The People, the Nation, the State, and what it can be
Israel is the homeland of the Jewish People: historical and modern, innovative, diverse, vibrant, and complex. The Explore Israel initiative is intended to help you begin to understand your relationship with the State of Israel through programming, training, debate, immersive travel, face-to-face encounters with teens and adults representing all viewpoints and thoughtful dialogue. Alephs and BBGs have a wide array of Israel experiences, opinions and questions. We may not always agree on everything, but we're working to build a safe space that encourages curiosity, challenging each other, and personal growth. Your relationship with Israel will be lifelong. Start exploring today!
AZA and BBG's history is closely tied to that of the State of Israel. AZA and BBG leaders signed a declaration recognizing the State of Israel before independence in 1948 and have been experiencing Israel through teen travel since 1956. As the leaders of the global Jewish community, it is our responsibility to learn about, appreciate, advocate for, challenge, and shape the future of Israel. Explore Israel has two primary objectives:
Utilize programming, travel experiences, meaningful face-to-face engagements, and other platforms to explore all facets of Israel—historical, cultural, spiritual, societal, political, and more.
Empower leaders, dialogue with local, national, and international government representatives, plan rallies, write petitions, create information campaigns and utilize media outlets to educate our communities and advocate for Israel—as well as use these tools to further strengthen Israel's democratic character and values.
Alephs and BBGs are sharing unique and dynamic Israel-focused programs all across the Order. Be wow'ed and find inspiration for how you can bring the Explore Israel initiative to your community.
Six influential leaders joined more than 250 Alephs and BBGs for two intensive days of learning and dialogue about Israel. The speakers all represented different backgrounds and each had unique perspectives on the issues.
Laura Ben David, Author and Director of Marketing for Shavei Israel
Mohammed Dajani Daoudi, Co-Founder, Wasatia Movement (Palestinian Centrist Movement)
Izzy Ezagui, IDF Veteran, Author and Motivational Speaker
Rabbi Arnie Eisen, Chancellor, Jewish Theological Seminary
Rabbi Susan Silverman, Founder, Anne Frank Home Sanctuary Movement
Dr. Einat Wilf, Diplomat and Thought Leader
International Leadership Seminar in Israel (ILSI)
Annually on ILSI, participants have an array of unique experiences that give them opportunities to authentically connect with the State of Israel. From meeting Israeli citizens of all backgrounds to participating in dialogues with Israeli and Palestinian teens, Alephs and BBGs on ILSI get to experience Israel first-hand.
An exchange with BBYO's sister movement in Israel, Maccabi Tzair
Programming with Kids4Peace, an interfaith youth movement bringing together Jews, Muslims, Christians, Palestinians, and Druze
Becoming Dream Doctors for a day, learning about the profession of medical clowning and visiting local hospitals
Pacific Western Region
The Israel Festival is a celebration of Israeli music, culture, and food. It is the largest Jewish gathering in the city of Los Angeles and attracts over 25,000 people. Alephs and BBGs hosted a teen hangout tent at the festival with activities, giveaways, and more.
Explore a wide range of trips to Israel over the summer through BBYO Passport.
There are important dates to keep in mind when prioritizing Explore Israel. These dates include hands-on training opportunities, Movement mobilization moments, registration dates, and relevant programs that tie to Israel. Check back for calls with and activities from the Israel Task Force (ITF) and more.
Fall Semester 2018
Experience Judaism like you've never seen it before.
Learn about politics and current issues facing Israel.
Jewish enrichment is a component of all summer experiences.
Celebrate the magic of Shabbat alongside hundreds of communities worldwide.
Spring Semester 2019
Experience Judaism like you've never seen it before.
Hear from top leaders about the issues facing Israel today.
April 29-May 13
A journey through Poland and Israel exploring our dark past and celebrating Jewish vitality.
Holocaust Memorial Day
Israeli Memorial Day
Israeli Independence Day
Travel on an elite 3-week leadership journey designed for Alephs and BBGs who are passionate to learn more about Israel →
Dive deep into the Israel conversation by running this Speak UP Chapter Initiative focused on what Israel will look like in her 100th year →
AIPAC is one of the nation’s most influential lobbies. BBYO is excited to be sending strong leaders that are politically minded, pro-Israel teens to this year’s AIPAC Policy Conference →
Want to keep learning? Find more Explore Israel tools below!
What will the State of Israel look like in 2048? Imagine it’s 100 years after the establishment of Israel, and you’re creating a poster to celebrate. Dive into topics of inclusion, religion, pluralism, and acceptance as you look at winning entries from Israel’s poster competition and have the opportunity to create your own.Explore
This prayer is recited when we travel, by air, sea, and even on long car trips. Print and cut out these cards to give to your board, your chapter, or any of your brothers and sisters. It's always a beautiful gift.Explore
For participating in our Explore Israel initiative—we want to celebrate you. By starting conversations about Israel and facilitating Israel programming in your community, you may be eligible for a number of highly esteemed AZA and BBG International Awards including the Arevut Speak UP, Henry Monsky Chapter Excellence, Miriam Albert Chapter Excellence, and Maurice Bisgyer Chapter Excellence Awards. If you know an Aleph or BBG who deserves to be recognized for their work strengthening our priorities, consider nominating them for the Menorah Pledge and Cardinal Principles Awards.
Learn more about your eligibility by exploring these awards below: