Jewish Federations-Supported Programs Sending Young Jews to Israel
Bringing young Jews to spend time in Israel is a vital element of the mission of The Jewish Federations of North America to strengthen ties between Israel and the Jewish communities in the US and Canada. We are proud to provide ways for young Jews to enhance their leadership skills, explore their personal Jewish identity, travel the country and gain a deep understanding of Israel and the North American Jewish community. These journeys are even more meaningful because they bring together peers with diverse backgrounds but common ideals to take part in active adventures that make connections to the past, present and future of the Jewish state.
The Jewish Federations manage or fund an array of great projects, including Taglit-Birthright, MASA Israel and LAPID, as well as the new SULAM project. The people travelling to Israel on these programs are not just going on a trip, but a journey of leadership and service throughout the Jewish state. Vital to these programs are their sense of purpose, guaranteeing the participants an amazing experience as well as a heightened appreciation and connection to their Jewish identity.
Some local Federations also offer matching funds for Israel youth experiences through the Passport to Israel incentive savings program.
The gift of the trips is being provided by Jewish Federations and other partners including private philanthropists through The Birthright Israel Foundation; the people of Israel through the Government of Israel; Keren Hayesod and the Jewish Agency for Israel.
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Passport to Israel: Passport to Israel is an incentive savings program which helps provide students with necessary funds to have a life-long, unforgettable educational Israel experience. If you or someone in your family is considering youth trips to Israel, check to see if your local Federation offers this program, which may provide matching funds to be used for approved Israel experiences.