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 NFTY 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.
2017 Trip Details
|Program||L'Dor V'Dor||1 week in Europe
4 weeks in Israel
|Tentative Dates||June 25-July 30|
|January 5, 2017
May 1, 2017
- New York metropolitan area (New York City and Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties) participants may seek Israel Experience Scholarships from the UJA-Federation of New York. NFTY in Israel manages the application for this scholarship on behalf of UJA-Federation, and will send an invitation to apply for the scholarship to families already registered for the program during the scholarship's spring application period
- New Jersey area participants should seek The Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest New Jersey's Passport to Israel scholarship and The Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey offers scholarship of up to $1,000 in Israel scholarships to participants from Middlesex and Monmouth counties.
- Boston area participants should seek Israel Program Scholarships from Combined Jewish Philanthropies
- Contact your local Jewish Federation
- Contact your synagogue and clergy
Registration for Summer 2018 will be available Fall 2017.
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Experience for yourself the epic story of the journey of the Jewish people. Together with NFTY friends from across North America, begin your adventure in Europe, exploring more than 1,000 years of our rich European Jewish heritage. Truly appreciate the beautiful community and culture our ancestors created and its virtual destruction during the Shoah—Holocaust. With the Czech Republic and Poland as an introduction, you’ll arrive in Israel with an intimate understanding of the importance of Eretz Yisrael – the Land of Israel in our time, ready to enjoy four wonderful weeks discovering your personal connection to our people and our history.
For 1,000 years Prague was home to a thriving Jewish community. Here you’ll visit the Alt-neu Shul, the oldest continually used synagogue in Europe, and wander through the Jewish Quarter, absorbing the creativity and culture that shaped Jewish lives for more than a millennium. Wander through the Jewish Quarter, stroll across the Charles Bridge over the Vltava River, explore and shop in Old Town Square, visit the historic St. Vitus Cathedral and have an ice cream in the shadow of the famous Astrological Clock.
You’ll travel to the medieval Polish city of Krakow, where you’ll visit the ancient Remuh Synagogue and the newly rededicated Reform “Temple” Synagogue, as well as Oskar Schindler’s factory, made famous in the movie “Schindler’s List,” and the inspiring Coronation Cathedral. Together with other NFTY teens, you’ll make a moving pilgrimage to the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps where we will gather to remember and rededicate ourselves to building a Jewish future. En route to Israel, you’ll visit Warsaw and discover for yourself how courageous Jewish heroes led the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
Once in Eretz Yisrael, you’ll have opportunities to meet Israeli teens, ride a camel, snorkel in the Red Sea, mountain bike, join in a real archeological dig, swim in the Mediterranean Sea, celebrate Shabbat in Jerusalem, buy some sandals, eat a falafel, and have the most amazing time of your life. With a great summer of shared fun and friendship as a backdrop, you’ll return home with an intense personal connection to the land, history and people of Israel, proud of yourself and your people.
With NFTY’s renowned tour guide-educators leading the way, you’ll walk on the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, make a pilgrimage to the Kotel—The Western Wall—travel back 2,000 years in time to explore the ancient tunnels around the foundation of the Temple Mount, and see the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls at the Shrine of the Book.
As the sun rises over the mountains of Jordan, you’ll ascend the summit of Masada at dawn. You’ll float in the Dead Sea, cover yourself with the famous black mud, and cool off in the refreshing waters of the Nahal Arugot Waterfall near Ein Gedi.
You’ll dig into your roots on an archeological expedition, unearth ancient pottery with your own hands, and crawl through the caves of the Maccabean Revolt by candlelight. Together with your Israeli peers, you’ll explore the Galilee and Golan, swim the headwaters of the Jordan River, wander through the alleyways of the mystical city of Safed, and “conquer” Crusader castles.
As you travel with your friends you'll spend three unforgettable days and nights hiking and exploring the Negev Desert. You’ll 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.
Before you leave for Israel you’ll select a “Chavaya”—special interest—module and during your stay. You’ll spend four fun-filled days pursuing your own interests while also making new friends from other NFTY groups. Choose from Yam L’Yam (Sea to Sea), Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World in Israel), Indiana Jones in Israel (Archeological Dig), and Gadna (Army Training), Start Up Nation (Hi-Tech Israel).
Before you depart for home, you’ll be amazed by the modern city of Tel Aviv, swim in the Mediterranean, shop on famous Dizengoff Street, and return to spiritual Jerusalem for one final visit as you prepare to conclude your spectacular summer of adventure, personal discovery, challenge and growth. When you do return home to family and friends, you’ll have wonderful memories of your once-in-a-lifetime journey of friendship and fun. More important, you’ll have newfound pride in yourself, your people and your land.
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 story of the journey of the Jewish people. Together with NFTY friends from all over North America, begin your adventure in Europe, exploring more than one thousand years of our rich European Jewish heritage. Truly appreciate the beautiful community and culture our ancestors created and its virtual destruction during the Holocaust. With an intimate understanding of the importance of Israel in our time, enjoy four wonderful weeks discovering your personal connection to our people and our history.
For 1,000 years Prague was home to a thriving Jewish culture. Visit the Alt-neu Shul, the oldest continually used synagogue in Europe. Wander through the Jewish Quarter and see how Jewish lives have been filled with creativity and vitality for a millennium.
Travel to the medieval Polish city of Krakow and visit the ancient Remuh Synagogue and the newly rededicated Reform “Temple” Synagogue. See Oskar Schindler’s factory from the movie “Schindler’s List” and the inspiring castle and Coronation Cathedral. Together with NFTY youth, make a moving pilgrimage to the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps where we will gather to remember and rededicate ourselves to building a Jewish future. En route to Israel visit Warsaw and discover for yourself how courageous Jewish heroes led the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.
Spend the next four weeks together with teens from across North America exploring incredible Israel, ancient and modern, from border to border and sea to sea.
Stay at beautiful Kibbutz guesthouses in the Judean hills surrounding Jerusalem. These hotels are on Kibbutz grounds in a contained, safe and secure area about 20-30 minutes outside of the city. From here we will go on day trips exploring the history, spirituality and magic of the ancient city of Jerusalem. We will visit the Kotel, the western wall and the famous Kotel tunnels that run beneath the Temple mount. We will visit the ancient city of David and the Southern Wall excavations where the ancient entrances to the Jewish Temple were unearthed. Stand in awe at the Hess Promenade overlooking the city of Jerusalem as the sun sets to the west, understanding the words to the song “Jerusalem of Gold”.
We take a trip into the desert of Judea as we follow in the footsteps of the Zealots running from the Romans after the destruction of the second Temple, as they fled to the mountain fortress of Massada. We ascend to the summit of Masada at dawn, to explore their way of life and understand the heroic yet tragic story of the defenders of Masada. Float in the Dead Sea, cover yourself with the famous black mud, and cool off in the refreshing Nahal Arugot waterfall near Ein Gedi. Participate in a real archeological dig at Tel Marasha near Jerusalem and crawl through the caves that hid the Jewish rebels during the Great Rebellion against the Roman Empire.
TOGETHER WITH ISRAELI TEENS
Galilee, Golan and Kineret
(The Sea of Galilee)
Explore with Israeli teens the Galilee and Golan during your stay on the banks of the Kineret at a guesthouse in a Kibbutz along the southern coast of the Sea of Galilee. This is a three star resort on the kibbutz grounds in a safe and secure closed area with a pool, a beautiful beach and roomy accommodations. We will be using this resort as our base for visiting the mystical city of Safed. Wander through its alleyways filled with quaint little shops that sell the famous Safed candles and art works of local artists. We will visit the famous Naot sandals factory and tour the Golan Heights to understand its significance and importance to the state of Israel. Visit the village of Kineret, the first settlement on the banks of the Sea of Galilee, where we examine the important beginnings of the dream of a Jewish state in Eretz Israel. Together with Israeli teens, swim in a water park on the shores of the Kineret, trek through the beautiful landscape, tour the Monfort Crusader Castle, mountain bike down to a beach on the Mediterranean Sea.
It’s your turn to choose your own personal experience
Before leaving for Israel, select one of five 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.
DESERT WILDERNESS ADVENTURE
Hosted by the first Reform Kibbutz in Israel, Kibbutz Yahel outside of Eilat, our third week is dedicated to understanding the ancient roots of our people. We explore the desert, where we first started our journey, and where our ancestors evolved into “Am Yisrael”. We hike and camp out in the most beautiful backdrops of black and red granite mountains, deep blue seas, and sleep under the cover of the most amazing star-studded skies. Our days are filled with desert and wildlife experiences and water activities such as snorkeling the crystal clear blue waters of the Red Sea, relaxing on a sandy beach and swimming in the kibbutz pool. We will ride camels, roll down sand dunes and spend a magical night, as very special guests in an authentic Bedouin tent were we sip hot tea and hear amazing stories about life in the desert.
MIRACLE OF MODERN ISRAEL
Returning to the Jerusalem area for our last week in Israel, learn about the creation of the state of Israel when we visit Independence Hall in the modern city of Tel Aviv and swim in the Mediterranean. Understand the connections and commitments the state of Israel and the Jewish Diaspora share with one another. Visit the Knesset, the Israeli parliament and Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial and museum, walk through the military cemetery at Mt. Hertzl, where some of Israel’s greatest leaders are buried. See the Latrun and Ammunition Hill memorials commemorating those who died fighting and protecting the new state of Israel.
Return to spiritual Jerusalem for one final visit and plant a tree with your own hands in the soil of Israel as you prepare to fly home having had a spectacular summer adventure of personal discovery, challenging Jewish growth, feeling proud of yourself, your people and your land.
Return home having had a once-in-a-lifetime journey of pride, adventure, friendship and fun.
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. Projects have included working with new immigrants, special needs children or the elderly, and may even explore new frontiers of social justice! Upon completing this option you will receive a certificate for 20-30 hours of community service.
Indiana Jones in Israel (Archeological Dig)
Discover the art and science of archeology and the history of Israel under the supervision of professional archeologists. Get in touch with our people’s roots at an authentic archeological dig.
Gadna (Army Training)
Experience what it's like to prepare for service in the Israel Defense Forces. Participate in simulated basic army exercises, while living on an Israeli Army base. Experience first hand the unique culture of the IDF. Completion of this basic training is an accomplishment second to none.