The Union for Reform Judaism’s Sports Israel offers teens the opportunity to combine their passion for sport, travel and Judaism in one place: on a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Israel.
Imagine seeing Israel as an athlete, with sports as your backdrop. Imagine a group of teens challenged with the task of teaching young Israeli children how to cradle a lacrosse ball, or on mixed teams with their Israeli peers for a game of baseball, sharing in each other’s culture and learning from their experiences together. Imagine those same teens meeting with influential Israeli athletes, learning from and being inspired by them as mentors in the field. URJ Sports Israel brings like-minded 11th-12th grade athletes together to explore, play, teach, and learn Israel – all through the lens of sports.
2020 Trip Details
Delve into the world of sports and recreation in our Jewish homeland. Teens will have the opportunity to visit and explore iconic Israeli sites and, with support from professionals, experience them through a lens of sports and recreation.
On our Israel adventure, teens will learn from and play alongside athletes, peers, and others throughout Israel. Play sports you love and are familiar with, and sample new games native to Israel. Dribble, kick, swing, stroke, rappel, glide, hike, and more
Strive to create a better world by engaging with other teens from across Israeli society – Jewish, Arab, Druze, Bedouin, and others – in deepening personal leadership development and having a blast while doing so.
Fill your stomachs with fresh hummus, schnitzel, falafel, and shawarma. The chance to eat, play, travel, learn, and socialize with members of the local communities opens the door for meaningful and honest insights into real Israeli culture.
We’ll share our Sports Israel itinerary in the Fall as details are finalized! See a sample of potential visits below:
SPORTS & RECREATION
- Spend a day practicing at Wingate Institute, Israel’s premiere sports training facility
- Visit Terner Stadium and meet with Beer Sheva’s soccer team – Israel’s national champions
- Explore peace through surfing with a program with HaGal Sheli
- Train with the Jerusalem Lions, Israel’s national championship American Football team
- Sail on the Mediterranean Sea with Etgarim, an organization using sports to assist with rehabilitation
- Scrimmage with HaPoel Galil Elion, Israel’s fan-sponsored basketball team
- Rapel through the Keshet Caves with the IDF Search and Rescue team
- And much, much more!
*Note that all visits are subject to change, and the above are just a sample of potential visits.
- Historic ruins in the Old City of Jerusalem, Western Wall, and City of David
- Masada, Dead Sea, and Bedouin experience in the Negev Desert
- Beaches in Tel Aviv and Independence Hall
- Baha'i Gardens in Haifa
- Israel's biggest waterfall at Banias Nature Reserve
- Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, Har Herzl, and Machane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem
- The mystical city of Tzfat, beautiful landscape of the Golan Heights, and Sea of Galilee in the north
- And many more
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 Federation of the East Bay - Scholarship is available for high school students who reside in Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, or Solano Counties.
Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles - The POST Partnership Grant offers up to $500 for participants traveling to Israel for the first time on a group trip.
Jewish Federation of San Diego County - My Israel Journey Teen Subsidy Program offers up to $1,750 for teens from San Diego County.
Jewish Federation & Family Services of Orange County - JFFS offers need and merit-based educational grants for high schools traveling on an Israel program.
Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley - Scholarship applications are accepted year-round for 9-12 graders affiliated with NFTY who wish to travel to Israel.
The Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region - The Jewish Federation provides up to $500 towards an approved organized trip to high school students.
Greater Miami Jewish Federation - Offers need-based scholarship for Miami-Dade County residents for teens over the age of 15.
Jewish Federation of Greater Naples - Offers partial scholarships for educational programs and experiences in Israel for families residing in Collier County. App is due February 1, 2019.
Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County - Applicants must be living in Boynton Beach north through Vero Beach and have not received an Israel Experience Program scholarship in the past.
Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee - Provides up to $2,500 for Jewish high school students from Sarasota or Manatee County participating in an experiential or volunteer base program for at least 3 weeks.
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 Durham-Chapel Hill - Offers up to $1,000 for high schools students who wish to participate in a summer program to Israel.
Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte - The Jewish Experience Fund and the Gorelick Teens to Israel Fund both offer scholarship for teens travel to Israel.
Jewish Federation of Greater Houston - Offers need-based scholarship for a summer trip to Israel for Houston residents in 10-12 grade.
Jewish Federation of Greater El Paso - Offers finaincial aid for families who wish to send their teen on an Israel experience.
Other Financial Assistance Options