All Chicago area eighth-grade students are eligible to apply to attend JUF Ta’am Yisrael.
The program fees that families pay for Ta'am Yisrael is all-inclusive, and includes airfare. Through generous support from the Jewish United Fund and other local foundations and funders, we are able to offer JUF Ta’am Yisrael experience at a significantly reduced program fee of $2,500, well below the actual cost of approximately $5,000 per participant. We ask that those who are able to assist participants who cannot afford the reduced program fees by paying as much of the full $5,000 per person program costs as possible (Contributions above the required program fees are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law).
Opportunities to reduce your program fees include:
Two levels of of trip insurance coverage are available for purchase only at the time of completing the application. The insurance is available through Program Protector, which is a third party insurance provider. Customer service can be reached directly at 212-683-4394 ext. 221.
Yes. Birthright Israel has recently changed their policies to accept alumni of longer-duration Israel experience programs. And even prior to that, Ta'am Yisrael alumni were accepted, since our program is not long enough to disqualify participants. More importantly—8th grade is the perfect time for your child to go to Israel, and the impact Ta'am Yisrael makes on your child's Jewish identity will inform the decisions made throughout high school and college, from studying Hebrew to engaging in Jewish activities, from social circles to college choice, and beyond.
Ta'am Yisrael staff is comprised of educational staff from JUF; synagogue clergy and other educators, community program youth professionals, and healthcare staff. All Ta'am Yisrael staff participates in extensive staff training, which includes Israel education, adolescent development, CPR training, and more. JUF contracts with a highly regarded Israeli security company which provides security throughout the experience.
While family trips to Israel are a wonderful experience to share with your children, the peer experience provides a different type of immersive educational experience, much like camps and retreats. Experiencing Israel with peers and friends opens teenagers' hearts and minds to absorb the experience in an entirely new way, which leads to a long-term impact on their Jewish identity.
Mark your calendars for these upcoming JUF Education events .
Two Ta'am Yisrael trips in 2020!