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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.  The University of Richmond Hillel will also participate in the Birthright Israel program. 

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, all Jewish students at the University of Richmond are encouraged 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 currently recruiting for a Birthright Israel trip due to COVID-19, students can sill pre-register below for when trips become available in the future. This information may not reflect the most current 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.

How to Register:
  • Visit to register today! You will need to create an account with a non-universit email address. This will be your user ID.
  • Fill out Part I of the application and submit a $250 refundable deposit. For trip selection, choose "Campus Trip" and select University of Richmond.
  • Click the link to confirm your email address in the email from Birthright Israel. Within 24-48 hours, you'll receive an email from Hillel International with a link to Part II of your application, which includes health and medical information, roommate requests, and passport information.
  • Josh Jeffreys, Jewish Chaplain and Director of Religious Life, will contact you to sign up for a 30-minute one-on-one chat. This allows us to get to know you, determine eligibility, and gives you a chance to ask questions.
  • With approval from Hillel and your refundable deposit paid, you are off to Israel!
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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).