Dates will be updated once we officially open registration
- Accommodations (hotel, kibbutz & desert tent)
- All meals
- All programming
- Private transportation
- Security escort & monitoring
- Medical insurance
- Laundry service
- Gratuity for program staff
Travel alongside Jewish teens from around the world on International Leadership Seminar Israel, BBYO’s premier Israel experience.
Together you’ll explore Jerusalem, scale the heights of Masada, and tap into the innovative spirit of Tel Aviv. More than just a tour, ILSI is an opportunity for education and growth using the Land of Israel as a classroom. The program empowers teens to develop their leadership, form their own personal connection to Israel, and return home ready to extend the ILSI experience into a life-long journey!
ILSI Merit Based Scholarship: Teens registered for International Leadership Seminar in Israel (ILSI) are eligible to apply for the ILSI Merit Scholarship. Scholarship will be awarded on a rolling basis; Senior class members are ineligible to apply. Please check back soon for 2022 details and application.
WHAT MAKES IT ILSI? It’s no coincidence ILSI has been the culmination of BBYO’s leadership experience for three generations. Here’s why!
Small-Group Learning | Although you’ll travel together as part of a larger community, ILSI is an intimate educational experience – with one senior educator attached to each cluster of ~20 teens. We divide further into smaller mishpacha (family) groups for processing and discussion.
Living Jewish Peoplehood | ILSI convenes Jewish teens from across North America and from around the world – including countries like Bulgaria, Turkey, Serbia, Latvia, Croatia, and Israel. This diversity is a unique opportunity to live the value of Kol Yisrael Arevim Ze La Ze (we’re all responsible for one another).
Jewish Leadership Modeling | ILSI highlights the stories of leaders who made key impacts on the course of Jewish history — figures like King David, Bar Kochba, Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi, Theodore Herzl, Hanna Senesh, David Ben Gurion, and Yitzhak Rabin. Their unique leadership approaches shed light on the past and inspire the future.
Connecting with Israeli Society | More than a tour, ILSI provides opportunities to connect with the people of Israel. You’ll meet with teens from Maccabi Tzair (BBYO’s sister movement in Israel), active-duty IDF soldiers, and a cross-section of ethnic and religious leaders. Israel is a vibrant country; you’ll get a taste of its rich diversity.
The Joy of a Summer in Israel | Raft down the Jordan River, sleep under the stars in the desert, hike down a lush canyon on the Golan, enjoy the Tel Aviv beachfront, explore colorful open-air markets, and swim in natural springs. You’ll return home with lifelong memories from a summer adventure in Israel.
Enrich your mind on topics ranging from Jewish philosophy to contemporary Zionist thought to geopolitical strategy
Put all your BBYO leadership skills to use in the Land of Israel, and grapple with the Jewish Homeland’s future
Travel with fellow Jewish teens from across the BBYO Global Network for a cross-cultural perspective
Spend a powerful Shabbat in the heart of Jerusalem and tap into the Jewish mystical tradition of Tzfat
Learn from a wide cross-section of dynamic thought leaders, artists, and religious figures
Walk in the footsteps of 4,000 years of Jewish history as we travel throughout Israel
Participate in meaningful community service projects and explore models for co-existence
Soak up the innovative spirit of Tel Aviv and enjoy its lively beach culture
Explore Jerusalem, float in the Dead Sea, climb the heights of Masada, survey the region from the Golan, discover the Negev Desert, and more
Experience the beauty and power of the Kotel and Jerusalem’s walled Old City