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Welcome to BBYO Passport—the leader in travel for Jewish teens and their families. Journey with us to Israel or explore a world of meaningful travel opportunities on five continents. All of our …

Welcome to BBYO Passport—the leader in travel for Jewish teens and their families. Journey with us to Israel or explore a world of meaningful travel opportunities on five continents. All of our programs embrace pluralistic Jewish values and are designed to provide opportunities for inspiration, connection, and community. Prior involvement with BBYO not necessary.

Summer programs for high school and middle school teens are our flagship experiences. Since 1956, BBYO has provided eye-opening journeys to Israel, and now to 16 different countries! Although every program is different, they all share the same core elements—active touring, cross-cultural interactions and new friendships with fellow Jewish teens of all backgrounds from around the world.

The March of the Living is a two-week international experience where teens from around the world come together to bear witness to the destruction of the Holocaust in Poland and then travel to Israel to rejoice in the Jewish Homeland. The program commemorates Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) by marching from Auschwitz to Birkenau and celebrates Yom Ha'Atzma'ut (Israeli Independence Day) in the streets of Jerusalem.

Beyond is BBYO’s Israel-based gap year experience for Jewish students following their high school graduation. Participants can choose between a 5-month or 9-month experience. The program weaves together academic study, leadership development, community service, educational travel, and Jewish life experiences in Israel. The program is designed for aspiring students seeking a unique launching point into adulthood.

The BBYO Passport experience is open to adults and families, too! Join an 8-15 day multi-generational trip to Israel or Europe. Let us take care of all the planning so that you can focus on the experience. Be a part of a close-knit touring community and create your next travel memories with us.

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  • 1. Start Your Journey 2014 EXPERIENCES GUIDE S U M M E R TE E N TR AVE L MARCH OF THE LIVING BEYOND — GAP YE AR A D U L T & F A M I LY T R A V E L Masada, Israel 1
  • 2. Welcome to BBYO Passport—the leader in travel for Jewish teens and their families. Journey with us to Israel or explore a world of meaningful travel opportunities on five continents. All of our programs embrace pluralistic Jewish values and are designed to provide opportunities for inspiration, connection, and community. Why Travel Jewishly? Exploring new places is inherently enriching; doing so with a diverse group of Jewish peers can be uniquely powerful. No matter your Jewish background or level of observance, we strive to create a sense of community on the road where everyone feels welcome. Connecting through our shared identity and learning about our colorful history in every corner of the globe will ensure that you not only have a great summer, but a meaningful one, too. Prior involvement with BBYO not necessary. 2 14 16 18 Summer Teen Travel March of the Living Beyond—Gap Year Adult & Family Travel Summer programs for high school and middle school teens are our flagship experiences. Since 1956, BBYO has provided eye-opening journeys to Israel, and now to 16 different countries! Although every program is different, they all share the same core elements—active touring, cross-cultural interactions and new friendships with fellow Jewish teens of all backgrounds from around the world. The March of the Living is a two-week international experience where teens from around the world come together to bear witness to the destruction of the Holocaust in Poland and then travel to Israel to rejoice in the Jewish Homeland. The program commemorates Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) by marching from Auschwitz to Birkenau and celebrates Yom Ha'Atzma'ut (Israeli Independence Day) in the streets of Jerusalem. Beyond is BBYO’s Israel-based gap year experience for Jewish students following their high school graduation. Participants can choose between a 5-month or 9-month experience. The program weaves together academic study, leadership development, community service, educational travel, and Jewish life experiences in Israel. The program is designed for aspiring students seeking a unique launching point into adulthood. The BBYO Passport experience is open to adults and families, too! Join an 8-15 day multi-generational trip to Israel or Europe. Let us take care of all the planning so that you can focus on the experience. Be a part of a close-knit touring community and create your next travel memories with us.
  • 3. Summer Teen Travel BBYOPASSPORT.ORG Chart Your Own Course Passport makes it easy to experience the world the way you want. Trips depart every Tuesday from mid-June to late July. Travel experiences range from ten days to six weeks. Many of our programs are modular — which means that two individual programs can be linked together for maximum summer globetrotting travel. Worldwide Experiences Israel programs are at the heart of BBYO Passport. Since 1956, BBYO has been sharing the magic of a summer in Israel with Jewish teens. Teens who travel to Israel during their high school years develop a profound understanding of Jewish history; can better appreciate the miracle of modern Israel, and benefit from a stronger sense of their own Jewish identity—without any specific denominational or ideological approach. Explore the cultural treasures of Western Europe, retrace the story of Jewish life in Poland, join a service experience in Bulgaria, explore the natural beauty of Costa Rica and South Africa, or stay closer to home on an adventure in the American West. International teen travel presents a unique opportunity to reach out and touch our world, while gaining a new perspective on life at home. Parents and Teens Agree Parents know that BBYO Passport experiences will be enriching and meaningful. Teens know that they have signed on for the adventure of a lifetime. It’s truly the best of both worlds. Membership Not Required Passport programs are open to all Jewish teens— regardless of prior BBYO involvement. In fact, typical trips are evenly comprised of members and non-members. Specialized Staff Teams Passport programs are staffed by a select group of licensed guides, community professionals, informal educators and emerging leaders. Many of our staff return each summer and bring a passion for leadership, mentoring, and creating inspirational travel experiences. Adult & Family Travel 2 All Jewish Teens Passport programs embrace pluralistic Jewish values and are appropriate for Jewish teens of all backgrounds. No matter your Jewish background or level of observance, we strive for everyone to feel welcome. Israel Experiences Beyond—Gap Year Worldwide Destinations Passport programs travel to Israel and destinations as diverse as Italy, Costa Rica, South Africa, France, Spain, England, Poland, Bulgaria, the Western USA, Holland, Belgium, Hungary, Gibraltar, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic. March of the Living BBYO Passport is the most popular provider of Jewish teen travel experiences. Here’s why… Summer Teen Travel Your Ticket to the World This Summer Join us for a summer of new experiences and new friendships. BBYO Passport organizes the most popular summer travel programs for Jewish high school and middle school teens. Our trips are open to anyone with a spirit for adventure and a desire to experience the full color of the world. All Jewish teens can participate— prior BBYO involvement is not required. La Fortuna, Costa Rica 3
  • 4. Summer Teen Travel Israel “I wasn’t sure what to expect, but everything we did in Israel was exciting and fun – and eye opening. I really had no idea how beautiful Israel was going to be until I went on this trip.” Lauren S. / Malvern, PA Israel Journey Negev Desert, Israel 21 Days March of the Living ISRAEL JOURNEY* Departing every Tuesday from June 17 to July 15 BBYO Passport’s most popular Israel experience. Journey from the Galilee in the north to the tropical Red Sea in the south. Experience a Shabbat in Jerusalem, watch the sunrise from on top of Masada, and tap into the innovative spirit of Tel Aviv. Israel Journey is a well-balanced opportunity to explore the history, natural beauty, and modern culture of the Jewish Homeland. $5,150 ISRAEL JOURNEY PLUS 28 Days June 24 – July 21 / July 1 – 28 / July 8 – August 4 Beyond—Gap Year Extend Israel Journey with an elective and enrichment week. During the first part of the week, participants choose from either a “Sea-to-Sea Hike” or a “Culture & Innovation Tour.” The second part of the week is dedicated to living in and supporting a local community through a series of service projects and cross-cultural exchanges. $5,950 TREK ISRAEL* BBYO B’Yachad 2014 Celebration July 1 – July 21 All of the core elements of the Israel Journey program combined with a special focus on connecting to the beauty of the Land of Israel through a series of active outdoor experiences—including a “Sea-to-Sea Hike” and a desert orienteering challenge in the heart of the Negev Desert. $5,150 INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP SEMINAR ISRAEL (ILSI)* 21 Days July 1 – July 21 ILSI is an elite leadership program designed for BBYO members and welcomes Jewish teens from around the world. The experience combines educational touring, leadership training, interactive seminars and meaningful community service. Gain a fuller understanding of Jewish history, an appreciation for the complexity of modern Israel, and an enduring connection to the Jewish People and Jewish State. $5,550 Adult & Family Travel This coming July 2014, BBYO Passport will convene hundreds of teens on nearly all of our Israel trips for a massive celebration. The name of the event, BBYO B’Yachad, is Hebrew for the word “togetherness.” True to its name, the 2013 event drew together an international community of Jewish teens from South Africa, Australia, Turkey, Bulgaria, France, Israel, and from 41 states and provinces in the USA and Canada. Join us for the party of the summer in 2014! 21 Days * KEEP THE MEMORIES GOING! THIS TRIP CAN BE COMBINED WITH A 7-DAY ISRAEL EXTENSION PROGRAM MANY PROGRAMS CAN BE CONNECTED TOGETHER. FOR MORE DETAILS, SEE PAGE 11. 4 BBYOPASSPORT.ORG 5
  • 5. Europe Summer Teen Travel Europe +Israel “To walk through and touch actual history in Europe is the most amazing thing. You can read about it in books, but it is not till you come here that you really get it.” Aaron L. / Plainview, NY Israel Journey-Central 14 Days March of the Living WESTERN EUROPE DISCOVERY June 24 – July 7 / July 1 – 14 / July 22 – August 4 Travel to the grand capitals of Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and London. Visit the Anne Frank Home, the Eiffel Tower, the Mona Lisa, Normandy, and Big Ben. Experience the highlights, heritage, and treasures of Western Europe. $4,950 Eiffel Tower, France ITALY DISCOVERY 14 Days June 24 – July 7 / July 8 – 21 SPAIN DISCOVERY ISRAEL JOURNEY – CENTRAL* 30 Days June 29 – July 28 Travel to Prague and Budapest to explore the cultural riches and achievements of the Jewish People in Europe. Continue on to Poland and bear witness to the destruction of the Holocaust at Auschwitz-Birkenau, Krakow, and Warsaw. From Europe, journey to Israel for a three-week Israel Journey experience and celebrate the renewal of the Jewish People in the Land of Israel. $7,540 28 Days July 1 – July 28 Enjoy a weeklong tour of Spain’s Andalusia region, followed by the core three-week Israel Journey experience. Retrace Jewish history during the Golden Age of Spain, climb the Rock of Gibraltar, and soak up the sun on Spain’s famous Costa Del Sol. Then travel on to Israel for a once-in-a-lifetime journey from north to south and from sea to sea. $7,350 * KEEP THE MEMORIES GOING! THIS TRIP CAN BE COMBINED WITH A 7-DAY ISRAEL EXTENSION PROGRAM 6 BBYOPASSPORT.ORG June 24 – July 7 Explore the cities of Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Toledo, Cordoba and Granada. View the art of Picasso, climb the Rock of Gibraltar, tour the Alhambra Palace, and spend a Shabbat on the island of Majorca surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea. Learn about the richness of Jewish life in Spain, old and new. $4,950 EURO-CONTINENTAL DISCOVERY 28 Days July 1 – July 28 Travel from Rome to Amsterdam on a grand European tour. Explore Italy, Slovenia, France, England, Belgium, and Holland—combining all of the highlights of Italy Discovery and Western Europe Discover. Get the full flavor of Europe on this four-week transcontinental program. $7,800 AMBASSADORS TO BULGARIA 10 Days Adult & Family Travel ISRAEL JOURNEY – SPAIN* 14 Days Beyond—Gap Year Travel along the Mediterranean Coast and explore the treasures of Italy in Milan, Rome, Venice, Florence and Verona. Hike in the Italian Alps, go rafting in the backcountry of Slovenia, and explore the majesty of the Coliseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Vatican. $5,250 June 23 – July 2 Be a part of a close-knit group of teens instilling hope in a Jewish community with a remarkable past. Take part in community service projects, build lasting friendships with local Jewish teens from Eastern Europe, and tour a hidden gem of Europe. $3,700 MANY PROGRAMS CAN BE CONNECTED TOGETHER. FOR MORE DETAILS, SEE PAGE 11. 7
  • 6. Summer Teen Travel Africa The Americas March of the Living “It was a life changing experience that taught me so much about myself.” Gabby L. / West Bloomfield, MI South Africa Journey “I was surprised throughout the trip by how much of an adventure it was — and the lifelong friendships that I made along the way. Cape of Good Hope, South Africa ECO-COSTA RICA 14 Days Beyond—Gap Year Elana G. / Mountain View, CA Eco-Quest Costa Rica June 24 – July 7 / July 8 – 21 / July 22 – August 4 Journey into the jungles of Costa Rica. This active travel experience features zip-lining above cloud forests, hiking on active volcanoes, and kayaking on the tropical beaches of the Pacific Ocean. Learn about Costa Rica’s unique approach to ecological sustainability, give back on community service projects, and spend a Shabbat with the Jewish community of San Jose. $3,475 TREK WEST USA 21 Days July 1 – July 21 Travel into the southern hemisphere on an epic safari adventure. South Africa Journey is a 3-week experience combining safari, service, and programming with Jewish teens from Cape Town. Learn about the achievements of the anti-apartheid movements, make a difference volunteering at a local school, and come face-to-face with the “Big Five” and exotic wildlife of all kinds. $7,350 8 BBYOPASSPORT.ORG June 24 – July 14 / July 1 – July 21 Explore the American West on a grand adventure and tour. Travel throughout California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. Explore the national park marvels of Yosemite, Zion, Bryce, and the Grand Canyon. Volunteer at a world-renowned shelter for abused dogs; experience the very best of Los Angeles and San Francisco; and come away with a much deeper appreciation for the richness of America. $5,150 Adult & Family Travel SOUTH AFRICA JOURNEY 21 Days MANY PROGRAMS CAN BE CONNECTED TOGETHER. FOR MORE DETAILS, SEE PAGE 11. THERE ARE ADDITIONAL TRAVEL OPTIONS FOR 7TH AND 8TH GRADERS. SEE PAGE 10. 9
  • 7. Grade Summer Teen Travel th & 8th 7 Connections & Extensions Israel Extension Most Israel trips can be combined with a weeklong elective experience. During the first half of the week, teens can choose from a “Sea-to-Sea Hike” from the Mediterranean Sea to the Sea of Galilee or a “Culture & Innovation Tour” based in the Tel Aviv area. The second half of the week is a community service experience. The 7-day Israel Extension is a great complement to the traditional touring and is designed to shed light on unique aspects of Israeli society. Connected Experiences Program Ages Length Dates Cost March of the Living — National 9 – 12 Grade 15 Days Apr 24 – May 8 $5,350 Israel Journey — Central* 9 – 12 Grade 30 Days Jun 29 – Jul 28 $7,540 Israel Journey — Spain* 9 – 12 Grade 28 Days Jul 1 – Jul 28 $7,350 Spain Discovery + Israel Journey* 9 – 12 Grade 35 Days Jun 24 – Jul 28 $8,650 Western Discovery + Israel Journey* 9 – 12 Grade 35 Days Jun 24 – Jul 28 March of the Living Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah BBYO Passport makes it easy to customize your travel experience by selecting two core programs for a more complete summer of eye-opening travel. Connected experiences provide a wonderful opportunity to see more of the world and meet a wider circle of friends. Trip connections have full staff supervision and typically include a rest day in between experiences. $8,750 Israel + Europe Trips Do Something Unique and Extraordinary This Summer Italy Discovery + Israel Journey* 9 – 12 Grade 35 Days Jun 24 – Jul 28 $8,550 Ambassadors to Bulgaria + Israel Journey 3 9 – 12 Grade 29 Days Jun 23 – Jul 21 $7,100 Ambassadors to Bulgaria + Trek Israel 9 – 12 Grade 29 Days Jun 23 – Jul 21 $7,100 Ambassadors to Bulgaria + ILSI 9 – 12 Grade 29 Days Jun 23 – Jul 21 $7,500 9 – 12 Grade 42 Days Jun 24 – Aug 4 $9,650 Eco-Costa Rica 1 + Israel Journey 4* 9 – 12 Grade 35 Days Jun 24 – Jul 28 $7,950 Eco-Costa Rica 1 + Israel Journey Plus 4* 9 – 12 Grade 42 Days Jun 24 – Aug 4 $8,865 Trek Israel + Eco-Costa Rica 3 9 – 12 Grade 35 Days Jul 1 – Aug 4 $7,950 ILSI + Eco-Costa Rica 3 9 – 12 Grade 35 Days Jul 1 – Aug 4 $8,350 9 – 12 Grade 28 Days #1: Jun 24 – Jul 21 $7,950 Beyond—Gap Year Join a BBYO Connect experience and travel with a group of current 7th and 8th graders in the American West. Each trip combines elements of outdoor adventure, active touring, service projects, and Jewish experiences on the road. Choose from a 2-week journey in either the Pacific Northwest or in the Southwest/California. Looking for more? Link the two programs together for a 4-week road trip to remember from Seattle to Phoenix. See a brand new side of America that you have only dreamed about, and challenge yourself along the way. Israel + USA Trips Trek West USA 1 + Israel Journey 5 NORTHWEST CONNECT 15 Days July 1 – July 15 Travel from Seattle to San Francisco—exploring the rugged Pacific beaches and trendy cities of Washington, Oregon, and northern California. Walk in the shadow of the redwood trees, go rafting on the Columbia River Gorge, and visit the campus of Microsoft and Amazon. Along the way, explore the national park marvels of Olympic, Mt. Rainier, and Crater Lake. $4,250 SOUTHWEST CONNECT 15 Days July 15 – July 30 Israel + Costa Rica Trips Costa Rica + Europe Trips Eco-Costa Rica + Western Discovery PACIFIC CONNECT 28 Days July 1 – July 30 Combine Northwest and Southwest Connect for an extraordinary four-week summer adventure. Travel from Seattle to Phoenix, going on breathtaking hikes, exploring new cities, giving back on local service projects, and bonding with new friends on the ultimate road trip. $7,800 10 BBYOPASSPORT.ORG #2: Jul 8 – Aug 4 Spain Discovery + Eco-Costa Rica 2 9 – 12 Grade 28 Days Jun 24 – Jul 21 $7,875 Italy Discovery + Eco-Costa Rica 9 – 12 Grade 28 Days #1: Jun 24 – Jul 21 $8,225 Adult & Family Travel Travel from San Francisco to Phoenix—exploring the cities and natural wonders of California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, stay at a dude-ranch, and kayak on Lake Tahoe. Along the way, we explore the national park marvels of Yosemite, Zion, Bryce, and the Grand Canyon. $4,250 #2: Jul 8 – Aug 4 Costa Rica + USA Trips Trek West USA 2 + Eco-Costa Rica 3 9 – 12 Grade 35 Days Jul 1 – Aug 4 $7,950 9 – 12 Grade 35 Days Jul 1 – Aug 4 $9,650 USA + Europe Trips Trek West USA 2 + Western Discovery 3 11
  • 8. WEEK 1 JUNE 17–23 WEEK 2 JUNE 24–30 WEEK 3 JULY 1–7 WEEK 4 JULY 8–14 WEEK 5 JULY 15–21 WEEK 6 JULY 22–28 WEEK 7 JULY 29–AUGUST 4 HIGH SCHOOL TEEN TRAVEL ECO-COSTA RICA #2 ISRAEL JOURNEY #1 AMBASSADORS TO BULGARIA ILSI or ISRAEL JOURNEY #3 or TREK ISRAEL WESTERN EUROPE DISCOVERY #1 ISRAEL JOURNEY #4 or ECO-COSTA RICA #2 SPAIN DISCOVERY ISRAEL EXTENSION ECO-COSTA RICA #1 ITALY DISCOVERY #2 (14 DAYS) or ISRAEL JOURNEY #4 (21 DAYS) or ISRAEL JOURNEY PLUS #4 ISRAEL JOURNEY #2 How to Participate What’s Included Summer teen travel experiences include all meals, accommodations, touring activities, and medical insurance covering non pre-existing conditions. All programs in Israel, Europe and Africa include a round trip flight from New York City as part of the core tuition. BBYO Passport trips are staffed by a combination of licensed professionals and young adult leaders. Our teen-to-staff ratio is typically nine-to-one. Most groups range in size from 25 to 40 teens, and participants are assigned to age appropriate groups wherever possible. March of the Living ITALY DISCOVERY #1 Summer Teen Travel Summer 2014 Program Calendar How to Register Sign-up online at www.bbyopassport.org/register. ISRAEL JOURNEY PLUS #2 TREK WEST USA #1 ISRAEL JOURNEY #5 ISRAEL JOURNEY CENTRAL ISRAEL EXTENSION ISRAEL JOURNEY SPAIN TREK ISRAEL AMBASSADORS TO BULGARIA ISRAEL TEEN EXTENSION (7 DAYS) or ECO-QUEST COSTA RICA #3 ILSI ISRAEL JOURNEY #3 ISRAEL JOURNEY PLUS #3 EURO-CONTINENTAL DISCOVERY #1 TREK WEST USA #2 WESTERN DISCOVERY #3 or ECO-COSTA RICA #3 SPAIN DISCOVERY ITALY DISCOVERY #2 ECO-COSTA RICA #1 or SPAIN, ITALY, or WESTERN DISCOVERY #1 SPAIN, ITALY, or WESTERN DISCOVERY #1 WESTERN DISCOVERY #3 or ECO-COSTA RICA #3 ISRAEL JOURNEY #4 ISRAEL JOURNEY PLUS #4 ECO-QUEST COSTA RICA #2 TREK WEST USA #1 (21 DAYS) WESTERN DISCOVERY #3 ISRAEL JOURNEY #5 TREK WEST USA #2 (21 DAYS) or ECO-COSTA RICA #2 (14 DAYS) WESTERN DISCOVERY #3 TREK WEST USA #2 (21 DAYS) or ISRAEL TRIPS ENDING JULY 21 ECO-QUEST COSTA RICA #3 7 TH & 8 TH GRADE TRAVEL CONNECT PACIFIC CONNECT ISRAEL 12 EUROPE BBYOPASSPORT.ORG EUROPE & ISRAEL WESTERN HEMISPHERE AFRICA OPTIONAL TRIP CONNECTIONS & EXTENSIONS Milk & Honey National Israel. This BBYO International fund is available for all Summer 2014 Israel programs. Funding is available according to need and up to $2,000/participant. The Spitzer Fellowship. This BBYO International fund is available for teens taking part in International Leadership Seminar in Israel (ILSI), BBYO’s premier Israel experience for members, where finances are a restricting factor. Community Funds. Many local Jewish Federations, synagogues and other community organizations offer funds for teen Israel travel. A partial list is available at passport.bbyo.org/scholarships. Adult & Family Travel SOUTHWEST NORTHWEST CONNECT Israel Teen Travel Scholarships Available In keeping with our mission to share the experience of Israel with as many Jewish teens as possible, generous need-based scholarships are available to all teens traveling with BBYO Passport to Israel on a peer experience. Beyond—Gap Year WESTERN DISCOVERY #2 SOUTH AFRICA JOURNEY BBYO Passport is proud to offer risk-free registration for summer teen travel programs through March 5, 2014. You can register now, pay the $250 trip deposit to lock in your space and feel 100% comfortable knowing that you can cancel for any reason without penalty. Many trips sell-out early. Confirm your plans with confidence today. BBYO Regional Scholarships. Members of BBYO can contact their council or regional staff for additional scholarships available in their community. Additionally, chapters occasionally set aside scholarship money or can help raise money for members to use for travel to Israel. 13
  • 9. How to Participate Teens wishing to join the March of the Living can join the National Teen Delegation or travel locally on select Community Delegations. Program Cost: $5,350 Tuition includes roundtrip flights from New York City, accommodations, all meals, programming, and gratuities. Participants are responsible for their own travel to JFK Airport. National Teen Delegation BBYO’s National Teen Delegation is open to all Jewish high school teens. As with all BBYO Passport programs, this experience is designed for Jewish teens of all backgrounds and does not require prior BBYO involvement. Adults Participants Parents and other adults (age 21 and over) can take part in the March of the Living experience alongside our National Teen Delegation. 15 Days April 24 – May 8 Week #2: Israel > Fly from Poland to Israel to join millions of Israelis in celebrating Yom Ha'Atzma'ut — Israel’s 66th Independence Day festivities. Travel to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and the Dead Sea. Walk in the footsteps of 3,000 years of Jewish history and experience the modern day miracle of Israel’s creation with a deep sense of appreciation and joy. 14 BBYOPASSPORT.ORG “Before I went on the March, I saw Holocaust films, read books, and heard stories. But I didn’t understand the gravity of it all. The March opened my eyes. I came back with a stronger connection to our Jewish history and our People.” BBYO Passport is proud to offer risk-free registration for the March of the Living through December 19, 2013. Registration is available for only 120 teens, after which we will open a wait list. Scholarships Available In keeping with BBYO Passport’s mission to share the experience of Israel with as many Jewish teens as possible, the March of the Living—National Teen Delegation Scholarship is available for participation in the MOTL 2014. Funds are available according to need in the amount of $1,000-$2,000. Adult & Family Travel Week #1: Poland > Travel to Poland to honor the Jewish community of the past in cities like Krakow, Lublin, and Warsaw—and retrace the history and horrors of the Holocaust. To mark Yom HaShoah, teens from over 60 countries take part in a moving two-mile “March of the Living” from Auschwitz to Birkenau— concluding with the singing of Hatikvah, which reaffirms “Am Yisrael Chai—The Jewish People Live.” How to Register Sign-up online at www.bbyo.org/march. Beyond—Gap Year Community Delegations BBYO Passport partners with select community organizations to offer regional delegations to the March of the Living. Visit www.bbyo.org/march for more information. MARCH OF THE LIVING March of the Living Join thousands of Jewish teens on April 24 – May 8, 2014. The March of the Living is a two-week international experience where teens from around the world come together and bear witness to the destruction of the Holocaust in Poland and then travel to Israel to rejoice in the Jewish Homeland. The program commemorates Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, by marching from Auschwitz to Birkenau and celebrates Yom Ha’Atzma’ut, Israeli Independence Day, in the streets of Jerusalem. BBYO Delegations Auschwitz, Poland Summer Teen Travel March of the Living Deadline to apply: December 9, 2013 Ryan Ladd Austin, TX 15
  • 10. Tel Aviv, Israel How to Participate Gap year programs take place following high school graduation and before embarking on an undergraduate degree track. A gap year program enables participants to step outside of the typical high school-to-college-tocareer progression and reflect on who they are now and who they want to be as an adult. In the process, gap year participants gain confidence, focus, and life skills. Ultimately, participants on gap year programs are better positioned to succeed on campus and beyond. How to Apply Enrollment in Beyond is limited to 60 participants for the 2014-2015 program year. Make the decision to embark on Beyond today. Applying through the online application is easy—no application fee is required, and all program payments are 100% refundable through March 14, 2014. The application and detailed payment and registration terms are available online at www.beyondyear.org/admissions. College Credit 5 Months September 10, 2014 – February 2, 2015 Experience the best of city and campus life in a vibrant Mediterranean metropolis. Tel Aviv is one of the world’s most innovative cities, and it’s yours to call home in Israel. The first session of Beyond is centered within Tel Aviv and takes advantage of its many assets—Hebrew language immersion, a taste of campus life at Tel Aviv University, service learning projects, new media electives, educational travel, and ample opportunities for self-discovery. 9 Months September 10, 2014 – June 3, 2015 Following the first session (see above), the second session of Beyond is about choosing your own path. The session begins with a series of elective program options, and culminates with a community-based service experience where participants are able to focus on a project in Jerusalem that most speaks to them. Together, these experiences are designed to open a window onto a unique aspect of society and give participants a chance to leave their own personal mark. 16 BBYOPASSPORT.ORG “A gap year abroad prior to college is a great way to engage with our global community. Being in Israel offers the unique learning experiences of a country that is both ancient and modern — a country where biblical archeology and micro-chip development are part of the fabric of daily life. Programs like Beyond prepare students to thrive in a competitive university setting and shape their worldview in a way that gives meaningful context to their academic studies.” Dr. Larry Moneta Vice President for Student Affairs , Duke University Adult & Family Travel 9-MONTH PROGRAM Financial Aid Most Beyond participants are eligible for an automatic $1,000 grant from Masa. Additional financial assistance is available from Masa for up to $2,700 and from BBYO International for up to $2,000 — both according to need and program length. Additional regional scholarships may also be available. Beyond—Gap Year 5-MONTH PROGRAM NOTE: Participants may opt to take part in an abbreviated two session experience by special advance request. Participation in the second session alone is discouraged. What’s Included Beyond is a generally all-inclusive experience. Tuition covers accommodations, food, transportation, programming, and academic credit. Although some travel opportunities are offered as an “optional add-on”, the core Beyond program is a comprehensive and rich experience. March of the Living Beyond is BBYO’s Israel-based gap year experience where pre-undergraduate Jewish young adults gain important life skills, earn academic credit and explore their Jewish identity while setting a course for their future. The program offers a unique balance of academics, experiential travel, enrichment education, cultural immersion, and community service. Beyond is open to applicants of all Jewish backgrounds and nationalities. Although Beyond is not a traditional studyabroad experience, the first session of the program offers a taste of academic and campus life. Tel Aviv University (TAU) is Israel’s largest academic institution, attracting leading students from across Israel and from around the world. Beyond participants are enrolled as official students and have full access to TAU’s vibrant campus life—taking at least two college-level courses for credit. It is a wonderful way to prepare for the rigors of college life and instill a love for learning. Summer Teen Travel Gap Year Why a Gap Year? Beyond is a program of BBYO, the world’s leading pluralistic Jewish youth movement. The program brings together the experience and expertise of BBYO and its local partner, Authentic Israel. Key supporting partners include Hillel: Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, Tel Aviv University, and Masa Israel Journey. 17
  • 11. ISRAEL FAMILY JOURNEY 8 – 12 Days June 19 / June 26 / July 3 / July 31 / Aug 7 / Aug 14 / Dec 25 Explore the beauty of Israel on this active travel experience for adults and families. Join travelers from across North America and take in Israel’s rich history, modern culture, and landscapes. The Israel Family Journey itinerary includes all of Israel’s must-see sites like Jerusalem, Masada, Dead Sea, Judean Desert, Sea of Galilee, Golan Heights, Haifa, Caesarea, Mediterranean Coast, Tel Aviv, and an optional visit to Eilat. Along the way, we take the time to explore Israel’s off-the-beaten-path charm, diverse cultures, and uniquely delicious food. $1,950-$2,350* MARCH OF THE LIVING—ADULT PARTICIPANTS 15 Days March of the Living The BBYO Passport experience is open to adults and families, too! Join an 8-15 day multi-generational trip to Israel. Let us take care of all the planning so that you can focus on the experience. Be a part of a close-knit touring community and create your next travel memories with us. Summer Teen Travel Adult & Family Travel April 24 – May 8 Join Jewish travelers from around the world to bear witness to the destruction of the Holocaust in Poland and then rejoice in the Jewish Homeland. BBYO is inviting parents and other adults (age 21 and over) to take part in the experience alongside our National Teen Delegation. $5,750 NOTE: Adults wishing to take part in the Poland half of the experience alone may do so by prior arrangement. Contact us for additional details. Prior involvement with BBYO is not necessary. Caesarea, Israel 18 BBYOPASSPORT.ORG To register for Adult & Family Travel, download the program registration form online. Registration and payment for Adult & Family Travel is managed by our travel partner, Authentic Israel. Age Appropriateness Adult & Family Travel programs have active itineraries, packed with experiences designed to provide you with the full flavor of Israel or our European destinations. Although these programs do not have any formal age limits, the itinerary involves a good amount of walking and some long touring days. Group Composition Group sizes typically range from 15-40. Groups are comprised of couples traveling without children, single adults, friends, and families traveling with children of all ages. Because of the active nature of the program, children traveling with their parents are usually over the age of 10, but activities are suitable for children, teens, and adults of all ages! When possible, bus groups are divided by adults traveling without children, and families traveling with children. A Jewish Travel Experience Adult & Family Travel programs are not affiliated with any Jewish denomination, however, all group meals are kosher or vegetarian, the itinerary focuses on telling the story of the Jewish People, and there is no bus-based touring on Shabbat. In other words, this tour is designed for Jewish travelers of all backgrounds. Each group forms a traveling community, often fostering new friendships that last long after the trip is over. Adult & Family Travel Jeff Kohos / Montreal, QC Israel Family Journey In order to reserve your place on a program, a $250/person deposit fee is due with registration. The trip deposit is fully refundable up to 120 days prior to program start date. The balance of payment is due no later than 60 days prior to trip start date. Participants who cancel within 120 days of the program start date will receive a refund, minus the deposit. Participants who cancel within 60 days of the program start date are not entitled to a refund. Is This Experience Right for Me? Beyond—Gap Year “This was the trip and experience of a lifetime for myself, for my wife, and our kids.” How to Participate *Discounts for children are available 19
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  • 13. Andrew M. / Parlin, NJ Trek West USA “This trip was the experience of a lifetime! It changed my perspective entirely.” Take advantage of no-risk registration terms. BBYOPASSPORT.ORG 2020 K Street NW, 7th Floor Washington, DC 20006 1-800-698-1002