This information is only for families with teens currently in 11th grade. 

If your teen is in 10th grade, please go to nftyisrael.org/guci-2021.

Experience Israel with your GUCI friends on Adventure 2.0!

Together with your URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute friends, create and be part of an immersive traveling Jewish community. The Adventure 2.0 program is a unique and challenging 3.5 week summer experience created for teens who were supposed to be in Israel for Summer 2020, but were unable to do so because of the pandemic. Seek a meaningful and exciting journey to Israel filled with amazing memories and friendships that will last a lifetime!

2021 Trip Details

ProgramDatesRate*Registration Deadline
Adventure 2.0July 15 - August 9Full - $6,975

With RootOne Voucher - $3,975

May 1, 2021

"Don't be afraid to go out of your comfort zone to have the best experience possible" -NFTY in Israel Summer 2019 participant

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.

Week One

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. Swim in Eilat’s Coral Beach and snorkel in the cool water of the Red Sea. Create memories while experiencing iconic Israel – ride camels, sleep in a Bedouin tent, climb the ancient desert fortress of Masada, and float in the Dead 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.

Week Two

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 – a short but 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.

Week Three

Hit up trendy Tel Aviv for some beach time, and go shopping at the Nahalat 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.

 

Adventure 2.0 is a unique 3.5-week trip designed specifically for URJ camp teens who were supposed to go on NFTY in Israel in Summer 2020.
In coordination with URJ Camp Directors, this 3.5 week trip was created for teens to have the opportunity to go to camp and Israel in the same summer.
Yes! Our team is already hard at work designing our Summer 2021 trip itineraries to ensure a full Israel experience.
Yes! Our unique Adventure 2.0 trips are only for current 11th graders.
To the extent possible, we try to keep camp and age cohorts together on our trips. This preserves friendship groups, and takes into consideration developmental differences between grades. In addition, these dates are designed to accommodate those teens whose camp calendars allow for them to both be at camp and be in Israel this summer. There are separate trips for those teens whose Israel summer is 2021.
Your camp will be in touch to provide details about the choices available to you this summer.
The 3.5-week trips are designed for those teens who were supposed to be in Israel in 2020. 4-week trips are only for those participants whose Israel summer is 2021.
Absolutely! To redeem it, please email a copy of your certificate to teentravelbursar@urj.org.
No. All scholarships granted for 2020 trips were reversed and any scholarship money we received was returned to the original scholarship providers. It is likely that you may need to reapply for 2021 scholarship, so please reach out to the providers directly.
Yes. Unfortunately, any forms you submitted for Summer 2020 will need to be resubmitted. Forms will be available to registered families later this Fall.

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.

Jewish Federation Scholarship by State

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. Applications are due March 1, 2020.

Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis - Offers scholarship for Israel youth experiences to individuals up to 12th grade in the greater Indianapolis Jewish community.

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

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 Community of Louisville - Louisville-area youth who are travelling to Israel for the first time on an organized trip are eligible to receive up to $4,000.

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

Other Financial Assistance Options

*Thanks to a new initiative called RootOne, which seeks to dramatically increase the number of teens visiting Israel next summer, a limited number of $3,000 RootOne Vouchers will be applied on a first come/first serve basis. RootOne is seeded through the generosity of The Marcus Foundation, and is powered by The Jewish Education Project. If a $3,000 RootOne Voucher is still available, it will be applied before charging your account. If it is not available, your teen will be added to a Voucher waitlist and we will notify you if there are any changes. For more information on RootOne please visit our FAQ page.