Designed for BBYO members from across the globe looking for an enriching summer of growth, this elite leadership seminar is a chance for learning and development using Israel as a backdrop.
Jun 27 - Jul 18, 2023 Available
LAND COST (REGULAR PRICE): $6,020
Price after November 17, 2022
- 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 in Israel (ILSI), our premier three-week Israel experience for BBYO members.
In addition to seeing everything Israel has to offer, teens will take a deeper dive into the country’s culture and diversity on ILSI. This program welcomes Jewish teens from around the globe and allows them to have high-level discussions about Israel’s complex existence as a democracy in the Middle East. Teens will visit centuries-old cities like Nazareth, rappel off the walls of Ramon Crater, and get an eye-opening look at what Israeli life is like during this life-changing program.
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.
WHAT MAKES IT ILSI? It’s no coincidence ILSI has been the culmination of BBYO’s leadership experience for 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 during programs.
Living Jewish Peoplehood | ILSI convenes Jewish teens from across North America and around the world. Meet other teens from 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, Theodor 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 | ILSI provides you 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 Tsfat
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