Israel Track for 8th, 9th & 10th Graders
New for Monday Night CHAI!
8th, 9th & 10th Israel Track
December 23, 2019 to January 2, 2020
Students will travel to Israel with their friends during winter break!
(Students must be enrolled in MNC, and attend "Israel Matters" class)
The Israel Track combines Israel education courses with Israel teen travel.
This track offers 8th, 9th and 10th grade students the chance to discover their relationship with Israel, examine the ways in which Israel matters to them, and to explore their personal, unique connection with the land, culture and people.
Traveling to Israel makes a difference in a young person’s life. Israeli-trip alumni report higher levels of Jewish commitment, Jewish belonging and ritual observance years later than do others with similar Jewish upbringings. Teens who experience Israel generate numerous conversations in the home, deepening the trip impact and extending it to parents, siblings and beyond. Social experiences at this critical and formative time in a teen’s life are intensified and made even more meaningful with Israel as the backdrop.
Having an existential conversation at an ancient Jewish site, volunteering at a Food Pantry in Jerusalem, crying together at the military cemetery at Mount Herzl, and engaging in conversation with Israeli teens are all memories that remain with teens throughout their lives. This seminal opportunity — presented in partnership with the Alexander Muss High School in Israel — provides relevant and meaningful ways for teens to learn, practice and experience Judaism, as well as an intentional way to connect with Israel and create lifelong friendships.
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11-day Israel trip scheduled for December 23, 2019 to January 2, 2020
(Enrollment must be completed by September 1, 2019! Limited availability)
Cost (includes land and airfare): $3,600 • $500 refundable deposit required
Special price for 1st 10 Enrollees by March 30, 2019 — $2,995
This program qualifies for the "Gift of Israel" Savings Program (based on eligibilty)
Need-based scholarships available
Questions? Contact Tamara Donnenfeld, Director of Lifelong Learning,
We asked parents if they thought this would be a worthwhile program.
Here are some of their responses:
I love the idea. It's a great way to make Israel “real.”
I spent 13 months doing volunteer work in Israel, and the experience was life changing.
I went to High School in Israel as a teenager so I know how valuable this trip would be.
Yes, it will impact my child greatly.