A full summer of dazzling sites is yours for the taking. Teens will spend the first half of this trip touring through Western Europe and understanding how Judaism has grown and evolved in England, France, Belgium, and Holland. Then, we’ll connect to Israel and go on an exhilarating experience that will show you all the Jewish homeland has to offer and perfectly complements your time in Europe.
Jun 28 - Aug 1, 2023 Available
Start your journey by experiencing the highlights, heritage, and treasures of Western Europe and see for yourself why these cities have sparked generations of inspiration. Then, continue on to discover Israel’s many treasures on a transformative journey with a focus on historical exploration, exhilarating adventures in nature, and cultural connections. This experience gives you the unique opportunity to connect both our Western Europe Discovery and Israel Journey programs.
Kick things off with a jam-packed tour of England, France, Belgium, and Holland. This is also an opportunity to explore the culture of Western Europe close-up—its art, architecture, language, theater, culinary treats, and contemporary social trends. Along the way, you’ll discover how the world-changing ideas that originated in these European nations continue to shape our own lives.
As a Jewish teen experience, this program is about understanding the history of Western Europe’s Jewish community—its origins, triumphs, and sorrows. You’ll visit centuries-old synagogues, spend authentic Shabbatot in London and Amsterdam, and confront the legacy of the Holocaust at places like the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup Memorial in Paris.
After that, we’ll travel to Israel where we’ll explore from the far north in the Galilee to the deep south at the Red Sea as we visit ancient Jerusalem, modern Tel Aviv, the lush Golan Heights, the vast Negev Desert, the unsinkable Dead Sea, and the stark mountaintop fortress of Masada. Along the way, you’ll take part in an authentic archaeological dig, sample the world’s very best falafel, spend a night sleeping under the desert stars, and experience the innovative energy of Tel Aviv first-hand. More than a tour, this is an opportunity to understand Israel’s dynamic society first-hand while finding your own connection to this storied land. Explore what it means to be Jewish from an Israeli point of view, understand the complex politics of the Middle East with real-world insights, and practice Jewish values through hands-on volunteering and Shabbat experiences.
Experience the ancient mystery of Stonehenge
Visit Big Ben up close and watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace in London
Spend an authentic Shabbat with the Jewish communities of London and Amsterdam
View the Mona Lisa painting and much more at the Louvre
Float in the Dead Sea and scale the heights of Masada to watch the sunrise
Navigate the wilderness on a camel trek and enjoy a delicious desert feast in Bedouin tents
Raft down the Jordan River and swim under the Ein Gedi desert waterfalls
Soak up the innovative spirit of Tel Aviv and enjoy its lively beach culture