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MAYANOT offers you a variety of different trip options to suit your style. So just choose the trip option that’s the best fit for you.

My Adventure 18-22

Ages 18-22
| 10 days
Coming alone? With a friend or two? Just looking to meet new people? On this trip you’ll meet a diverse group of young Jews from Israel and the USA and you'll enjoy an adventurous 10-day journey across Israel together. Mayanot’s My Adventure trip gives you tools to discover the uniqueness of Israel in your own way. We provide the tools, introduce you to the people and are there to guide you, but we encourage you to be open-minded and experience it all! 
December 17, 2017 - December 28, 2017
New York
December 18, 2017 - December 28, 2017
New York
December 24, 2017 - January 4, 2018
New York
December 25, 2017 - January 4, 2018
New York
December 25, 2017 - January 5, 2018
New York
December 27, 2017 - January 7, 2018
New York
January 1, 2018 - January 11, 2018
New York
January 7, 2018 - January 18, 2018
New York

Study Abroad: Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Ages 18-26
| December 26 - January 8 | 12 days
Earn 3 College Credits and get more out of your Birthright Israel experience with Birthright Israel: Study Abroad! NOW OPEN TO INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS! Mayanot Israel, in partnership with Tel Aviv University  – one of Israel’s premiere Universities – is offering an exciting and fascinating insight into the Israeli “Innovation and Entrepreneurship” scene. Our 2016 and 2017 programs - covering other topics - were both a huge success. You can read about our 2016 "Counter Terrorism Study Abroad Course" here. Now its your chance to have a similar experience while delving into one of Israel's hottest and freshest topics! Through this incredible course run through TAU’s Coller School of Management ,you’ll get to meet renown instructors, top Israeli entrepreneurs and some of the leading minds on hi-tech and innovation, and you’ll experience Israel like never before! Earn 3 college credits from a leading Israeli universityExperience 2 extra days in IsraelTake home a prestigious certificate for the study of Innovation and EntrepreneurshipLearn from leading experts and successful start-up founders in Hi-Tech and InnovationTour Israeli VC's, international Tech Giants, booming start ups and meet the people making them tickIncredible networking opportunitiesExperience Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Masada, Tzfat, Camel Riding, the Dead Sea and all the highlights of a regular Birthright trip, plus much more!SIGN UP NOW!About the Program Israel, a small country in the Middle East, is known for many things. It's beauty, it's beaches, it's history and heritage. Tourists from across the world flock to the tiny Jewish State by the thousands to bask in the sun, walk the cobblestones of ancient cities and discover a unique culture beyond any conflict.  Among the things Israel is known for is her Innovation and Entrepreneurship scene. Wedged in between the deep history and colorful culture is Israel's Hi-Tech and Innovation world. In this course, you'll:Run real case-analysis together with company executivesMeet with seed level and emerging companies as well as large international corporationsDevelop creative thinking in ideation workshopsLearn how to leverage personal networks and develop networking skillsGet a behind the scenes look at Venture Capital firms and their decision making processLearn essentials in data analytics and digital consumerism and moreAll the while, experiencing the trademark awesomeness of every other Mayanot trip. The course does not require any prior knowledge and is open to students from all majors. You can take this as a general elective.   This exceptional educational opportunity gives you:3 academic credits from Tel Aviv University, transferable to most US universitiesTwelve days in one of the world’s most fascinating countries! That’s two more days in Israel than a regular trip.Access to 35 hours of “field study” with leading experts in innovation.An opportunity to experience the "Start-Up Nation" hands-on through meeting and interacting with those that give her that name. Seminars and discussions with leading entrepreneurs in the Hi-Tech field.Israeli’s traveling with your group for five days.A prestigious certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship to add to your resume/college transcript.International connections with industry experts you’ll have for the rest of your life!How does this program work? Birthright Israel: Study Abroad is an educational experience where the coursework is integrated into your itinerary. There is a classroom component at Tel Aviv University and other places in addition to several academic days with Tel Aviv and the whole of Israel as your classroom, touring together with the professors and leaders. While flights and general programming are free, there is a nominal charge - just the cost of your $250 deposit - for all the academic extras.  Applicants will also need to show a GPA of 3.0 to be considered. (Please note: If you are interested in the program but don't have a 3.0 GPA, please email kalman@mayanotisrael.com. We are happy to consider exceptions under the right circumstances.) Upon successful completion of the program you will be given an academic transcript for 3 credits from TAU. If you plan on transferring the credits to your own university, we highly recommend that you confirm with your university before attending this program that the credits are transferable. This is fully your responsibility. We look forward to having you join us on this incredible trip! Places are limited!!    The Course Syllabus FACULTY    About Accreditation  Tel Aviv University is accredited by the Israeli Ministry of Education and the Council for Higher Education. Every student should approach their academic advisory to see whether credits for this program can transfer. You can see a list of schools that have a standing academic partnership with TAU here, but others may also accept the credits, even without an official partnership.  TAU is also a member of AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), connecting educators, students, and businesses to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders. Synonymous with the highest standards of excellence since 1916, AACSB provides quality assurance, business education intelligence, and professional development services to over 1,500 member organizations and more than 785 accredited business schools worldwide. Who is this for? Open to all applicants, studying, interested in or curious about international entrepreneurship, global innovation and Israel's status as the Start-Up Nation. This is the perfect Birthright Israel program for anyone looking to boost their resume and create networking opportunities for the future. Dates: December 26, 2017 – January 8, 2018Departing from: New YorkCost: Just your $250 deposit!Academic Credits: 3Minimum Requirements: 3.0 GPA (for exceptions, please email kalman@mayanotisrael.com) Itinerary This program includes the highlights of our adventure filled Birthright Israel itinerary, complete with incredible hikes, immersing yourself in Israeli culture, experiencing one of a kind cities, connecting with your Judaism and much more! Mixed into that experience are several intervals of classroom activities and unique field visits, led by our world ranked TAU Coller School of Management faculty in a learning experience you’ve never encountered before. Come back soon to check out the tentative itinerary and see for yourself why this is the perfect program for you to be a part of this winter. This experience is limited to 35 spots and we anticipate it being highly competitive, so make sure to pre-register now and apply as soon as registration opens on September 5th. Please note that all Birthright Israel itineraries are subject to changes.   FAQ[faq p=1483][faq p=2936][faq p=2938][faq p=2937] [faq p=1488][faq p=2934][faq p=2933] [faq p=1485][faq p=2935] For any questions about Mayanot's Birthright Israel: Study Abroad program, please fill out the form and we will contact you right away! [contact-form-7 id="1490" title="Academic form"]  
December 26, 2017 - January 8, 2018
New York

Study Abroad: Counter Terror & Israel

Ages 18-26
| December 26 - January 8 | 12 days
Earn 3 College Credits and get more out of your Birthright Israel experience with Birthright Israel: Study Abroad! NOW OPEN TO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS! Mayanot Israel, in partnership with IDC – one of Israel’s premiere Universities – is offering an exciting and fascinating insight into “Conflict Management and Counter-Terrorism”. The 2016 and 2017 programs were both a huge success. Now its your chance!  Through this incredible course run through IDC’s International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT)  you’ll get to meet renown professors, top Israeli officials and some of the leading minds on counter terrorism, and you’ll experience Israel like never before! Earn 3 college credits from a leading Israeli universityExperience 2 extra days in IsraelTake home a prestigious certificate for Counter Terrorism StudiesLearn from leading experts in the field of counter terrorismTour strategic points throughout Israel, such as borders with Gaza, Lebanon, and Syria first handVisit an IDF counter Terror unitIncredible networking opportunitiesExperience Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Masada, Tzfat, Camel Riding, the Dead Sea and all the highlights of a regular Birthright trip, plus much more!SIGN UP NOW!About the Program Located in the center of the Middle East, Israel is one of the world’s most intriguing and complex countries. Woven into the modern and constantly changing social trends, there are historic, deep rooted religious sects, and inter-woven tribal affiliations. In this course, you will become familiar with these complex issues, learn to analyze them, and come to grasp a better understanding of the challenge that terrorism in Israel poses to the global community at large.The course does not require any prior knowledge and is open to students from all majors. You can take this as a general elective.   This exceptional educational opportunity gives you:3 academic credits from IDC, transferable to most US universitiesTwelve days in one of the world’s most fascinating countries! That’s two more days in Israel than a regular trip.Access to 35 hours of “field study” with world experts in counter terrorismAn opportunity to experience Israel’s strategic points and borders– where you’ll learn firsthand about Terrorist organizations Hamas, Hezbollah, and ISIS from those dealing with them daily.Seminars and discussions with leading experts in the field of terrorismThe rare experience of visiting an IDF counter –terror unit on their training base.Israeli’s traveling with your group for five days.A prestigious certificate in counter terrorism to add to your resume/college transcript.International connections with industry experts you’ll have for the rest of your life!How does this program work? Birthright Israel: Study Abroad is an educational experience where the coursework is integrated into your itinerary. There is one classroom day at the IDC campus, and 4 academic days touring together with the professors. While flights and general programming are free, there is a nominal charge - just the cost of your $250 deposit - for all the academic extras.  Applicants will also need to show a GPA of 3.0 to be considered. (Please note: If you are interested in the program but don't have a 3.0 GPA, please email kalman@mayanotisrael.com. We are happy to consider exceptions under the right circumstances ) Upon successful completion of the program you will be given an academic transcript for 3 credits from IDC. If you plan on transferring the credits to your own university, we highly recommend that you confirm with your university before attending this program that the credits are transferable. This is fully your responsibility. We look forward to having you join us on this incredible trip! Places are limited!!  What is the Interdisciplinary Center - Herzliya? IDC Herzliya is modeled after Ivy League schools in the U.S.IDC Herzliya's success has drawn both international recognition and some of the finest lecturers and researchers from around the world to our doorstep. The Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) is one of the leading academic institutes for counter-terrorism in the world, facilitating international cooperation in the global struggle against terrorism. ICT is an independent think tank providing expertise in terrorism, counter-terrorism, homeland security, threat vulnerability and risk assessment, open intelligence analysis and national security and defense policy. The Course Syllabus FACULTY Course Academic Director: Dr.  Ronen Hoffman | Dean of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy and Founder & Executive Director of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya COURSE OBJECTIVEThe scope of terrorist attacks launched in the US post-September 11, the growing threat of the use of unconventional weapons, and the spread of a radical-Islamic network of terrorism have transformed the once localized threat of terrorism into an international problem. By intentionally targeting civilians while exploiting the freedom embedded in liberal-democratic values, terrorism presents a difficult and complex challenge to decision-makers and counter-terrorism experts. In order to effectively deal with the phenomenon of terrorism, decision-makers must address various dilemmas related to counter-terrorism: coping with the threat on an offensive, pre-emptive, and defensive level; collecting intelligence; and responding to terrorism through deterrent, punitive, and legislative measures.The aim of the course is to analyze the current terrorism threats faced by Israel and learn, through a combination of lectures and field trip, from the extensive Israeli experience in countering terrorism.Students are required to attend all classes, yours and any assigned supplementary activities related to the course. Classes will consist of lectures, guest speakers, and on site tours.*The course, its content and lecturers are subject to changes. About Accreditation  IDC-Herzliya is accredited by the Israeli Ministry of Education and the Council for Higher Education. The University maintains study-abroad agreements with many top academic institutions in the United States and worldwide. If your school does not appear on the list of schools with credit transfer agreements, we recommend consulting with your home study abroad office about whether credits received through this program can transfer. Even if your home school appears on the IDC list, we still recommend consulting with your home study abroad office in advance to confirm the credits will transfer. Who is this for? Open to all undergraduate students, but ideal for students focused on international relations, political science and criminology.Dates: December 26, 2017 – January 8th, 2018Departing from: New YorkCost: Just your $250 deposit!Academic Credits: 3Minimum Requirements: 3.0 GPA (for exceptions, email kalman@mayanotisrael.com) Itinerary This program includes a eight-day adaptation of our adventure filled Birthright Israel itinerary, complete with incredible hikes, immersing yourself in Israeli culture, experiencing one of a kind cities, connecting with your Judaism and much more! Mixed in with those 8 days are five days of classroom activities and unique field visits, led by our world ranked IDC faculty in a learning experience you’ve never encountered before. Check out our one-of-a-kind itinerary and see for yourself why this is the perfect program for you to be a part of this winter. This experience is limited to 35 spots and we anticipate it being highly competitive, so make sure to pre-register now and apply as soon as registration opens on February 1st. Please note that all Birthright Israel itineraries are subject to changes.   FAQ[faq p=1483][faq p=2321] [faq p=1482] [faq p=1481] [faq p=1488] [faq p=1487] [faq p=1486] [faq p=1485] [faq p=1484] For any questions about Mayanot's Birthright Israel: Study Abroad program, please fill out the form and we will contact you right away! [contact-form-7 id="1490" title="Academic form"]  
December 26, 2017 - January 8, 2018
New York

My Crew - Campus Trips

Ages 18-22
| 10 days
Looking for an Israel experience with friends and colleagues from your school? We’ve got you covered! On My Crew - Campus Trips, you’ll come together with young Jews from your campus and even a few folks from other schools to enjoy everything Mayanot has to offer. During your action-packed 10 day journey across Israel, we'll provide you with the tools you need to discover Israel and truly experience it all with like-minded Israelis and your peers from back home. (Campuses are listed alphabetically)
December 18, 2017 - December 28, 2017
University of Alabama
December 18, 2017 - December 28, 2017
Binghamton
January 7, 2018 - January 18, 2018
Bryn Mawr
December 17, 2017 - December 28, 2017
CalPoly SLO
December 18, 2017 - December 28, 2017
Carnegie Mellon
January 7, 2018 - January 18, 2018
Claremont Colleges
December 18, 2017 - December 28, 2017
Cornell
December 17, 2017 - December 28, 2017
CSUN
November 28, 2017 - December 10, 2017
Dartmouth College
December 17, 2017 - December 28, 2017
Delaware
December 18, 2017 - December 29, 2017
Drexel
December 18, 2017 - December 28, 2017
Emory
December 18, 2017 - December 29, 2018
Florida Atlantic
December 18, 2017 - December 29, 2017
Florida Gulf Coast
December 18, 2017 - December 28, 2017
Florida International
December 18, 2017 - December 28, 2017
Florida State
December 24, 2017 - January 4, 2018
George Washington
December 18, 2017 - December 28, 2017
Georgia Southern
December 18, 2017 - December 28, 2017
Georgia State
December 18, 2017 - December 28, 2017
Georgia Tech
January 7, 2018 - January 18, 2018
Haverford
December 17, 2017 - December 28, 2017
Indiana
December 18, 2017 - December 28, 2017
Ithaca College
December 18, 2017 - December 28, 2017
Kennesaw State
December 18, 2017 - December 28, 2017
Miami
January 1, 2018 - January 11, 2018
Minnesota
December 18, 2017 - December 29, 2017
Penn State
December 17, 2017 - December 28, 2017
Pitt
January 1, 2018 - January 11, 2018
Pratt Institute
December 20, 2017 - January 1, 2018
Rochester Institute of Technology
December 18, 2017 - December 28, 2017
Rollins
December 18, 2017 - December 28, 2017
South Florida
December 18, 2017 - December 28, 2017
SUNY Oneonta
January 7, 2018 - January 18, 2018
Swarthmore
December 18, 2017 - December 28, 2017
Syracuse
December 25, 2017 - January 4, 2018
TCNJ
December 18, 2017 - December 29, 2017
Temple
December 18, 2017 - December 28, 2017
UCF
December 17, 2017 - December 28, 2017
UCLA
December 24, 2017 - January 4, 2018
UConn
December 18, 2017 - December 28, 2017
UGA
November 28, 2017 - December 10, 2017
Union College
January 1, 2018 - January 11, 2018
University of Hartford
December 20, 2017 - January 1, 2018
University of Rochester
December 18, 2017 - December 29, 2017
UPenn
December 17, 2017 - December 28, 2017
USC
December 18, 2017 - December 28, 2017
Valencia
January 1, 2018 - January 11, 2018
WashU
January 1, 2018 - January 11, 2018
Wisconsin
December 24, 2017 - January 4, 2018
Yale

My 7-Day Adventure: Less is More

Ages 22-26 & 22-29
| 7 days
Crunched for time? Gotta get back to work? Are ten days off too much? Well then! We’ve got the answer! Welcome to our seven day Birthright Israel trip tailored just for you! You’ll still get the same amazing Birthright Israel experience with all the highlights like climbing Masada, floating in the the Dead Sea, riding camels, partying in Tel Aviv, visiting the Western Wall and much more! Don’t let time constraints get in the way of claiming your Birthright Israel gift.
December 24, 2017 - January 1, 2018
New York -

(#DigitalIsrael)

February 13, 2018 - February 20, 2018
New York
March 12, 2018 - March 19, 2018
New York
March 12, 2018 - March 20, 2018
New York

My Adventure - 22-26

Ages 22-26
| 10 days
Coming alone? Or with a friend or two? Or are you just looking to meet new people? On this trip you’ll meet some great young Jews from all sorts of backgrounds and from all over the United States. Mayanot’s national trips give you the opportunity to make new friends from diverse backgrounds and locations while having the time of your lives together in Israel. We have several National Israel Adventure trips throughout the season. 
November 29, 2017 - December 10, 2017
New York
December 6, 2017 - December 17, 2017
New York
December 10, 2017 - December 21, 2017
New York
December 20, 2017 - December 31, 2017
New York
December 25, 2017 - January 5, 2018
New York
December 27, 2017 - January 7, 2018
New York
January 3, 2018 - January 15, 2018
New York
January 10, 2018 - January 21, 2018
New York

#DigitalIsrael 7-Day Trip

Ages 22-29
| 7 days
#DigitalIsrael is for Hi-Tech professionals, founders of Hi-Tech Start-Ups, app developers, Social Media professionals and other online and digital marketers. This physical and cyber journey through Israel includes all of the staples of a signature Mayanot trip and then some! Meet young Israelis in your field, leading social media professionals, experts from across Israel’s internationally acclaimed hi-tech industry and influential movers & shakers in cyberspace in Israel and abroad. (This program is open to Canadians but participants are responsible for their own travel to and from the departure city.)
December 24, 2017 - January 1, 2018
NYC

Liberal Arts Tour

Ages 18-22
| 10 days
The only trip to Israel designed exclusively by and for liberal arts college students. Participants hail from elite colleges and value a rigorous, broad-based education. The trip includes more in-depth discussions and presentations than our other trips, while still sharing the same itinerary. The Liberal Arts trips is held every winter and departs from the NYC area or Philadelphia.
January 7, 2018 - January 17, 2018
New York

Trips for Canadians

Ages 18-29
| 7-12 days
Mayanot Israel is proud to have an array of specialty trip trips available for Birthright Israel eligible Canadian residents and citizens! These trips cover many different unique interests and demographics and we invite you to choose the one that best works for you. You and your friends from Canada can come along and enjoy all the trademark  highlights of a Mayanot trip while earning college credits or building your career! You'll meet people like you, from the United States and Canada on these fast paced, "challenge-your-mind-and-soul" 7, 10 or 12 day journeys throughout the Holy Land. Go ahead! Discover Mayanot!  Winter 2017-18 trips: Israel for Vegans (and Vegetarians) - The first ever Vegan Birthright trip! Dec 24 - Jan 4 | Departing from NYC | Ages 20-26 | More Info #DigitalIsrael - For people in Hi-tech, digital and online development! Dec 24 - Jan 1 (7 days) | Departing from NYC | Ages 22-29 | More Info Birthright Study Abroad: Conflict Management and Counter Terrorism Dec 26 - Jan 8 (12 days)| Departing from NYC | Ages 18-22 | More Info   Potential Summer 2018 trips: Israel for Vegans (and Vegetarians) - The first ever Vegan Birthright trip! Dates: TBA | Departing from NYC | Ages 20-26 | More Info #DigitalIsrael - For people in Hi-tech, digital and online development! Dates: TBA (7 days) | Departing from NYC & San Francisco | Ages 22-29 | More Info Birthright Israel Academic: Conflict Management and Counter Terrorism Dates: TBA (12 days) | Departing from NYC | Ages 18-22 | More Info My Extreme Adventure - For the more outdoorsy people! Dates: TBA | Departing from NYC | Ages 18-22 & 22-26 | More Info Newsroom to Newsroom - For journalists and people in the news industry! Dates: TBA | Departing from NYC | Ages 19-25 | More Info Sober in Israel - Mayanot's original 12-Step Birthright Program! Dates: TBA | Departing from NYC | Ages 19-25 | More Info Yisrael Sheli - Single gender trips for men and women! Dates: TBA | Departing from NYC | Ages 18-26 | More Info
December 26, 2017 - October 8, 2080
December 24, 2017 - January 4, 2018
December 24, 2017 - January 1, 2018

My Extreme Adventure

Ages 18-24
| 10 days
This fast-paced, adrenaline-filled trip is perfect for those seeking a challenging and adventurous, ten-day outdoor experience in Israel. Join this group of 40 fit, motivated and like-minded adventurers from North America and a group of young Israeli soldiers and students. In addition to the trademark Mayanot attractions, this trip can include: intense day hikes, water trails, night hikes, camping, off road jeeping, desert survival, rappelling and biking. Come explore Israel with us. (Next trips are in Summer 2018.)
June 4, 2018 - June 15, 2018
New York

Israel for Vegans & Vegetarians

Ages 20-26
| 10 days
Are you a vegan or vegetarian? Do you care about animal rights? Are you curious? Israel for Vegans is for you! This spiritually uplifting and physically liberating journey includes all the signature Mayanot highlights and offers the chance to meet passionate young Israelis and world leaders on the Jewish vegan and vegetarian scenes. You'll also delve into the unique advances the "Start-Up Nation" has offered to these communities worldwide. Tel Aviv is a world leading vegan city! Come discover it. (Please note, next trip will be in the Summer of 2018.) (This program is open to Canadians but the participants are responsible for their own travel to and from the city of departure.)

Yisrael Sheli - Single Gender

Ages 18-24 | 20-26
| 10 days
Yisrael Sheli means My Israel. That's what Israel is all about. YOU! On our single gender trips you can feel free to be YOURSELF. We’ll provide the tools you need to write your own story and create your own memories. You'll experience Israel through many lenses – but most importantly, your own lens. This trip is tailored to you, with visits to ancient and modern religious sites but still including Mayanot trademarks like climbing Masada, camel riding and the awesome young Israelis that will join you. These trips are for ages 18-24 (women) and 19-25 (men) and will be departing from NYC. For more information, please contact yisraelsheli@mayanotisrael.com. This program is open to Canadians however all participants are responsible for their travel to and from the US gateway city of departure. Please note, there will only be one group per gender. We apologize for the inconvenience. 
June 17, 2018 - June 27, 2018
NYC - Men
July 30, 2018 - August 9, 2018
NYC - Women