Hebrew in the Homeland!

Take your Hebrew to the next level on the adventure of a lifetime.

Chalutzim Ba'aretz is a unique, traveling Jewish community, immersing you in the language of the land as you explore ancient Jerusalem and modern Tel Aviv, the beautiful Galilee and the stunning Negev Desert. This exciting 3.5 week summer experience was created especially for teens who want to do more than just practice Hebrew. Unleash your language skills to converse and collaborate, debate and discover. You'll finish your meaningful and exciting journey to Israel with new confidence, amazing memories, and friendships that will last a lifetime.

2021 Trip Details

Dates Rates* Registration Deadline
July 15 - August 9 Full - $6,975

With RootOne Voucher and OSRUI subsidy - $2,975

May 1, 2021

"Don't be afraid to go out of your comfort zone to have the best experience possible" -NFTY in Israel Summer 2019 participant

Adventure - הרפתקה (Harpatkah) Take your epic journey.

Chalutzim Ba’aretz is the chance to practice Hebrew in real-life. Order falafel. Chat with new Israeli friends. Learn about the History of Israel. Explore the only country where the national language is Hebrew.

Desert - מדבר (Midbar) Chill in the desert.

Ascend the summit of מצדה (Masada) at dawn. Float in the Dead Sea. Cover yourself with the famous black mud. Cool off in the refreshing waterfalls of עין גדי (Ein Gedi). Take lots of selfies with your friends to prove it really happened.

Community - קהילה (Kehillah) Deepen your Hebrew Knowledge.

Become part of an immersive Hebrew-speaking community. Participate in an intensive experience learning, exploring and meeting Israeli peers. Discover yourself while speaking the language of your ancestors.

City - עיר (Ir) Ancient meets modern.

Discover תל אביב (Tel Aviv), the hi-tech capital of the world. Swim in the Red Sea. Touch ancient ruins in ירושלים (Yerushalayim), visited by your ancestors for thousands of years. Meet Israeli teens. Eat פלאפל (falafel). יאללה (Yallah), let's go!

Participants will foster a strong connection to Israel and their Jewish identities. A Hebrew-based Israel experience will allow each participant to experience Israel not as a tourist, but as a Jewish young person returning home. This unique experience will impact participants when they return to their public schools, homes and communities, leaving them with an abiding relationship with Israel. There simply is no better place in the world to tell the Jewish story, and to do so in Hebrew.

Week One: ברוכים הבאים לישראל B’ruchim Habaim L’Yisrael! – Welcome to Israel

This summer we will listen, speak, and write as much Hebrew as is possible. You will start your journey with an opening ceremony at Tel Yafo overlooking ancient Jaffa, celebrating the miracle of arriving in the first "Hebrew City." Spend three days trekking through the Negev desert just as our ancestors did, strengthening your community around the campfire. Swim in Eilat’s Coral Beach and snorkel in the cool water of the Red Sea. Explore the history, spirituality and magic of the ancient city of Jerusalem. Visit the Kotel, (the Western Wall), enjoy a water-hike through an ancient underground aqueduct, and shop in Jerusalem’s vibrant open-air market.

Week Two: הבוקר האור ha'Boker Or - The Morning Light

The Judean desert is home to many of Israel’s most iconic experiences – camel rides, sleepouts in a Bedouin tent, and the ancient desert fortress of Masada overlooking the Dead Sea. Climb Masada and watch the sunrise during shacharit Tefillah. Follow it up with a float in the Dead Sea, cover yourself with the famous black mud, and cool off in the refreshing waterfalls of Ein Gedi. Travel north to the Galilee region, where much of our modern ideas about Judaism took root. Learn about Arabic words that have become a part of modern Israeli slang. Share deep connections with our Christian and Muslim cousins.

Spend the second half of the week participating in an Ulpan, Intensive Hebrew Program. Improve your Hebrew language skills while participating in an intensive experience maximizing our Hebrew immersion. You will be learning, going out on excursions and mifgashim (meeting) other Israeli teenagers.

Week Three: שיר העמק Shir ha'emek - Song of the Valley

Wander the mystical city of Tzfat, high up in the mountains of Israel. Explore the ancient alleyways and centuries-old synagogues, as you discover the origins of Kabbalah and Tikkun Olam. Get closer to Israel’s natural beauty in the Arbel Nature Reserve. Build relationships with your Israeli peers and practice your accent while ordering lunch at the local falafel shop. Sit atop the Golan Heights while examining the important beginnings of the dream of a Jewish state in Eretz Israel. Return to Jerusalem and begin to connect our ancient past to our recent past and our recent past to today.

Week Four: לקח טוב Lekach Tov - Taking Israel Back Home

Hit up trendy Tel Aviv, the first Hebrew speaking city since the destruction of the Temple. Shop at the Nachlat Binyamin artists’ market and swim at the beautiful beaches. Go on a tour of the Yazamut Center, Israel’s exciting high-tech showcase for technological innovations. Discover the soul of modern Israel and explore the famous graffiti displays in the Florentine neighborhood of Tel Aviv. Visit with an Arab family in Ein Rafa and learn about the historical connections of Islam to the city of Jerusalem and the land of Israel. Wrap up your trip in Jerusalem, a last chance to deepen your bond to your busmates, to your experiences, and to your Israel.

We know that a summer adventure to Israel is expensive, and we want to help you find financial support so your teen can have this unbelievable experience. Most families are able to find funding through local sources. We recommend that you start by reaching out to your synagogue and clergy. Additionally, below we list information we have about funds available through Jewish Federations, Bureaus of Jewish Education, and other organizations. If you learn of additional funds through other organizations, please let us know so we can share with other families.

Jewish Federation Scholarship by State

Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago - The Jewish United Fund and the Naftali Steinfeld Memorial Scholarship fund offers need-based and merit-based scholarships for Israel travel for teens coming from the Chicago Metropolitan area.
Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor - High school students from the Greater Ann Arbor area provides up to $1,000 for travel to Israel on a summer program.
Minneapolis Jewish Federation - The Louis Herman Israel Experience Fund and the Israel Center Scholarship Fund both offer scholarship for teens ages 15-18 traveling on an Israel summer program.

Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul - St. Paul Israel Experience Scholarship offers scholarships for teens living in St. Paul who are participating on an approved Israel experience program.

Jewish Federation of St. Louis - Offers up to $750 for teens between 9th-12th grade who reside in St. Louis.
Jewish Federation of Lincoln - Provides funding for teens attending a program in Israel.

Jewish Federation of Omaha - There is a wide variety of financial-need base scholarship and grant funds available for teens traveling to Israel.

Jewish Federation of Madison - Stipends up to $1,500 are avialble for high school students from Dane County participating in an Israel program for three weeks or longer.

Other Financial Assistance Options

*Thanks to a new initiative called RootOne, which seeks to dramatically increase the number of teens visiting Israel next summer, a limited number of $3,000 RootOne Vouchers will be applied on a first come/first serve basis. RootOne is seeded through the generosity of The Marcus Foundation, and is powered by The Jewish Education Project. If a $3,000 RootOne Voucher is still available, it will be applied before charging your account. If it is not available, your teen will be added to a Voucher waitlist and we will notify you if there are any changes. 

**This is addition to the $1,000 subsidy for teens who were not able to be in Israel in 2020 due to the global pandemic thanks to the generosity of a donor in the URJ OSRUI community!

See For Yourself!

We will update this page with Summer 2021 information as soon as it is available.