General Resources

General Resources

BBYO provides needs-based scholarships to help ensure that Israel is accessible to all Jewish teens. Many Jewish Federations and other organizations also provide grant funds regardless of need. Explore the opportunities below.

Special Promotions

Summer Experiences

BBYO Member Discount

BBYO members automatically receive a $50 discount off summer teen travel programs. Join now!

Alumni Discount

If you took part in a prior BBYO Passport summer experience for teens, BBYO's March of the Living, or Israel Family Journey you are automatically eligible for a one-time $250 alumni discount off a future BBYO Passport summer experience for teens or BBYO's March of the Living. The $250 alumni discount can not be combined with any other offers.

Israel Family Journey

Early Registration Discount

Register at least five months in advance and automatically receive a $100 per person discount. All program payments are fully refundable up to four months in advance, so your savings are absolutely risk free!

BBYO Scholarships

In keeping with our misison to share the experience of Israel with as many Jewish teens as possible, BBYO has established a national scholarship for teen Israel travel. Funding is limited, so make sure to apply ahead of the noted deadlines.

March of the Living

Available for teens participating in BBYO's National Teen Delegation and BBYO-affiliated Community Delegations.
Deadline to apply: November 14, 2017

Summer Israel Scholarship

Available for teens participating in a summer Israel program other than ILSI.
Deadline to apply: February 28, 2017

Spitzer Fellowship for ILSI

Teens participating in ILSI may apply for financial assistance through the Charlotte and Jack J. Spitzer Fellowship.
Deadline to apply: February 28, 2017

Regional Scholarships

Teens involved in BBYO can contact their Regional/Council Staff for scholarships available on the regional or chapter level. Funds may be available for summer Israel travel and March of the Living.

HOW TO APPLY

 After signing up, you will find the scholarship form in your registration account
 

$1000 - amount of the average BBYO scholarship
More than 75% of applicants receive funding
average household income is approximately $100,000 with a high range of $185,000

Help us share the experience of Israel with tomorrow's teens
by making a donation today to BBYO Passport.

Community Scholarships

Most communities offer teen Israel travel scholarships through their local Jewish Federation or through other Jewish educational agencies. In most cases, these community funds are available only for the teens in the areas that they serve. BBYO Passport programs in Israel meet the criteria to qualify for most of these scholarships. We have included a list of specific communities that offer such scholarships. If you do not find your hometown in the list below, check out the National Federation Directory.

Due to the nature of changes in funding and resources, we do not guarantee accuracy of the information provided nor guarantee eligibility as almost all sources are independently managed and have no connection to BBYO Passport.

Birmingham
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: First come/first serve, need-based, and must live in Birmingham
Trip Location: Israel or International
Amount: Varies

Contact: Sally Friedman
Phone: 205.879.0416
Email: sallyf@bjf.org

Alaskan Jewish Community
Award Name: The Gottstein Family Foundation
Qualifying Type: Scholarships for Alaskan Jewish Community
March of the Living and BBYO experiences in Israel. Must be residents of Alaska.

Contact:
Phone:
Email:

Phoenix
Award Name: The Harold and Jean Grossman Israel Experience Scholarship Fund
Qualifying Type: First-come/first-serve
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $1,000

Award Name: La-Aretz Scholarship Fund
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies

Contact: Shahar Edry
Phone: 480.483.7121 x1109
Email: israelcenter@jewishphoenix.org

Southern Arizona
Award Name: Goldman Family Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: $2,500

Contact: Robyn Schwager
Phone: 520.577.0388
Email: grants@jcftucson.org

East Bay
Award Name: Israel Trips Financial Aid
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies

Contact: Alison Stein
Phone: 510.809.4911
Email: alison@jfed.org

Los Angeles
Award Name: Israel Experience Grants
Qualifying Type: First come/first serve and need-based
Trip Location: Israel 
Amount: Varies

Contact: Vicky Lee
Phone: 323.761.8233
Email: vlee@jewishla.org

Orange County
Award Name: Passport to Jewish Life®
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: No qualification
Amount: Varies

Contact: Jillian Weyman
Phone: 949.435.3848 x335
Email: Passport@JFFS.org

San Francisco Area
Award Name: One Happy Camper Scholarship Grant
Qualifying Type: First Jewish overnight experience
Trip Location: U.S. Based Travel Only
Amount: Varies

Award Name: Israel Experiences
Qualifying Type: First Organized Israel Trip
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies

Contact: Aiko-Sophie Ezaki
Phone: 415.369.2862
Email: aiko-sophiem@sfjcf.org

San Gabriel and Pomona Valley, California
Not available 

Denver
Not available

New Haven
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies

Contact: Beth Kupcho
Phone: 203.387.2424 x316
Email: bkupcho@jewishnewhaven.org

Delaware
Not available

Washington, DC
Award Name: Israel Quest Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies

Contact: Marla Hurwitz
Phone: 301.230.7200
Email: IsraelQuest@shalomdc.org

Central Florida
Not available

Jacksonville
Award Name: Joan Levin Gift of Israel Program
Qualifying Type: Age 16 or older
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: $700

Contact: Jill Abel
Phone: 904.224.1445
Email: jilla@jewishjacksonville.org

Miami
Award Name: Israel Programs Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based, age 15 or older
Amount: Varies

Award Name: Overnight Jewish Camp Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Need-based, age 17 or younger
Trip Location: U.S.
Amount: Varies

Contact: Inbar Cohen
Phone: 786.866.8431
Email: IsraelOverseas@JewishMiami.org

Palm Beach County
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies

PLEASE NOTE: Boynton Beach North-Marin County residents only (Delray and Boca Raton are not eligible)

Contact: Melissa Arden
Phone: 561.242.6654
Email: Melissa.Arden@jewishpalmbeach.org

Augusta
Award Name: Teen Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Trip Location: Varies
Amount: Varies

Contact: Leah Ronen
Phone: 706.228.3636
Email: augustafed1@knology.net

Chicago
Award Name: Israel Experience
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies

Contact: Jody Horowitz
Phone: 312.444.2895
Email: israelexperience@juf.org

Indianapolis
Award Name: Israel Scholarships
Qualifying Type: First come/first serve
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies

Contact: Pamela Eicher
Phone: 317.726.5450
Email: IsraelScholarship@JFGI.org

Kansas City
Not available

Wichita
Award Name: Teen Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Varies
Amount: Varies

Contact: Sandy Diel
Phone: 316.686.4741
Email: sdiel@mkjf.org

Lexington
Not available

Louisville
Award Name: Louisville March of the Living Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Merit Based
Trip Location: March of the Living only
Amount: Up to $3,000

Award Name: Israel Travel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $3,000

Contact: Kari Semel
Phone: 502.238.2701
Email: ksemel@jewishlouisville.org

New Orleans
Not available

North Louisiana
Not available 

Baltimore
Award Name: Community Fund for Israel Experiences Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Amount: Up to $1,000

Contact: Reena Roshgadol
Phone: 410.735.5024
Email: CFIE@cjebaltimore.org

Attleboro
Not available 

Berkshire County
Award Name: Israel Travel Grant
Qualifying Type: First-come/first-serve
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $2,000

Contact: Dara Kaufman
Phone: 413.442.4360 x12
Email: Dara.Kaufman@verizon.net

Boston and North Shore
Not available

Merrimack Valley
Not available 

New Bedford
Not available

Springfield
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel 
Amount: Varies

Contact: Michelle Lancto
Phone: 413.732.9994
Email: mlancto@jewishwesternmass.org

Ann Arbor
Not available

Detroit
Award Name: Get There!
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel & March of the Living
Amount: Varies

Award Name: N/A
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Stand UP & Ambassadors experiences
Amount: $750


Contact: Jacob Allen
Phone: 248.203.1467
Email: allen@jfmd.org

Minneapolis
Award Name: The Louis Herman Israel Experience Fund
Qualifying Type: Ages 15-18
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $1,000

Award Name: Israel Center Scholarship Fund
Qualifying Type: Age 16 and older
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies

Contact: Ariel Biel
Phone: 952.417.2319
Email: abiel@mplsfed.org

St. Paul
Award Name: Israel Experience Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Merit based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies

Contact: Sharyn Effress-Pesses
Phone: 651.695.3186
Email: spesses@stpaulfed.org

St. Louis
Award Name: Teen Grants & Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Merit and need-based subsidies 
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies

Contact: Karen Rader
Phone: 314.442.3756
Email: krader@jfedstl.org

Omaha
Not available 

Las Vegas
Award Name: Teen Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: International
Amount: Varies

Contact: Tracy Aparicio
Phone: 702.732.0556
Email: tracy@jewishlasvegas.com

New Hampshire
Award Name: Irving and Bernice Singer Israel Experience Fund
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel 
Amount: Varies

Contact: Nancy Frankel
Phone: 603.472.3983
Email: office@jewishnh.org

Metrowest
Award Name: Jewish Service Learning
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Varies
Amount: Varies

Contact: Michael Strom
Phone: 973.929.2963
Email: mstrom@jfedgmw.org

Middlesex County
Award Name: Israel Teen Grants
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies

Contact: Laura Safran
Phone: 732.588.1804
Email: lauras@jewishheartnj.org

Northern
Not Available

Southern
Award Name: Israel Experience Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies

Contact: Janet Santo
Phone: 856.673.2582
Email: infojcf@jfedsnj.org

New Mexico
Award Name: Israel Experience Grant
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Trip Location: Varies
Amount: Varies

Contact: Erika Rimson
Phone: 505.348.4472
Email: erika@jcfnm.org

Albany & Northeastern New York Community
Award Name: Jewish Enrichment Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Varies
Amount: Varies

Award Name: Israel Experience 
Qualifying Type: Matching
Trip Location: Varies
Amount: Varies

Contact: Rebecca Miller
Phone: 518.783.7800 x 225
Email: rmiller@jewishfedny.org

Buffalo
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up tp $1,000

Contact: Lisa Collins
Phone: 716.204.1133
Email: Lisa@jewishphilanthropies.org

New York (NYC, Westchester & Long Island)
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Amount: Varies
Note: Available for all high school-age programs worldwide.

Award Name: New York Teen Initiative - Summer Programs Scholarship
Contact: BBYO Passport
Phone: 202.800.7083
Email: info@bbyopassport.org

Orange County
Not available

Rochester
Award Name: Teen Travel to Israel
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies

Contact: Richard Gordon
Phone: 585.461.0490 x8637
Email: rgordon@jewishrochester.org

Award Name: Gift of Israel
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies

Contact: Sharon Gray
Phone: 585.434.2700 x202
Email: sgray@farashinstitute.org

Syracuse
Not available 

Charlotte
Award Name: Gorelick Teens to Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: First-come/first serve
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $1,000

Contact: Tal Stein
Phone: 704.944.6757
Email: tal.stein@jewishcharlotte.org

Durham-Chapel Hill
Award Name: Sara & E.J. Evans Israel Experience Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Merit
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: $1,000

Contact: Jill Madsen
Phone: 919.354.4936
Email: jmadsen@shalomdch.org

Greensboro
Award Name: Greensboro Israel Experience Grant Program
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies

Contact: Judi Rossabi
Phone: 336.852.5433
Email: info@shalomgreensboro.org

Award Name: Israel Experience Scholarship Fund
Qualifying Type: First come/first serve, need-based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies

Contact: Betsy Gamburg
Phone: 336.852.4829 x222
Email: bgamburg@shalomgreensboro.org

Akron
Not available

Cincinnati
Award Name: Israel Travel Grants
Qualifying Type: Age 16 and older
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $6,500

Contact: Karyn Zimerman
Phone: 513.985.1534
Email: kzimerman@jfedcin.org

Cleveland
Award Name: Financial Assistance for Israel Study
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies

Award Name: Gift of Israel
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Amount: Up to $2,200 (first time travel), up to $1,500 (second time travel)

Contact: Helen Wolf
Phone: 216.371.0449
Email: hwolf@jecc.org

Columbus
Award Name: Israel Experience 
Qualifying Type: Incentive-based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies

Contact: Elana Polster
Phone: 614.559.3227
Email: epolster@tcjf.org

Toledo
Award Name: Jewish Experience Fund
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel 
*NOTE: Please contact Barb directly if you wish to apply for scholarship outside of Israel.
Amount: $1,000

Award Name: 1000 for 10 Teen Fund
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: $1,000

Contact: Barb Hager
Phone: 419.724.0357
Email: barb@jewishtoledo.org

Portland
Not available

Lehigh Valley
Award Name: Teen Experience Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Incentive grant
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies

Contact: Mark Goldstein
Phone: 610.821.5500
Email: markg@jflv.org

Award Name: Visit Israel Savings Partnership
Qualifying Type: Matching
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $1,600

Contact: Abby Trachtman
Phone: 610.821.5500
Email: abbyt@jflv.org

Philadelphia
Not available 

Pittsburgh
Award Name: Israel Scholarship Program
Qualifying Type: Incentive
Trip Location: Israel and March of the Living
Amount: $1,750

Award Name: Passport to Israel
Qualifying Type: Matching
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: $800

Contact: Debbie Swartz
Phone: 412.992.5208
Email: dswartz@jfedpgh.org

Rhode Island
Award Name: Israel Study Travel Grants and Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $1,500

Contact: Jana Brenman
Phone: 401.421.4111 x181
Email: jbrenman@jewishallianceri.org

Memphis
Award Name: Lemsky Endowment Fund Israel Experience Grant
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $2,500

Contact: Gila Golder
Phone: 901.654.2151
Email: ggolder@jcpmemphis.org

Nashville
Not available

Austin
Not available

Dallas
Award Name: Summer & March of the Living Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Trip Location: International
Amount: Varies

Contact: Sarah Golman
Phone: 214.615.5275
Email: sgolman@jfgd.org

Award Name: Daniels Family Israel Education Endowment Fund of the DJCF
Qualifying Type: one "under-affiliated" Jewish Dallas area high school junior or senior
Trip Location: March of the Living
Amount: $5,000

Contact: Mona Allen
Phone: 214.615.5268
Email: mallen@djcf.org

Houston
Not available

San Antonio
Not available

Vermont
Award Name: Israel Travel Grants
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $1,000

Contact: Kate Rodowicz
Phone: 413.276.0700
Email: gti@hgf.org

Richmond
Award Name: Richmond Jewish Foundation Greenberg Israel Scholarship Fund
Qualifying Type: Need-based, ages 15 and older
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: $750-$2,000

Contact: Joice Burnette
Phone: 804.545.8628
Email: joice@rjfoundation.org
 

Seattle
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based, currently in 9th grade or older
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies

Contact: Taryn Goodman-Oman
Phone: 206.774.2217
Email: Israel@jewishinseattle.org

Milwaukee
Award Name: Passport to Israel
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies

Contact: Rabbi Hannah Greenstein
Phone: 414.390.5764
Email: hannahg@milwaukeejewish.org
 

Vancouver, British Columbia
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $3,000

Contact: Shelley Rivkin
Phone: 604.257.5100
Email: srivkin@jewishvacouver.com

Other Opportunities

Below is a list of various sources for potential scholarship funding that BBYO Passport participants have received in previous years. The goal of this resource is to provide prospective BBYO Passport participants information about organizations within their geographic region that have offered scholarships in the past. We do our best to provide accurate material and information from each source.

Local Synagogue

Often, synagogues have set aside funds specifically designated for sending local teens to Israel. Call your synagogue's office to learn if they offer this type of scholarship. Departments that often have scholarships available include but are not limited to: General Scholarship Fund, Rabbi Discretionary Fund, Sisterhood, Brotherhood, Israel Committee & Youth Department.

Local Jewish Organizations

Some other local Jewish organizations may have scholarships available. Here are some potential sources in your community that are worth exploring.

  • Plant your way (JNF)
  • Local Holocaust Museum
  • Jewish Community Center (JCC)
  • Jewish Council for Your Services (JCYS)
  • Jewish Family Services (JFS)
  • Bureau of Jewish Education (BJE)
  • Jewish Child and Family Services (JCFS)
  • Hebrew Free Loan Association

Partnering Organizations

BBYO Passport is proud to partner with One Happy Camper to provide teens up to $1,000 off our U.S. based trips for their first summer at a Jewish overnight camp. This gift – made possible by your local Jewish Federation in partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp – is for campers attending their first Jewish overnight summer camp experience. Please view this list for qualifying communities, age requirements and contact information at the Eligibility Page.

Search the Internet!

A quick internet search will reveal numerous Jewish organizations that offer money to Jewish teens traveling to Israel. Send them an e-mail and see if you qualify. Do you know of a scholarship not listed or have updated information? Please let us know and we will post the information for others who are seeking funding for their BBYO Passport experience.

Summer experiences for teensApply for New York Teen Initiative Funding

In an effort to make Jewish summer experiences more affordable, high school-age teens from New York are eligible for generous financial assistance towards any BBYO Summer Experience in Israel, Europe, Africa, Latin America and North America.
 
The New York Teen Initiative is sponsored by UJA-Federation of New York and the Jim Joseph Foundation.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Jewish teens currently in 8th-12th grades
  • Permanent resident of New York City's five boroughs, Nassau, Suffolk or Westchester counties
  • Scholarship amount will be based on finances. The average award last summer was $1,400.

How to Apply

  • Information coming soon.

Families are highly encouraged to sign-up for travel insurance in order to protect their investment and plan for the unexpected.

NOTE: A separate travel insurance policy option is available for Israel Family Journey.

What it Covers

Jewish travel for teensBBYO Passport has partnered with Travel Insured International to provide a discounted group travel insurance option specially designed for teen travel. The policy provides the following benefits:
 

INSURANCE BENEFITS

Student Deluxe
MAXIMUM LIMITS

Student Deluxe + Cancel
for Any Reason2
MAXIMUM LIMITS

Cancellation for Covered Reasons1– Pre-Departure

100% of Trip Cost

100% of Trip Cost

Trip Interruption for Covered Reasons1

Up to 150% of Trip Cost

Up to 150% of Trip Cost

Cancellation for Any Reason – Pre-Departure2

N/A

    75% of Trip Cost

Travel Delay (at least 6 hours)

$750 

$750

Missed Connection (at least 3 hours)

$500 

$500 

Medical Expense3

$25,000 (Secondary Coverage)

$25,000 (Secondary Coverage)

Emergency Evacuation

$100,0000

$100,0000

Baggage and Personal Effects

$1,500 / $250 per article limit

$1,500 / $250 per article limit

Baggage Delay (at least 24 hours)

$300

$300
  1. Covered Reasons | Include personal illness/death, family illness/death, and other reasons – see full policy for details.

  2. Cancel for Any Reason | Cancellations for non-standard reasons must be made at least two days prior to the scheduled departure date.

  3. Medical Coverage | Pre-existing conditions are only covered if policy is purchased prior to final trip payment and the premium paid covers all trip costs (land and air). NOTE: BBYO Passport does not cover pre-existing conditions as part of our standard medical insurance.

What it Costs

Insurance costs vary according to the cost of your program. Be sure to factor any additional travel expenses (e.g. cost of domestic travel) when deciding how much insurance to secure.

Cost of Program

Student Deluxe

Student Deluxe + 
Cancel for Any Reason

$0-$500 $21 $32
$500-$1,000 $31 $46
$1,001-$1,500 $42 $63
$1,501-$2,000 $55 $82
$2,001-$2,500 $69 $103
$2,501-$3,000 $83 $124
$3,001-$3,500 $95 $143
$3,501-$4000 $109 $164
$4,001-$4,500 $123 $185
$4,501-$5,000 $137 $206
$5,001-$5,500 $151 $227
$5,501-$6,000 $165 $248
$6,001-$6,500 $179 $269
$6,501-$7,000 $193 $290
$7,001-$7,500 $207 $311
$7,501-$8,000 $221 $332
$8,001-$8,500 $243 $359.50
$8,501-$9,000 $257 $380.50
$9,001-$10,000* $271 $401.50

NOTE: The rates listed above are for programs up to 30 days. For programs over 30 days please add; $3.00 per day on the standard rates or $4.50 per day on the cancel for any reason rates.

*Max trip cost is $10,000.

How to Order

Our group travel insurance policy can be selected and paid for as part of your BBYO Passport registration account.

SPECIAL TERMS

  • Policies are only available for USA residents.
  • The supplemental "Cancellation for Any Reason" benefit is not valid for New York residents.
  • All benefits are subject to policy exclusions. See the full policy for complete details.
  • Policies may be purchased up until the date you make full payment for the program.
  • Travel insurance policies are not issued until full program payment is received. 

Questions? Contact info@travelinsuranceisrael.com or 1-888-747-3773

Team up with BBYO Passport to provide a travel experience for your camp or community organization

Possibilities

We cover destinations on five continents and cater to teens and families:

  • Summer, spring and winter break for teens
  • Community delegations to the March of the Living
  • Adult and family travel experiences

Structure

There's more than one way to organize your group with us:

  • Travel as a private trip -- we'll do the logistics
  • Pair up with another like-minded partner group
  • Merge with a national BBYO Passport group

Benefits

Leverage our expertise to your organization's benefit:

  • Zero start-up costs
  • Reduced learning curve
  • Limited strain on staff time
  • A partner that shares your values

Services

We offer a flexible model with services based on your needs:

  • Program design & implementation
  • Marketing support
  • Registration and payment
  • Staff training

Contact us to explore the possibilities, and ask us for a reference from a current partner.

Want to have a lasting impact on Jewish teens this summer? We're recruiting enthusiastic and experienced individuals to be madrichim (counselors) for our Summer Experiences. 

Qualifications Include:

  • Summer travel for teens

    Being at least four years removed from high school at the start of summer (exceptions considered in special situations)
  • Significant travel experience, preferably including participation in an Israel educational program
  • Extensive leadership experience, preferably working with teenagers
  • Strong Jewish background and demonstrated ability to lead an inclusive Shabbat experience
  • High energy and ability to work within a team setting
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

How to Apply

Review the job description and complete the staff application. For questions contact staff@bbyopassport.org. Compensation information is provided during the interview process.

When you build exceptional experiences, people want to hear about it! Check out this press featuring BBYO Passport.

10 Days that Changed my Life
Connecticut Jewish Ledger | August '16
Hear from a teen participant about her life-changing experience on a BBYO Passport program: "The BBYO summer program was an eye-opening, life-changing experience that allowed me to step out of my comfort zone. I truly have a new found respect for people from different backgrounds and walks of life."

BBYO Bonds Teens Around World
Jewish News | August '15
This summer, over 2,000 teens came together at BBYO Summer Experiences. These summer programs offer Jewish teens the opportunities to lead, learn, serve communities, travel, strengthen their Jewish and personal identities and meet peers from around the world.

BBYO Director of Jewish Enrichment Aleeza Lubin is Profiled
OY!Chicago | July '15
Aleeza helps teens find their Jewish voice and discover what aspects of Judaism are meaningful to them. She particularly emphasizes tikkun olam and finds creative ways for teens to contribute to the community in a way that feels natural and comfortable.

'A modern camp with an old soul' celebrates its bar mitzvah
The Jewish Voice | February '15
BBYO Passport works with Camp Jori to help ensure their CIT's (Counselors in Training) have a meaningful four-week experience in Israel. 


My Israel Experience
Jewish Press | October '14
Teen Tomer Palmon writes about his amazing trip with BBYO Passport to Italy and Israel.


Ambassadors to Bulgaria Program Offers Life-Changing Summer Experience
Jewish Community Voice | July '14
Teen Jessica Sklar talks about her incredible summer on BBYO Passport trip Ambassadors to Bulgaria.


Camps Face Tough Decisions About Israel Trips
Jewish Exponent | July ' 14
BBYO Passport ensures a safe, meaningful, and fun summer for teens traveling in Israel despite on-going operation.


World Without Survivors
Washington Jewish Week |  February '14
Sara Strei reflects on the importance of having Holocaust survivor Trudy Album join her on March of the Living.


Learning in the Land of Milk and Honey
The Jewish News | January '14
Teen participant Jackson Cacioppo writes about his summer journey on ILSI with BBYO Passport.


Discovering my Jewish identity through Israel
Heritage - Florida Jewish News | July '13
A Florida teen, Sarah Hoffen, discusses the discovery of her Jewish identity through Israel with BBYO Passport.


BBYO's Ambassadors to Bulgaria
e Jewish Philanthropy | July '13
Rachel Mitchell's beautiful reflections from her experience on Ambassadors to Bulgaria.


BBYO Teens Take March of the Living
Cleveland Jewish News | May '13
Twenty-five teens from BBYO's Ohio Northern Region Ohio delegation participated in BBYO's national delegation of the March of the Living.


BBYO launches gap year Israel experience
Jewish Tribune | October '12
Committed to providing more Jewish teens with more meaningful Jewish experiences, BBYO has launched a new pre-college, gap year program in Israel, Beyond.


BBYO Launches Gap Year Israel Experience
The Canadian Jewish News | October '12
BBYO has launched a pre-college gap-year program in Israel to provide Jewish teens with meaningful Jewish experiences.


Summer Break? I'm Working on It
New York Times | May '09
"At a time when the overall travel industry is in a slump...educational and volunteer travel programs say they are surprised at the sustained interest...B'nai B'rith Youth Organization is filling seats on its Israel tours."

Jewish Summer Camps Feel the Heat
Jerusalem Post | May '09
"In the case of BBYO Passport, which takes teens to Europe and Israel, the organization began promoting its competitive fees...as a way of attracting participants...'We had a good story to tell, so we decided to tell it,' said Avi Green, BBYO Passport's marketing director."


Teen trips to Israel and beyond
Cleveland Jewish News | Dec '08
"BBYO expands its travel division to incorporate even more destinations for Jewish teens to travel in a safe, group environment. The new program is called Passport to the World (Passport) and grew out of BBYO's success with its Passport to Israel program."


BBYO Expands Travel Programs
Jewish News of Greater Phoenix | Aug '08
BBYO Expands Travel Programs "Traveling through BBYO no longer necessarily implies a trip to Israel...Students are provided the opportunity to see Jewish communities in the [other] areas that they visit and are given the option of flying to Israel for three weeks after touring other countries."


Local Teen Experiences Israel with BBYO
Minn. American Jewish World | Sep '08
Local Teen Experiences Israel with BBYO: Minneapolis American Jewish World. Since I was little, I have always heard about how amazing Israel is, Mogelson wrote in an essay. "This summer I finally had the chance to experience it myself…The best part of the whole trip was the sense that I actually belonged in Israel, that I wasn't just a tourist, but that I was a part of the State.'"

 

 

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