Travel the World with BBYO Passport

Published Monday, October 28, 2019

Register for the BBYO Passport Information Session

Looking for exciting teen summer opportunities? Look no further! BBYO Passport is the leading provider of travel experiences for Jewish high school and middle school teens. BBYO Passport runs dozens of programs on five continents, which include elements of touring, community service, outdoor adventure, and meaningful Jewish experiences. In particular, Passport prides itself on its many trips to Israel, including The March of the Living, which brings teens to Poland and Israel. 

BBYO Passport Executive Director Aaron Robbin is coming to New Orleans on November 12th from 6:30-7:30  to talk more about their amazing offerings. New to BBYO and want to learn more in general? Come at 6:15 to meet our Big Easy BBYO City Director, Ella Israeli, who can answer any of your questions. Dinner will be served. Both teens and their parents and teens are encouraged to attend.

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In case you need further convincing, read this testimonial below from Big Easy BBYO Teen Leader Rebecca Rubin about her experience in Israel this past summer with BBYO Passport: 

“On July 9th, 2019, I left the Rome international airport and took off for Tel Aviv on my BBYO Passport trip. When I was sitting on the plane, thinking about what Israel was going to be like, I realized that it was going to be like something I had never experienced before in my life. When we landed, I could almost feel something in the air--or it could’ve just been the three espressos I had had before the flight. Going through the airport every sign was in Hebrew and my friends and I would try to read them. It was so crazy to me how for the first time I wasn’t the only Jewish person in the room. The first place we visited was Jerusalem. By the time we got there, it was already pretty late, but I couldn’t wait for our first real day there. Walking through the Machne Yehuda market and smelling the fresh falafel and spices first opened my eyes to what was really going on right in front of me. Walking around Jerusalem that day with some of my best friends foreshadowed the greatness to come. BBYO PassportI spent a total of three weeks in Israel with BBYO Passport, and by the end of it, I didn’t want to go home. Not only did we just do activities nonstop, but I also got to learn more about how Israel sustains and runs itself as a country. I went on a guided tour of the Israeli parliament building. This taught me something new because I wasn’t very educated on the government in Israel before this. We also took part in a coexistence dialogue with Arab-Israeli teens. This was definitely something that I would not get to do anywhere else. In my group, there were 7 of us and 2 Arab teens. We just talked about our daily lives and it showed me how similar our livelihoods are. The teens were so nice, making the conversations run smoothly and letting everyone have fun. I also took part in an archeological dig seminar, a farming activity, and got to herd goats and sheep. I enjoyed each of these, showing me a little bit more about how Israel’s countryside is run and how they sustain themselves. Going from the busy, technologically advanced, streets of Tel Aviv to the Bedouin tents the next day showed me the diverse culture that Israel has to offer. Visiting Israel is something everyone should experience in their life. Seeing the sunrise at Masada, floating in the Dead Sea, and praying at the Kotel all made me love Israel for the great country that it is.”

Want you or your teen to have an experience like Rebecca’s? Once again, come join us on the evening of November 12th. Please register here to receive the exact address.


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