There are two amazing ways for you to extend your Birthright Israel experience!
Birthright Israel +:
Want to extend your stay in Israel? Check out BirthrightIsraelPlus.com. This 4-7 day Birthright Israel Plus extension opportunity, focuses on your particular passions (no prior knowledge or experience necessary). This experience allows you to have get an in-depth understanding of Israeli society & culture, while meeting participants from around the world.
If you register for Birthright Israel +, the program fee covers the cost of flight extension, accommodations, & most meals for those four or five program days, so you won’t need to pay for your extension flight! Additionally, for this season, Birthright Israel will allow participants to use their deposit towards the payment of the program fee.
Birthright Israel Plus allows you to join a new experience focusing on a particular area of interest (no prior knowledge or experience needed!), following your Birthright Israel trip. BRI Plus programs are 4-7 days long, with smaller groups & slightly more relaxed schedules. You’ll have the opportunity to meet and connect with participants from different Birthright Israel groups from around the world!
This summer, sessions are offered May 26th, June 2nd, June 10th, June 30th, July 14th, July 21st, August 4th, and August 21st.
Please note that Shorashim is not responsible for Birthright Israel + recruitment or programming. For additional information, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Extending On Your Own:
Whether you are interested in staying in Israel after your trip or exploring other countries, extending your Birthright Israel experience is a great option!
We recommend beginning the process as soon as you have confirmed your travel dates & your acceptance is no longer conidtional.
Here is how you extend:
- Login to your Shorashim Application
- Click on the link that says "Gil Travel" under "Order Trip Extension"
- Choose your top three date choices for extension.
Gil Travel will then be in touch with the proposed cost & next steps. Please note that Shorashim staff are not responsible for assisting with extensions as it is all completed through Gil Travel.
It is recommended to apply for a trip extension at least a month before your departure, as changing your ticket while in Israel may prove difficult & more costly when in Israel.
All extensions prior to departure from North America are handled by Gil Travel and not the airline. Please do not contact the airline that you are flying on about extensions prior to leaving North America. If you do choose to extend while in Israel, you will then reach out to the airline on which you are ticketed.
Each airline charges different fees to extend flights, & although fees are subject to change, which is outlined here. You must fly home to the gateway airport from which you departed. It is not an option to pay for a layover in another city or change your return flight destination.
If you decide to stay in Israel for longer than the airline allows, you will be responsible for purchasing your return flight.
For additional information & specific airline policies, please visit Gil Travel.