Experience Europe and Israel with your Crane Lake friends!
Together with your URJ Crane Lake Camp friends, create and be part of an immersive traveling Jewish community as you connect to our rich European heritage, explore ancient Jerusalem and modern Tel Aviv, the beautiful Galilee and the stunning Negev Desert. The L'Dor V'Dor program is a unique and challenging five week summer experience created especially for teens who seek a meaningful and exciting journey to Europe and Israel filled with amazing memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.
2020 Trip Details
1 week in Europe & 4 weeks in Israel
|June 29 - August 3||Early Bird - $9,595
Full - $9,995
|Early Bird - January 2, 2020
Final - May 1, 2020
"Don't be afraid to go out of your comfort zone to have the best experience possible" -NFTY in Israel Summer 2017 participant
Take a European road trip with your best old and new friends. Hop on a plane to Israel. Create and be part of an immersive traveling Jewish community of teens from all over North America.
Chill in the desert.
Ascend the summit of Masada at dawn. Float in the Dead Sea. Cover yourself with the famous black mud. Cool off in the refreshing waterfalls of Ein Gedi. Take lots of selfies to prove it really happened.
Get off the grid.
Ride camels across sand dunes, sip tea in a Bedouin tent, snorkel the crystal clear blue waters of the Red Sea, relax on a sandy beach, and sleep under a peaceful blanket of stars.
Ancient meets modern.
Discover Tel Aviv, the hi-tech capital of the world. Swim in the Mediterranean. Touch ancient ruins in Jerusalem, visited by your ancestors for thousands of years. Meet Israeli teens. Eat falafel. Yallah, let's go!
NFTY's professional staff in Israel and North America have designed an exciting itinerary that ensures great fun and adventure, meaningful discovery and the highest standard of safety and security.
Experience for yourself the epic journey of the Jewish people, exploring more than one thousand years of our rich European Jewish heritage. Visit medieval castles, wander through long-lost Jewish neighborhoods, and bring life to preserved pre-war synagogues. See the factory once owned by Oskar Schindler, made famous by the movie “Schindler's List.” Deepen your understanding of the most challenging period in our collective history. Set the stage for your own Israel adventure.
Welcome to Israel! Start your journey with an opening ceremony at Tel Yafo overlooking ancient Jaffa, linking you into the chain of tradition of pilgrims throughout history who arrived through this port city. Spend three days trekking through the Negev desert just as our ancestors did. Swim in Eilat’s Coral Beach and snorkel in the cool water of the Red Sea. Take in countless breathtaking views and observe extraordinary wildlife. 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.
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 in time for the stunning sunrise over the mountains of Jordan. 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, and where we share deep connections with our Christian and Muslim cousins.
Spend the second half of the week participating in your “Chavaya” intensive. Before leaving for Israel, you’ll select one of these exciting 4-day in-depth experiences (see “Your Choice” tab). Pursue your own interests while in Israel and make new friends from other NFTY groups at the same time.
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. Your Israeli peers will join the group for a week – short bust sweet opportunity to make lifelong friendships. 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.
Hit up trendy Tel Aviv for some beach time, and go shopping at the Nachlat Binyamin artists’ market. 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. Wrap up your trip in Jerusalem, a last chance to deepen your bond to your groupmates, to your experiences, and to your Israel.
It’s your turn to choose your own personal experience
Before leaving for Israel, select one of these exciting 4-day in-depth experiences. This module offers you the opportunity to pursue your own interests while in Israel and make new friends from other NFTY groups at the same time.
Yam L’Yam (Sea to Sea)
Join this four day trek from the Kinneret (the Sea of Galilee) to the Mediterranean. Gain experience climbing, orienteering, hiking, mountain biking and camping.
Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World in Israel)
Explore critical social issues facing modern Israel and make your own personal contribution working together with Kibbutz Hanaton, a new type of Kibbutz model based on social justice in the Galilee.
Indiana Jones in Israel (Archaeological Dig)
Discover the art and science of archaeology and the history of Israel under the supervision of professional archaeologists. Get in touch with our people’s roots at an authentic archaeological dig.
Gadna (Army Training)
Participate in simulated Israeli Defense Forces basic training while living on an Israeli Army base. See for yourself what life is like in the IDF, a challenging touchstone experience shared by nearly all Israelis.
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 learn of additional funds through other organizations, please let us know so we can share with other families.
Available Scholarship from Crane Lake Camp Crane Lake Camp is able to provide scholarship for the Crane Lake in Israel trip. Families should follow the same process by completing the Financial Assistance application in their Crane Lake CampInTouch account. The form will become available on December 15. For questions, please contact Alyson Bazeley, Assistant Director, Camper Care and Enrollment.
Jewish Federation Scholarship by State
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 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.
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.
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.
Other Financial Assistance Options
A Look Inside Crane Lake in Israel
Check out this teen-made video by 2018 NFTY in Israel participant, Jackie Frank!