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, entrepreneurial, 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.
Before we run programs, educate, advocate, or challenge Israel, it's our job to do our homework so that we are as educated as possible. There are hundreds of news sources where you can stay up to date with what's happening in Israel. Israel news is often world news. The events that happen in Israel affect all of us.
Check out the links below to explore different sources of news about Israel—we even encourage you to subscribe to a few of their newsletters. Each site has a different approach and a different political orientation. A wide range of opinions and perspectives will help deepen your understanding about all things Israel.
There's nothing like being in Israel. The beautiful landscapes, the rich history and culture, the people, the delicious Israeli food, and more always make each visit unique, powerful, and enriching. Traveling to Israel is one of the best ways to deepen your understanding of the political landscape and connect with the culture in ways you will never be able to online or through events. BBYO has a number of trips you can take advantage of this summer through BBYO Passport. Explore different journeys focused on adventure, leadership, history, and more below.Explore Trips
To get involved or learn more about Israel, you don't need to travel far.
BBYO works with a number of Israel-focused organizations to provide special engagement opportunities for Alephs and B'nai B'rith Girls.
Opportunities to attend conferences or serve in special Israel leadership roles through our partners will be posted in the Lead Hub.
American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC): AIPAC is one of the United States' most influential lobbies. BBYO is proud to be one of AIPAC’s youth partners. Annually, look out for opportunities to attend AIPAC events like Schusterman Advocacy Institute High School Summit, Saban Conference, and AIPAC Policy Conference.
The Maccabi Gap Year is a 5 to 10 month program for post-high school students interested in having a unique Israel experience, coordinated and planned by Maccabi World Union. In this program, each participant has the ability to design their own experience with activities ranging from sports, outdoor adventure, community service, Hebrew immersive learning, life on a Kibbutz, a Holocaust educational experience in Poland, domestic Israel trips, Israel Defense Force connections, and more. Now, Alephs and B'nai B'rith Girls have the opportunity to be a part of this incredible Gap Year experience. Learn more about the program or sign up in the link below. If you have questions, reach out to BBYO's Central Sh'licha, Nitzan Ben Shaya.Learn MoreRegister
Whether you're planning a trip to or program about Israel, we've got you covered. On the interactive map below, you can explore and learn about Israel's historical sites, major cities, favorite activities, best hikes, beaches, places to eat, and more. This map will be updated regularly so you know all of the best things to do all the time.
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.
Israel is going into an election this Spring. Any citizen older than 18 can vote.
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
For the first time in 20 years, Israel will host the biggest singing competition in the world.
Jerusalem Day commemorates the reunification of Jerusalem after the June 1967 Six-Day War. The day is marked by state ceremonies and memorial services.
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: