Summer Experiences

Summer Opportunities in Israel



Part of the National Council of Young Israel Movement, Achva includes a number of summer program options.

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Alexander Muss High School in Israel

AMHSI offers 6-week summer sessions with passionate and expert teachers and guides who lead

participants chronologically through the history of Israel. Summer session participants are eligible to

receive 6 college credits. Whether hiking where King Saul battled the Philistines or following in the

footsteps of Ben Gurion, AMHSI Summer session participants learn in a classroom without walls, live

4000 years of history and love Israel in an adventure that is unlike any other. As in all AMHSI's programs,

summer participants experience history for themselves in an exciting and memorable way as learning

takes place in a classroom, at a beach, atop a mountain, in caves, and all across Israel. Participants are

immersed in Israeli culture, live in campus dorms, and are encouraged to get a real “taste” of Israel at

the nearby local restaurants, cafes and parks.


Dana Gerbie Klein




The Passport to the World experience features a variety of program options including add-on extensions

within Israel and Europe.




Bronfman Youth Fellowship in Israel

Twenty-six outstanding North American teenagers (high school juniors who will be sixteen by the time

the fellowship begins), from the widest possible range of Jewish backgrounds, are selected for the

5 week Bronfman Youth Fellowship in Israel. Fellows encounter the land and people of Israel, study

Judaism and major issues in contemporary Jewish life, and learn about themselves and each other.

Fellowships cover room and board at the pre-trip orientation, round-trip transportation between New

York and Israel, educational programming, and room, board and travel while in Israel, and the fall

Follow-Up Seminar in New York City.



Derech Hateva's Israel Trail Teen Adventure

The Israel Trail Teen Adventure (ITTA) is a month-long outdoor program for Jewish teens between the

ages of 14-18 from North America, Israel and around the world. With a respect for nature, participants

backpack in small groups and explore, in various ways, continuous sections of the famous “Israel Trail” in

the North and South.



eCamp Israel

eCamp Israel is an International Technology Summer Camp, opening the gates to the #1 success story

of Israel – technological innovation. eCamp Israel introduces campers to an enriching experience that

touches their deepest emotions and spur creative energies in their minds.



Habonim Dror

MBI is a unique tour program for post tenth-graders interested in the Labor Zionist youth movement.

While MBI is open to those who have not yet been involved in Habonim Dror, participants are expected

to be involved in the movement after the summer is over.



Hashomer Hatzair

Yedid Plus is the summer experience associated with Hashomer Hatzair, a youth movement based on

the principles of the Progressive Zionist movement including social justice, Progressive Judaism, self-
actualization, and a commitment to peace and equality.



Havaya International

Havaya International is a 4 week long, life-changing opportunity to travel like a local in both Israel

and across the United States, while making a positive difference in our global village. Made up of 18

American teens and 18 Israeli teens, going into 10th-12th grade, Havayaniks will spend two weeks

traveling throughout Israel with local Israelis from the 92nd Street Y's sister city in Ramat Hasharon and

two weeks in the U.S. getting the opportunity to share their lives with their Israeli counterparts.




Kivunim is offering a 6 week experience for rising high school seniors. The six weeks include 2 weeks

spent in Morocco and 4 weeks spent in Israel and also include a week total of intense service work in

both countries. The program explores the arts, geography, politics, history, and religion in a fun and

transformative environment.



Mach Hach

Mach Hach is a program of Bnei Akiva, the Zionist, modern Orthodox international youth movement.





The National Conference of Synagogue Youth offers a wide variety of summer programs in Israel.




(Kehillah Experience)

A 6 week program combining outdoor adventure; workshops in the visual, performing, and literary arts;

community service projects; cultural activities and creative Jewish study in Israel with Israelis.




(Reform) NFTY offers a wide variety of summer Israel experiences including NFTY Adventure (4 weeks

in Israel), NFTY L'Dor V'Dor (1 week in Eastern Europe, 4 weeks in Israel), NFTY Olé (1 week in Spain, 4

weeks in Israel), EIE Summer (6+ weeks in Israel), JewGlee (audition based choir will perform in Eastern

Europe and Israel during the trip) and Israel in a Special Way (3 week experience for teens with special

needs). More detail on all of these experiences can be found on the NFTY website.



Noar Hadash

(Reconstructionist)After building community together at Camp JRF, participants travel to Israel for a

month-long interactive experience based on a civilizational approach, teens move through history as

they find ways in which Jews have lived in Israel throughout the generations. They spend time in all

parts of the country: climbing, swimming, and singing; hiking, learning, and exploring; connecting and

volunteering their way through the land. Upon their return, they spend Shabbat back at Camp JRF.




Choose from a variety of travel options include Israel-only programs and Israel programs with European





Housed at the Technion in Haifa, Scitech is an international science and technology live-in research



Tzofim Chetz V’Keshet

(Friends of the Israeli Scouts) Tzofim Chetz V’Keshet (CVK) is an Israel Program for teens ages 14-18, and

offers the unique opportunity to have "A Summer in Israel – Israeli Style." For one month, participants

are exposed to all that Israel has to offer side by side with Israeli peers and Israeli staff (soldiers from the

Education Division of the IDF, who work on our program!).

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(Conservative) USY offers many different experiences throughout Israel and Europe for teens and

parents. Students are exposed to the history and contemporary realities of Judaism and Israel.



Yad B’Yad

The Yad B’Yad Israel Experience brings high school students together with Yachad members (adults with

special needs) on a fabulous Israel adventure. Participants form strong bonds of friendship and undergo

personal growth as they experience the Jewish homeland, Israel, in a new and unparalleled way.



Young Judaea

Young Judaea specializes in giving teens the opportunity to experience Israel with their peers and

explore their Jewish. Options this year include YJ Discovery, YJ Italy, YJ Focus, YJ Aquatics, and YJ

Machon (for Camp Tel Yehuda alumni only). More information can be found at Young Judaea’s website.




Young@Science is a month-long program at the Weizmann Institute to study and explore problems in

all of the sciences, including laboratory and field work in addition to touring Israel. Seventy-five students

from Europe, Asia, America and Israel participate.


Camp in Israel

A new trend is developing where Jewish teens can attend a Jewish/Israeli style summer camp in Israel.

In general, these options are more appropriate for students looking for a shorter term experience and

who might be a bit younger than post-10th grade.


Camp Kimama

Camp Kimama is a summer camp with a full range of activities, whose population comes from all over

the world. Camp Kimama is committed to providing a caring and supportive environment, in which

children can grow, explore, build self-confidence and gain independence; all while having fun and

making new friends.



Camp Sdei Chemed

Camp Sdei Chemed is a religious summer camp experience in Israel, with separate tracks for boys and





Na’aleh is a six-week summer program in Israel sponsored by Camp Yavneh and open to the public.

Teens, currently in grade 11, travel around Israel in a small group setting. The program, which is

educational in nature and strictly Kosher, includes plenty of hiking, daily prayer, interaction with Israeli

teens, and the use of Hebrew.



Debbie Sussman (Director of Camp Yavneh)


Contact Information


Cantor Marcia Lane

Director of Education and Engagement

United Jewish Federation of Stamford, New Canaan, and Darien

1035 Newfield Ave Suite 200

Stamford, CT 06905


Phone: 203-321-1373 x104

Email Address:

Fax: 203-322-3277


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