Part of the National Council of Young Israel Movement, Achva includes a number of summer program options.
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 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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
(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!).
212-390-8130 ext. 309
(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.
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 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 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)
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: Marcia@ujf.org