Connecting Young Jews to Israel

We help young Jews launch meaningful journeys of discovery in Israel.

Whether they’re climbing Masada at dawn, interning at a Tel Aviv start-up or discussing Judaism with their Israeli peers, they’re developing new skills, exploring their Jewish identities and forming personal bonds with Israel that will change their lives forever.

And back home, these transformed young leaders are strengthening and enriching our Jewish communities, and deepening the ties between Israelis and North American Jews.

For decades, Jewish Federations have managed or funded an array of leadership and service programs that have brought hundreds of thousands of young Jews to Israel. It’s an integral part of our mission—and we’re proud to have made that connection for so many on the programs featured below.

Taglit-Birthright Israel offers a once-in-a-lifetime gift of a free 10-day educational trip to Israel for Jews ages 18-26. Participants discover Israel and its people and develop personal connections to Jewish values, tradition and community. Since 1999, more than 470,000 Jewish young adults from 66 countries have joined Birthright trips that range from general interest to adventure to special needs. 

Onward Israel connects young Jews ages 18-30 with transformative six- to ten-week resume-building study or work experiences in Israel. This immersive program is designed to deepen engagement with Israel among those who have already completed one short-term Israel peer program.

Masa Israel Journey enables young Jews ages 18-30 from around the globe to spend 5-12 months making a difference in Israel. Each year, more than 10,000 participants immerse themselves in Israel in more than 200 study, volunteer and work programs.

The Lapid coalition offers summer and school-year programs in Israel for Jewish high school students. Over the past 35 years, Lapid has brought more than 500,000 Jewish teens to Israel. 

Passport to Israel: Passport to Israel is an incentive savings program that helps families fund educational Israel experiences for their teens. Ask your Federation if it offers this program in your community.

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