Registration to open for Hillel Birthright trip

Students ride on camels in the Negev during a recent St. Louis Hillel Taglit-Birthright Israel trip.

Registration opens Wednesday, Feb. 15, for St. Louis Hillel at Washington University’s summer 2012 Taglit-Birthright Israel: Israel Outdoors trip.

At 9 a.m. (CST) registration opens for the trip, and organizers note that spots fill quickly. The trip is planned to depart in mid- to late-May.

Taglit-Birthright Israel provides the gift of a first-time peer trip to Israel for eligible students and young adults. To be eligible for the free, 10-day experience, students must be Jewish, age 18-26, and have never been on a “peer-group” trip to Israel. All eligible St. Louis-area college students are encouraged to apply.

Once registration opens, students interested in participating must fill out the online Primary Application at www.israeloutdoors.com, selecting “Tlalim-Israel Outdoors” as the official Taglit-Birthright Israel trip organizer, “Israel Quest” as their preferred trip type and “May” as the travel month. Finally, students will be asked to submit a $250 refundable trip deposit. Applications will only be considered complete once the refundable deposit is submitted.

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It is recommended that students complete the entire Primary Application on the first day of registration to improve chances of being selected. Any student who has previously applied to participate in a Taglit-Birthright Israel trip can apply on Tuesday, Feb. 14 beginning at 11 a.m.

For more information about the trip, visit www.stlouishillel.org or contact Rayna Schaff at [email protected]