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Since 1956, BBYO has hosted tens of thousands of teens in Israel and beyond on journeys of discovery and connection. Over these six decades, parents and teens have counted on us to provide an experience that is safe, meaningful, and exhilarating. In the time of COVID-19, we again plan to offer our teens a safe and meaningful experience and wanted to update on you on our approach.

How We Handled COVID-19 During Summer 2020
When BBYO made the decision to cancel all summer departures in late March 2020, after our cancelation deadline, we offered our participants’ families three options:

  • Receive a full refund
  • Hold a spot toward summer 2021
  • Donate a portion of their credit to BBYO

How We Plan for the Future
We are continuing with our risk-free cancelation policy, which gives you the opportunity to cancel your teen’s registration through March 2, 2021 at no penalty. If we do not feel confident that we are able to provide both a safe and meaningful experience for our participants, and cancel our summer experiences, all families will receive a full refund.

With our policies and procedures still in development for summer 2021, we promise to update our families as they are confirmed. You can expect to hear from us in the months ahead about how we plan to approach the health and safety of participants on our programs. We are working with the guidance of Federal International Health and Safety organizations, as well as our local contacts in the countries to which we travel.

We encourage you to show your interest and hold your teen’s spot by signing up for the program of your choice—you can do so with full confidence in knowing that your deposit is fully refundable, and we are here to answer any questions you may have.

The BBYO Summer Team


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