Israel is the homeland of the Jewish people and, though we are in Virginia, we are always connected to the land. Israel will be part of our community conversations and we will engage the campus with educational opportunities pertaining to Israel. We will have frank discussions about the current affairs of the country, celebrate the culture, and encourage dialogue. In addition, students can travel to Israel through a semester Study Abroad program at the University of Haifa through the Office of International Education.

There are a bevy of opportunities to travel to Israel on different programs for different purposes - from ulpan, an immersive Hebrew experience, to year-long volunteer experiences.

Go on Birthright Israel with the University of Richmond

Every year, Jewish students at the University of Richmond have the opportunity to apply for a free trip to Israel through Birthright Israel. Birthright Israel: Hillel trips connect Jewish students to their Jewish journey and identities, to Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people, and, upon return, to their Jewish communities. Students are led through Israel by Jewish professionals and will experience Jewish history and Israeli culture through unforgettable tours, hikes, and unique activities.

Please note: While Jewish Life is not recruiting for a Birthright Israel trips due to COVID-19, students can still register here for regional and national trips. This information will evolve as we respond to COVID-19 on campus, but you can contact Josh Jeffreys, Jewish Chaplain and Director of Religious Life, for the most updated information.

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Please contact Josh Jeffreys, Jewish Chaplain and Director of Religious Life, with any questions or concerns.

*This trip is a gift from Birthright Israel. Taglit-Birthright Israel is an innovative partnership between the people of Israel through the Government of Israel, private philanthropists through the Birthright Israel Foundation and Jewish communities around the world (North American Jewish Federations, Keren Hayesod, and the Jewish Agency for Israel).