With more than 60 years of experience in running Israel programs, Young Judaea offers professional and well organized programs , with a perfect blend of fun, adventure, and inspiring education! We implement a pluralistic approach and expose our participants to all aspects of Israel and its society.
Discovery Israel is a 4-week trip designed for those who are looking to get a taste of Israel’s history, land and diverse communities and culture! Our teens do this by hiking, snorkeling and rafting, meeting with Jewish, Arab and Druze Israeli citizens, and engaging with local politicians and social justice leaders! The groups volunteer in projects across the country and get a first-hand look at Israel’s advanced contribution to global technology and agriculture!
Brushstrokes is Young Judaea’s newest summer teen program and it focuses on art! We have teamed up with the famous Bezalel Academy of Art and Design for a unique introduction to Israel's history, culture, and religious and political spheres through artistic expressions such as photography, animation and painting! With Bezalel, the students will have dedicated studio days to compliment their travel days of hiking, rafting and meeting with locals!
On Brushstrokes, students get all of fun of a standard Israel summer trip but with a deeper and more personal experience. For example, when up on Mount Masada they will look at the architecture and artifacts as a way to understand the history that occurred there. They’ll also discuss coexistence and political expression with artists who use art as their main form of peace building while visiting The Wall of Peace in Sderot.
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I miss Israel, and I do really want to go back. One of the main things I miss, though, is my friends. The bonds I developed in just a month are stronger than many of those I have here in Lexington, where I have lived my whole life. We have all been making every effort to see each other- planning college visits in cities where our friends live, visiting family near these cities-everything we can do to be close enough to see each other just for a little while. The amazing thing is that I know that if I need somewhere to stay in another city or town, I will always be able to find a friend who can help me out. Whether its New York, LA, Boston, or any other number of places around the country, there will be a familiar face there to greet me. Its so cool that I can say that I have friends from around the country- and even from a few other countries. The entire trip was an amazing opportunity to make friends that will last a lifetime. Discovery impacted my life in so many ways, and I made memories that I will never forget. I love and care about Israel so much now, and I have tons of new friends who I know I will find a way to see again. I am so thankful to have had this opportunity to experience Israel in ways I never imagined. I will never forget my first time overseas, spent in a country I love with people I love.