Deepen Your Hebrew Knowledge in Israel!
OSRUI’s Chalutzim B’Aretz offers teens the opportunity to combine their interest in Hebrew, travel and Judaism in one place: on a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Israel.
Take your epic journey as you spend four weeks exploring ישראל and deepening your Hebrew knowledge. From ancient ירושלים to modern תל אביב, from the beautiful כנרת to the stunning נגב, create and be part of an immersive Hebrew-speaking community of teens. This unique and challenging program is for teens with a baseline level of Hebrew knowledge, who seek a meaningful and exciting journey to ישראל filled with amazing memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.
2019 Trip Details
|Program||Adventure||4 weeks in Israel|
|Tentative Dates||June 25 - July 23|
|January 3, 2019
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
Adventure - הרפתקה
Take your epic journey.
From ancient ירושלים to modern תל אביב, from the beautiful כנרת to the stunning נגב, create and be part of an immersive traveling Jewish קהילה of teens from all over North America.
Desert - מדבר
Chill in the desert.
Ascend the summit of מצדה at dawn. Float in the ים המלח. Cover yourself with the famous שחר mud. Cool off in the refreshing waterfalls of עין גדי. Take lots of selfies to prove it really happened.
Nature - טבע
Get off the grid.
Ride גמלים across sand dunes, sip tea in a Bedouin tent, snorkel the crystal clear כחול waters of the ים סוף, relax on a sandy חוף, and sleep under a peaceful blanket of כוכבים.
City - עיר
Ancient meets modern.
Discover תל אביב, the hi-tech capital of the world. Swim in הים התיכון. Touch ancient ruins in ירושלים, visited by your ancestors for thousands of years. Meet Israeli teens. Eat פלאפל. 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.
Registration for Summer 2019 will be available Fall 2018.