Chaluzim Ba’aretz – Hebrew Immersion

2022 overview

Take your Hebrew to the next level on the adventure of a lifetime.

Chalutzim Ba’aretz is a unique, traveling Jewish community, immersing you in the language of the land as you explore ancient Jerusalem and modern Tel Aviv, the beautiful Galilee and the stunning Negev Desert. This exciting 4 week summer experience was created especially for teens who want to do more than just practice Hebrew. Unleash your language skills to converse and collaborate, debate and discover. You’ll finish your meaningful and exciting journey to Israel with new confidence, amazing memories, and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Incentive grants of up to $3250 are available! 

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Itinerary overview

Participants will foster a strong connection to Israel andtheir Jewish identities. A Hebrew-based Israel experience will allow each participant to experience Israel not as a tourist, but as a Jewish young person returning home. This unique experience will impact participants when they return to their public schools, homes and communities, leaving them with an abiding relationship with Israel. There simply is no better place in the world to tell the Jewish story, and to do so in Hebrew.

Week One: B’ruchim Habaim L’Yisrael! – Welcome

This summer we will listen, speak, and write as much Hebrew as is possible. You will start your journey with an opening ceremony at Tel Yafo overlooking ancient Jaffa, celebrating the miracle of arriving in the first “Hebrew City.” Spend three days trekking through the Negev desert just as our ancestors did, strengthening your community around the campfire. Swim in Eilat’s Coral Beach and snorkel in the cool water of the Red Sea. 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: ha'Boker Or - The Morning Light

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 and watch the sunrise during shacharit Tefillah. 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. Learn about Arabic words that have become a part of modern Israeli slang. Share deep connections with our Christian and Muslim cousins.

Spend the second half of the week participating in an Ulpan, Intensive Hebrew Program. Improve your Hebrew language skills while participating in an intensive experience maximizing our Hebrew immersion. You will be learning, going out on excursions and mifgashim (meeting) other Israeli teenagers.

Week Three: Shir ha'emek - Song of the Valley

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. Build relationships with your Israeli peers and practice your accent while ordering lunch at the local falafel shop. 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: Lekach Tov - Taking Israel Back Home

Hit up trendy Tel Aviv, the first Hebrew speaking city since the destruction of the Temple. Shop at the Nachlat Binyamin artists’ market and swim at the beautiful beaches. 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. Visit with an Arab family in Ein Rafa and learn about the historical connections of Islam to the city of Jerusalem and the land of Israel. Wrap up your trip in Jerusalem, a last chance to deepen your bond to your busmates, to your experiences, and to your Israel.

Financial
Assistance

NFTY in Israel believes the opportunity to travel to Israel is one that cannot be missed. Many organizations support our mission of sending teens to Israel for a fun, educational and meaningful journey. To help offset the cost of a summer on NFTY in Israel, local communities, such as synagogues and federations, provide scholarship and financial aid to families.

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INCENTIVE GRANTS OF UP TO $3250 AVAILABLE!