Participating on a Birthright Israel trip is an incredible opportunity to connect with your Jewish heritage, explore a beautiful and historic country, and make new friends from around the world. If you've never been to Israel before, it can be a little overwhelming to know what to expect and how to prepare. That's why we've put together this beginner's guide to help you get ready for your trip!
Here are 10 tips to help you come prepared for the (Yael) Adventure that lies ahead of you:
Be prepared for the weather: Israel has a Mediterranean climate, which means hot and dry summers and mild winters. Check the weather forecast before your trip and pack accordingly. We have packing lists for both summer and winter seasons here
Bring a water bottle: Staying hydrated is essential in Israel's hot climate. Bring a reusable water bottle that you can refill throughout the day.
Research local cuisine: Israel has a diverse and delicious food scene. Do some research before your trip to find out what dishes you'd like to try, and be open to exploring new flavors and ingredients.
Learn some basic Hebrew: Although many Israelis speak English, it's always respectful to make an effort to learn some Hebrew phrases before you go. This will not only help you communicate with locals but also demonstrate your interest in the language and culture. Learn some basic greetings, thank-you's, and common expressions.
Be open to new experiences: Birthright Israel is a unique opportunity to explore a new country and culture, make new friends, and learn about your heritage. Be open to new experiences and have fun!
Learn about the history and culture: Israel has a rich history and culture that's worth exploring. Do some research before your trip to learn about the country's past and present.
Be respectful of religious sites: Israel is home to many important religious sites, so be respectful when visiting them. Dress appropriately and follow any rules or customs that are in place.
Bring a small daypack: A small daypack is handy for carrying snacks, water, and any souvenirs you pick up along the way.
Bring a journal: Birthright Israel is a transformative experience that you'll want to remember. Bring a journal to record your thoughts and reflections.
Have fun!: Finally, remember that Birthright Israel is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore a beautiful country, learn about your heritage, and make new friends. Have fun and enjoy the journey!