Experience Israel with your GUCI friends!
Together with your URJ Goldman Union Camp Institue (GUCI) friends, create and be part of an immersive traveling Jewish community as you explore ancient Jerusalem and modern Tel Aviv, the beautiful Galilee and the stunning Negev Desert. The NFTY Adventure program is a unique and challenging four week summer experience created especially for teens who seek a meaningful and exciting journey to Israel filled with amazing memories and friendships which will last a lifetime.
2019 Trip Details
|Program||Adventure||4 weeks in Israel|
|Trip Dates||June 18 - July 16|
|Registration Deadline||May 1, 2019|
"Don't be afraid to go out of your comfort zone to have the best experience possible" -NFTY in Israel Summer 2017 participant
Take your epic journey.
From ancient Jerusalem to modern Tel Aviv, from the beautiful Galilee to the stunning Negev Desert, 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.
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.
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.
Jewish Federation Scholarship by State
Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley - Offers scholarship for Teen Israel trips for teens currently enrolled in high school.
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 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.
Other Financial Assistance Options
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