Q:What is the learning like on Israel ID?
Israel ID strives to make Judaism relevant, enjoyable and meaningful. To accomplish this, every morning, before embarking on an action-packed day we break into small chaburahs and learn with the advisors. Every week we change the chaburah groups to give everyone the opportunity to learn from a different advisor in a different topic or area in Judaism. Every night we learn informally with our designated advisor, called family groups. These groups are consistent throughout the entire summer and meet every night. Additionally, optional shiurim as well as chavrusa time with advisors are all available every night. Lastly, as you travel throughout Israel, you’ll learn the significance of every place.
Q:Where does Israel ID go?
Israel ID visits all the different places Israel has to offer. You’ll travel Israel from top to bottom: hiking in the Golan Heights to banana boating in Eilat. Other popular sites include Jerusalem, Tzfat, Masada, Ein Gedi and the Mediterranean Sea. Teens also enjoy rafting, zip-lining, rappelling, surfing and more!
Q:Who attends Israel ID?
Israel ID is a co-ed program with teens from across North America. Participants come from various modern-orthodox yeshiva day schools.
Q:How long is Israel ID?
Israel ID is a five-week Israel touring program.
Q:What is the dress code?
To ensure an environment for religious and spiritual growth and to prevent extreme sun exposure, the following dress code will be enforced throughout the summer.
Boys Dress code:
Heads must be covered and tzitzit must be worn at all times.
During davening and visits to sacred sites, long pants are required.
Tank tops and short shorts are not permitted.
Girls Dress Code:
Skirts are preferred and must approach the knee.
Leggings, jeggings, yoga and aladdin pants, tank tops, cap sleeves and shirts that expose the midriff are not permitted.
No shorts of any kind are permitted, EXCEPT on days in which we do adventure based activities (i.e. hiking) on which you can wear BASKETBALL shorts (approaching the knee) only.
Necklines of shirts should not be inappropriately revealing, see-through, or cut.
Tight clothing is not permitted.
No white or light colored t-shirts on water hikes.
Loose fitting pants, including jeans or sweatpants are permitted.
Q:Are there scholarships for Israel ID?
Financial aid is available from the National NCSY office. Scholarships are need-based and given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. To be considered for financial assistance, you must fill out the online application and submit your most recent tax return.
You can also apply for secondary scholarships by contacting your local synagogue, Jewish Federation and NCSY chapter. To see a complete listing of Federations, click here
Q:Can I make my own flight arrangements or extend my trip?
Yes. To extend a ticket, you will need to contact the Summer Programs team. They will give you the direct email address of our travel agent who will be able to make the accommodations. Program associates cannot arrange flights.
*Note: Any fees associated with the flight change are the responsibility of the program participant.
Q:Is there any time off?
There is one free weekend, which is typically the third weekend in Israel. You are allowed to go wherever you want to spend time with family and friends, as long as your parents (or legal guardian) gives us permission. If you don’t have family in Israel, don’t worry — we’ll take care of you!
Q:Where do we stay?
You will be staying at various hotels throughout the summer. All hotels come with bedding, towels, shampoo and body wash. Some hotels will have outdoor amenities such as beaches and sports facilities.