Is a frum Charedi Jew allowed to go on a Birthright trip to Eretz Yisroel? Are there any gedolim that say it's asur?

I would assume that the following things would be an issue:

  • Tznius
  • Mixed seating and activities
  • Mixed davening
  • Not a "pro-frum" movement
  • AvorohomKanievsky, welcome to Mi Yodeya, and thanks for bringing your question here! Could you please edit in some more information about what aspects of Birthright trips may be at issue, Halachically? – Isaac Moses Jul 22 '19 at 17:28
  • I recall hearing that in recent years they have created more 'Chareidi' tracks of Birthright. That might be worth looking into. – Salmononius2 Jul 22 '19 at 17:39
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    There are Frum birthright trips you can go on. I have a friend who was a madrich for 30 yeshiva guys who went onba trip. Even had good hashgacha on the food – robev Jul 22 '19 at 17:42
  • @ClintEastwood I allowed myself to roll back because I am not sure what a drummer has to do with the question – mbloch Jul 26 '19 at 13:38
  • @mbloch he most likely meant "frummer" – robev Jul 26 '19 at 17:18

Birthright is the general label for a 10-day all-expense paid first trip to Israel. Within that umbrella, different providers organize the actual trips. Some of these providers offer options geared to orthodox/frum/glatt kosher/single-sex participants, for instance

  • Ezra World (a youth movement) offers men-only/women-only/couple glatt kosher tours
  • Israel Free Spirit offers a men-only observant program with extra time in Jerusalem and Tzfat and chareidi hechserim

See the broader list here.

Of course, consult your rabbi before implementing anything you learn here and to discuss whether it would be appropriate for a specific individual.

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