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Our Response to COVID-19

When the COVID-19 pandemic began in early March, thousands of Young Judaea program participants were either in full swing or preparing for a busy summer in the US and Israel. We quickly pivoted our year-round programming to online, and adapted our Year Course and WUJS programming to comply with all government health directives in Israel.

Chaverim Online

Our virtual community has brought Judaeans together at a time when we need it most. Families, teens, and alumni have led or joined dozens of virtuals experiences: social action, camp rikud, Shabbat and Havdallah services, Torah study sessions, live concerts, Israel updates, and so much more.

Summer Camps

Our camp directors continue to work with public health officials to decide if, how, and when camp can take place. Under the Chaverim Online platform, camps have been offering fun and engaging programming for families to bring camp into their homes.

Israel Programs

In early March, we agreed to honor our commitment to participants and worked around the clock adapting the program to continue to provide a safe, meaningful, and enjoyable experience. For Year Coursers, the feeling that Israel is their home, and that Year Course is their family, has never felt truer. Read more about our current Year Course group in Israel. 

Year Course 2020-21 is on track to be our biggest group in recent memory. Our veteran staff is working full steam on opening in September, and the coming year has some exciting things in store: a renewed partnership with the Machon program for the Jerusalem semester, new global trips and specialty tracks, an upgraded Adventure Month, and more. Read more about the Year Course respond to COVID-19. 

Who Are We?

Young Judaea is America’s oldest Zionist youth movement, turning spirited Jewish youth of diverse backgrounds and orientations into engaged leaders and inspired activists with a life-long commitment to Israel, Jewish life and tikkun olam (repairing the world).