Description: The Tivnu Gap Year program is nine months of hands-on Jewish social justice engagement in Portland, Oregon for 17- t ...read moreThe Tivnu Gap Year program is nine months of hands-on Jewish social justice engagement in Portland, Oregon for 17- to 20-year-olds. Participants live together, create community, discover the Pacific Northwest, and explore connections between Jewish life and social justice with their heads, hands, and hearts.
Among their other activities, Tivnu participants intern with local grass-roots organizations. They plant sustainable gardens and learn about nutrition with elementary school children, prepare and serve meals at a café for people experiencing homelessness, tutor at-risk youth in an alternative high school, build homes with Habitat for Humanity, and more.
2019-2020 Important Dates:
Arrive in Portland: Aug 26, 2019
Thanksgiving Break: Nov 24 – Dec 2, 2019
Winter Break: Dec 23, 2019 – Jan 14, 2020
Passover Break: Apr 7 – 19, 2020
Depart for Home: May 20, 2020 read less
Description: Thursday, November 21, 2019, from Time: 6:30-9:00PM
Location: Shalhevet High School
Address: 910 S. Fairfax Ave., ...read moreThursday, November 21, 2019, from Time: 6:30-9:00PM
Location: Shalhevet High School
Address: 910 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036
Here are some testimonials from student attendees
"How did the fair help you solidify your decision to go to Israel on your gap year?"
"This fair is amazing. It reminded me how important Israel is and how (gap year) impacts your identity"
"Helped me bring my parents into the conversation"
"Gave me more options to consider than just the school visits and how every program is different"
"Helped me solidify my choices"
"Helped me realize the Gap Year is good for me and encouraged me to want to experience it"
Our Israel Gap Year Fair, the largest on the West Coast and the only cross-denominational fair in the country, offers more than 50 different Israel programs that appeal to students of all backgrounds.
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Description: June 26 - July 17, 2019
The Union for Reform Judaism’s Sports Israel offers teens the opportunity to combine thei ...read moreJune 26 - July 17, 2019
The Union for Reform Judaism’s Sports Israel offers teens the opportunity to combine their passion for sport, travel and Judaism in one place: on a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Israel.
Imagine seeing Israel as an athlete, with sports as your backdrop. Imagine a group of teens challenged with the task of teaching young Israeli children how to cradle a lacrosse ball, or on mixed teams with their Israeli peers for a game of baseball, sharing in each other’s culture and learning from their experiences together. Imagine those same teens meeting with influential Israeli athletes, learning from and being inspired by them as mentors in the field. URJ Sports Israel brings like-minded 11th-12th grade athletes together to explore, play, teach, and learn Israel – all through the lens of sports. read less
Description: Alexander Muss High School in Israel, known to most as AMHSI or just HSI, is a study abroad program in Israel for hi ...read moreAlexander Muss High School in Israel, known to most as AMHSI or just HSI, is a study abroad program in Israel for high school students. This is a high school unlike any other, where education is imparted through experience and history is infused into everything you do. While keeping up with classes from your home school and gaining important college preparatory skills, you will also be learning about Israel through first-hand experience. In Israel, your "classroom" is the land itself as you travel to the places where history was made.
Phone: (800) 327-5980;
Website: http://amhsi.orgread less
Description: Aardvark Israel offers long-term gap year programs located in the two most exciting cities in Israel: Tel Aviv and J ...read moreAardvark Israel offers long-term gap year programs located in the two most exciting cities in Israel: Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Everyone on Aardvark will…Do all this together while making lifelong friendships with other young Jewish students from all over the world! read less
Description: Monday, July 9 – Tuesday, August 14
Mach Hach BaAretz is an amazing and inspiring 5-week Israel summer tour for 1 ...read moreMonday, July 9 – Tuesday, August 14
Mach Hach BaAretz is an amazing and inspiring 5-week Israel summer tour for 10th graders. Fall in love with the country and form an everlasting bond with its people! read less
Description: Join us for an authentic adventure in the great American West designed for current 6th-8th graders. Pacific Connect ...read moreJoin us for an authentic adventure in the great American West designed for current 6th-8th graders. Pacific Connect is a balanced travel experience that combines must-see touring, active outdoor adventures, meaningful Jewish experiences, and a unique opportunity to forge friendships as part of a close-knit group. No need to fly half-way around the world to experience a truly memorable summer on Pacific Connect.
Washington State, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona
12 Hours Community Service read less
Description: July 5 - July 18, July 12 - July 25
Travel to the grand European cities of Amsterdam, Bruges, Paris, and London. Se ...read moreJuly 5 - July 18, July 12 - July 25
Travel to the grand European cities of Amsterdam, Bruges, Paris, and London. See world heritage sites like Stonehenge, Buckingham Palace, the D-Day landing site at Omaha Beach, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, Versailles Palace and Anne Frank's House. You'll also explore the Dutch countryside by bike, cross the English channel on an overnight ferry, sample exquisite Belgian chocolates and connect with Jewish Europe of past and present.
Western Europe Discovery is a jam-packed tour of England, France, Belgium and Holland. It's also an opportunity to explore the culture of Western Europe closeup -- its art, architecture, language, theater, culinary treats, and contemporary social trends. And along the way, you'll discover how the world-changing ideas that originated in these European nations continue to shape our own lives.
As a Jewish teen experience, this program is about understanding the history of Western Europe's Jewish community - its origins, triumphs and sorrows. You'll visit centuries-old synagogues, spend an authentic Shabbat in London and Amsterdam, and also confront the legacy of the Holocaust at places like the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup Memorial in Paris and at Fort Breendonk in Belgium.
Western Europe Discovery is a well-balanced combination of must-see touring, eye-opening Jewish experiences, and a unique opportunity to forge friendships with teens from around the world in the heart of Europe. read less
Description: Travel with teens from around the world on a cross-country and cross-cultural journey in the Jewish Homeland. Discov ...read moreTravel with teens from around the world on a cross-country and cross-cultural journey in the Jewish Homeland. Discover Israel's many treasures traveling between the Golan Heights in the far north to the tropical Red Sea in the deep south. Experience a Shabbat in the heart of Jerusalem, watch the sunrise from atop Masada and tap into the innovative spirit of Tel Aviv.
Israel Journey covers all of the classic sites you need to experience – ancient Jerusalem, modern Tel Aviv, the lush Galilee mountains, the vast Negev Desert, the unsinkable Dead Sea and the mountaintop fortress on Masada. But we'll also take you much further. Enjoy a BBQ on the beach, take part in an active archaeological dig, sample the world's very best falafel and spend a night under the stars.
More than a tour, this is a journey that is about discovering your own personal connection to this very ancient and very modern land. It's about exploring what it means to be Jewish from an Israeli point of view, It's about understanding the politics of the Middle East with new real world insights. And it's about living Jewish values through hands-on community service and Shabbat experiences. read less
Description: Welcome to BBYO Passport — the leading provider of travel programs for Jewish teens. Join us for a summer of new e ...read moreWelcome to BBYO Passport — the leading provider of travel programs for Jewish teens. Join us for a summer of new experiences, new friendships and a new way of looking at the world. Passport trips span destinations on five continents and combine elements of active touring, community service, and meaningful Jewish experiences. The program embraces pluralistic Jewish values and is designed for anyone with a spirit for adventure and a desire to experience the full color of the world. Prior involvement with BBYO is not necessary. Tracks to Israel, Europe, South Africa, Costa Rica and the Western USA are filling up fast!
Contact Person: Lane Schlessel;
Phone: (800) 698-1002;
Website: http://bbyopassport.orgread less
Description: July 5 - August 1, July 12 - August 8
PART 1 | Trek Costa Rica
Join teens from around the world and head for the c ...read moreJuly 5 - August 1, July 12 - August 8
PART 1 | Trek Costa Rica
Join teens from around the world and head for the cloud forests of Costa Rica to explore a country rich in bio-diversity, culture, and plenty of adventure.
Trek Costa Rica is a two-week teen travel experiene that combine outdoor touring, a Costa Rican approach to sustainable living, and opportunities for peer-to-peer connections with local teens.
As an experience for Jewish teens, Trek Costa Rica is also an opportunity to explore your Jewish identity through the lens of life in Costa Rica. Delve into the meaning of being eco-kosher, fulfill the Jewish value of Tikun Olam (fixing the planet), and celebrate two very memorable Shabbatot - including one with the Jewish community of San Jose.
Part 2 Italy Discovery
Fly to Italy and travel along the breathtaking Mediterranean Coast to the source of Western Civilization. Italy Discovery is a two-week teen travel experience that covers world-famous sites like the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel, the leaning Tower of Pisa, the canals of Venice, the Vatican, Pompeii, and Michelangelo’s David sculpture.
During the journey, we will enjoy learning how pasta is made in Florence, touring the Ferrari factory, playing bocci in Rome, and white water rafting in the back country of Slovenia. Of course, we also make time to enjoy the delicious local Italian cuisine and the beaches of the Mediterranean.
As a BBYO Passport experience, Italy Discovery is also about connecting with the unique history of the Jewish People in Italy. We visit centuries-old synagogues, spend a special Shabbat with the Jewish communities of Venice and Rome, and learn about the original ghetto of Venice and what it stood for.
Italy Discovery is a well-balanced combination of must-see touring, eye-opening Jewish experiences, and a unique opportunity to forge friendships with teens from around the world in one of the world's most beautiful lands. read less
Description: Ramah Seminar is a 6-week trip, based in Jerusalem, which includes exploring Israel's history, archeological di ...read moreRamah Seminar is a 6-week trip, based in Jerusalem, which includes exploring Israel's history, archeological digs, tiyulim (trips) and more, including the opportunity to spend the summer with Ramah campers from all over North America. Extensions of seminar include a pre-Israel 10-day trip to Poland. For more information, applications or prices, please contact the National Ramah Office. Email: email@example.com Phone: (212) 678-8883 Website: http://www.ramah.org.ilread less
Description: Open to Jewish boys and girls currently in grades 9-12 (Separate camps for Girls and Boys)
CAMP GOALS AND OUTCOMES
...read moreOpen to Jewish boys and girls currently in grades 9-12 (Separate camps for Girls and Boys)
CAMP GOALS AND OUTCOMES
Goal #1: To empower teens with knowledge so they can make Jewish-informed choices in their lives.
1.1) Understand at least four Jewish core values/themes, e.g., Shabbat, Kosher, Unity and Community, and Tzedakah, and encounter, practice or engage with these themes during camp.
1.2) Practice or undertake one of the above themes after camp.
Goal #2: To develop confidence, courage, and an appreciation of the individual worth and competence of themselves and their peers.
2.1) Try new experiences with confidence, and demonstrate and utilize a new skill or knowledge gained at camp that can affect their lives at school, work, home, or in the future.
2.2) Participate in and contribute to team activities and tasks with self-confidence and cooperation with others.
2.3) Make new, Jewish friendships and maintain those relationships long after camp.
Goal #3: To train the next generation of Jewish leaders, who can positively inspire and impact the people and environment around them.
3.1) Share new Jewish knowledge and lessons learned at camp with family members and friends.
3.2) Participate in and contribute to CTeen local and regional programs and Shabbatons during the year.
Goal #4: To foster wonder, appreciation, and respect for nature and the environment.
4.1) Participate in activities such as hiking, camping, and other outdoorsy adventures.
4.2) Be aware of the need for environmental justice and adopt practices such as recycling and reduced consumption.
Vail, CO: Colorado National Monument, Fruita, CO, Arches National Park, Moab, UT, Canyonlands National Park, UT, Bryce Canyon National Park, Bryce Canyon, UT, Valley of Fire State Park, Overton, NV,
Zion National Park, Springdale, UT.
This trip includes 5 hours of community service. read less
Description: Derech Hateva provides nature-based opportunities for teens to experience the wonder and excitement of the outdoors ...read moreDerech Hateva provides nature-based opportunities for teens to experience the wonder and excitement of the outdoors through meaningful adventures in Israel.
Phone: (212) 537-6280;
Website: http://www.derechhateva.orgread less
Description: The Fellowship year begins in August/September and runs for 12 months. The cohort is announced in May/June each year ...read moreThe Fellowship year begins in August/September and runs for 12 months. The cohort is announced in May/June each year. Applications will be available in Spring 2020.
Be inspired and inspire others to repair the world! The Diller Teen Fellows is a pluralistic, international, youth leadership fellowship currently active in 32 communities in North America, Israel, Australia, England, Argentina and South Africa. Twenty teens from the greater Los Angeles area are selected yearly based on their leadership aptitude, commitment to Jewish learning, interest in exploring their connection to Israel, and passion for serving their community. Fellows participate in monthly Sunday workshops, three weekend retreats, two single night overnights, a 10-day peer hosting of a Diller Teen Fellow from our sister community, Tel Aviv, and a three-week trip to Israel in the summer. The Fellowship is open to high school sophomores and juniors. Applications (by current freshmen and sophomores) are accepted in the spring. Teens from all Jewish backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
The Fellowship year begins in August/September and runs for 12 months. The cohort is announced in May/June each year. Applications will be available in Spring 2019.
To apply or mor information, go to http://www.westsidejcc.org/teens/diller-teen-fellows/
Contact Aaron Jacobs by email or call 323.556.5207 for more information. read less
Description: Girls Israel Volunteer Experience (GIVE) is a 5 week Israel summer program where extraordinary high school girls are ...read moreGirls Israel Volunteer Experience (GIVE) is a 5 week Israel summer program where extraordinary high school girls are given the opportunity to experience hands-on Judaism through the art of giving back.
On GIVE, we visit an array of chesed organizations and experience firsthand what it means to be a responsible member of the Jewish people by helping those in need. From soup kitchens to medical clowning, greeting a Nefesh B’Nefesh flight to painting kindergartens in underprivileged communities, GIVErs are able to contribute to the many needs of those Jews living in Israel.
While GIVE’s primary focus is volunteer work, touring and exposure to the land of Israel continues to be a major piece of the summer. When not engaged in chesed activities, GIVE takes you to many of the major tourist attractions throughout Israel. Some highlights include spending Shabbat in Tzfat, banana boating on the Kineret, hiking in the Judean desert and the Golan, mountain rappelling and floating in the Dead Sea.
GIVE is an opportunity for girls to give back some of the good that they have received in their lives to those less fortunate. For an amazing summer that allows you to experience tangible Judaism in an incredibly exciting environment, while making friends from all over, sign up for NCSY’s GIVE!
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Description: What is MBI?
Experience Israel by participating in the most unique program of its kind from North America. Join MBI ...read moreWhat is MBI?
Experience Israel by participating in the most unique program of its kind from North America. Join MBI for a five-week summer adventure with your post grade 10 national shichva (age group). On MBI you will travel the country from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv; from the Golan Heights to the Negev. Learn first hand about the Israeli peoples, history, culture and society.
Relationships developed during MBI program last a lifetime. Participants will be split into tour groups to experience the country. Activities focus on building strong ties within their groups and with their national shichva (age group). A central goal of the MBI program is to help create young leaders with strong Jewish identities who will use these their knowledge at home, in their communities and at their machaneh (summer camp). The MBI program fosters growth and new levels of understanding by creating a powerful learning environment. Israeli, North American and international youth are brought together to provide diverse insight in topics such as community building, Judaism, and the Palestinian–Israeli conflict. MBI participants will be given the opportunity to learn independently and communally about their connection to Israel and Jewish society. read less
Description: Israel Teen Fellowship is a two-week journey throughout Israel that focuses on diversity and welcomes all teenagers ...read moreIsrael Teen Fellowship is a two-week journey throughout Israel that focuses on diversity and welcomes all teenagers in 9th-12th grade. Fellows see and experience the country as a land of many faiths and cultures; one that is filled with diverse histories, stories, and traditions. As such, Fellows meet and interact with teens from various Israeli communities, including: Jews, Arab-Israelis, Bedouins, Druze, and Bahai'i. Participants try new foods together, learn about each other, and complete projects to help better the communities they visit. Other events include rafting the Jordan River, floating in the Dead Sea, camping out in the Negev Desert, beach time in Tel Aviv, and touring Jerusalem.
More info can be found on our website: https://www.israelteenfellowship.org/read less
Description: NFTY-EIE is a semester-long program based at Kibbutz Tzuba, located in the Judean Hills and approximately 15 minutes ...read moreNFTY-EIE is a semester-long program based at Kibbutz Tzuba, located in the Judean Hills and approximately 15 minutes outside of Jerusalem. With very small class sizes, students take advanced Jewish History and Hebrew courses and connect their learning with field trips across Israel. In addition, students take regular general studies classes to fulfill the requirements of their home high schools. NFTY-EIE is part of the Union for Reform Judaism family of camps and programs in North America and Israel.
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Phone: 212-650-4095 read less
Description: Ages: 15 or 16 years old
Three Weeks of: Tel Aviv, Fun, Jerusalem, Spirituality, Masada, Excitement, Dead Sea, Ad ...read moreAges: 15 or 16 years old
Three Weeks of: Tel Aviv, Fun, Jerusalem, Spirituality, Masada, Excitement, Dead Sea, Adventure, Eilat, Beauty, Tiberius, History, Tzfat, Awe, Great Food & Hotel and much more!
Memories & Friendships For a Lifetime!
Applicant must have attended two S.T.A.R. Shabbatons (One being in 2016 before the Israel trip)
The applicant has to attend at least five S.T.A.R. events/trips.
Applicant must be a member of a synagogue.
Applicant must be 15 or 16 years old to apply.
Space is very limited.
Special scholarships are available, for more information contact us at 818-782-7359 or email: email@example.com. read less
Description: Does your teen require financial assistance to participate in the Israel program to which s/he has been accepted? T ...read moreDoes your teen require financial assistance to participate in the Israel program to which s/he has been accepted? The Jewish Federation, in partnership with your family's synagogue, can help. To see whether your family qualifies, please contact:
Contact Person: Vicky Lee
Phone: (323) 761-8233
Address: 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048;
Website: http://jewishla.orgread less
Description: Discover your passions and find your purpose. Explore the ideas and activities that excite you. Find out what being ...read moreDiscover your passions and find your purpose. Explore the ideas and activities that excite you. Find out what being Jewish means to you. Spend the year with Tzedek America.
Tzedek America is a national, residential gap experience based in Los Angeles. We offer nine-month and semester-long programs for young adults, ages 18-20, the opportunity to grow and engage with the world before returning to academics.
Through national and international travel, social justice internships, adventure programming and shared responsibilities, you will learn valuable life skills and begin to see and experience firsthand the social, environmental and economic challenges facing the United States today.
The program teaches leadership, communication and confidence-building skills — lifelong learning tools that will help you build a successful and purposeful life while you work to make a better world. Jewish content is designed to give you the opportunity to explore and redefine your Jewish identity, both as an individual and as an American citizen.
Tzedek America seeks to engage with Jewish young adults who represent the diversity of the Jewish community, including Jews of all religious backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, national origins, racial and ethnic backgrounds, abilities and socioeconomic status. read less
Description: Chetz V'Keshet has been bringing teenagers who finished 9th -12th grade from all over the world to Israel for a ...read moreChetz V'Keshet has been bringing teenagers who finished 9th -12th grade from all over the world to Israel for a 4-week summer program since 1981. Our teens experience Israel's culture, heritage, language, and society as they tour the beautiful country. We hike, bike, swim and travel all across Israel while learning about its people and rich history. Each participant engages in several volunteer activities and completes up to 40 hours of community service during the program. During Gadna week, our participants will get to experience hands-on army training and educational activities with Israel Defense Forces (IDF) commanders. This year, you can also earn 3 college credits if eligible and accepted to our dual enrollment program. What makes Chetz V'Keshet truly unique is our Israeli participants--25% of our participants are Israelis who are members of the Israeli Tzofim youth movement. Our counselors are all Israelis who are fluent in English, have completed their army services and mastered our intensive training course.
Contact Info: Orlie, Director, 212-390-8130 ext. 309 read less
Description: Climb the fortress of Masada, put a note in the Kotel in Jerusalem, lay on the beaches of Tel Aviv, and drink tea in ...read moreClimb the fortress of Masada, put a note in the Kotel in Jerusalem, lay on the beaches of Tel Aviv, and drink tea in a Bedouin tent in the Negev desert as you travel across the beautiful, diverse landscape of Israel.
Jerusalem’s Old City. Mount Herzl. Masada. Ein Gedi. Kayaking on the Jordan River. Tzfat. Snorkeling in the Red Sea. The Dead Sea. Visits to several Kibbutzi
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Description: Are you a Jewish athlete or artist between the ages of 13-16? Do you want to participate in one of the largest Jewis ...read moreAre you a Jewish athlete or artist between the ages of 13-16? Do you want to participate in one of the largest Jewish youth events in the world? Join Team Los Angeles-Westside JCC at the JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest! Team LA Westside brings Jewish teens from the Greater Los Angeles area to the JCC Maccabi Games to compete in Olympic style tournaments against Jews from all over the US and the World. In addition to competition and high-level training, participants attend social events, receive leadership training, and perform community service projects. read less
Description: Don’t have plans yet for the summer? Interested in experiencing Israel through an LGBTQ+ lens? Then we have an am ...read moreDon’t have plans yet for the summer? Interested in experiencing Israel through an LGBTQ+ lens? Then we have an amazing Israel summer program just for you!
Meet Israeli teens from the LGBTQ+ community! Visit IGY (Israel Gay Youth) and discuss the successes and challenges of that LGBTQ+ youth face in Israel.
Develop leadership skills by collaborating with prominent members of the LGBTQ+ community, active in politics, social issues, the arts, and more!
Visit the Jerusalem Open House to learn about the LGBTQ+ community in an ultra-Orthodox and Palestinian communities, and discuss pink-washing and other queer middle eastern issues.
Travel off the beaten track to explore sites around Israel while immersing yourself in the amazing diverse scenes in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, while interacting with Israeli LGBTQ and Ally students.
Explore the queer nightlife in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, go on a culinary tour, meet Israeli artists, and plant a tree at the JNF Pride Forest in the Galilee!
1-866-599-2534 read less
Description: Young Judaea has been leading summer programs to Israel for over 50 years and offer an amazing opportunity to travel ...read moreYoung Judaea has been leading summer programs to Israel for over 50 years and offer an amazing opportunity to travel abroad, meet incredible teenagers from all over, and find out for yourself what Israel is all about. This will be YOUR summer experience! Program Options: Ma'apilim - Italy/Israel, Shorashim - Morocco/Israel, Kedem - Poland/Israel, Sepharadim - Spain/Israel, Sviva - Environmental Program... and more! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (212) 303-8014. http://www.youngjudaea.orgread less
Description: It’s finally time to experience the incredible culture and beauty of Israel that you’ve heard about since your f ...read moreIt’s finally time to experience the incredible culture and beauty of Israel that you’ve heard about since your first day at camp! Machon is a great program for every Young Judaean who wants to experience Israel to its fullest. Spend the summer with your best friends exploring the major sites and hidden gems of Israel. Machon will put your leadership skills into action while creating lifelong memories. Are you ready to head to Israel? Learn more and start packing!
As a new addition to the Machon experience, you will now get to start with three days at Tel Yehudah! You will participate in an exciting pre-trip program, spend quality time with the group, and be part of the great TY atmosphere! You will then be transported to the airport with your friends to begin your Israel adventure. read less