Polish Holocaust Concentration Camp
SUMMER EXPERIENCES

Shalhevet for Bay Area Teens

Travel to Poland and Israel in 2020 on a premier educational journey connecting Bay Area high school juniors and seniors to the history, heritage, and future of the Jewish people.

  • At a Glance

    15 Days | Current Grades: 11-12

    Community Service:N/A

    Location: Poland & Israel

  • Dates & Costs

    • Available

    Program Costs: $5,650

  • Included:

    • Round-trip flights from San Francisco International
    • Accommodations
    • All meals (kosher or vegetarian)
    • All programming
    • Private transportation
    • Israeli educator in Poland and Israel
    • Security escort and monitoring in Poland and Israel
    • Medical insurance (excludes pre-existing conditions)
    • Applicable staff gratuities
    • Pre-trip learning sessions
  • Explore More:

Shalhevet is a Bay Area tradition that is unique among Poland-Israel teen journeys as a small group experience that is accompanied by a Holocaust Survivor and includes pre- and post-trip education. Check out the recap video from our 2019 trip here.

ShalhevetJewish history in Eastern Europe, the founding of the State of Israel, the Holocaust and modern day revitalization of Polish Jewry are just a few of the topics we cover. During the two week trip to Poland and Israel the curriculum is brought to life. Led by expert staff, students visit concentration camps, remnants of the Jewish Ghetto, and today’s growing Jewish community. They spend time with Polish and Israeli peers, learn how they relate to their countries’ past, and their hopes for the future. They’ll develop a deep connection to Israel and the Jewish people, and with the tools to become their generation’s Jewish leaders.

To fully prepare us for the Shalhevet experience, pre-trip educational seminars will be scheduled in the months leading up to our departure.

Shalhevet is a project of the Oshman Family JCC in collaboration with BBYO.

About the Experience

WEEK ONE | Our journey begins in Poland by learning about the rich history of European Jews prior to the Shoah (Holocaust); exploring the old Jewish Quarter of Krakow dating back to the 14th century. With a deeper appreciation for our proud past, we confront the destruction wrought by the Holocaust at Plaszow, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Majdanek, and Treblinka. Along the way, we honor those who resisted genocide as part of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and those Polish people who risked everything to shave their Jewish neighbors. Finally, we conclude our European travels highlighting the renewed Jewish future in Poland, and we look forward to meeting with Polish teens of all backgrounds along the way.
WEEK TWO | Departing Poland, we fly overnight to Israel where we land in the vibrant, sun-soaked Jewish State. In the Negev Desert we tap into our desert roots and celebrate Israel’s enduring pioneering spirit. In Tel Aviv, we celebrate what it means to be a free people and discover all the cultural and technological riches in Israel’s most dynamic city. Finally, we ascend to Jerusalem to retrace our ancient history, explore the policy challenges shaping Israel’s future and to celebrate Shabbat in the spiritual center of the Jewish world.history.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Explore Kazmierz – Krakow’s historic Jewish Quarter dating back to the 1300’s
Bear witness at Plaszow, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Treblinka and Majdanek
Honor the defiance and heroism of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and Righteous Gentiles
Take part in Shabbat services at Warsaw’s famous Nozyk Shul
Learn about the contemporary Jewish revival in Poland and dialogue with local Jewish students
Celebrate Israel’s pioneering spirit in the Negev Desert and at the Ashkelon Desalination Plant
Hike hidden desert springs at Ein Avdat and walk along the rim of the Ramon Crater
Learn first-hand about contemporary Israeli politics and experience co-existence in action
Soak up the cultural richness of modern Tel Aviv and discover Jerusalem’s Old City
Spend a memorable Shabbat in the heart of Jerusalem

Program Staff

Shalhevet is led by Tzachi Flat and Rabbi Batshir Torchio.

  • Tzachi Flat is the Oshman Family JCC’s Teen Program Manager and has worked at the OFJCC as an educator for five years. Tzachi’s goal is to create a diverse array of programs, designed to facilitate meaningful methods for teens to connect to one another and to other members of local communities. The programs are intended to guide teens towards developing strong identities and becoming positive role models who are confident, creative, patient and respectful towards each others’ differences.
  • Rabbi Batshir Torchio has been teaching, learning, and guiding students both in and out of the classroom for nearly two decades. Her passion and privilege is to bring students out into the world, to connect them with people and places that challenge and inspire, and to cultivate a practice of making positive change in ourselves and in the world. Rabbi Batshir holds a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary education, a Masters in Jewish education, and she earned rabbinic ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion, Los Angeles.

Tzachi and Rabbi Batshir are joined by an Israeli guide/educator who will meet us in Poland. We travel at all times with a security escort as well as by a local tour manager in Poland. We also very much hope to welcome a Survivor as part of the Shalhevet 2020 experience.

Scholarship Opportunities

Need-based scholarships are available for Shalhevet participants. All scholarship requests can be made to Tzachi Flat to request a scholarship form. If you do not receive the scholarship award you are seeking, your program deposit will be fully refundable should you wish to withdraw.

We have provided the following projected itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary is distributed 4-6 weeks prior to the start of the program. 

Sunday, March 22, 2020 | Depart for Poland

  • Depart from San Francisco International
    Take-off and spend the night in the sky en route to Krakow

Monday, March 23, 2020 | Welcome to Krakow

  • Arrive in Europe and transfer planes to Krakow
  • Arrive to Krakow and meet our local Israeli and European staff team
  • Check-in to accomodations
  • Enjoy ice-breakers and orientation with the group and dinner at our hotel

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 | Glimpse into the Past

  • Walking tour of Kazimierz – Krakow’s historic Jewish Quarter dating back to the 14th Century
  • Trace the history of the Holocaust at the Krakow Ghetto
  • Honor the righteous Poles at Schindler’s Factory and the Pharmacy under the Eagle
  • Explore and reflect at Płaszów Labor Camp
  • Travel to Zbilatowska Gora, where the Jews of Tarnow were murdered & buried in mass graves
  • Meet and enjoy dinner with Jonathan Ornstein, Executive Director of the JCC Krakow

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 | From Osweicim to Auschwitz

  • Tour of the Galicia Museum in Krakow and meet with a local survivor
  • Visit the grounds of Auschwitz 1 and Birkenau Death Camp
  • Take part in a reflections ceremony at the restored Oswiecem Synagogue on the outskirts of Auschwitz, where Jewish life once thrived prior to the Holocaust
  • Visit Jan Skarbek Square
  • Dinner at a local restaurant in Kazimierz
  • Bond with the group during a night out in Market Square

Thursday,  March 26, 2020 | Discover Lublin

  • Travel through Poland’s Galicia countryside towards Lublin
  • Make a solemn visit to the Majdanek Extermination Camp
  • Explore Jewish history at Brama Grodska in the city of Lublin
  • Tour Yeshivas Chochmei Lublin. The Yeshiva was established in 1924 by Rabbi Meir Shapira, founder of the Daf Yomi program. While the Nazis murdered many of the students, destroyed the vast library & converted the building to the regional headquarters of the German Military Police, they could not erase the spirit of the Yeshiva.
  • Check-in to accommodations and enjoy dinner with the group

Friday, March 27, 2020 | Cross-Cultural Polish Immersion

  • Travel towards Warsaw
  • Visit the groundbreaking Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the historic Warsaw
  • Discover the 800-year legacy of Polish Jewry and learn about the resurgence of Jewish life in Poland at the Taube Center
  • Meet with modern Jewish artists from “Mi Polin”
  • Take part in a cross-cultural dialogue with students from a local Polish public high school
  • Experience Kabbalat Shabbat services with the Etz Chaim community of Warsaw

Saturday, March 28, 2020 | Shabbat in Warsaw

  • Shabbat programming
  • Honor the bravery of the courageous Warsaw Ghetto Uprising at the Rappaport Memorial, the Monument to Ghetto Heroes, and Mila 18
  • Explore Umschlagplatz, the gathering place before transfer to Treblinka Death Camp
  • Walking tour of the colorful Old Town center of Warsaw
  • Havdalah – Mark the end of Shabbat and the start of a new week

Sunday, March 29, 2020 | Final Day in Warsaw

  • Travel to Treblinka for a closing ceremony at the memorial
  • Return to Warsaw
  • Dinner and discussion with JCC representatives at the JCC in Warsaw
  • Reflection and bonding as a group
  • Head to the airport for an overnight flight to Israel

Monday, March 30, 2020 | Welcome to Israel!

  • Land at Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport in the early morning hours
  • Travel south to the Negev Desert
  • Check-in to our accomodations and send laundry out
  • Enjoy a crater rim walk and star gazing as a group

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 | Day of Hiking

  • Hike Ein Avdat through waterfalls and natural springs surrounded by lush vegetation and animals
  • Visit the Salad Trail – a unique touch-and-taste farm in the Hevel Habesor region of the northern Negev
  • View Gaza and Kerem Shalom crossing with Joe Perlov, a well-known and respected informal Jewish educator
  • Enjoy a traditional Poike pot dinner as a group

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 | Experience Tel Aviv

  • Travel north to Tel Aviv
  • Experience Ethiopian culture and cooking with locals
  • Visit Save a Child’s Heart, an organization saving lives by improving the quality and accessibility of cardiac care for children
  • Check-in to accomodations in Tel Aviv
  • Enjoy a local mediterranean dinner at a tourist hot spot, Dr. Shakshouka, in Jaffa

Thursday, April 2, 2020 | Re-live History in Jaffa

  • Peace-building and co-existence tour of Jaffa with Imam Ihab Balha
  • Shopping in the Jaffa flea market
  • Learn the history of the State of Israel at the Rabin Museum in Tel Aviv
  • Walk around Rabin Square, the site of numerous political rallies, and parades
  • Take a dip in the Mediterranean Sea and soak up some sun at the beach
  • Return to hotel for dinner
  • Joe Perlov joins the group again for an Israeli puzzle activity

Friday, April 3, 2020 | Prepare for Shabbat in Jerusalem

  • Travel to Jerusalem
  • Visit Yad VaShem, the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem
  • Experience the hustle and bustle of preparations for Shabbat at Mahane Yehuda Market, “The Shuk”. More than 250 vendors sell fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, fish, meat and cheeses and much more!
  • Check-in to accomodations in Jerusalem and prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat in the Old City followed by “Shabbat of a Lifetime” dinner with local Israeli families

Saturday, April 4, 2020 | Shabbat in Jerusalem

  • Shabbat programming
  • Explore the Jewish Quarter of the Old City, including the Rampart Walls
  • Enjoy freshly made hummus with olive oil and choose your topping from a wide range of spices during lunch at Linna Hummus
  • Late afternoon graffiti art tour of Mahne Yehuda
  • Havdallah – Mark the end of Shabbat and the start of a new week
  • Group night out at Ben Yehuda Street

Sunday, April 5, 2020 | Shalom L’Hitraot

  • Return to Ben Gurion International Airport for morning flight
  • Arrive to Amsterdam and transfer planes to San Francisco
  • Arrive to San Francisco International Airport

 

Questions about Shalhevet?

Program-related questions

Tzachi Flat | 650.223.8602

Registration-related questions

BBYO Passport | 202.537.8091

Need-based scholarships are available for Shalhevet participants. Please email Tzachi Flat with the approximate scholarship amount that your family is requesting. If you do not receive the scholarship award you are seeking, your program deposit will be fully refundable should you wish to withdraw.

  1. Enroll Online

    To get started, complete the online registration. Registration only takes a few minutes.

  2. Insure Your Travel

    Travel insurance is highly recommended to protect your investment and plan for the unexpected. A group travel insurance policy through Travel Insured International can be selected and may be purchased up until the date you make full payment for the progtram. Learn more about travel insurance.

  3. Complete the Forms

    As part of your registration account, you will be able to complete an online program waiver, a medical history form, a connecting travel plan form, and upload a passport copy.

  4. Review the Terms

    You’re almost there! Take a moment to familiarize yourself with our straightforward terms of participation.
    Payment Schedule

    • A $350 refundable deposit is required to secure your spot
    • December 19, 2019, Full program payment due, cancellation to receive a full refund deadline, and all forms including Passport* must be completed and Israel extension requests due. A $75 fee applies for late payments.

    Program prices are subject to some change and are not guaranteed until you complete your registration with a refundable deposit.
    Method of Payment

    Payment is accepted by e-check\ACH or credit card. Should you wish to pay by credit card, a non-refundable convenience fee of 3% will be assessed for all payments except the $350 initial deposit.
    Cancellation Policy

    All payments are fully refundable through December 5, 2019. Following that date, all program payments are non-refundable. Exceptions will be reviewed by the Program Organizers on a case by case basis and at the Program Organizers’ sole discretion. All cancellations must be made in writing. Participants are highly encouraged to take out travel insurance.
    Terms of Acceptance

    Acceptance to the program is conditioned upon the receipt of a full application including a physical examination of the applicant that demonstrates his/her physical and mental fitness and ability to participate in all aspects of the program. Receipt of deposit and application forms does not guarantee acceptance to the program. The Program Organizers reserve the right to deny acceptance according to its own discretion.

    The Program Organizers reserves the right to adjust the price of the program by up to 5% based on the exchange rate and airline fuel fee fluctuations beyond our control. Participants reserve the right to cancel and receive a full refund in the event of a price increase if they so wish.

Coming soon

 

  • At a Glance

    15 Days | CURRENT GRADES: 11-12

    Community Service:N/A


    Location: Poland & Israel

  • Dates & Costs

    • Available

    Program Costs: $5,650


  • Included:

    • Round-trip flights from San Francisco International
    • Accommodations
    • All meals (kosher or vegetarian)
    • All programming
    • Private transportation
    • Israeli educator in Poland and Israel
    • Security escort and monitoring in Poland and Israel
    • Medical insurance (excludes pre-existing conditions)
    • Applicable staff gratuities
    • Pre-trip learning sessions
  • Explore More:

Shalhevet is a Bay Area tradition that is unique among Poland-Israel teen journeys as a small group experience that is accompanied by a Holocaust Survivor and includes pre- and post-trip education. Check out the recap video from our 2019 trip here.

ShalhevetJewish history in Eastern Europe, the founding of the State of Israel, the Holocaust and modern day revitalization of Polish Jewry are just a few of the topics we cover. During the two week trip to Poland and Israel the curriculum is brought to life. Led by expert staff, students visit concentration camps, remnants of the Jewish Ghetto, and today’s growing Jewish community. They spend time with Polish and Israeli peers, learn how they relate to their countries’ past, and their hopes for the future. They’ll develop a deep connection to Israel and the Jewish people, and with the tools to become their generation’s Jewish leaders.

To fully prepare us for the Shalhevet experience, pre-trip educational seminars will be scheduled in the months leading up to our departure.

Shalhevet is a project of the Oshman Family JCC in collaboration with BBYO.

About the Experience

WEEK ONE | Our journey begins in Poland by learning about the rich history of European Jews prior to the Shoah (Holocaust); exploring the old Jewish Quarter of Krakow dating back to the 14th century. With a deeper appreciation for our proud past, we confront the destruction wrought by the Holocaust at Plaszow, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Majdanek, and Treblinka. Along the way, we honor those who resisted genocide as part of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and those Polish people who risked everything to shave their Jewish neighbors. Finally, we conclude our European travels highlighting the renewed Jewish future in Poland, and we look forward to meeting with Polish teens of all backgrounds along the way.
WEEK TWO | Departing Poland, we fly overnight to Israel where we land in the vibrant, sun-soaked Jewish State. In the Negev Desert we tap into our desert roots and celebrate Israel’s enduring pioneering spirit. In Tel Aviv, we celebrate what it means to be a free people and discover all the cultural and technological riches in Israel’s most dynamic city. Finally, we ascend to Jerusalem to retrace our ancient history, explore the policy challenges shaping Israel’s future and to celebrate Shabbat in the spiritual center of the Jewish world.history.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Explore Kazmierz – Krakow’s historic Jewish Quarter dating back to the 1300’s
Bear witness at Plaszow, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Treblinka and Majdanek
Honor the defiance and heroism of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and Righteous Gentiles
Take part in Shabbat services at Warsaw’s famous Nozyk Shul
Learn about the contemporary Jewish revival in Poland and dialogue with local Jewish students
Celebrate Israel’s pioneering spirit in the Negev Desert and at the Ashkelon Desalination Plant
Hike hidden desert springs at Ein Avdat and walk along the rim of the Ramon Crater
Learn first-hand about contemporary Israeli politics and experience co-existence in action
Soak up the cultural richness of modern Tel Aviv and discover Jerusalem’s Old City
Spend a memorable Shabbat in the heart of Jerusalem

Program Staff

Shalhevet is led by Tzachi Flat and Rabbi Batshir Torchio.

  • Tzachi Flat is the Oshman Family JCC’s Teen Program Manager and has worked at the OFJCC as an educator for five years. Tzachi’s goal is to create a diverse array of programs, designed to facilitate meaningful methods for teens to connect to one another and to other members of local communities. The programs are intended to guide teens towards developing strong identities and becoming positive role models who are confident, creative, patient and respectful towards each others’ differences.
  • Rabbi Batshir Torchio has been teaching, learning, and guiding students both in and out of the classroom for nearly two decades. Her passion and privilege is to bring students out into the world, to connect them with people and places that challenge and inspire, and to cultivate a practice of making positive change in ourselves and in the world. Rabbi Batshir holds a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary education, a Masters in Jewish education, and she earned rabbinic ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion, Los Angeles.

Tzachi and Rabbi Batshir are joined by an Israeli guide/educator who will meet us in Poland. We travel at all times with a security escort as well as by a local tour manager in Poland. We also very much hope to welcome a Survivor as part of the Shalhevet 2020 experience.

Scholarship Opportunities

Need-based scholarships are available for Shalhevet participants. All scholarship requests can be made to Tzachi Flat to request a scholarship form. If you do not receive the scholarship award you are seeking, your program deposit will be fully refundable should you wish to withdraw.

We have provided the following projected itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary is distributed 4-6 weeks prior to the start of the program. 

Sunday, March 22, 2020 | Depart for Poland

  • Depart from San Francisco International
    Take-off and spend the night in the sky en route to Krakow

Monday, March 23, 2020 | Welcome to Krakow

  • Arrive in Europe and transfer planes to Krakow
  • Arrive to Krakow and meet our local Israeli and European staff team
  • Check-in to accomodations
  • Enjoy ice-breakers and orientation with the group and dinner at our hotel

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 | Glimpse into the Past

  • Walking tour of Kazimierz – Krakow’s historic Jewish Quarter dating back to the 14th Century
  • Trace the history of the Holocaust at the Krakow Ghetto
  • Honor the righteous Poles at Schindler’s Factory and the Pharmacy under the Eagle
  • Explore and reflect at Płaszów Labor Camp
  • Travel to Zbilatowska Gora, where the Jews of Tarnow were murdered & buried in mass graves
  • Meet and enjoy dinner with Jonathan Ornstein, Executive Director of the JCC Krakow

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 | From Osweicim to Auschwitz

  • Tour of the Galicia Museum in Krakow and meet with a local survivor
  • Visit the grounds of Auschwitz 1 and Birkenau Death Camp
  • Take part in a reflections ceremony at the restored Oswiecem Synagogue on the outskirts of Auschwitz, where Jewish life once thrived prior to the Holocaust
  • Visit Jan Skarbek Square
  • Dinner at a local restaurant in Kazimierz
  • Bond with the group during a night out in Market Square

Thursday,  March 26, 2020 | Discover Lublin

  • Travel through Poland’s Galicia countryside towards Lublin
  • Make a solemn visit to the Majdanek Extermination Camp
  • Explore Jewish history at Brama Grodska in the city of Lublin
  • Tour Yeshivas Chochmei Lublin. The Yeshiva was established in 1924 by Rabbi Meir Shapira, founder of the Daf Yomi program. While the Nazis murdered many of the students, destroyed the vast library & converted the building to the regional headquarters of the German Military Police, they could not erase the spirit of the Yeshiva.
  • Check-in to accommodations and enjoy dinner with the group

Friday, March 27, 2020 | Cross-Cultural Polish Immersion

  • Travel towards Warsaw
  • Visit the groundbreaking Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the historic Warsaw
  • Discover the 800-year legacy of Polish Jewry and learn about the resurgence of Jewish life in Poland at the Taube Center
  • Meet with modern Jewish artists from “Mi Polin”
  • Take part in a cross-cultural dialogue with students from a local Polish public high school
  • Experience Kabbalat Shabbat services with the Etz Chaim community of Warsaw

Saturday, March 28, 2020 | Shabbat in Warsaw

  • Shabbat programming
  • Honor the bravery of the courageous Warsaw Ghetto Uprising at the Rappaport Memorial, the Monument to Ghetto Heroes, and Mila 18
  • Explore Umschlagplatz, the gathering place before transfer to Treblinka Death Camp
  • Walking tour of the colorful Old Town center of Warsaw
  • Havdalah – Mark the end of Shabbat and the start of a new week

Sunday, March 29, 2020 | Final Day in Warsaw

  • Travel to Treblinka for a closing ceremony at the memorial
  • Return to Warsaw
  • Dinner and discussion with JCC representatives at the JCC in Warsaw
  • Reflection and bonding as a group
  • Head to the airport for an overnight flight to Israel

Monday, March 30, 2020 | Welcome to Israel!

  • Land at Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport in the early morning hours
  • Travel south to the Negev Desert
  • Check-in to our accomodations and send laundry out
  • Enjoy a crater rim walk and star gazing as a group

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 | Day of Hiking

  • Hike Ein Avdat through waterfalls and natural springs surrounded by lush vegetation and animals
  • Visit the Salad Trail – a unique touch-and-taste farm in the Hevel Habesor region of the northern Negev
  • View Gaza and Kerem Shalom crossing with Joe Perlov, a well-known and respected informal Jewish educator
  • Enjoy a traditional Poike pot dinner as a group

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 | Experience Tel Aviv

  • Travel north to Tel Aviv
  • Experience Ethiopian culture and cooking with locals
  • Visit Save a Child’s Heart, an organization saving lives by improving the quality and accessibility of cardiac care for children
  • Check-in to accomodations in Tel Aviv
  • Enjoy a local mediterranean dinner at a tourist hot spot, Dr. Shakshouka, in Jaffa

Thursday, April 2, 2020 | Re-live History in Jaffa

  • Peace-building and co-existence tour of Jaffa with Imam Ihab Balha
  • Shopping in the Jaffa flea market
  • Learn the history of the State of Israel at the Rabin Museum in Tel Aviv
  • Walk around Rabin Square, the site of numerous political rallies, and parades
  • Take a dip in the Mediterranean Sea and soak up some sun at the beach
  • Return to hotel for dinner
  • Joe Perlov joins the group again for an Israeli puzzle activity

Friday, April 3, 2020 | Prepare for Shabbat in Jerusalem

  • Travel to Jerusalem
  • Visit Yad VaShem, the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem
  • Experience the hustle and bustle of preparations for Shabbat at Mahane Yehuda Market, “The Shuk”. More than 250 vendors sell fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, fish, meat and cheeses and much more!
  • Check-in to accomodations in Jerusalem and prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat in the Old City followed by “Shabbat of a Lifetime” dinner with local Israeli families

Saturday, April 4, 2020 | Shabbat in Jerusalem

  • Shabbat programming
  • Explore the Jewish Quarter of the Old City, including the Rampart Walls
  • Enjoy freshly made hummus with olive oil and choose your topping from a wide range of spices during lunch at Linna Hummus
  • Late afternoon graffiti art tour of Mahne Yehuda
  • Havdallah – Mark the end of Shabbat and the start of a new week
  • Group night out at Ben Yehuda Street

Sunday, April 5, 2020 | Shalom L’Hitraot

  • Return to Ben Gurion International Airport for morning flight
  • Arrive to Amsterdam and transfer planes to San Francisco
  • Arrive to San Francisco International Airport

 

Questions about Shalhevet?

Program-related questions

Tzachi Flat | 650.223.8602

Registration-related questions

BBYO Passport | 202.537.8091

Need-based scholarships are available for Shalhevet participants. Please email Tzachi Flat with the approximate scholarship amount that your family is requesting. If you do not receive the scholarship award you are seeking, your program deposit will be fully refundable should you wish to withdraw.

  1. Enroll Online

    To get started, complete the online registration. Registration only takes a few minutes.

  2. Insure Your Travel

    Travel insurance is highly recommended to protect your investment and plan for the unexpected. A group travel insurance policy through Travel Insured International can be selected and may be purchased up until the date you make full payment for the progtram. Learn more about travel insurance.

  3. Complete the Forms

    As part of your registration account, you will be able to complete an online program waiver, a medical history form, a connecting travel plan form, and upload a passport copy.

  4. Review the Terms

    You’re almost there! Take a moment to familiarize yourself with our straightforward terms of participation.
    Payment Schedule

    • A $350 refundable deposit is required to secure your spot
    • December 19, 2019, Full program payment due, cancellation to receive a full refund deadline, and all forms including Passport* must be completed and Israel extension requests due. A $75 fee applies for late payments.

    Program prices are subject to some change and are not guaranteed until you complete your registration with a refundable deposit.
    Method of Payment

    Payment is accepted by e-check\ACH or credit card. Should you wish to pay by credit card, a non-refundable convenience fee of 3% will be assessed for all payments except the $350 initial deposit.
    Cancellation Policy

    All payments are fully refundable through December 5, 2019. Following that date, all program payments are non-refundable. Exceptions will be reviewed by the Program Organizers on a case by case basis and at the Program Organizers’ sole discretion. All cancellations must be made in writing. Participants are highly encouraged to take out travel insurance.
    Terms of Acceptance

    Acceptance to the program is conditioned upon the receipt of a full application including a physical examination of the applicant that demonstrates his/her physical and mental fitness and ability to participate in all aspects of the program. Receipt of deposit and application forms does not guarantee acceptance to the program. The Program Organizers reserve the right to deny acceptance according to its own discretion.

    The Program Organizers reserves the right to adjust the price of the program by up to 5% based on the exchange rate and airline fuel fee fluctuations beyond our control. Participants reserve the right to cancel and receive a full refund in the event of a price increase if they so wish.

Coming soon
 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

Shalhevet for Bay Area Teens

Travel to Poland and Israel in 2020 on a premier educational journey connecting Bay Area high school juniors and seniors to the history, heritage, and future of the Jewish people.

Shalhevet for Bay Area Teens

Travel to Poland and Israel in 2020 on a premier educational journey connecting Bay Area high school juniors and seniors to the history, heritage, and future of the Jewish people.

  • At a Glance

    15 Days | Current Grades: 11-12

    Community Service:N/A

    Location: Poland & Israel

  • Dates & Costs

    • Available

    Program Costs: $5,650

  • Included:

    • Round-trip flights from San Francisco International
    • Accommodations
    • All meals (kosher or vegetarian)
    • All programming
    • Private transportation
    • Israeli educator in Poland and Israel
    • Security escort and monitoring in Poland and Israel
    • Medical insurance (excludes pre-existing conditions)
    • Applicable staff gratuities
    • Pre-trip learning sessions
  • Explore More:

Shalhevet is a Bay Area tradition that is unique among Poland-Israel teen journeys as a small group experience that is accompanied by a Holocaust Survivor and includes pre- and post-trip education. Check out the recap video from our 2019 trip here.

ShalhevetJewish history in Eastern Europe, the founding of the State of Israel, the Holocaust and modern day revitalization of Polish Jewry are just a few of the topics we cover. During the two week trip to Poland and Israel the curriculum is brought to life. Led by expert staff, students visit concentration camps, remnants of the Jewish Ghetto, and today’s growing Jewish community. They spend time with Polish and Israeli peers, learn how they relate to their countries’ past, and their hopes for the future. They’ll develop a deep connection to Israel and the Jewish people, and with the tools to become their generation’s Jewish leaders.

To fully prepare us for the Shalhevet experience, pre-trip educational seminars will be scheduled in the months leading up to our departure.

Shalhevet is a project of the Oshman Family JCC in collaboration with BBYO.

About the Experience

WEEK ONE | Our journey begins in Poland by learning about the rich history of European Jews prior to the Shoah (Holocaust); exploring the old Jewish Quarter of Krakow dating back to the 14th century. With a deeper appreciation for our proud past, we confront the destruction wrought by the Holocaust at Plaszow, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Majdanek, and Treblinka. Along the way, we honor those who resisted genocide as part of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and those Polish people who risked everything to shave their Jewish neighbors. Finally, we conclude our European travels highlighting the renewed Jewish future in Poland, and we look forward to meeting with Polish teens of all backgrounds along the way.
WEEK TWO | Departing Poland, we fly overnight to Israel where we land in the vibrant, sun-soaked Jewish State. In the Negev Desert we tap into our desert roots and celebrate Israel’s enduring pioneering spirit. In Tel Aviv, we celebrate what it means to be a free people and discover all the cultural and technological riches in Israel’s most dynamic city. Finally, we ascend to Jerusalem to retrace our ancient history, explore the policy challenges shaping Israel’s future and to celebrate Shabbat in the spiritual center of the Jewish world.history.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Explore Kazmierz – Krakow’s historic Jewish Quarter dating back to the 1300’s
Bear witness at Plaszow, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Treblinka and Majdanek
Honor the defiance and heroism of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and Righteous Gentiles
Take part in Shabbat services at Warsaw’s famous Nozyk Shul
Learn about the contemporary Jewish revival in Poland and dialogue with local Jewish students
Celebrate Israel’s pioneering spirit in the Negev Desert and at the Ashkelon Desalination Plant
Hike hidden desert springs at Ein Avdat and walk along the rim of the Ramon Crater
Learn first-hand about contemporary Israeli politics and experience co-existence in action
Soak up the cultural richness of modern Tel Aviv and discover Jerusalem’s Old City
Spend a memorable Shabbat in the heart of Jerusalem

Program Staff

Shalhevet is led by Tzachi Flat and Rabbi Batshir Torchio.

  • Tzachi Flat is the Oshman Family JCC’s Teen Program Manager and has worked at the OFJCC as an educator for five years. Tzachi’s goal is to create a diverse array of programs, designed to facilitate meaningful methods for teens to connect to one another and to other members of local communities. The programs are intended to guide teens towards developing strong identities and becoming positive role models who are confident, creative, patient and respectful towards each others’ differences.
  • Rabbi Batshir Torchio has been teaching, learning, and guiding students both in and out of the classroom for nearly two decades. Her passion and privilege is to bring students out into the world, to connect them with people and places that challenge and inspire, and to cultivate a practice of making positive change in ourselves and in the world. Rabbi Batshir holds a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary education, a Masters in Jewish education, and she earned rabbinic ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion, Los Angeles.

Tzachi and Rabbi Batshir are joined by an Israeli guide/educator who will meet us in Poland. We travel at all times with a security escort as well as by a local tour manager in Poland. We also very much hope to welcome a Survivor as part of the Shalhevet 2020 experience.

Scholarship Opportunities

Need-based scholarships are available for Shalhevet participants. All scholarship requests can be made to Tzachi Flat to request a scholarship form. If you do not receive the scholarship award you are seeking, your program deposit will be fully refundable should you wish to withdraw.

We have provided the following projected itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary is distributed 4-6 weeks prior to the start of the program. 

Sunday, March 22, 2020 | Depart for Poland

  • Depart from San Francisco International
    Take-off and spend the night in the sky en route to Krakow

Monday, March 23, 2020 | Welcome to Krakow

  • Arrive in Europe and transfer planes to Krakow
  • Arrive to Krakow and meet our local Israeli and European staff team
  • Check-in to accomodations
  • Enjoy ice-breakers and orientation with the group and dinner at our hotel

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 | Glimpse into the Past

  • Walking tour of Kazimierz – Krakow’s historic Jewish Quarter dating back to the 14th Century
  • Trace the history of the Holocaust at the Krakow Ghetto
  • Honor the righteous Poles at Schindler’s Factory and the Pharmacy under the Eagle
  • Explore and reflect at Płaszów Labor Camp
  • Travel to Zbilatowska Gora, where the Jews of Tarnow were murdered & buried in mass graves
  • Meet and enjoy dinner with Jonathan Ornstein, Executive Director of the JCC Krakow

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 | From Osweicim to Auschwitz

  • Tour of the Galicia Museum in Krakow and meet with a local survivor
  • Visit the grounds of Auschwitz 1 and Birkenau Death Camp
  • Take part in a reflections ceremony at the restored Oswiecem Synagogue on the outskirts of Auschwitz, where Jewish life once thrived prior to the Holocaust
  • Visit Jan Skarbek Square
  • Dinner at a local restaurant in Kazimierz
  • Bond with the group during a night out in Market Square

Thursday,  March 26, 2020 | Discover Lublin

  • Travel through Poland’s Galicia countryside towards Lublin
  • Make a solemn visit to the Majdanek Extermination Camp
  • Explore Jewish history at Brama Grodska in the city of Lublin
  • Tour Yeshivas Chochmei Lublin. The Yeshiva was established in 1924 by Rabbi Meir Shapira, founder of the Daf Yomi program. While the Nazis murdered many of the students, destroyed the vast library & converted the building to the regional headquarters of the German Military Police, they could not erase the spirit of the Yeshiva.
  • Check-in to accommodations and enjoy dinner with the group

Friday, March 27, 2020 | Cross-Cultural Polish Immersion

  • Travel towards Warsaw
  • Visit the groundbreaking Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the historic Warsaw
  • Discover the 800-year legacy of Polish Jewry and learn about the resurgence of Jewish life in Poland at the Taube Center
  • Meet with modern Jewish artists from “Mi Polin”
  • Take part in a cross-cultural dialogue with students from a local Polish public high school
  • Experience Kabbalat Shabbat services with the Etz Chaim community of Warsaw

Saturday, March 28, 2020 | Shabbat in Warsaw

  • Shabbat programming
  • Honor the bravery of the courageous Warsaw Ghetto Uprising at the Rappaport Memorial, the Monument to Ghetto Heroes, and Mila 18
  • Explore Umschlagplatz, the gathering place before transfer to Treblinka Death Camp
  • Walking tour of the colorful Old Town center of Warsaw
  • Havdalah – Mark the end of Shabbat and the start of a new week

Sunday, March 29, 2020 | Final Day in Warsaw

  • Travel to Treblinka for a closing ceremony at the memorial
  • Return to Warsaw
  • Dinner and discussion with JCC representatives at the JCC in Warsaw
  • Reflection and bonding as a group
  • Head to the airport for an overnight flight to Israel

Monday, March 30, 2020 | Welcome to Israel!

  • Land at Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport in the early morning hours
  • Travel south to the Negev Desert
  • Check-in to our accomodations and send laundry out
  • Enjoy a crater rim walk and star gazing as a group

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 | Day of Hiking

  • Hike Ein Avdat through waterfalls and natural springs surrounded by lush vegetation and animals
  • Visit the Salad Trail – a unique touch-and-taste farm in the Hevel Habesor region of the northern Negev
  • View Gaza and Kerem Shalom crossing with Joe Perlov, a well-known and respected informal Jewish educator
  • Enjoy a traditional Poike pot dinner as a group

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 | Experience Tel Aviv

  • Travel north to Tel Aviv
  • Experience Ethiopian culture and cooking with locals
  • Visit Save a Child’s Heart, an organization saving lives by improving the quality and accessibility of cardiac care for children
  • Check-in to accomodations in Tel Aviv
  • Enjoy a local mediterranean dinner at a tourist hot spot, Dr. Shakshouka, in Jaffa

Thursday, April 2, 2020 | Re-live History in Jaffa

  • Peace-building and co-existence tour of Jaffa with Imam Ihab Balha
  • Shopping in the Jaffa flea market
  • Learn the history of the State of Israel at the Rabin Museum in Tel Aviv
  • Walk around Rabin Square, the site of numerous political rallies, and parades
  • Take a dip in the Mediterranean Sea and soak up some sun at the beach
  • Return to hotel for dinner
  • Joe Perlov joins the group again for an Israeli puzzle activity

Friday, April 3, 2020 | Prepare for Shabbat in Jerusalem

  • Travel to Jerusalem
  • Visit Yad VaShem, the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem
  • Experience the hustle and bustle of preparations for Shabbat at Mahane Yehuda Market, “The Shuk”. More than 250 vendors sell fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, fish, meat and cheeses and much more!
  • Check-in to accomodations in Jerusalem and prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat in the Old City followed by “Shabbat of a Lifetime” dinner with local Israeli families

Saturday, April 4, 2020 | Shabbat in Jerusalem

  • Shabbat programming
  • Explore the Jewish Quarter of the Old City, including the Rampart Walls
  • Enjoy freshly made hummus with olive oil and choose your topping from a wide range of spices during lunch at Linna Hummus
  • Late afternoon graffiti art tour of Mahne Yehuda
  • Havdallah – Mark the end of Shabbat and the start of a new week
  • Group night out at Ben Yehuda Street

Sunday, April 5, 2020 | Shalom L’Hitraot

  • Return to Ben Gurion International Airport for morning flight
  • Arrive to Amsterdam and transfer planes to San Francisco
  • Arrive to San Francisco International Airport

 

Questions about Shalhevet?

Program-related questions

Tzachi Flat | 650.223.8602

Registration-related questions

BBYO Passport | 202.537.8091

Need-based scholarships are available for Shalhevet participants. Please email Tzachi Flat with the approximate scholarship amount that your family is requesting. If you do not receive the scholarship award you are seeking, your program deposit will be fully refundable should you wish to withdraw.

  1. Enroll Online

    To get started, complete the online registration. Registration only takes a few minutes.

  2. Insure Your Travel

    Travel insurance is highly recommended to protect your investment and plan for the unexpected. A group travel insurance policy through Travel Insured International can be selected and may be purchased up until the date you make full payment for the progtram. Learn more about travel insurance.

  3. Complete the Forms

    As part of your registration account, you will be able to complete an online program waiver, a medical history form, a connecting travel plan form, and upload a passport copy.

  4. Review the Terms

    You’re almost there! Take a moment to familiarize yourself with our straightforward terms of participation.
    Payment Schedule

    • A $350 refundable deposit is required to secure your spot
    • December 19, 2019, Full program payment due, cancellation to receive a full refund deadline, and all forms including Passport* must be completed and Israel extension requests due. A $75 fee applies for late payments.

    Program prices are subject to some change and are not guaranteed until you complete your registration with a refundable deposit.
    Method of Payment

    Payment is accepted by e-check\ACH or credit card. Should you wish to pay by credit card, a non-refundable convenience fee of 3% will be assessed for all payments except the $350 initial deposit.
    Cancellation Policy

    All payments are fully refundable through December 5, 2019. Following that date, all program payments are non-refundable. Exceptions will be reviewed by the Program Organizers on a case by case basis and at the Program Organizers’ sole discretion. All cancellations must be made in writing. Participants are highly encouraged to take out travel insurance.
    Terms of Acceptance

    Acceptance to the program is conditioned upon the receipt of a full application including a physical examination of the applicant that demonstrates his/her physical and mental fitness and ability to participate in all aspects of the program. Receipt of deposit and application forms does not guarantee acceptance to the program. The Program Organizers reserve the right to deny acceptance according to its own discretion.

    The Program Organizers reserves the right to adjust the price of the program by up to 5% based on the exchange rate and airline fuel fee fluctuations beyond our control. Participants reserve the right to cancel and receive a full refund in the event of a price increase if they so wish.

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  • At a Glance

    15 Days | CURRENT GRADES: 11-12

    Community Service:N/A


    Location: Poland & Israel

  • Dates & Costs

    • Available

    Program Costs: $5,650


  • Included:

    • Round-trip flights from San Francisco International
    • Accommodations
    • All meals (kosher or vegetarian)
    • All programming
    • Private transportation
    • Israeli educator in Poland and Israel
    • Security escort and monitoring in Poland and Israel
    • Medical insurance (excludes pre-existing conditions)
    • Applicable staff gratuities
    • Pre-trip learning sessions
  • Explore More:

Shalhevet is a Bay Area tradition that is unique among Poland-Israel teen journeys as a small group experience that is accompanied by a Holocaust Survivor and includes pre- and post-trip education. Check out the recap video from our 2019 trip here.

ShalhevetJewish history in Eastern Europe, the founding of the State of Israel, the Holocaust and modern day revitalization of Polish Jewry are just a few of the topics we cover. During the two week trip to Poland and Israel the curriculum is brought to life. Led by expert staff, students visit concentration camps, remnants of the Jewish Ghetto, and today’s growing Jewish community. They spend time with Polish and Israeli peers, learn how they relate to their countries’ past, and their hopes for the future. They’ll develop a deep connection to Israel and the Jewish people, and with the tools to become their generation’s Jewish leaders.

To fully prepare us for the Shalhevet experience, pre-trip educational seminars will be scheduled in the months leading up to our departure.

Shalhevet is a project of the Oshman Family JCC in collaboration with BBYO.

About the Experience

WEEK ONE | Our journey begins in Poland by learning about the rich history of European Jews prior to the Shoah (Holocaust); exploring the old Jewish Quarter of Krakow dating back to the 14th century. With a deeper appreciation for our proud past, we confront the destruction wrought by the Holocaust at Plaszow, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Majdanek, and Treblinka. Along the way, we honor those who resisted genocide as part of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and those Polish people who risked everything to shave their Jewish neighbors. Finally, we conclude our European travels highlighting the renewed Jewish future in Poland, and we look forward to meeting with Polish teens of all backgrounds along the way.
WEEK TWO | Departing Poland, we fly overnight to Israel where we land in the vibrant, sun-soaked Jewish State. In the Negev Desert we tap into our desert roots and celebrate Israel’s enduring pioneering spirit. In Tel Aviv, we celebrate what it means to be a free people and discover all the cultural and technological riches in Israel’s most dynamic city. Finally, we ascend to Jerusalem to retrace our ancient history, explore the policy challenges shaping Israel’s future and to celebrate Shabbat in the spiritual center of the Jewish world.history.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Explore Kazmierz – Krakow’s historic Jewish Quarter dating back to the 1300’s
Bear witness at Plaszow, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Treblinka and Majdanek
Honor the defiance and heroism of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and Righteous Gentiles
Take part in Shabbat services at Warsaw’s famous Nozyk Shul
Learn about the contemporary Jewish revival in Poland and dialogue with local Jewish students
Celebrate Israel’s pioneering spirit in the Negev Desert and at the Ashkelon Desalination Plant
Hike hidden desert springs at Ein Avdat and walk along the rim of the Ramon Crater
Learn first-hand about contemporary Israeli politics and experience co-existence in action
Soak up the cultural richness of modern Tel Aviv and discover Jerusalem’s Old City
Spend a memorable Shabbat in the heart of Jerusalem

Program Staff

Shalhevet is led by Tzachi Flat and Rabbi Batshir Torchio.

  • Tzachi Flat is the Oshman Family JCC’s Teen Program Manager and has worked at the OFJCC as an educator for five years. Tzachi’s goal is to create a diverse array of programs, designed to facilitate meaningful methods for teens to connect to one another and to other members of local communities. The programs are intended to guide teens towards developing strong identities and becoming positive role models who are confident, creative, patient and respectful towards each others’ differences.
  • Rabbi Batshir Torchio has been teaching, learning, and guiding students both in and out of the classroom for nearly two decades. Her passion and privilege is to bring students out into the world, to connect them with people and places that challenge and inspire, and to cultivate a practice of making positive change in ourselves and in the world. Rabbi Batshir holds a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary education, a Masters in Jewish education, and she earned rabbinic ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion, Los Angeles.

Tzachi and Rabbi Batshir are joined by an Israeli guide/educator who will meet us in Poland. We travel at all times with a security escort as well as by a local tour manager in Poland. We also very much hope to welcome a Survivor as part of the Shalhevet 2020 experience.

Scholarship Opportunities

Need-based scholarships are available for Shalhevet participants. All scholarship requests can be made to Tzachi Flat to request a scholarship form. If you do not receive the scholarship award you are seeking, your program deposit will be fully refundable should you wish to withdraw.

We have provided the following projected itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary is distributed 4-6 weeks prior to the start of the program. 

Sunday, March 22, 2020 | Depart for Poland

  • Depart from San Francisco International
    Take-off and spend the night in the sky en route to Krakow

Monday, March 23, 2020 | Welcome to Krakow

  • Arrive in Europe and transfer planes to Krakow
  • Arrive to Krakow and meet our local Israeli and European staff team
  • Check-in to accomodations
  • Enjoy ice-breakers and orientation with the group and dinner at our hotel

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 | Glimpse into the Past

  • Walking tour of Kazimierz – Krakow’s historic Jewish Quarter dating back to the 14th Century
  • Trace the history of the Holocaust at the Krakow Ghetto
  • Honor the righteous Poles at Schindler’s Factory and the Pharmacy under the Eagle
  • Explore and reflect at Płaszów Labor Camp
  • Travel to Zbilatowska Gora, where the Jews of Tarnow were murdered & buried in mass graves
  • Meet and enjoy dinner with Jonathan Ornstein, Executive Director of the JCC Krakow

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 | From Osweicim to Auschwitz

  • Tour of the Galicia Museum in Krakow and meet with a local survivor
  • Visit the grounds of Auschwitz 1 and Birkenau Death Camp
  • Take part in a reflections ceremony at the restored Oswiecem Synagogue on the outskirts of Auschwitz, where Jewish life once thrived prior to the Holocaust
  • Visit Jan Skarbek Square
  • Dinner at a local restaurant in Kazimierz
  • Bond with the group during a night out in Market Square

Thursday,  March 26, 2020 | Discover Lublin

  • Travel through Poland’s Galicia countryside towards Lublin
  • Make a solemn visit to the Majdanek Extermination Camp
  • Explore Jewish history at Brama Grodska in the city of Lublin
  • Tour Yeshivas Chochmei Lublin. The Yeshiva was established in 1924 by Rabbi Meir Shapira, founder of the Daf Yomi program. While the Nazis murdered many of the students, destroyed the vast library & converted the building to the regional headquarters of the German Military Police, they could not erase the spirit of the Yeshiva.
  • Check-in to accommodations and enjoy dinner with the group

Friday, March 27, 2020 | Cross-Cultural Polish Immersion

  • Travel towards Warsaw
  • Visit the groundbreaking Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the historic Warsaw
  • Discover the 800-year legacy of Polish Jewry and learn about the resurgence of Jewish life in Poland at the Taube Center
  • Meet with modern Jewish artists from “Mi Polin”
  • Take part in a cross-cultural dialogue with students from a local Polish public high school
  • Experience Kabbalat Shabbat services with the Etz Chaim community of Warsaw

Saturday, March 28, 2020 | Shabbat in Warsaw

  • Shabbat programming
  • Honor the bravery of the courageous Warsaw Ghetto Uprising at the Rappaport Memorial, the Monument to Ghetto Heroes, and Mila 18
  • Explore Umschlagplatz, the gathering place before transfer to Treblinka Death Camp
  • Walking tour of the colorful Old Town center of Warsaw
  • Havdalah – Mark the end of Shabbat and the start of a new week

Sunday, March 29, 2020 | Final Day in Warsaw

  • Travel to Treblinka for a closing ceremony at the memorial
  • Return to Warsaw
  • Dinner and discussion with JCC representatives at the JCC in Warsaw
  • Reflection and bonding as a group
  • Head to the airport for an overnight flight to Israel

Monday, March 30, 2020 | Welcome to Israel!

  • Land at Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport in the early morning hours
  • Travel south to the Negev Desert
  • Check-in to our accomodations and send laundry out
  • Enjoy a crater rim walk and star gazing as a group

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 | Day of Hiking

  • Hike Ein Avdat through waterfalls and natural springs surrounded by lush vegetation and animals
  • Visit the Salad Trail – a unique touch-and-taste farm in the Hevel Habesor region of the northern Negev
  • View Gaza and Kerem Shalom crossing with Joe Perlov, a well-known and respected informal Jewish educator
  • Enjoy a traditional Poike pot dinner as a group

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 | Experience Tel Aviv

  • Travel north to Tel Aviv
  • Experience Ethiopian culture and cooking with locals
  • Visit Save a Child’s Heart, an organization saving lives by improving the quality and accessibility of cardiac care for children
  • Check-in to accomodations in Tel Aviv
  • Enjoy a local mediterranean dinner at a tourist hot spot, Dr. Shakshouka, in Jaffa

Thursday, April 2, 2020 | Re-live History in Jaffa

  • Peace-building and co-existence tour of Jaffa with Imam Ihab Balha
  • Shopping in the Jaffa flea market
  • Learn the history of the State of Israel at the Rabin Museum in Tel Aviv
  • Walk around Rabin Square, the site of numerous political rallies, and parades
  • Take a dip in the Mediterranean Sea and soak up some sun at the beach
  • Return to hotel for dinner
  • Joe Perlov joins the group again for an Israeli puzzle activity

Friday, April 3, 2020 | Prepare for Shabbat in Jerusalem

  • Travel to Jerusalem
  • Visit Yad VaShem, the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem
  • Experience the hustle and bustle of preparations for Shabbat at Mahane Yehuda Market, “The Shuk”. More than 250 vendors sell fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, fish, meat and cheeses and much more!
  • Check-in to accomodations in Jerusalem and prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat in the Old City followed by “Shabbat of a Lifetime” dinner with local Israeli families

Saturday, April 4, 2020 | Shabbat in Jerusalem

  • Shabbat programming
  • Explore the Jewish Quarter of the Old City, including the Rampart Walls
  • Enjoy freshly made hummus with olive oil and choose your topping from a wide range of spices during lunch at Linna Hummus
  • Late afternoon graffiti art tour of Mahne Yehuda
  • Havdallah – Mark the end of Shabbat and the start of a new week
  • Group night out at Ben Yehuda Street

Sunday, April 5, 2020 | Shalom L’Hitraot

  • Return to Ben Gurion International Airport for morning flight
  • Arrive to Amsterdam and transfer planes to San Francisco
  • Arrive to San Francisco International Airport

 

Questions about Shalhevet?

Program-related questions

Tzachi Flat | 650.223.8602

Registration-related questions

BBYO Passport | 202.537.8091

Need-based scholarships are available for Shalhevet participants. Please email Tzachi Flat with the approximate scholarship amount that your family is requesting. If you do not receive the scholarship award you are seeking, your program deposit will be fully refundable should you wish to withdraw.

  1. Enroll Online

    To get started, complete the online registration. Registration only takes a few minutes.

  2. Insure Your Travel

    Travel insurance is highly recommended to protect your investment and plan for the unexpected. A group travel insurance policy through Travel Insured International can be selected and may be purchased up until the date you make full payment for the progtram. Learn more about travel insurance.

  3. Complete the Forms

    As part of your registration account, you will be able to complete an online program waiver, a medical history form, a connecting travel plan form, and upload a passport copy.

  4. Review the Terms

    You’re almost there! Take a moment to familiarize yourself with our straightforward terms of participation.
    Payment Schedule

    • A $350 refundable deposit is required to secure your spot
    • December 19, 2019, Full program payment due, cancellation to receive a full refund deadline, and all forms including Passport* must be completed and Israel extension requests due. A $75 fee applies for late payments.

    Program prices are subject to some change and are not guaranteed until you complete your registration with a refundable deposit.
    Method of Payment

    Payment is accepted by e-check\ACH or credit card. Should you wish to pay by credit card, a non-refundable convenience fee of 3% will be assessed for all payments except the $350 initial deposit.
    Cancellation Policy

    All payments are fully refundable through December 5, 2019. Following that date, all program payments are non-refundable. Exceptions will be reviewed by the Program Organizers on a case by case basis and at the Program Organizers’ sole discretion. All cancellations must be made in writing. Participants are highly encouraged to take out travel insurance.
    Terms of Acceptance

    Acceptance to the program is conditioned upon the receipt of a full application including a physical examination of the applicant that demonstrates his/her physical and mental fitness and ability to participate in all aspects of the program. Receipt of deposit and application forms does not guarantee acceptance to the program. The Program Organizers reserve the right to deny acceptance according to its own discretion.

    The Program Organizers reserves the right to adjust the price of the program by up to 5% based on the exchange rate and airline fuel fee fluctuations beyond our control. Participants reserve the right to cancel and receive a full refund in the event of a price increase if they so wish.

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