Chabad on Campus is proud to offer fun and free tours of Israel. These trips are a gift of Birthright Israel and facilitated by Mayanot. The Mayanot Birthright Israel trip is the single most popular program at Washington University and in St. Louis. More WashU students have chosen Mayanot than any other trip provider!

Are you interested in claiming your free Birthright Israel trip? Email Chana or  Reshit for more information and to sign up. 

We are pleased to offer two WashU Birthright Israel trip options for Summer 2020:

  • May 18 – 28, 2020. Classic WashU Birthright Israel trip with BICEP enhancements. 10-days long.
  • May 31 – June 8, 2020. Condensed 7-day Birthright trip for pre-ISBA, Onward Israel and other programs.


What will we do when we are there?

  • Tour, hike and jeep throughout Israel
  • Climb the ancient fortress of Masada
  • Float in the Dead Sea
  • Kayak on the Jordan River
  • Hike through Israel's outdoors 
  • Ride a camel through the desert
  • Visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum
  • Stand at the site where Israel declared its statehood
  • Celebrate at a night out in Tel Aviv
  • Enjoy the culture and excitement of Jerusalem
  • Experience Shabbat at the Western Wall in Jerusalem
  • Artist experience in Tsfat
  • Tour the city of Tiberias
  • Meet Israeli students, soldiers, politicians and business leaders
  • BICEPs incredible trip enhancements 

...and much more!

Your American Staff Team:

  • Chana Novack of Chabad at Wash U, a Birthright Israel Fellow, will be staffing her 20th trip this summer. Her dedication to ensuring high-quality trips makes her one of Mayanot’s most valuable group leaders.
  • Reshit Ehrlich is the Wash U Israel fellow. Reshit provides a connection to Israel before, during, and after the trip. A native to the Holy Land, she knows the country inside out. Reshit loves to travel and looks forward to traveling with you.

In Israel, Chana and Reshit will be joined by a licensed tour guide, a medic/guard, and a professional bus driver. 

 Contact these student leaders for more information:

Who is eligible?

This amazing opportunity is available to Jewish young adults, ages 18 through 26 who have never been to Israel on a previous educational tour with their peers.

You are eligible if you have at least one Jewish parent, consider yourself Jewish, and haven't taken a gap year or study-abroad program in Israel. Therefore, you are not eligible to take the trip AFTER you do ISBA or most other Israel summer programs. 

Is it really free?

Yes, the program is free. This includes round trip flights from the East Coast, hotels, private coach travel in Israel, entry fees, educational programs, and almost all meals. A $250 refundable deposit is required, and is returned after the program. Students will need to arrange their own transportation to the city of departure, and are expected to pay for several of their own meals in Israel. That's it!

Is the trip religious?

As a Jewish trip, we will have lots of opportunities to explore how Judaism lives and breathes in Israel as well as exploring our own Jewish identities. There are no religious requirements to be eligible for the trip or on the trip in Israel.

Mayanot has been providing adventurous and educational experiences to students Israel since 1996. As one of Birthright Israel’s largest providers. these trips are open to all Jews, regardless of background, affiliation or practice. The trips are co-ed and are catered to non-affiliated participants. Mayanot believes that a diverse, pluralistic group of participants makes the experience much richer. Mayanot's welcoming approach and attention to detail help ensure that Jews with varying beliefs and observance levels are able to enjoy the program together.  Therefore, regardless of your background or denomination you will feel at home on this trip.

How do I register?

Visit for a direct link to the trip page on Birthright Israel's website. 

Still have questions?

Email Chana or Reshit. They are glad to talk with you!

This trip is a gift from Birthright Israel

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Birthright Israel is an innovative partnership between the people of Israel through the Government of Israel, private philanthropists and thousands of donors and Jewish communities around the world (North American Jewish Federations through the Jewish Federations of North America; the Jewish Agency for Israel; and Keren Hayesod).