Yuval Yisrael

יובל ישראל​​

What Is Yuval Yisrael?

Yuval Yisrael is a 3.5-week summer teen Israel experience for current 10th-12th graders powered by Ramah Israel and USY. The program will take participants through a transformative Israel journey including volunteering, deep dives into Israeli culture, joyful Shabbatot, leadership development, team building, touring, and hiking. An optional Eastern Europe program is available as well. Ramah and USY have decades of experience in designing meaningful and educational Israel programs for teens, the Conservative/Masorti movement’s future leaders. Please join us!

Program Calendar

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As always, the safety and security of our participants is our number one priority. This itinerary is reviewed daily by the Safety and Security Situation Room and is subject to change.

Program Highlights

Jerusalem

Together we will explore our layered, beautiful, and complex capital, which represents our Jewish past and future and is the nexus of three religions. Highlights will include archaeological digs, exploration of the Old City, and time in the Jewish Quarter. We will get to know Jerusalemites as we visit cultural hubs and grassroots volunteer projects, and go on evening walks through Jerusalem’s neighborhoods. We will hold each other up during our visit to Yad Vashem. From Jerusalem, we will climb Masada and swim in the Dead Sea.

There is no better way to explore Israel than on foot. Our program will include some of the most magnificent hikes in Israel, with breathtaking vistas and a special desert night under the stars. We will meet with Israeli environmental leaders, learn about important sustainability initiatives, and consider our commitment to Shomrei Adamah, protecting our planet.

We will spend time with Israeli peers and listen as they share their experiences from this past year. Together with them, we will go on a graffiti walk, explore the Israeli food scene, and visit museums and art installations. During our time in Tel Aviv, we will see how the city has responded to October 7, including visits to new memorials and Kikar Hatufim (Hostage Square).

We will learn about the challenges Israel faces and talk openly with people representing a wide variety of views. We will take an in-depth look at  the geopolitical reality and create safe space for our participants to openly ask questions and express themselves.

Yuval Yisrael is an immersive and joyful Jewish experience. We will celebrate magnificent Shabbatot together in Jerusalem and on a kibbutz, and will frame our summer with meaningful and spirited ritual. Our days will begin with egalitarian morning tefillot;  there will be numerous opportunities to meet and learn with incredible young Jewish role models. Through various modalities including music and meditation, participants will find many ways to connect with their Judaism.

Throughout our program there will be opportunities to choose adventures that interest YOU, including Jewish learning tracks and leadership seminars, as well as additional volunteering and hiking.

Eastern Europe Experience (optional add-on)

Before our Israel journey, you may opt to join us for a 12-day experience in Berlin, Prague, and Poland. Through this experience, we carry the memory of those we have lost, while actively renewing and returning Jewish voices to the communities we visit. This Eastern Europe Experience leads seamlessly into the Yuval Yisrael trip to create the ultimate summer experience. For dates and rates, click here.

Volunteer Extension (optional add-on)

At the end of your Israel journey, you may choose to join us for a week extension in Israel for additional volunteering.  After gaining insight into the history and present-day Israel and the Jewish people, you will further your journey by working on the land and giving back to our Israel community. For dates and rates, click here.

Who is Yuval Yisrael for?

Jewish teens currently in 10th-12th grade, regardless of prior USY or Jewish educational experience, who are looking for a journey filled with meaning, exploration, community building, a love of Israel and Jewish values, and fun! This program is not designed for Ramah campers, who will continue to participate in Ramah Israel Seminar.

To read more about Yuval Yisrael’s values and who we are, please click here.

Mission Statement

Yuval Yisrael’s mission is to make the Israel experience an integral part of the individual’s Jewish journey. Our program allows participants to intimately connect with Israeli society and culture by creating an immersive Jewish experience that speaks to participants of diverse backgrounds. Powered by Ramah Israel and USY, Yuval Yisrael benefits from over six decades of experience designing and running exceptional, safe, and meaningful Israel programs with a focus on building egalitarian Jewish communities. Approaching Israel as a dynamic arena in which various expressions of Judaism intersect, participants engage in both intellectual and experiential exploration of Jewish tradition. Yuval Yisrael encourages the development of a personal understanding of one’s Jewishness and an individually meaningful relationship with Israel and the Jewish people.

Who We Are

Ramah Israel is the programmatic Israel branch of the Ramah Camping Movement, the camping arm of Conservative Judaism. USY is USCJ’s youth movement for Conservative Jewish teens across North America. USY and Ramah empower Jewish youth to develop friendships, leadership skills, a sense of belonging to the Jewish People, a deep engagement with and love for Israel, and a commitment to inspired Jewish living through meaningful and fun experiences based on the ideology of Masorti/Conservative Judaism.

Questions?

Email Hadassah Turk Tolub or call (212) 280-6136.