This information is only for families with teens currently in 10th grade. 

If your teen is in 11th grade, please go to nftyisrael.org/harlam-2020.

Experience Israel with your Camp Harlam friends!

Together with your URJ Camp Harlam friends, create and be part of an immersive traveling Jewish community. The Adventure program is a unique and challenging four week summer experience created for teens who seek a meaningful and exciting journey to Israel filled with amazing memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.

2021 Trip Details

Program Dates Rate Registration Deadline
Adventure July 5 - August 2 Full - $7,975

With RootOne Voucher - $4,975

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

 

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.

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. 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.

Week Two

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.

Week Three

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 Four

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.

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.

Jewish Federation Scholarship by State

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 March 30, 2020.

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

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.

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-Federation provides scholarship to teens in New York, Westchester, and Long Island participating in a summer Israel program. Eligible families who are registered for NFTY in Israel will find the application in their NFTY in Israel Online Account during the scholarship application period (typically December through January).

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.

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

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

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.

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