Second-timers get go-ahead for Birthright trip

Jewish young adults who previously visited Israel on a high school program will still be eligible for Birthright.

The Taglit-Birthright Israel steering committee approved the expansion of the free 10-day trip to Israel, the Diaspora Affairs Ministry announced on Jan. 23. The expansion is to go into effect with this summer’s trips for 18- to 26-year-olds.

The decision to offer a Birthright trip for second-timers comes after operators of high school programs in Israel complained that the heavily subsidized Birthright trips have hurt enrollment in their programs, according to reports.

The trips of the second-timers will be funded solely by donors, as opposed to first-time visitors to Israel, whose trip is one-third funded by the Israeli government. — jta