teen summer programs Ultimate Israel

Young Judaea’s Ultimate Israel is your unforgettable 2- or 4-week summer trip in Israel!

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  • time 10th - 12th grade
  • location Throughout Israel
  • duration Two or Four Weeks
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Go Even Further with Four Weeks in Israel!

See all the top sites and much more while you spend time in Israel’s most famous places as well as those off the beaten path, learning about their historical and modern significance and discovering amazing new places. You’ll also meet fascinating people and participate in Tikkun Olam, making a lasting impact on the land and people of Israel.

Take a look at this past summer’s itinerary! And read below for information on Special Interest Week and Maccabiah!

Special Interest Week

During Special Interest Week, you leave your original group and spend the week with others who have also chosen your interest week option.


Totaling 50 miles, the sea-to- sea hike is no stroll around the block. Learn the geography, history and topography of Israel’s northern landscape while hiking from the Mediterranean to the Sea of Galilee. After days of incredible hiking, spend nights cooking out and camping under the starry skies on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.


Congratulations—you’ve enlisted! A week of Gadna (army training) offers you a unique opportunity to experience the Israel Defence Forces while living on an army base. If you can make it through intensive basic training, a pulse-raising physical course and army drills, there’s nothing you can’t do.

Social Action

Volunteer and make a difference in an Israeli community that needs your help. Get a chance to work with both young and old, new immigrants, or animals. Spend a week immersing yourself in Israeli life and learn how to bring social action to your home community


Boker tov (good morning)! You’ll become a part of kibbutz life while visiting other kibbutzim. Wake up at sunrise to work in the fields, or cook for ten times the number of people who attended your family’s last Passover seder. Gain a genuine understanding of kibbutz life. In between “chores,” relax and enjoy this unique Israeli lifestyle.

Special Interest Week options are subject to change and placement in your first choice is not guaranteed.


Get ready for the greatest beach extravaganza! During Maccabiah you will compete and perform, cheer and sing, dance and show that team pride with all our groups and our sister movement FZY. Jam packed with events, this two day blast will see you bonding and sleeping out under the stars! Are you ready?

What is Maccabiah? Maccabiah is a spectacular, two-day festival on the beaches of the Sea of Galilee. During Maccabiah, all our groups, including those from the Federation of Zionist Youth, our sister movement in Great Britain, come together for games, competitions, performances and fireworks. It’s one giant beach party at the beginning of August! Paint your face, scream as loud as you can because it’s Maccabiah. You’ll battle more than 20 other groups in volleyball, soccer, tug-of- war, and other events while cheering on your teammates with all of your energy. When you’re not in competition, you’ll have a blast spending time with participants from every group at the disco, on the beach, and camping out under the stars!

Ready to Register for Ultimate Israel?

If you need additional information please contact us at summerprograms@youngjudaea.org or call us at 1-866-599-2534