Deepen Your Hebrew Knowledge in Israel!

The Union for Reform Judaism’s Chalutzim Ba’aretz offers teens the opportunity to combine their interest in Hebrew, travel and Judaism in one place: on a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Israel.

Take your epic journey as you spend four weeks exploring ישראל (Yisrael) and deepening your Hebrew knowledge. Chalutzim Ba’aretz will provide participants the opportunity to further develop Modern Hebrew language skills and put those skills to use in Israel. From ancient ירושלים (Yerushalayim) to modern תל אביב (Tel Aviv), from the beautiful כנרת (Kinneret) to the stunning נגב (Negev), create and be part of an immersive Hebrew-speaking community of teens. This unique and challenging program is for teens with a baseline level of Hebrew knowledge, who seek a meaningful and exciting journey to ישראל (Yisrael) filled with amazing memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.

2019 Trip Details

Program Chalutzim Ba'aretz 4 weeks in Israel
Tentative Dates June 25 - July 23
Tuition Early Registration
Full Tuition
Deadlines Early Registration
Final Registration
January 3, 2019
May 1, 2019
Webinar Join the webinar Tuesday, November 27
7:30 PM CT


"Don't be afraid to go out of your comfort zone to have the best experience possible"
-NFTY in Israel Summer 2017 participant

Adventure - הרפתקה (Harpatkah)
Take your epic journey.

Chalutzim Ba’aretz is the chance to practice Hebrew in real-life. Order falafel. Chat with new Israeli friends. Learn about the History of Israel. Explore the only country where the national language is Hebrew.

Desert - מדבר (Midbar)
Chill in the desert.

Ascend the summit of מצדה (Masada) at dawn. Float in the Dead Sea. Cover yourself with the famous black mud. Cool off in the refreshing waterfalls of עין גדי (Ein Gedi). Take lots of selfies with your friends to prove it really happened.

Community - קהילה (Kehillah)
Deepen your Hebrew Knowledge.

Become part of an immersive Hebrew-speaking community. Participate in an intensive experience learning, exploring and meeting Israeli peers. Discover yourself while speaking the language of your ancestors.

City - עיר (Ir)
Ancient meets modern.

Discover תל אביב (Tel Aviv), the hi-tech capital of the world. Swim in the Red Sea. Touch ancient ruins in ירושלים (Yerushalayim), visited by your ancestors for thousands of years. Meet Israeli teens. Eat פלאפל (falafel). יאללה (Yallah), let's go!

Participants will foster a strong connection to Israel and their Jewish identities. A Hebrew-based Israel experience will allow each participant to experience Israel not as a tourist, but as a Jewish young person returning home. This unique experience will impact participants when they return to their public schools, homes and communities, leaving them with an abiding relationship with Israel. There simply is no better place in the world to tell the Jewish story, and to do so in Hebrew.

Week One: ברוכים הבאים לישראל B’ruchim Habaim L’Yisrael! – Welcome to Israel

This summer we will listen, speak, and write as much Hebrew as is possible. You will start your journey with an opening ceremony at Tel Yafo overlooking ancient Jaffa, celebrating the miracle of arriving in the first "Hebrew City." Spend three days trekking through the Negev desert just as our ancestors did, strengthening your community around the campfire. Swim in Eilat’s Coral Beach and snorkel in the cool water of the Red Sea. Explore the history, spirituality and magic of the ancient city of Jerusalem. Visit the Kotel, (the Western Wall), enjoy a water-hike through an ancient underground aqueduct, and shop in Jerusalem’s vibrant open-air market.

Week Two: הבוקר האור ha'Boker Or - The Morning Light

The Judean desert is home to many of Israel’s most iconic experiences – camel rides, sleepouts in a Bedouin tent, and the ancient desert fortress of Masada overlooking the Dead Sea. Climb Masada and watch the sunrise during shacharit Tefillah. Follow it up with a float in the Dead Sea, cover yourself with the famous black mud, and cool off in the refreshing waterfalls of Ein Gedi. Travel north to the Galilee region, where much of our modern ideas about Judaism took root. Learn about Arabic words that have become a part of modern Israeli slang. Share deep connections with our Christian and Muslim cousins.

Spend the second half of the week participating in an Ulpan, Intensive Hebrew Program. Improve your Hebrew language skills while participating in an intensive experience maximizing our Hebrew immersion. You will be learning, going out on excursions and mifgashim (meeting) other Israeli teenagers.

Week Three: שיר העמק Shir ha'emek - Song of the Valley

Wander the mystical city of Tzfat, high up in the mountains of Israel. Explore the ancient alleyways and centuries-old synagogues, as you discover the origins of Kabbalah and Tikkun Olam. Get closer to Israel’s natural beauty in the Arbel Nature Reserve. Build relationships with your Israeli peers and practice your accent while ordering lunch at the local falafel shop. Sit atop the Golan Heights while examining the important beginnings of the dream of a Jewish state in Eretz Israel. Return to Jerusalem and begin to connect our ancient past to our recent past and our recent past to today.

Week Four: לקח טוב Lekach Tov - Taking Israel Back Home

Hit up trendy Tel Aviv, the first Hebrew speaking city since the destruction of the Temple. Shop at the Nachlat Binyamin artists’ market and swim at the beautiful beaches. Go on a tour of the Yazamut Center, Israel’s exciting high-tech showcase for technological innovations. Discover the soul of modern Israel and explore the famous graffiti displays in the Florentine neighborhood of Tel Aviv. Visit with an Arab family in Ein Rafa and learn about the historical connections of Islam to the city of Jerusalem and the land of Israel. Wrap up your trip in Jerusalem, a last chance to deepen your bond to your busmates, to your experiences, and to your Israel.

We know that a summer adventure to Israel is expensive, and we want to help you find financial support so your teen can have this unbelievable experience. Most families are able to find funding through local sources. We recommend that you start by reaching out to your synagogue and clergy. Additionally, below we list information we have about funds available through Jewish Federations, Bureaus of Jewish Education, and other organizations. If you don't see your area below, try to find your Federation here! If you learn of additional funds through other organizations, please let us know so we can share with other families.

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Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven - The Israel Scholarship program is open to high school students who live in the Greater New Haven are. Applications are due by March 9, 2019.

United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford - The Rabbi Alex J. Goldman Memorial Essay Contest is available for sophomores, juniors and seniors who reside in Stamford, New Canaan or Darien. First prize wins $1,000.


Jewish Federation of Delaware - The GRATZ High School Scholarship Fund of the Jewish Fund for the Future is awarded to high school students who are attending a summer Israel program.


The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore - The Community Fund for Israel Experience provides limited, need-based scholarships to high school students who are residents of Baltimore City/County. Applications are due by April 1, 2019.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington - Israel Quest offers up to $1,850 to high school students who reside in the Great Washington area.


Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston - In partnership with the Jim Joseph Foundation, CJP offers scholarship for Israel travel programs that last a minimum of 12 days.

Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford - Grants for travel to Israel made possible by the Harvey Friedland Israel Youth Experience Memorial Fund and the Evelyn Rosen Youth Israel Travel Fund are available to Jewish teens residing in the Greater New Bedford area.

New Jersey

Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey - Grants up to $1,000 are available for all high school students in the Greater MetroWest community.

Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey - Grants up to $1,000 are available for high school students who reside in Middlesex and Monmouth County.

Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties - Scholarship is available for high school students visiting Israel for the first time with a recognized youth program.

Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey - Scholarship is available teens in grades 9-12 to attend an organized teen Israel experience for three weeks or more.

New York

Jewish Federation of Central New York - The Israel Experience Grant offers scholarship for high school students who have not participated on an organized trip to Israel.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County - The Israel Experience Scholarship Fun offers partial scholarship for Jewish teens residing in Orange County.

Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York - Scholarship is available for teens wanting to participate on summer program to Israel.

Jewish Federation of Ulster County - Scholarship for summer programs in Israel is available for teens age 16-18.

UJA-Federation of New York - Israel Experience Center at UJA provides scholarship to teens in New York, Westchester and Long Island participating in a summer Israel program.


Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia - Israel Program Scholarship Aid Fund offers scholarship for teens from the five-county Greater Philadelphia area who wish to travel to Israel.

Greater Altoona Jewish Federation - Jewish Y.E.S. provides needs based scholarships up to $2,500 for teens wishing to participate in an Israel program.

Jewish Community Alliance of Lancaster - JCAL helps students attend a summer trip to Israel.

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh - Offers both need-based and non-need based scholarships up to $1,750 to send teens to Israel.

Jewish Federation of Reading - High school students who participate in NFTY in Israel can apply for an award up to $250 toward the cost of registration.

Jewish Federation of Lehigh Valley - Scholarship is awarded for teens in 9-12 grade who reside in the Lehigh Valley area who wish to travel on an Israel program.

Rhode Island

Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island - The Jewish Alliance offers grants and needs-based scholarships for trips to Israel.


The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington - Israel Quest program provides up to $1,850 for participants from the Greater Washington area.

Washington D.C.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington - Israel Quest program provides up to $1,850 for participants from the Greater Washington area.

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Minnesota Missouri Nebraska Ohio Wisconsin


Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago - The Jewish United Fund and the Naftali Steinfeld Memorial Scholarship fund offers need-based scholarships for Israel travel for teens coming from the Chicago Metropolitan area.


Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis - Offers scholarship for Israel youth experiences to individuals up to 12th grade in the greater Indianapolis Jewish community. Application is due March 1, 2019.

Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley - Offers scholarship for Teen Israel trips for teens currently enrolled in high school.


Mid-Kansas Jewish Federation - The Israel Experience scholarship provides non-need based scholarships up to $1,250 for teens in grades 10-12.

Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City - The Rabbi Gershon Hadas Guardian Society for Children is a community fund to assist families in sending their teens on an Israel program.


Jewish Community of Louisville - The Ellen and Milton Cantor Israel Scholarship Fund provides an annual scholarship to a high school junior or senior from the greater Louisville area to subsidize the cost of an Israel trip.

Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass - Offers up to $1,000 for Jewish youth of central Kentucky who wish to participate in a high school Israel program.


Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor - High school students from the Greater Ann Arbor area provides up to $1,000 for travel to Israel on a summer program.


Minneapolis Jewish Federation - The Louis Herman Israel Experience Fund and the Israel Center Scholarship Fund both offer scholarship for teens ages 15-18 traveling on an Israel summer program.

Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul - St. Paul Israel Experience Scholarship offers scholarships for teens living in St. Paul who are participating on an approved Israel experience program.


Jewish Federation of St. Louis
- Offers up to $750 for teens between 9th-12th grade who reside in St. Louis.


Jewish Federation of Lincoln - Provides funding for teens attending a program in Israel.

Jewish Federation of Omaha - There is a wide variety of financial-need base scholarship and grant funds available for teens traveling to Israel.


Jewish Federation of Cincinnati - Offers up to $6,500 for teens aged 16-18 who currently reside in Cincinnati.

Jewish Federation of Columbus - Israel Experience grants are for recipients of at least 14 years of age who became bar/bat mitzvah in Columbus, Ohio. Teens participating on a 4+ week high school trips can receive up to $2,000.

Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton - Dayton area Jewish teens are eligible to apply for the Wolfe Marcus Trust Youth Travel to Israel Scholarship.


Jewish Federation of Madison - Stipends up to $1,500 are avialble for high school students from Dane County participating in an Israel program for three weeks or longer.

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North Carolina Tennessee Texas


The Jewish Federation of Central Alabama - Offers up to $1,000 for high schools students to visit Israel for the first time.


Jewish Federation of Arkansas - The Thalheimer Israel Scholarship fund offers scholarships for teens to travel to Israel.


Jewish Federation of Broward County - High school students from Broward County seeking to go to Israel for 3-8 weeks. Application opens in early 2019.

Greater Miami Jewish Federation - Offers need-based scholarship for Miami-Dade County residents for teens over the age of 15.

Jewish Federation of Greater Naples - Offers partial scholarships for educational programs and experiences in Israel for families residing in Collier County. App is due February 1, 2019.

Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County - Applicants must be living in Boynton Beach north through Vero Beach and have not received an Israel Experience Program scholarship in the past.

Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee - Provides up to $2,500 for Jewish high school students from Sarasota or Manatee County participating in an experiential or volunteer base program for at least 3 weeks.


Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans - The Edie and Paul Rosenblum Gift of Israel Program scholarship provides funding for high school students participant in an Israel summer program.

North Louisiana Jewish Federation - The Federation provides scholarship for trips to Israel for contributing members of the Federation.

North Carolina

Greensboro Jewish Federation - Greensboro Jewish Federation Greensboro Israel Experience Grant (residents of greater Greensboro) and The Jacke W. and Lottie K. Samet Israel Scholarship Fund (residents of Guilford country) are open to teens looking to participate in a program to Israel.

Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill - Offers up to $1,000 for high schools students who wish to participate in a summer program to Israel.

Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte - The Jewish Experience Fund and the Gorelick Teens to Israel Fund both offer scholarship for teens travel to Israel.


Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga - The Israel Grants provides up to $2,500 for teens who wish to participate in a travel program to Israel.

Memphis Jewish Federation - The Lemsky Fund offers subsidies for high school students to participate in summer programs in Israel.

Jewish Federation & Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee - The Mary & Harry Zimmerman Youth Exchange Endowment Fund offers grants for 9-12 graders traveling to Israel.


Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas - Offers need-based scholarship for Dallas teens to participate in a summer program in Israel.

Jewish Federation of Greater Houston - Offers need-based scholarship for a summer trip to Israel for Houston residents in 10-12 grade.

Jewish Federation of Greater El Paso - Offers finaincial aid for families who wish to send their teen on an Israel experience.

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Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix - The Harold & Jean Grossman Teen Israel Experience Scholarship Fund is available for teens 15-18 years old who live in Greater Phoenix and are attending a program in Israel that lasts at least 16 days.


Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, The Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties - Provides multiple scholarship options, including need-based and need-blind scholarship for high school students in Sonoma and Marin Counties, San Francisco and the Peninsula from Mountain View north.

Jewish Federation of the East Bay - Scholarship is available for high school students who reside in Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, or Solano Counties.

Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles - The POST Partnership Grant offers up to $500 for participants traveling to Israel for the first time on a group trip.

Jewish Federation of San Diego County - My Israel Journey Teen Subsidy Program offers up to $1,750 for teens from San Diego County.

Jewish Federation & Family Services of Orange County - JFFS offers need and merit-based educational grants for high schools traveling on an Israel program.

Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley - Scholarship applications are accepted year-round for 9-12 graders affiliated with NFTY who wish to travel to Israel.

The Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region - The Jewish Federation provides up to $500 towards an approved organized trip to high school students.


Jewish Nevada - Israel Program Scholarships are for high school students participating in a peer-based Israel experience.


Jewish Federation of Greater Portland - Offers up to $1,800 for high school students traveling on an approved Israel program for at least 3 weeks. Application is due March 1, 2019.

The Jewish Federation of Lane County - Offers scholarship to local Jewish teens for travel to Israel.


Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle - Offers up to $3,000 for high school students who are permanent residents of Washington State. Apply by January 22, 2019 for the first round of applications.

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