Birthright & Beyond

Birthright and Beyond

Birthright & Beyond is a two-week trip to Israel in which students explore their Jewish identities, commitments, and communities.  The trip is composed of two week-long programs, a classic seven-day Birthright trip and Harvard Hillel’s unique seven-day extension program, Beyond (formerly known as Trekstension).

Next trip: May 15–29, 2022
Registration deadline: March 1, 2022
Contact: Mikhael Kesher, Director of Israel Programs
To secure your spot now, open your registration today at





What is Birthright?

Birthright Israel is an international organization which partners with Jewish institutions to take Jewish young adults on a free trip to Israel.  On Birthright, you’ll visit national heritage sites, explore Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, hike in Israel’s beautiful nature, and relax by its beautiful beaches.  As well as your Harvard peers, you’ll be joined by Israeli age peers who offer their local perspectives (and tips on where to eat!).

What is Beyond?

Beyond is Harvard Hillel’s unique Birthright extension program, designed and delivered by our dedicated staff.  On Beyond, you’ll take a deep dive into Israeli society, exploring important and complex issues through hearing multiple narratives, including those of Israelis and Palestinians living over the Green Line.  Both programs include wonderful culinary experiences and immersive Shabbat programming.

Read on to learn more about eligibility, the registration process, and the itinerary, and to find answers to other frequently asked questions!

A note on Covid-19:

As a program of Harvard Hillel, Birthright and Beyond is subject to Covid-related travel restrictions imposed on students by Harvard College, in addition to those imposed by Birthright and the State of Israel. This trip will only run with the approval of these bodies. (In the case that a trip is canceled, the deposit is fully refundable.) We are optimistic about the prospects of our summer 2022 trip running as planned, but naturally are unable to offer any guarantees.