, not a Canada Israel Experience policy. Please do not forget that even if your passport is valid until the return date of the group, if you choose to extend your trip by even a few days past the 6-month rule, your passport will not be valid for travel. If you do not currently have a valid passport, please contact your local passport office to begin your application process. Obtaining a valid passport can take up to six weeks. Give yourself enough time so that a copy of your valid passport is sent to the national office by the deadline indicated in your application. Please ensure that your passport is in good condition. Stained or torn pages can result in any airline refusing to accept a passport for travel.
Attention: Israeli Citizens
If you were born in Israel, or have/ever had an Israeli passport (i.e. you lived there for an extended period of time, or your parents are Israeli citizens and they applied for you to have one etc.), you will be required to email us a copy of your valid Israeli passport along with your army exemption papers.
If you haven’t begun the process of Israeli documentation, we suggest you contact your local consulate of Israel to begin this process immediately; you will not be able to participate on our program without these documents.
Please note that these documents may take 6-8 weeks to be processed. We encourage you to begin this process immediately once you have applied for a trip.
For more information please contact the Israeli Consulate nearest you as soon as possible to speak with a consular staff:
Ottawa: (613) 567-6450
Toronto: (416) 640-8500
Montreal: (514) 940-8500
Online: Israeli Consulate in Toronto
Do you have a question? Please do not hesitate to contact us at Canada Israel Experience for clarification of eligibility rules at 1–800-567-4772 or firstname.lastname@example.org