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Plant Your Way to Israel™ Trips

PYW funds can be used for trips to Israel with your family, your school, or any organized student program. There are many trips to choose from. Below is a list of PYW's featured Israel programs. Special programming includes Tikun Olam, our social action track, an ecological program called Sviva, and Te'amim, which explores the diversity of Israel. Please use the contact information provided to get more information for each program.

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B'nai Mitzvah

JNF Travel & Tours - B'nai Mitzvah Trips, Personalized Family Tours & More

JNF has been working the land for nearly 100 years! From the breathtaking views of Mount Carmel overlooking Haifa and the Mediterranean, to the rolling Judean Hills around the holy city of Jerusalem, down to the pristine beauty of the Negev Desert- JNF knows Israel. But traveling with JNF is so much more! No one else can help you take part in building the land of Israel. Tour the sites that JNF has helped redeem and then plant a tree with your very own hands. Get your hands into the earth that has been the focus of Judaism for thousands of years! Make Israel yours through a Jewish National Fund trip and let JNF bring you home to Israel.

See a complete list of travel options at Contact JNF Travel & Tours at, fill out an information request form or call the JNF Travel & Tours at (877) JNF-TOUR(563-8687).

High School

Alexander Muss High School in Israel

LEARN in a classroom without walls. LIVE 4000 years of history. LOVE an adventure unlike any other. Grow in ways you could not have imagined. Build life-long friendships. See why approximately 20,000 alumni say the Alexander Muss High School in Israel was one of the most important experiences of their lives. The Alexander Muss High School in Israel promotes, builds and strengthens lifelong bonds between youth and Israel through study of the history and culture of the people of Israel.

During an 8- week session, students plunge into history as the country becomes their classroom. Our seasoned and passionate educators become the students' mentors as they inspire them to live outside of books, encounter new ideas and challenge themselves in infinite ways. Students have the unique opportunity to take their high school classes with them to enable them to keep up with the work in their home school, and are eligible to earn college credit for their coursework. All this in a place where the past, present and future come together like magic, and where world history is shaped every day. Five sessions offered yearly!  Alexander Muss High School in Israel also works with individual Jewish Day Schools to tailor programs (timing and structure) to meet their unique educational goals. AMHSI already serves more than 16 Jewish Day, Middle and High Schools from throughout the US.

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BBYO Passport to the World

Passport to the World is BBYO's global travel program for Jewish teens of all backgrounds. Israel programs are at the heart of BBYO's Passport. Since 1956, BBYO has been sharing the magic of a summer in Israel with high school-age teens. Participants on Passport programs in Israel develop a profound understanding of Jewish history, the miracle of modern Israel, as well as a stronger sense of their own Jewish identity. BBYO is a worldwide non-denominational Jewish youth organization, and as such, all BBYO Passport trips embrace pluralistic Jewish values and are designed for teens with a spirit for adventure and a desire to experience the full color of the world. BBYO Passport programs are open to BBYO members and non-members alike. Trip dates are scheduled throughout the summer with multiple program options.

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BZD - The Ultimate Teen Trip for $2400

BZD's one month long summer teen trip to Israel is full of adventure, experiences, challenges and new friendships. You will have the opportunity to tour from the north to the south. Float in the Dead Sea, snorkel in Eilat, climb Masada at sunrise, spend a day on an army base, bonfire on the beach, volunteering with JNF, dinner and spend the night at the Bedouin tent after a camel ride in the desert & of course shopping! One of the highlights of the BZD experience is building a raft with your team of peers (there will be 100's of teens) and then everyone "rafting" across the kinnert! Our mifgashim program is always number one! You will spend three days on a kibbutz creating new life long friendships with your Israeli peers...socialize and volunteer together while you get to experience Kibbutz life and meet their community.

BZD subsidizes every teen's trip so the cost of $5999 is less than half price - $2400* with an additional cost of $250 for a registration fee. For more information go to or call us at (410) 484-4510. This trip is for Jewish teens in grades 9, 10,11.

*This price is only for teens in the Baltimore Metro Area. If you do not live in the Baltimore area - you can still be part of the BZD trip for $4200.

Gesher Hai

Gesher Hai is Palm Beach County's month long community teen trip to Israel. For $3,200, Palm Beach County teens entering 10th, 11th and 12th grade can enjoy touring all throughout Israel and spend a week with Israeli peers in the Tzahar Region from June 14 - July 8, 2010. Price includes the flight cost. The deadline to apply for scholarships is March 1. Gesher Hai is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County and Partnership 2000.

For more information and to reserve your spot, please contact: Mia Johnson, Israel Program Coordinator, at (561) 242-6609 and visit our website at:

Habonim Dror Israel Experience

Choose from two Israel programs: Machaneh Bonim B'Israel (MBI) or Habonim Dror Worskhop. MBI is a five-week program that incorporates an exploration of Israel with creative educational programming. The tochnit (program) is designed to provide a substantive Israel experience resulting in personal growth, the formation of a relationship to Israel and the development of a national shichva (age group). MBI involves hiking and touring throughout the country, and a strong commitment to educational seminars incorporated into the summer tochnit.

Workshop is the first and longest running gap year program to Israel, going into its 59th year. Members from your national shichvah (age group) will collectively live in Israel for 9 months, experiencing life on kibbutz and in small cities. During this time they learn about and travel the country, form kvutzot (smaller groups) and engage in messimot (long term volunteer projects).

Additionally, you will have a chance to meet your World Habonim Dror peers from other countries such as England, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and many others. Special programming includes Tikun Olam, our social action track, an ecological program called Sviva, and Te'amim, which explores the diversity of Israel. Please use the contact information provided to get more information for each program.

Learn more at and contact or (212) 255-1796 with any questions.

IsraelExperts Affordable Teen Adventure - 3-weeks in Israel including airfare under $3000!

Come join our fabulous Israel teen adventure this summer! Kayak on the Jordan River. Participate in workshops on yoga or Krav Maga Israeli developed self-defense. Learn about life in Israel by getting to know Israelis your own age! Spend four days on a kibbutz in the Negev desert and see how this arid region has come to life. Learn about the environment at Israel's Eco-Greenhouse programs. We'll also take time to give back to Israel through volunteer work on an IDF base (Israel Defense Forces) and maybe get a taste of IDF basic training! With IsraelExperts you'll experience the beauty, excitement, power and meaning of Israel in an open, pluralistic and liberal atmosphere. We'll challenge ourselves physically as we climb the snake trail up to the ancient fortress of Masada; and mentally as we struggle with the challenges facing the vibrant Jewish Democracy in Israel. IsraelExperts is Israel's leading educational tour operator, so you can be sure this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will be both fun-full and meaningful!A serious program for serious teens who want to have serious fun!

Learn more: Contact: 1-800-772-2452 x120 or

JCC Maccabi Israel

JCC Maccabi Israel is a project of two partners; JCC Association and Maccabi World Union. JCC Association is the continental umbrella organization for the Jewish Community Center Movement, which was started in 1854 and includes more than 350 JCCs, YM-YWHAs, and camp sites in the United States. Building on the 100 years of experience and the success of programs across North America, with JCC Maccabi Israel, we know you will have an unforgettable journey.  Our mission is to enable every young Jew currently in 10th through 12th grades to visit Israel within the framework of an organized peer group educational program, for  the purpose of strengthening, developing, and enriching his or her Jewish identity and identification with the Jewish people. Learn more: or


Since 1958, thousands of families have chosen to send their teens to Israel with the North American Federation of Temple Youth. Our Israel programs are only one of the many life changing experiences offered to Reform teens by the Union for Reform Judaism. Teen summer programs in Israel are recognized not only as spectacular opportunities for fun and friendship but as defining and transforming Jewish growth experiences as well. All those who care deeply about ensuring a vibrant Jewish future, appreciate the impact of a substantive Israel program on young people. Parents, potential participants, rabbis and synagogue leaders need to know how to choose the appropriate Israel experience for their teens. Not all programs are created equal!

The NFTY-EIE High School in Israel is for Jewish young people in grades 10 through 12. Since its inception in 1961, over two thousand high school students from the United States and Canada have participated in the program. Their high schools warmly endorsed the program and welcomed the opportunity to have their students participate in this international educational project. The NFTY-EIE High School in Israel is an intensive academic program and is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. All instruction is conducted in English with the exception of the Hebrew Ulpan (language instruction) and other foreign language instruction. The educational structure of the NFTY-EIE High School in Israel includes small classes and small group tutorials ensuring that students fulfill the requirements of their home high schools while immersed in the study of the history, culture and land of Israel. At the conclusion of the program, students receive an official transcript. The NFTY staff works closely with parents and schools to plan a special curriculum that fits into every participant's academic schedule of required courses. Students can arrange to take the Advanced Placement, PSAT, SAT I & II and ACT examinations while in Israel. Students interested in the NFTY-EIE High School in Israel may choose to participate in either the Fall Semester (September - January) or the Spring Semester (February - June). During the course of each semester, students are housed on Kibbutz Tzuba, near Jerusalem.

For additional information on any of these exciting Israel programs visit or call The Union For Reform Israel Programs at (212) 650-4070

NJY Camps

The NJY Camps, located on two scenic sites in the Pocono Mtns of Pennsylvania, is the largest Jewish cultural camp is North America. Founded in 1920, the camps offer the finest overnight camp programs for children in grades 1-11. Programming in the arts, sports and academics is conducted by caring professional instructors utilizing state of the art facilities. Our camps are all kosher and celebrate Shabbat in a pluralistic environment. Israel is explored with numerous staff members from Israel as well as programs designed to increase awareness about issues of the Jewish homeland. A trip to Israel is also offered for campers in grades 10 and 11.

To learn more about our summer programs at camp and in Israel, contact us at or at (973) 575-3333.

Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim (TRY)

Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim, the Jerusalem High School, based right in the heart of Jerusalem, is a fully-accredited high school semester (February-June) for 10th - 12th grades. The program offers a full range of academic classes including AP and honors courses as well as superior Israel, Hebrew and Judaic courses. Everyone's favorite course is the Israel Core Curriculum, which is equal to 18 high school credits. It integrates formal classroom sessions with extensive field trips throughout Israel. TRY is under the auspices of the Conservative Movement and are strictly kosher and Sabbath observant.

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USY Israel Pilgrimage

More than just a tour of Israel, USY Israel Pilgrimage is a complete experience in the Jewish homeland. You'll climb Masada, swim in the waters of the Kinneret, pray at the Kotel and drink tea in a Bedouin tent on the sands of the Negev desert. Half of your trip will send you traveling throughout the Galilee and the Negev the rest will bring you back to your home away from home, Jerusalem. You can begin your tour in Poland, Eastern Europe or Italy.

To learn more, contact Aviva Tilles USY Israel Pilgrimage Coordinator at or (212) 533-7500 ext 1146.

Young Judaea Israel Programs

Young Judaea has proudly been running Israel Programs for over 60 years! Our jam-packed programs offer all the fun and excitement of a teen tour, plus enriching activities, challenging extras, and endless adventures.  Our participants hike Israel top to bottom, take part in a community service project, and choose from a variety of Special Interest Week options, including army training, social action, living on a kibbutz, a week long hike, among others.  The entire program culminates in a two day beach festival called Maccabiah, with participants from all over the world.  We also offer specialty trip options, including YJ Focus and YJ Aquatics, which dedicate extral time to photography and water activities, and an international option, with time spent in Italy before touring Israel called YJ Italy.  Summer Programs range from 3 to 5 weeks, but the experiences and friendships last a lifetime! We also offer needs-based scholarships.  For more information, please email us at, call us 1-800-725-0612 or visit our website

Post High School

Aardvark Israel

Aardvark Israel, for Jewish students ages 17-22 from all over the world, combines immersion into Israeli Society, service to the community through volunteer work and internships, and learning about Israel and Judaism through both formal academic and informal educational encounters while living in Jerusalem and/or Tel Aviv. As a fully accredited university program, students may earn college credit for their coursework while on the program, operated in partnership with the American Jewish University. In addition, Aardvark Israel meets the needs of today's "millennial" students by offering a core program with a menu of add-on options enabling students to build their own gap year. Students may choose from several program options: 5-month Semester, 6-and-one-half-month Semester Plus, or 9-month Year Program.

Please contact Aardvark Israel for more info at 1-877-634-0162 or and check us out online at

Israel Pathways

Israel Pathways is an official provider of MASA-funded experiences in Israel for the adventure seeker, student, and aspiring professional. Eligible participants, age 18-30, receive a grant of $3,000 for a 5-month program and $4,500 for a 10-month program. Additional need-based scholarships also available. Whether you are seeking an alternative path, an opportunity to boost your resume, or a change of pace in your career track, Israel Pathways challenges you to broaden your horizons in Israel with other like-minded young adults. Learn more at

Kibbutz Lotan Center for Creative Ecology

Put the Earth in Your Hand - Opportunities to learn practical ecology while living in a unique Kibbutz in Israel's Arava Valley.

Kibbutz Lotan's Green Apprenticeship courses train participants to understand and create alternative solutions for the issues facing the modern world. Students live what they learn on a day-to-day basis by staying in the EcoCampus - a prototype neighborhood for sustainable living. Students also participate in the cultural, religious and life cycle events of Kibbutz Lotan, a member of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism and the Global Ecovillage Network. Upon successful completion of the course work, participants will receive a Permaculture Design Course Certificate according to International Permaculture standards, as well as an Eco-village Design certificate, in accordance with Gaia Education Curriculum.

Peace, Justice & Environment College Semester: Spend your fall college semester exploring the connections between new forms of ecological identity and stewardship, social justice and community in Israel. Work alongside Palestinian-Arab, Bedouin and Jewish Israelis who are striving for a just and lasting peace. Gain practical experience in ecological design, green building and sustainable agriculture. Put permaculture into action in authentic cross-cultural situations. Graduates receive 16 college credits from UMass Amherst, transferable to US universities.

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MASA Israel Journey

"MASA Israel Journey is a joint project of the Government of Israel and the Jewish Agency for Israel that enables thousands of Jewish young adults, ages 18 to 30, to spend a semester or a year in Israel in any of over 180 programs, helping them build a life-long relationship with Israel and a firm commitment to Jewish life. MASA connects young adults to programs that meet their needs and interests, grants and scholarships towards program fees, and support, activities, workshops and resources while they are Israel.

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Rimon School of Music

The Masa-Rimon Music experience provides young Jewish adults who live and breathe music with the uniqe opportunity to pursue their passion as they discover Israel. Students can choose to concentrate their studies in a number of subjects - or just one. Students from abroad are integrated into the Rimon classes and join ensembles alongside Israeli students immediately upon enrolling. Rimon also offers the students the opportunity to participate in many competitions and music productions within school. Additionally, the program also includes a dynamic supplementary curriculum, which includes field trips, tours, "mifgashim" - encounters - with Israeli peers, celebration of Jewish and Israeli national holidays, social and cultural events throughout Israel and educational seminars.

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Tel Aviv University Overseas Student Program

The Tel Aviv University Overseas Student Program offers a rich variety of exciting courses in the fields of International Relations, Social Sciences, History, Religion, Economics, the arts and many more to our undergrads. Our new cinema workshop is given by the Israeli actress and director Michal Bat-Adam and is a very exciting addition to the OSP offerings. Students can bring their films for study and evaluation by this dynamic director with input from other students. In addition, the semester or yearlong programs are preceded by an intensive Hebrew course (Ulpan); offering students at different levels of language proficiency the ability to substantially develop their Hebrew skills.

The program includes Intensive Hebrew study before the semester begins, choice of academic subject classes, newly renovated dormitories with WIFI, air conditioning and kitchenette just minutes from center city Tel Aviv, two three-day trips to various locations in Israel, and campus events.

Please visit our web site at To contact our office please email or call 800-665-9828.

Torah Letzion

Torah Letzion is a 501c3, organization that helps send boys and girls, who could otherwise not afford it, to Israel for a post-High School year of study. In a little under three years of existence, the organization founded by Marc Merrill while in Yeshiva University (Y.U) has sent 19 students to Israel on scholarships. For more information check out


The Netzer Year A Gap Year Experience is a unique 8-month leadership training program in Israel for recent Reform Jewish high school graduates, under the direction of the Union for Reform Judaism and Netzer Olami, The International Reform Zionist Youth Movement. The Netzer Year develops the skills and knowledge necessary to become leaders in the Reform Movement, your community or on a college campus. The program facilitates personal development, study of Jewish and Zionist ideals, as well as the Reform Movement's principles and ideology, both in and out of the classroom. The Netzer Year is a fun, challenging and stimulating way to spend 8 months in Israel and to be a member of an exciting and vibrant group. The Netzer Year broadens participant's horizons and offers an opportunity for self discovery, what it means to be Jewish and to live in Israel. Life-long friendships will be formed within The Netzer Year group and with other Jews from around the world during this opportunity of living, learning and growing as a person and as a Reform Jew. The academic year is spent with other recent Reform Jewish high school graduates from all over the world, including South Africa, Australia, Argentina, Canada, England, the Former Soviet Union, Israel, Germany, Spain and the U.S.A.

For additional information on any of these exciting Israel programs visit or call The Union For Reform Israel Programs at (212) 650-4070

Young Judaea Year Course

Young Judaea's Year Course in Israel is a fully accreddited  9-month gap year program for recent high school graduates who spend a dynamic year living, volunteering and studying in Israel. Participants are offered a wide variety of experiential, volunteer and academic opportunities. Participants on Year Course have the opportunity to earn up to a full year of university credits. Specialty Tracks include Athletics, Medicine, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Digital Arts, Business Culinary Arts, and a special Judaic enrichment program called Shevet. We are proud to introduce our new Social Action Rwanda program in which participants volunteer at the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village for one month of their overall Year Course experience. Olami, the world travel extension of Year Course, includes options to amazing international desitinations like Uganda, Morocco, Ethiopia, India, Portugal, France and the Czech Republic countries! We also offer needs-based scholarships and all participants are eligible for MASA grants. For more information, please email us at, call us 1-800-725-0612 or visit our website


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