Perfect Chanukah Gift for your Teen

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15 Nov 2010


This year, give a Chanukah present that you can’t gift-wrap but is sure to have a more dramatic impact: a spot in an NCSY summer program.

NCSY, the Orthodox Union’s international youth program, plays a pivotal role in the lives of Jewish teens around the world. The organization’s multitude of educational and fun-filled activities, retreats and programs, help Jewish teens connect with and appreciate their Jewish heritage, the land of Israel, as an investment in the future of the Jewish people.

“NCSY runs the most inspirational teen trips to destinations near and far,” declared Rabbi Steven Burg, International Director of NCSY. “If you want your teen to have a great summer and be fired up and passionate about Judaism and Israel, NCSY is the way to go.”

NCSY features a variety of summer programs that cater to the many interests of Jewish teens of different ages. Though this year’s summer programs include annual ones like JOLT (Jewish Overseas Leadership Training), some of the trips have changed. ICE (Israel and Italy ) a five-week program, previously exploring Jewish communities within Israel and Central Europe, will now include both the Israel and Italy components of the trip which were previously separate – taking participants to Milan, Venice, and the Alps, before heading off to Israel, to compare European society with Israeli culture.

TJJ Ambassadors (The Jewish Journey Ambassadors) will once again be offered following the success of its premiere year. Geared towards public school teens who wish to explore Israel’s wondrous sites, TJJA is an intense leadership program that combines touring with training in social action, political advocacy, and high level study.

Registration for the programs is now open. An early-bird registration discount of $250 is available through January 3. Past participants may inquire about an additional discount at Scholarship assistance is also available.

The summer 2011 NCSY programs include:

For more information on these programs, and to register, visit NCSY’s website at , call 1-888-TOUR-4-YOU, or e-mail David Cutler, NCSY Director of Summer Programs at

The words of this author reflect his/her own opinions and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Orthodox Union.