ISRAEL TOUR 2020
Israel Tour gives 1,200 Jewish 16 year-olds an inspiring and memorable experience every year.
If you take this journey, you will travel the length and breadth of Israel, visiting an array of sites and learning about the story – past and present – of the Jewish homeland. From reflections in the Old City of Jerusalem to the rush of Tel Aviv, the spirituality of the Negev desert to the beauty of the Kinneret, this programme connects young people with each other and with Israel. If you are completing Year 11/S4 in summer 2020, you are eligible.
For more information about Israel Tour, please contact UJIA:
T 0207 424 6400
Applications open Thursday 21 November 2019. Visit your Youth Movement or Organisation’s website to apply.
We are committed to financial inclusion. Families unable to meet the full programme cost can apply for a means-tested bursary. Contact your Youth Movement or Organisation confidentially for full details. Bursary application deadline: Friday 07 February 2020 (dates may vary depending on your Youth Movement or Organisation, so please check with them directly).
The following is a list of Youth Movements and Organisations who offer Israel Tours supported by UJIA Israel Experience:
Bnei Akiva inspires and empowers young Jews with a sense of commitment to the Jewish people, the Land of Israel and the Torah. We are a Religious Zionist, Modern Orthodox Youth Movement, and while we have high religious standards, we welcome anyone regardless of their personal background. With years of experience running Israel Machane, you can trust us to provide balanced programmes deeply rooted in the values of Eretz Yisrael, Am Yisrael and Torat Yisrael. Chanichim will choose a track giving them the opportunity to spend three days immersing themselves in a specific aspect of Bnei Akiva’s ideology. Our tracks allow you to see first-hand the diversity of Israeli society and culture, to learn about the archaeological and biblical history of Israel, to see how Judaism is confronting the issues of modernity and to explore the geography and ecology of the land.
BBYO Israel Tour is an international experience in Israel. We offer three elective tracks, where you will travel with Jewish teens from around the world for part of the trip. BBYO Tour embraces and celebrates every aspect of Israeli life, encouraging participants to engage on a broad spectrum of topics. You will meet with Israeli Arab teens, Jewish families living on the Gaza border, and enjoy an Ethiopian culinary workshop. Our Tour also features adventure travel, including sandboarding on desert dunes and Banana Boating, as well as 3 and 4 star accommodations and laundry service. BBYO Tour embodies the true diversity of Jewish life with participants from all denominations. It reflects the values of global Jewish peoplehood, while investing in the UK and Irish community. BBYO truly is a Tour for every Jewish teen.
Ezra Tour is an incredible experience with your friends and a ruach unchallenged by any other Summer Tour. Travel through the past on this wonderful journey where you will discover things you never knew about the history, heritage and uniqueness of the Jewish people. Feel the rush of the waterfalls in the Galil and snorkel in Eilat. Float in the Dead Sea, climb Masada and abseil down the awesome Ramon crater. Sleep under the stars during an exhilarating desert night hike. Get to know the land of our forefathers and mothers by visiting sites mentioned in the Tanach. Take in the breath-taking sites, the delicious flavours and the special atmosphere of shabbat in the Holy city of Jerusalem.
FZY is a pluralist Youth Movement. That means we respect and celebrate people with diverse beliefs and values, engaging with a range of political viewpoints. We won’t tell you what to believe, instead we’ll introduce a wide range of voices, giving you the best opportunity to draw your own conclusions. For us, learning is about embracing ideas, not rejecting them. FZY Israel Tour is unique because of its pluralist framework, but also because of its content. Some highlights include the FZY Maccabiah Games, Hiking the Desert at Night and meaningful volunteering opportunities with young Israeli children from less privileged backgrounds or working alongside the wonderful charity Save a Child’s Heart.
Habonim Dror is a Socialist, Zionist and culturally Jewish Youth Movement that has been building Israel’s future for over 90 years. Tour with Habonim Dror is a unique and meaningful personal journey – visiting places like the Western Wall, Kibbutzim, the Jordan River and the Dead Sea, as well as giving back to Israeli society by volunteering. Habo Tour is also a unique group experience – our Chanichimot (participants) are split up into Kvutzot (groups) that run their own Kuppah (group kitty). The Kvutzah acts as a family so each Chanichol can feel safe to explore Israel as an individual, and as part of the wider group. The Kvutzah and Kuppah create an inclusive environment characterised by mutual trust and respect. This encourages and enables open discussion, shared decision making and enhances group bonding. Being part of Habo Tour means you can look forward to making new lifelong friends from around the country. Sign up with Habonim Dror Israel Tour for a truly unforgettable once in a lifetime Israel experience.
JLGB Israel Tour is the adventure of a lifetime, taking you from a land of history and memory to a place that inspires ideas and innovation. On JLGB Israel Tour, you will experience floating in the Dead Sea, abseiling down the Ramon Crater and rafting down the River Jordan, as well as forming a unique family bond with the people around you, ensuring incredible friendships. You will learn how Israel leads the way in technological innovation on visits to top companies such as Google, and discover the great leaders of modern and biblical Israel while become the leader you hope to be.
Chazon is an organisation that provides educational experiences for Charedi teenagers to strengthen their identity and commitment to Jewish life and the Jewish People. Our Israel Summer Tour for girls is an experience full of fun and surprises, providing the perfect combination of incredible outdoor activities, inspirational shiurim and exciting volunteering opportunities.
LJY-Netzer is the Liberal Jewish Youth movement, built on the ideals of Liberal Judaism, Reform Zionism, Tikkun Olam, and Youth Empowerment. We believe that our Judaism can be progressive, ideological, and inclusive. Our Israel Tour reflects all of these values through the diverse range of people we meet and discussions we have. It is important to us that everyone has the opportunity to participate on a Tour and so aim to provide an accessible environment for every single young person. There is a fun experience of activities and adventures such as hiking through beautiful Israeli scenery in the North, experiencing the cultural hub of Jerusalem and having a unique desert experience in the South. This is balanced with an intellectually rigorous trip whereby we meet with Israeli groups that work towards social justice, progressive politics, and human rights for all. LJY-Netzer Israel Tour is an unforgettable experience that can shape you in ways you never dreamed to be possible!
Noam is the Zionist Youth Movement for Masorti Judaism, home to a welcoming and dynamic community that has been empowering young people to learn and lead for over thirty years. Our ideologies of traditional and egalitarian Judaism, Zionism and Gemilut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness) are central to the community we create. Noam Israel Tour: Chalutzim is our unique and exciting programme for Tour. You will hike through the beautiful scenery of the South, experience the bustling melting pot of the Centre, and engage in an innovative community action project in the North, before finishing in Jerusalem, exploring the religions of Israel. Noam Israel Tour is an unmissable opportunity that will leave you with memories and friends that will last a lifetime.
RSY-Netzer is an inclusive Youth Movement that promotes engagement with Reform Jewish values and practice in a safe and supportive environment. Through an informal education lens, we explore Israel’s diverse society, empowering our chanichim (participants) to discover the beauty and intricacies of Israel. Israel tour provides participants with a journey where they can learn how to live out our key values of Reform Judaism, Reform Zionism, Tikkun Olam (social action) and Livluv (personal development). From hiking through amazing scenery to engaging in creative prayer, RSY-Netzer Israel Tour is the ideal summer experience, making friends who you will laugh, grow and have fun with for years to come.
Sinai Youth are proud to have religious Zionist core values, whilst working in a Modern Orthodox framework. We welcome Jews from all backgrounds and our goals of our Israel Tour are to provide a platform to inspire and empower the next generation of Jews. From the inspirational atmosphere of Shabbat in Jerusalem, to discovering the beautiful historical and archaeological sites, to learning about the diversity of culture and religion, you will have the most enriching and meaningful experience. This will not forego the amazing activities and water sports, including abseiling, kayaking, hiking and many more, which will ensure an incredibly fun summer. Through our tour you will walk away with not only strong and long lasting friendships, but with a deeper understanding and pride of your Jewish heritage, love for Israel, and knowledge and confidence to engage with the world in a constructive manner.
Tribe Israel Tour offers an incredible three and a half week opportunity to explore the very best of Israel, whilst travelling the length and breadth of the country with friends old and new. As well as sunset camel trekking, rafting, night cruises along the Sea of Galilee and water hikes, you will join with American teenagers from our partners in the USA, NCSY, for parts of your Israel adventure! Tribe Israel Tour strengthens participants’ connection to the Land of Israel, and allows them to explore and discover what being Jewish means to them. The Tour strikes the right balance of fun and entertainment, education and volunteering to ensure that participants experience the real Israel.
We hope to see you on Israel Tour 2020!
"Over 1,200 young people go on Israel Tour every year because it is such an inspiring and memorable experience."
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Young people sent on UJIA-supported Israel tour, gap year and other Israel experience programmes last year
Number of youth movements receiving key funding from UJIA
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