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Israel Electives

DESIGN YOUR OWN SUMMER IN ISRAEL!

Take your summer in Israel to the next level with one (or more!) of our 4-day elective adventures. Pick-up a new skill, learn about Israeli society on a deeper level, or try something outside of your comfort zone. 

PROGRAMS WITH ELECTIVES  |  ELECTIVE OPTIONS  |  HOW IT WORKS

PROGRAMS WITH ELECTIVES

ISRAEL XPR
An opportunity to pursue your passions with three elective sessions and long weekend touring adventures

3 Elective Sessions

Land Cost: $5,570

Flight Cost: ~$1,600 (more)

Combined Dates (24 Days)
July 7 - July 30, 2021

ISRAEL JOURNEY
Our flagship Israel experience – travel across Israel from the Red Sea to the Golan Heights on this classic journey

1 Elective Session

Land Cost: $5,570

Flight Cost: ~$1,600 (more)

Combined Dates (26 Days)
June 21 – July 16, 2021
June 28 – July 23, 2021
July 5 – July 30, 2021

TREK ISRAEL
Our most active experience in Israel – challenge yourself as you explore the Land of Milk and Honey up-close!

1 Elective Session

Land Cost: $5,570

Flight Cost: ~$1,600 (more)

Combined Dates (26 Days)
June 28 – July 23, 2021
July 5 – July 30, 2021

ELECTIVE OPTIONS

Our 4-day electives are a perfect complement to your summer travels, and with so many options to choose from, your bound to find an elective that speaks to you!

sea-to-sea-hike

Sea-to-Sea Hike

Hike across Israel, from the Mediterranean Sea in the west to the Sea of Galilee in the east. Scale rugged mountains, camp out under the stars, and learn how to thrive in the wilderness as our ancestors did! Along the route, you’ll gain a new appreciation for Israel’s terrain, you’ll visit diverse villages, and you’ll gain a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment to cherish for a lifetime.

  • PRO TIP!  All camping equipment is provided, and our trek is vehicle-supported, which means less to schlep on your back
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Volunteering & Service Learning

Give of yourself in Israel, knowing that you not only toured the Land but also gave something back. Based in the Galilee, our volunteer projects vary and typically include working with immigrant youth, minority communities, environmental restoration, and infrastructure improvement. Together we'll learn, volunteer, and reflect on the journey as we connect with Israeli society on a much more personal level.

  • PRO TIP!  Get a taste for Israeli campus life – this elective is based at the Oranim College campus and dorms in the Carmel Mountains.
  • PARTNER:  Oranim College of Education
IDF's Gadna

The IDF’s Gadna

Ready for a character-building challenge that you can look back on with a sense of pride? Gadna is a “basic training” style experience organized by the legendary Israel Defense Forces for high school teens from abroad. Gadna offers a glimpse of this quintessential Israeli experience without being political or militaristic in nature. You'll learn new skills, new Hebrew words, and simulate what life is like on a real Israeli army base.

  • PRO TIP!  Gadna is taught by active-duty Israeli soldiers and takes place on an army base created especially for high school-age educational programs.
  • PARTNERThe Israel Defense Forces
Mifgash

Hebrew Language Ulpan + Mifgash

Learn conversational Hebrew during the morning and then practice it in the afternoon as you bond with local Israeli teens over cross-cultural programming and adventures! This elective builds on Israel's "Ulpan" approach to language training and emphasizes conversational Hebrew language skills for beginners or teens with a basic background (~9 hours of language training). The rest of the day is devoted to encountering diverse communities in the Galilee and spending quality time with Israeli teens from a local kibbutz who will share their summer youth group experiences with you!

  • PRO TIP!  The Israeli teens participating in this elective live on a working kibbutz and will share what living on a modern kibbutz is like.
  • PARTNER: Oranim College of Education
Sports

Maccabi Sports 

Explore Israel through sports! Get active, get in motion, and join a unique Israel experience focused on athletics. You don’t have to be a serious athlete to enjoy this elective. You’ll play sports with Israeli teens from Maccabi Tzair, get trained in Israel's best facilities, be inspired by athletes’ stories, learn how sports can bring the Jewish People together. After these four days, you will feel better – stronger – higher!

agricultural

Agricultural Pioneering

The dream of modern Israel was largely realized by pioneering farmers in the 19th Century, and their work is not complete! Now you can also experience the Land of Israel with your hands, legs, and hearts on this farm-based elective. You'll have the opportunity to volunteer on a working farm in the Galilee while developing leadership skills, living a sustainable lifestyle, and learning about modern pioneering values.

  • PRO TIP!  Not only will you gain the experience of farming in Israel, but you’ll also learn how to cook fresh (and delicious) meals in the field!
  • PARTNER:  HaShomer HaChadash
photography

Photography & Graphic Design

Israel is famous for being the Start Up Nation, and on this skills-based elective, you’ll channel the innovative spirit of modern Israel as you learn the basics of photography and graphic design. Stimulate your mind and enjoy the fun of living at a high-technology summer camp that hosts teens from Israel and from around the world.

  • PRO TIP!  This elective is based at Big Idea’s summer camp in the Carmel Mountains
  • PARTNER:  Big Idea

A supplemental fee may apply for this elective TBA in March

scuba

Scuba & Watersports

Nothing says summer in Israel like good times at the beach, and on this elective, you'll do so much more than enjoying Israel's Mediterranean Coast. Learn from the masters and pick-up scuba diving, windsurfing, and stand up paddleboarding skills. You'll even have the opportunity to explore Israel's underwater archaeological treasures off the coast of Caesarea National Park.

  • PRO TIP! Did you know that Israel's only Olympic gold medal was won in windsurfing by Gal Fridman at the 2004 Athens Games?

A supplemental fee may apply for this elective TBA in March

heart-of-tel-aviv

The he[ART] of Tel Aviv

Tap into the irrepressible spirit of Tel Aviv's art scene as we explore the best of dance, photography, fashion, and design in the heart of Israel's cultural capital and beyond. Along the way, you'll learn about the roots of modern Israeli art, you'll meet with artists using their skills to drive social change, and you'll create your own art as a means to express the meaning of your own journey in Israel.

  • PRO TIP!  Israel has more museums per capita than any other country in the world!
  • PARTNERFashionating by Liri

A supplemental fee may apply for this elective TBA in March

geo-political

Geo-Political Encounters

Go far beyond the headlines to grapple with the challenges and opportunities that will define Israel’s future. Travel to Israel’s frontier with Gaza, meet with both Jewish and Arab residents of the West Bank, and meet with east Jerusalem teens striving for co-existence. Along the way, you’ll be exposed to different points of view and be encouraged to form your own understanding of this complicated land.

  • PRO TIP!  This elective is based in Jerusalem and includes travel throughout Israel and within Israeli-controlled areas of the West Bank.

A supplemental fee may apply for this elective TBA in March

Photo by Jason Dixson Photography. www.jasondixson.com

Robotics

Israel is famous for being the Start Up Nation, and on this skills-based elective, you’ll channel the innovative spirit of modern Israel as you learn the basics of robotics. Stimulate your mind and enjoy the fun of living at a high-technology summer camp that hosts teens from Israel and from around the world.

  • PRO TIP!  This elective is based at Big Idea’s summer camp in the Carmel Mountains
  • PARTNER:  Big Idea

A supplemental fee may apply for this elective TBA in March

HOW IT WORKS

When do the Electives take place?
Each Electives session begins on Monday morning and ends on Thursday afternoon. If you are traveling on Israel Journey or Trek Israel, your Electives will happen either at the end of the program (more common) or within the middle of the program (less common). On Israel XPR, the three Elective sessions are scheduled throughout the program. The exact scheduling of the Electives will be released by May.

If the Electives take place at the end of my program, how will that work?
At the end of the Electives session, you’ll be reunited with your original group for a closing experience and dinner prior to traveling back to Ben Gurion Airport for return flights.

Who else will participate in my Elective(s)?
Electives bring together teens across all BBYO Passport programs who share your preferences.

Who staffs the Electives?
Electives are staffed by a combination of BBYO Passport-hired staff and local program professionals. For campus-based programs where there is no travel, a guard may not be present. Due to the nature of the Electives, most of them are not accompanied by a guide.

When will I be asked to choose my Elective(s)?
A survey will be sent out in March.

Will I be placed on the Elective(s) of my choice?
In principle, yes, however, not all Electives will be offered on each session and will be confirmed according to overall interest by May.

What is the supplemental fee associated with some Electives?
Due to the nature of certain Electives, a supplemental fee may apply (e.g. $200-$350) and will be announced no later than March when you will be asked to make your Elective(s) choices.

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