Camp JORi will once again offer its Israel/CIT program — a month long experience in Israel for our campers who have completed the LIT program.
Camp JORi’s Israel Journey is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to connect with the history, people, and natural beauty of Israel. The program is also the culmination of our Israel education programming at camp. CITs will then return to JORi on August 2nd for the last two weeks of the summer at camp to continue their training to be future counselors. This program, along with additional staff training initiatives, will strengthen the camper-to-counselor transition. The cost of the at-camp portion of the program is $525.00 payable to Camp JORi. Register for the CIT program online at www.campjori.com
Our Program in Israel
Join us in Israel and discover Israel's many treasures traveling between the Golan Heights in the far north to the tropical Red Sea in the deep south. Experience a Shabbat in the heart of Jerusalem, watch the sunrise from atop Masada and tap into the innovative spirit of Tel Aviv.
Israel Journey covers all of the classic sites you need to experience – ancient Jerusalem, modern Tel Aviv, the lush Galilee mountains, the vast Negev Desert, the unsinkable Dead Sea and the mountaintop fortress on Masada. But we'll also take you much further. Enjoy a BBQ on the beach, take part in an active archeological dig, sample the world's very best falafel and spend a night under the stars.
More than a tour, this is a journey that is about discovering your own personal connection to this very ancient and very modern land. It's about exploring what it means to be Jewish from an Israeli point of view, It's about understanding the politics of the Middle East with new real world insights. And it's about living Jewish values through hands-on community service and Shabbat experiences.
Choose Your Own Path
The Camp JORi - Israel Journey includes an extra enrichment week that is designed to shed light on unique aspects of Israeli society. It's a perfect compliment to the traditional touring experience:
Hike from the Mediterranean Ocean to the Sea of Galilee on your own two feet. Cross through the lush canyons and mountaintops of the Galilee, camping out under the stars all along the way (all gear is provided). Learn how to navigate and survive in the wilderness like our ancestors did, explore Israel’s most scenic terrain, visit picturesque villages on the route, and connect to the beauty of the land in a way that few ever do. Most important? Gain a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment that you will cherish for years to come.
Give back on a series of service projects and depart Israel with a sense that you not only visited, but gave something back as well. Based out of a college campus in Israel's Galilee, participants will engaged in a process of learning, direct service and reflection. Actual projects will vary throughout the elective period and may include work with immigrant youth, Israel's minority communities, environmental restoration and infrastructure improvement. Along the way, you'll gain a new sense of perspective and connect with Israeli society on a personal level.
Organized by the Israel Defense Forces and located on a specialized army educational base, Gadna is a "basic training"-style experience for high school teens from abroad. Since every Israeli teen is required to serve in the Israeli army, Gadna offers a glimpse of this uniquely Israeli experience is like. The Gadna program is not political or militaristic in nature. The experience is about learning new skills, hiking in the outdoors, and simulating what life is like on a real Israeli army base. Gadna is a challenging and character building life experience that you can look back on with a definite sense of accomplishment.
Culture & Innovation
The second half of the week is based in the Haifa/Tel Aviv corridor and is dedicated to exploring Israel's many cultural and technological innovations.
Highlights include experiencing what it means to be a "Start Up Nation" at a high tech campus, taking part in a creative workshop at Ein Hod artists colony, and meeting some of the emerging leaders shaping the course of Israeli society. You'll also explore Israel's beautiful Carmel Mountains and spend a Shabbat in Haifa, a city rich in diversity and beauty. Discover a new and thoroughly modern side of Israel!
For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary
Explore the ancient tunnels, rooftops and corridors of Jerusalem's Old City
Float in the Dead Sea and climb to the heights of Masada at sunrise
Dig in an active excavation project and snorkel in an underwater archaeological park
Swim in the tropical Red Sea, raft down the Jordan River and cool off under a desert waterfall
Learn first-hand about contemporary Israeli politics and experience co-existence in action
Spend Shabbat in the heart of Jerusalem and learn about Judaism's mystical tradition in Tzfat
Navigate the wilderness on a camel trek and enjoy a delicious desert tent feast
Soak up the cultural richness of modern Tel Aviv
Electives: Trek from sea-to-sea, challenge yourself on Gadna or take part in a service learning experience
A complete sample itinerary is available for an even fuller sense of the experience.
WEEK #1 | Jerusalem & Mediterranean Coast
Land at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport and begin the ascent to Jerusalem where we'll devote the first part of the week to exploring the Old City. Retrace 4,000+ years of epic history wandering the tunnels, rooftops and passageways of ancient Jerusalem. From Jerusalem we travel along the Mediterranean Coast to the Western Galilee and spend our first Shabbat near the beachfront.
WEEK #2 | Galilee, Golan Heights & Tel Aviv
Travel east through the lush Galilee highlands as we discover the mystical history of ancient Tzfat, take in the views from the Golan Heights, discover contemporary kibbutz life, and cool off in Israel's most water-filled region! We close out week two with our first visit to Tel Aviv, Israel's cultural capital and one of the world's most innovative cities.
WEEK #3 | Eilat, Negev Desert & Jerusalem
Head due south to Eilat where we'll swim in the tropical Red Sea, learn about the desert ecology and spend a night under the stars at a Bedouin tent. Hike up Masada for sunrise followed by a float in the Dead Sea. Then return to Jerusalem for a somber visit to Yad Vashem followed by a moving Shabbat experience at the Western Wall. Our touring concludes in Tel Aviv, celebrating the achievements of modern Israel and a journey to remember.
WEEK #4 | Electives & Community Service
Our final week in Israel is an elective and enrichment experience. During the first part of the week participants choose from the Sea-to-Sea Hike, a Service Learning Experience or Gadna. The second part of the week is based in the Haifa/Tel Aviv corridor and is dedicated to exploring Israel's many cultural and technological innovations.
BBYO + Israel + You!
Each summer, we convene nearly all our Israel experiences for a massive celebration called BBYO B’Yachad (Hebrew for "togetherness"), True to its name, the event unites an international community of Jewish teens from across North America and countries as diverse as France, Bulgaria, Mexico, Australia, Switzerland, Turkey, Latvia and Singapore. Join us for the party of the summer in Israel!
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We believe all Jewish teens should experience Israel during their formative high school years. To that end, we provide needs-based scholarships on the local and national level regardless of prior BBYO involvement. Many Jewish Federations provide additional need-based and grant-based scholarship. Funding availability is limited, so you'll want to apply early. Explore More