All Chicagoland area eighth-grade students are eligible to apply to attend 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 the Ta’am Yisrael experience at a significantly reduced program fee of $2,595, well below the actual cost of approximately $5,000 per participant; families who need to can reduce their program fees in multiple ways, outlined below. We ask that families who are able to please help assist participants who cannot afford the reduced program fees by paying as much of the full program costs as possible, above and beyond the $2,595. (Any contribution above the required program fees is tax-deductible and will receive a tax donation letter from CFJE/JUF).
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 he/she makes 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 CFJE/JUF; Congregational Educators and Rabbis; community program youth professionals and medical staff. All Ta'am Yisrael staff participates in extensive staff training, which includes CPR training. CFJE contracts with a highly regarded Israeli security company which provides security throughout the experience.
Family trips to Israel are a wonderful experience to share with your children. But they're not a replacement for the peer experience that's so valuable to immersive educational experiences 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.
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Claudine Guralnick and Buddy Schreiber received CFJE Jewish education awards at CFJE symposium, Thinking Together: Communal Conversations about Jewish Congregational and Early Childhood Education in Chicago.
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Ta'am Yisrael will take place February 18-26, 2018!