From the Taglit-Birthright Israel web site:
Taglit-birthright israel provides the gift of first time, peer group, educational trips to Israel for Jewish young adults ages 18 to 26.
Taglit-birthright israel's founders created this program to send thousands of young Jewish adults from all over the world to Israel as a gift in order to diminish the growing division between Israel and Jewish communities around the world; to strengthen the sense of solidarity among world Jewry; and to strengthen participants' personal Jewish identity and connection to the Jewish people.
The gift of the 10-day trip is being provided by our partners: the people of Israel through the Government of Israel, North American Jewish Federations through the United Jewish Communities (UJC), and leading private philanthropists. Please take a few minutes to learn more about our partners, especially your local Jewish Federation, which is your gateway to community involvement, continued learning and leadership opportunities.Taglit-birthright israel operates on a belief that it is every Jewish person's birthright to visit Israel. To date, 88,000 young adults from 45 countries have traveled to Israel for the first time on Taglit-birthright israel trips. To learn more about signing up for a Taglit-birthright israel trip, click here. We are also available for questions via e-mail at email@example.com or via telephone at 1-888-99-ISRAEL. Information for parents can be found here. Registration for Spring/Summer 2006 trips will open on this site on February 8, 2006.