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Keshet - The Center for Educational Tourism in Israel

 

Keshet youth programs integrate interactive encounters with Israeli society, experiential learning about Judaism and Jewish history, and exploration of the natural beauty of the Land of Israel. We believe that the route to identification with Israel and Zionism must include the enhancement of a Jewish consciousness, which is why we specialize in building programs that integrate recreation and education towards Jewish pride and identity.

Our Partners

Keshet has long-standing relationships of almost 20 years with several of our camp clients, and we're honored to form relationships with new camps all the time.

 Jewish Identity and Religious Content

As a completely independent and non-affiliated organization, Keshet is committed to providing a meaningful Israel experience for all our trip participants from across the spectrum of Jewish affiliation and observance. The Talmud writes that there are seventy faces to the Torah, and we have adopted this approach in creating a pluralistic and inter-denominational Jewish educational model in Israel.

People Make the Difference

Keshet works exclusively with guides who are excellent teachers, educators and role models for American teens. All of our staff have extensive summer camp experience and understand that this is where formative Jewish and personal experiences happen. Although Israeli society is often seen to be polarized between its religious and secular elements, our educational staff are people who thrive in an atmosphere of pluralism, diversity and mutual respect. Our guides and counselors are united by a commitment to Jewish life and Israel that is infectious, inspiring and thoroughly respectful of the multitude of traditions in our nation. 

 

Keshet provides all the services required for a superb Israel program:

  • Educational planning and staff training in Israel and the U.S.A.
  • Thoughtful, creative itinerary balancing education with recreation, adventure and security
  • Sophisticated communications and security network
  • Food, transportation, air travel and accomodation services
  • Medical insurance and regular doctor visits
As a completely independent and non-affiliated organization, Keshet is committed to maximizing the effect of the Israel experience as meaningful for all participants on our trips.   Given the deep divisions in Israel between different religious and secular orientations, this is no simple task. The Talmud writes that there are seventy faces to the Torah, and we have adopted this approach in creating a very exciting type of Jewish education in Israel.  We have received much acclaim for youth programs sponsored by organizations with an inter-denominational mandate. By developing a close cooperative relationship with program sponsors, we can ensure that the itinerary and educational ambiance of the program reflect their goals and needs, with an open, Jewishly positive approach.   A concerted effort is made to recruit a staff whose personal observance will meld well with the movement and goals of the program.
All of the facilities and food served during our programs are strictly kosher and Shabbat is observed in any organized group activities.  We make a particular effort to create wonderful Shabbat experiences that include services, walking tours, discussions and song sessions.As a completely independent and non-affiliated organization, Keshet is committed to maximizing the effect of the Israel experience as meaningful for all participants on our trips.   Given the deep divisions in Israel between different religious and secular orientations, this is no simple task. The Talmud writes that there are seventy faces to the Torah, and we have adopted this approach in creating a very exciting type of Jewish education in Israel.  We have received much acclaim for youth programs sponsored by organizations with an inter-denominational mandate. By developing a close cooperative relationship with program sponsors, we can ensure that the itinerary and educational ambiance of the program reflect their goals and needs, with an open, Jewishly positive approach.   A concerted effort is made to recruit a staff whose personal observance will meld well with the movement and goals of the program.All of the facilities and food served during our programs are strictly kosher and Shabbat is observed in any organized group activities.  We make a particular effort to create wonderful Shabbat experiences that include services, walking tours, discussions and song sessions.People Make the Difference 

 

 

 

 

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"The tour plan with Keshet is not an itinerary - it's a curriculum. No stop is a "site." Rather, every destination is seen as an opportunity to understand the unfolding story of the Jewish people. Yitzhak and his staff turn tourists into pilgrims. They treat us not as clients but as chevre . They involve themselves with us as Jews on a search for the lessons Israel has to teach us. After such a personal, caring, engaging experience for myself, my family, and my congregation, I cannot imagine traveling in Israel with any group but Keshet." Rabbi Lester Bronstein, Bet Am Shalom Synagogue, White Plains New York"

 

 

 

 
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Whether you're looking for synagogue or community Israel trips, youth programs, individual family israel tours in Israel, Israel Bat and Bar Mitzvah and adventures, Academic study of Israel, Interfaith missions or in-depth encounters with Israeli society - Keshet can make it happen!