National and International
Joyce Zeff Israel Study Tour
The Joyce Zeff Israel Study Tour (IST) is a journey of a lifetime and life-changing experience. From sunrise at Massada to Shabbat at the Western Wall (Kotel), it combines extraordinary adventure, exceptional leaders, a commitment to education, Jewish values, and years of experience to guide students to learn, explore, discover and soak up every moment. Students have the opportunity to become more independent, learn more about themselves, connect to Israel and strengthen their Jewish identity. IST is one of the premiere Israel teen trips and is the longest running annual community-based Israel trip in the U.S. It’s a 5-week immersive program where we spend the first 4 days in Poland then the next 30 days in Israel. The trip is for students that are currently juniors in high school.
If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please contact:
Director of the Joyce Zeff Israel Study Tour (IST)
Alexander Muss High School in Israel
Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI), is a pluralistic, college-prep, international study abroad program for high school students where the land of Israel is a living classroom.
Overview: AMHSI’s multifaceted approach to experiential learning provides multiple entry points into the Jewish narrative, encouraging each and every student to find his/her interest from culture to history, geography to philosophy and identity and peoplehood. As a college preparatory experience, we have received countless testimonials from students and parents highlighting how the program has prepared them for college life and beyond.
Eligibility: Grade 9-12
Length: Various programs throughout the school year and summer
Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel
The Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel (BYFI) is a network of almost 1,000 diverse young Jews from North America and Israel who contribute their talents and vision to the Jewish community and the world at large.
Overview: The Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel educates and inspires exceptional young Jews from diverse backgrounds to become active participants in Jewish culture throughout their lives, and to contribute their talents and vision to the Jewish community and to the world at large. The alumni network focuses on promoting the following values: Jewish learning, pluralism, engagement with Israel, and social responsibility.
Eligibility: Grade 11
Length: 5-week, all-expenses-paid summer program in Israel; two educational seminars in New York in December and March; each Fellow pursues a Ma’aseh (social action) project during their fellowship year, for which each Fellow is paired with an alumni mentor.
Diller Teen Awards
Each year, the Helen Diller Family Foundation awards $36,000 to Jewish U.S. teens for exceptional leadership and engagement in service projects to make the world a better place.
Overview: The Diller Teen Awards celebrate Tikkun Olam, or “Repairing the World.” The Diller Family Foundation knows that supporting Jewish teen leadership today means creating and inspiring future generations of strong Jewish leaders in the global community. The awards provide $36,000 for each recipient so that they may use it to further their project or education. Along with the awards, the foundation also runs The Diller Teen Fellows Program; an international leadership program for Jewish teens.
Eligibility: Grade 8-12 (can be 19 years old to apply)
To fill out an application click here
*Applications are due in December, please check official website for exact dates
Etgar 36 is dedicated to developing the future Jewish political voice taking Jewish teens on journeys throughout America, developing their identities and empowering them to get involved politically and socially to change the world.
Overview: America is the journey and destination of any Etgar 36 journey. Etgar 36 is across country summer journey in which you experience the sites, sounds, culture, food, and people of each city. You will learn about the American history that shapes us, our Jewish heritage that binds us, the issues that confront us and how the political process impacts us.
Eligibility: Grades 9-12
Length: Two summer programs (36-day trip and 22-day trip)
Great Jewish Books Summer Program
An exploration of literature & culture for Jewish high school students.
Overview: The Great Jewish Books Summer Program brings together a select group of rising high school juniors and seniors to read, discuss, argue about, and fall in love with powerful and enduring works of modern Jewish literature. Participants study with professors, meet contemporary authors, and connect with other teens from across the country.
Eligibility: Grades 10-11
Length: One week in August
Jewish Farm School
The Jewish Farm School teaches about contemporary food and environmental issues through innovative trainings and skill-based Jewish agricultural education.
Overview: The Jewish Farm School is an environmental education organization whose mission is to practice and promote sustainable agriculture and to support food systems rooted in justice and Jewish traditions.Aspirations of the Jewish Farm School are driven by the traditions of using food as a tool for social justice and spiritual mindfulness. Through our programs, we address the injustices embedded in today’s mainstream food systems and work to create greater access to sustainably grown foods, produced from a consciousness of both ecological and social well being.
Length: Ongoing Programs
JNF Alternative Spring Break
Join JNF and other Jewish young adults for Alternative Spring Break, a week of community service in either Northern or Southern Israel and connect to the land and people of Israel in a meaningful way.
Overview: Have you been wishing you were in Israel? Ready to go back? Join JNF for an unforgettable week of volunteering and fun. JNF’s Alternative Spring Break in Israel is a FREE trip for Jewish college students and young adults to volunteer in Israel. It is an exciting week long trip allowing its participants to make a personal impact in Israel.
Eligibility: Grade 12 (Must be 18 years old)
Length: One week
The Martin Buber Summer Youth Kibbutz
The Martin Buber Youth Kibbutz offers a unique way for youth to deepen their Jewish identity, sense of community and understanding of Jewish teachings on ecology, as well as their practice of and commitment to Tikkun Olam.
Overview: Participants will experience kibbutz-style cooperative living while learning about Jewish social philosophy, Jewish environmental ethics, conflict-resolution, and working on an organic farm.
Eligibility: Grades 7-12
Length: Various week long programs in July and August
Mitzvah Corps – Social Justice Travel Programs for Teens
Travel the world. Build meaningful relationships. Create lasting change.
For more than 50 years, Mitzvah Corps has been the premier provider of social justice experiences for high school students, giving teens the opportunity to travel the world, build meaningful relationships with one another and their global peers, understand the complexities and challenges facing various communities, take action on issues they care about, and embrace the ways that Judaism empowers them to enact real change.
Mitzvah Corps programs operate each summer in various cities around the world. Each location has been chosen based on its unique features, communities of innovative thinkers, and ability to immerse participants in the authentic daily lives of its citizens.
Every summer, around 1500 Jewish campers from over 20 countries attend Camp Szarvas, nestled on the banks of the beautiful Körös river in the peaceful resort town of Szarvas, Hungary.
Overview: The Szarvas Fellowships encourages meaningful interactions and mutual understanding between youth from around the world. The North American Szarvas Fellows arrive on equal footing with their peers from different countries, ready to learn from and share with one another. By joining together in classic summer camp activities, participants are able to get to know one another in a relaxed, fun, environment.
Eligibility: Grade 11-12
Length: 2 week programs from June – August
Tivnu - Building Justice
Hands-on service summer porgram in Portland, Oregon:
Come join the Tivnu Summer Program and spend two weeks in Portland, Oregon, one of America’s most vibrant and visionary cities—on the cutting edge of anti-poverty work, green building, urban agriculture, and environmental stewardship. Dive right into this exciting mix and get hands-on, up-close experience working with grassroots social justice organizations. Explore Portland and its quirky and creative culture (with food carts and coffee shops galore!), as well as its surrounding natural beauty of waterfalls, mountains, and rivers. For more information about the program or opportunities for financial aid, email email@example.com or call 503-232-1864.
Jewish social justice gap year in Portland, Oregon:
Tivnu Gap Year participants discover the Pacific Northwest, connect Jewish life and social justice through individualized internships, and live together in beautiful Portland, Oregon. Develop confidence, purpose, and skills farming, teaching, building, and advocating. Build a caring home, a compassionate city, a country in which all are included. Tivnu: tools to build a better world. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org. or call 503-232-1864.
March of the Living
A Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience for Teens:
The March of the Living brings together thousands of Jewish teens from all over the word to Poland and Israel. In Poland, you will experience the three kilometer march from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the largest concentration camp complex built in WWII. From Poland, you will fly to Israel, observing Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, and Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, affirming Am Yisrael Chai, the Jewish people live!
This program is open to students in 11th * 12th Grade (10th by advance permission). All applicants are carefully screened and interviewed.
Cost: $6,050 (includes domestic and international airfare, hotels, meals, entry fees, and programs). Needs-based scholarships available.
For more information, or to apply, go to www.motlthewest.org, or contact Marcia Tatz Wollner at Marcia@motlthewest.org, or call her at (858) 395-3590.
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