Summer experiences for teens In 2016, we celebrated 60 years of providing high quality summer experiences in Israel for Jewish teens. Travel to Israel is a dream shared with our ancestors for thousands of years, and it is a dream fulfilled anew each summer on BBYO Passport.

We welcomed our first group of 19 teens who came together from across North America to travel to Israel with us in 1956. The trans-continental flight took 33 hours from New York City with stops to refuel in Gander, Newfoundland, London, and Rome before finally arriving to Israel. It was truly a journey!

Back then Jerusalem was a divided city. The Western Wall as well as the Old City were generally off limits. The Golan Heights belonged to Syria, and the Sinai Peninsula belonged to Israel. At the time, the Jewish State of Israel was only eight years old when our teens traveled the country to help contribute to the development of the Jewish Homeland. During the program, they even met David Ben-Gurion and Golda Meir!

Today, Israel has developed into a thriving democracy, full of culture and a modern, vibrant Jewish society. These days, our teens travel freely throughout all corners of Israel and proudly walk in the footsteps of three generations of predecessors.

Be a Part of a Tradition Spanning Three Generations

We often hear from parents who took part in past BBYO Israel trips as teens. Many are excited to tell us that they have decided to share the same BBYO experience in Israel with their own children. We were especially honored during the summer of 2015 to welcome the grandson of an alumnus from the original 1956 trip in Israel!

Today, BBYO Passport offers a large selection of experiences in Israel and around the world. So much has changed since that very first trip, but the spirit of our experiences remains the same!