About Birthright Fellows

Please note: Cohort 8 is a cohort based in North America and Cohort 9 is a special cohort open only to those currently participating in a short-term program in Israel.

Intensive professional development for experiential Jewish educators to staff Taglit-Birthright Israel trips, including:

  • A fully-subsidized four-day skill-building seminar
  • Workshops in experiential Israel education
  • Increased knowledge about Judaism and Israel
  • A peer network of elite leaders and educators
  • Opportunities to staff Israel trips

Application Criteria

The following criteria are guidelines for reviewing and accepting applicants:

  • At least 22+ years old by the start of the training seminar
  • Prior experience in informal Jewish education and in Israel travel as a participant and/or staff.
  • Prior experience or participation in professional development and/or leadership trainings or seminars.
  • A strong, well-grounded emotional attachment to Israel, the Jewish people, and Jewish life.
  • Professional experience (full or part-time) or lay leadership in Jewish educational and/or communal settings.
  • An interest in Jewish education.

Applicants will be required to complete an application and interview with program staff.