There are many opportunities for youth to have a life-changing experience in Israel from a few weeks to a semester. All Mount Zion youth are given a $250 gift certificate toward a NFTY trip [see below.]
Please look at this national Reform movement site, www.nfty.org (look for “travel programs” and “high school in Israel”.) Let us know if you are considering a trip. Contact the clergy about scholarships through the UJFC and Mount Zion.
Now is the Time to Save For Your Child’s Future Trip to Israel
Passport to Israel
A trip to Israel during the teenage years is an event that can catalyze Jewish commitment and learning into adulthood. Passport to Israel is an incentive saving program designed to make an educational trip to Israel more affordable. Beginning when a child is 8-12 years old, each academic year parents are encouraged to make a contribution of at least $150 towards the cost of a future trip to Israel. These funds will be deposited in an interest-bearing account and matched by a combined total of $200 from Mount Zion and the United Jewish Fund and Council. If you open an account for your child when s/he is in 3rd grade and make just the minimum contribution each year, by the time s/he is 16 you will have saved an estimated 75% of the cost of a 4-week program in Israel. Now is the time to save for a future trip to Israel; open your child’s account, or contribute to an existing account, today!
The deadline for new enrollment and yearly contributions to the program is March 30. Need a new application or more information? Call the Temple office, 651-698-3881.