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General Resources

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

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

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 $250 alumni discount off of a future BBYO Passport summer experience for teens, or BBYO’s March of the Living. The $250 alumni discount cannot be combined with any early registration discounts or 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 mission 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, 2018

Scholarship decisions will be made prior to the cancellation deadline on November 26, 2018.

Summer Israel Scholarship

Available for teens participating in a summer Israel program other than ILSI.

Deadline to Apply: January 22, 2019

Scholarship decisions will be made prior to the cancellation deadline on February 28, 2019.

ILSI Scholarship

Teens participating in ILSI may apply for financial assistance through the ILSI Scholarship.

Deadline to apply: January 22, 2019

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

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

Alabama

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

Alaska

Alaskan Jewish Community
Award Name: UJC Alaska Inc. BBYO Passport Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Must be Jewish residents of Alaska
Contact: UJC Alaska Scholarship Review Committee
Email: ujcalaskainc@gmail.com

Arizona

Phoenix
Award Name: Harold and Jean Grossman Israel Experience Scholarship Fund
Qualifying Type: First-come/first-serve
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $1,000
Contact: Kelly Harris
Phone: 480.481.7010
Email: TeenIsrael@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

California

East Bay
Award Name: Israel Trips Financial Aid
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Rabbi Andrew Kastner
Phone: 510.809.4934
Email: andrew@jfed.org

Los Angeles
Award Name: Israel Experience Incentive Award
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 Katz
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
Contact: Alison Stein
Phone:415.777.0411
Email: Alison@jfed.org

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
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-Based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: $500
Contact: Jason Moss
Phone 626.445.0810
Email: jmoss@jewishsgpv.org

Colorado

Not Available

Connecticut

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

Delaware
Not available

District of Columbia

Washington, DC
Award Name: Israel Quest Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Marla Hurwitz
Phone: 301.348.7357
Email: IsraelQuest@shalomdc.org

Florida

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: 904.448.5000 ext.1200
Email: jilla@jewishjacksonville.org

Miami
Award Name: Israel Programs Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based, age 15 or older
Amount: Varies
Phone: 786.866.8431
Email: IsraelOverseas@JewishMiami.org

Award Name: Overnight Jewish Camp Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Need-based, age 17 or younger
Trip Location: U.S.
Amount: Varies
Contact: Inbar Cohen
Phone: 786.866.8430
Email: IsraelOverseas@JewishMiami.org

Palm Beach County
Award Name: Israel Experience Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
PLEASE NOTE: Boynton Beach north through Vero Beach residents only (Delray and Boca Raton are not eligible)
Contact: Ronit Chia
Phone: 561.478.0700
Email: ronit.chia@jewishpalmbeach.org

Georgia

Augusta
Award Name: Teen Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Need-based for non-BBYO members
Trip Location: Varies
Amount: Varies
Contact: Cathy Fishman
Phone: 706.228.3636 ext. 229
Email: augustajcc2@hotmail.com

Illinois

Chicago
Award Name: Israel Experience
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Israel Experience Program
Phone: 312.444.2895
Email: israelexperience@juf.org

Indiana

Indianapolis
Award Name: Israel Scholarships
Qualifying Type: First come, first serve
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Katy Cantor
Phone: 317.715.9266
Email: kcantor@jfgi.org

Kansas

Kansas City
Not available

Wichita
Award Name: Teen Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Varies
Amount: Varies
Contact: Julie Fruhauf
Phone: 316.686.4741
Email: JFruhauf@mkjf.org

Kentucky

Lexington
Award Name: Israel Program Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Jewish youth of central Kentucky
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $1,000
Contact: Tamara Ohayon
Phone: 859.269.8244
Email: Tamara@JewishLexington.org

Louisville
Award Name: Israel Travel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $3,000
Contact: Mary Jean Timmel
Phone: 502.238.2722
Email: mtimmel@jewishlouisville.org

Louisiana

New Orleans
Award Name: Edie and Paul Rosenblum Gift of Israel Program
Qualifying type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Michelle Neal
Phone: 504.780.5604
Email: michelle@jewishnola.com

North Louisiana
Award Name: Israel Based Scholarship
Qualifying type: Contributing members to the Federation
Amount: Varies
Contact the North Louisiana Federation

Maryland

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

Massachusetts

Attleboro
Not available

Berkshire County
Award Name: Israel Study/ Travel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: First-come/first-serve
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $2,000
Contact: Jewish Federation of the Berkshires
Phone: 413.442.4360 ext.12
Email: federation@jewishberkshires.org

Boston and North Shore
Award Name: Israel Teen Travel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based, 4-week Israel travel
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to 1/3 of the cost of the Israel program
Contact: Stacey Gainey
Phone: 617.457.8694
Email: staceyg@cjp.org

Merrimack Valley
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: $250
Contact: Laurie Mindlin
Phone: 978.688.0466
Email: laurie@mvjf.org

New Bedford
Award Name: Israel Travel Grants
Qualifying Type: Varies
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Olga Yorish
Phone: 508.997.7471
Email: oyorish@jewishnewbedford.org

Springfield
Award Name: Israel Travel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Varies
Trip Location: Varies
Contact: Michelle Lancto
Phone: 413.732.9994
Email: mlancto@jewishwesternmass.org

Michigan

Ann Arbor
Award Name: Israel Scholarships
Qualifying type: Must be from the Greater Ann Arbor area
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $1000
Contact: Jessica Weil
Phone: 734.677.0100 ext. 227
Email: jessica@jewishannarbor.org

Detroit
Award Name: Get There!
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: $750
Contact: Jaime Bean
Phone: 248.205.2561
Email: bean@jfmd.org

Minnesota

Minneapolis
Award Name: The Louis Herman Israel Experience Fund
Qualifying Type: Ages 15-18
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $1,000
Contact: Sofya Barth
Phone: 952.417.2319
Email: sbarth@jewishminneapolis.org

Award Name: Israel Center Scholarship Fund
Qualifying Type: Age 16 and older
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Eilat Harel
Phone: 952.417.2321
Email: eharel@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

Missouri

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

Nebraska

Omaha
Award Name: Israel Travel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Diane Stamp
Phone: 402.334.6407
Email: dstamp@jewishomaha.org

Nevada

Las Vegas
Award Name: Teen Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Esther Aviksis
Phone: 702.732.0556
Email: esther@jewishnevada.org

New Hampshire

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: corkyatcf@aol.com

New Jersey

Metrowest
Award Name: Jewish Service Learning
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Varies
Amount: Varies
Contact: Yoni Glatt
Phone: 973.929.2963
Email: yglatt@jfedgmw.org

Award Name: One Happy Camper Scholarship Grant
Qualifying Type: First FJC experience who did not attend Jewish private day school
Trip Location: US experiences
Amount: 12-18 days $700, 19+ days $1,000,
Contact: Gerri Russo
Phone: 973.929.2972
Email: grusso@jfedgmw.org

Middlesex County
Award Name: Israel Teen Grants
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $1,000
Contact: Inbar Singal
Phone: 732.588.1800
Email: inbars@jewishheartnj.org

Northern
Not Available

Southern
Award Name: Freda & Sam Yacker Israel Experience Award 
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $3,000
Contact: Mike Staff
Phone: 856.673.2528
Email: infojcf@jfedsnj.org

New Mexico

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

New York

Albany & Northeastern New York Community
Award Name: Jewish Enrichment Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Varies
Amount: Varies
Contact: Rebecca Miller
Phone: 518.783.7800
Email: rmiller@jewishfedny.com

Award Name: Israel Experience
Qualifying Type: Matching
Trip Location: Varies
Amount: Varies
Contact: Amy Drucker
Phone: 518.783.7800 x 229
Email:adrucker@jewishfedny.org

Buffalo
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $1,000
Contact: Lisa Collins
Phone: 716.204.1133
Email: Lisa@jewishphilanthropies.org

New York (NYC, Westchester & Long Island)
Award Name: New York Teen Initiative – Summer Programs Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Amount: Varies
Note: Available for all high school-age programs worldwide
Contact: BBYO Passport
Phone: 202.537.8091
Email: info@bbyopassport.org

Orange County
Award Name: Israel Experience Scholarship
Qualifying type: 11th – 12th Graders
Amount: Varies
Phone: 845.562.7860
Email: info@jewishorangeny.org

Rochester
Award Name: Teen Travel to Israel
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Ali Benson
Phone: 585.461.0490 x8635
Email: abenson@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

North Carolina

Charlotte
Award Name: Gorelick Teens to Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: First-come/first serve
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $1,000
Contact: The Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte
Phone: 704.944.6757
Email: charlotteJCRC@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: Foundation@shalomdch.org

Greensboro
Award Name: Greensboro Israel Experience Grant Program
Qualifying Type: Varies
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Carly Dunno
Phone: 336.852.5433 ext. 243
Email: CDunno@shalomgreensboro.org

Ohio

Akron
Not available

Cincinnati
Award Name: Israel Travel Grants
Qualifying Type: Age 16 and older
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $6,500
Contact: Cincy Journeys
Phone: 513.985.1500
Email: cincyjourneys@jfedcin.org

Cleveland
Award Name: Financial Assistance for Israel Study
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Maya Holtz Groys
Phone: 216.371.0446 ext. 233
Email: mgroys@jecc.org

Columbus
Award Name: Israel Experience
Qualifying Type: Incentive-based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Israel & Overseas Department
Phone: 614.559.3227
Email: israel@tcjf.org

Toledo
Award Name: Jewish Experience Fund
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $1,000
Contact: Hallie Freed
Phone: 419.724.0362
Email: hallie@jewishtoledo.org

Award Name: 1000 for 10 Teen Fund
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $1,000
Contact: Hallie Freed
Phone: 419.724.0362
Email: hallie@jewishtoledo.org

Oregon

Portland
Award Name: Teen Israel Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Varies
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Rachel Nelson
Phone: 503.892.7415
Email: rachelr@jewishportland.org

Pennsylvania

Lehigh Valley
Award Name: Teen Experience Grants
Qualifying Type: Incentive grant
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Jeri Zimmerman
Phone: 610.821.8946
Email: jeriz@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
Award Name: Israel Program Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Varies
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: scholarships@jewishphilly.org
Phone: 215.832.0522

Pittsburgh
Award Name: Israel Scholarship Program
Qualifying Type: Incentive
Trip Location: Israel and March of the Living
Amount: $1,750
Contact: Debbie Swartz
Phone:412.992.5208
Email: dswartz@jfedpgh.org

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

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

Tennessee

Memphis
Award Name: Lemsky Endowment Fund Israel Experience Grant
Qualifying Type: Rising high school juniors and seniors
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $3,000
Contact: Gila Golder
Phone: 901.654.2151
Email: ggolder@jcpmemphis.org

Nashville
Award Name: Israel Incentive Grants
Qualifying Type: Varies
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Tania Bukengolts
Phone: 615.354.1668
Email: tania@jewishnashville.org

Texas

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@jewishdallas.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: scholarships@djcf.org
Phone: 214.615.9351

Houston
Award Name: Israel Trip
Qualifying Type: Designed for 10th-12th grade high school students, need-based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Liz Garza
Phone: 713.729.7000 ext. 309
Email: EGarza@houstonjewish.org

San Antonio
Not available

Vermont

Vermont
Award Name: Israel Travel Grants
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $1,500
Contact: gti@hgf.org

Virginia

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

Washington

Seattle
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based, currently in 9th grade or older
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Ariel Lapson
Phone: 206.774.2217
Email: Ariell@jewishinseattle.org

Wisconsin

Milwaukee
Award Name: Passport to Israel
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Allison Hayden
Phone: 414.390.5724
Email: allisonh@milwaukeejewish.org

Canada

Vancouver, British Columbia
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $2,500
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

  • Sign up risk-free for the BBYO Summer Experience of your choice
  • Complete a simple online application
  • After submitting the application, email us a scanned copy of your most recent IRS Form 1040
    Note: If you have completed the “BBYO Israel Scholarship Application” in your registration account then you do not need to submit this tax form (Israel Only)
  • Application deadline coming soon!
  • BBYO will follow-up with you to confirm the level of funding you are nominated to receive. Final allocation decisions are made by UJA-Federation of New York, and allocations will be issued within a few weeks of the submission deadlines. Should you not receive the scholarship allocation you requested from the fund, you will be able to cancel and receive a full program refund.

INSURANCE

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 (see full policy for mental health guidelines)/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
INSURANCE PREMIUM
Student Deluxe +
INSURANCE PREMIUM

Cancel for Any Reason
$0-$500 $31 $41.50
$500-$1,000 $40 $55.00
$1,001-$1,500 $51 $71.50
$1,501-$2,000 $64 $91.00
$2,001-$2,500 $78 $112.00
$2,501-$3,000 $91 $131.50
$3,001-$3,500 $104 $151.00
$3,501-$4000 $118 $172.00
$4,001-$4,500 $131 $191.50
$4,501-$5,000 $145 $212.50
$5,001-$5,500 $159 $233.50
$5,501-$6,000 $173 $254.50
$6,001-$6,500 $187 $275.50
$6,501-$7,000 $200 $295.00
$7,001-$7,500 $214 $316.00
$7,501-$8,000 $228 $337.00
$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. Pricing includes $10 processing fee.

*Max trip cost is $10,000.

Ordering a Policy

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. 

MAKING A CLAIM

Submit a claim by first emailing our insurance representative and copying info@bbyopassort.org. In your message, be sure to include the name of the covered teen, the reason for the claim, as well as your home address and phone number. You will be sent a claim form to complete, and we will support you with any details as needed. If you do need to submit a claim, do not delay starting the process as certain cancellation benefits are only applicable when claimed in advance.


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

CUSTOM TRIPS

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.

STAFFING

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:

  • A candidate must be 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.

Staffer Reviews

PRESS

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

Valley teen takes part in BBYO trip to Spain
Jewish News | September ’18 
Hear from Faith Kessler, a teen from Arizona, who went on the BBYO Spain Discovery this summer. Spain Discovery is a two-week cultural travel opportunity for teens to explore Spanish cities and meet the Jewish communities there.

Representatives of AJT Ukraine took part in International Leadership Seminar in Israel 2017 (ILSI) from BBYO
Active Jewish Teens | August ’17
This year, BBYO invited Jewish teenagers who want to become real leaders, to gather in Israel for 3 weeks, and spend unforgettable summer searching of adventure and personal growth.

My Passport to Jewish Community
Oy Chicago | August ’17
How I found Jewish community for the first time shepherding teens across Israel and Spain

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.

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.'”

CONTACT

Contact us today to start planning your own travel experience with BBYO Passport! References are always available upon request.

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