Frequently Asked Questions

Youth to Israel Adventure (Y2I)
December 2021
Frequently Asked Questions

Who qualifies for the Y2I December 2021 Trip?

Jewish teens who:

  • Will be seniors in high school as of September 1, 2021
  • Reside in one of the cities or towns of Lappin Foundation’s service area or whose family is a member of a temple in the Foundation’s service area. This is the full list of cities and towns in Lappin Foundation’s service area.

Who is considered a Jewish teen?

  • A teen with at least one Jewish parent
  • Teen is not being actively raised in or practicing another faith
  • Teen should consider themself Jewish

Do teens from interfaith families qualify for Y2I?

  • Yes! We warmly welcome teens from interfaith families to Y2I. Some years up to 40% or more of Y2I teens are from interfaith families.

What if I don’t live in the service area or belong to a temple in the service area, can I still participate in Y2I?

Can teens who did not go to Hebrew school, who did not have a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, or who are not religious apply to Y2I? 

  • Absolutely! There is no religious expectation, Jewish education requirement or Bar or Bat Mitzvah requirement for 2021 Y2I.

Is everyone who applies to Y2I accepted?

  • It may be determined that a teen is not ready for the Y2I experience through the interview and recommendation process. Otherwise, if a teen meets the criteria and is ready for the Y2I experience, we do not limit the number of participants.

When will the trip to Israel take place?

  • Thursday, December 23, 2021 – Sunday, January 2, 2022

How much does it cost to participate in Y2I?

  • The trip to Israel is free! A $500 refundable deposit is required. When the program requirements are fulfilled, the deposit is refunded. There is a $250 fee for medical and travel insurance and tips.  Financial aid is available. Fees will not be collected until we know if the trip will take place. For more information contact Sharon Wyner at (978) 565-4450 or swyner@lappinfoundation.org.

What are the program requirements?

  • Complete the application packet (details to be announced soon)
  • Have an interview with Debbie Coltin, trip leader – if you haven’t had an interview we will be in touch with you
  • Attend the following meetings:
    • Sunday, October 3, 3-4 p.m. Trip Orientation for Teens & Parents
    • Sunday, October 17, 3-4:30 p.m. Meeting for Teens
    • Sunday, November 7, 3-4:30 p.m. Meeting for Teens
    • Sunday, December 12, 3-4:30 p.m. Meeting for Teens
    • Saturday, February 5, 7-8:30 p.m. Welcome Home Event for Teens and Parents

What if I cannot attend one of the required meetings?

The meetings are designed for teens to get to know each other before the trip and to enhance the Israel experience. If you cannot make a meeting, we’ll connect you with some teens virtually to get to know them before the trip.

What if it is not safe to travel because of COVID?

  • The course of the pandemic will determine whether it is safe to travel. The final decision will be made by September 10 if the trip is a go.

Is a COVID vaccine required?

  • Yes, proof of vaccine is required to participate in Y2I.

Are there COVID testing requirements in order to travel with Y2I?

  • We will let Y2I participants know what the testing requirements are when we receive notification from the Israeli Ministry of Tourism and from the U.S. Center for Disease Control or other official U.S. agency.

What should I do now to be prepared for Y2I if the trip is able to take place?

Make sure you have a valid passport, which is required for travel to Israel.

  • If you have a passport check the expiration date. If your passport expires on or before July 3, 2022 it is not valid for travel to Israel on 2021 Y2I.
  • If you are thinking of going on the Y2I trip and you do not yet have a passport, you should apply for one as soon as possible. From the age of 16, passports are valid for 10 years. You can apply at your local post office or get more information here.
  • We will need your passport information before an airline ticket is purchased for you. Getting a passport must be a high priority.

We know from past experience that delaying passport application or renewal might result in you not having your passport in time for us to purchase a ticket for the trip.  The passport office can be very slow, and delays are inevitable due to the pandemic.

What is the size of the Y2I staff?

  • On every bus there will be at least two adult counselors, a tour educator, a bus driver and a security guard who is a medic. A mental health professional travels with the group. Debbie Coltin, Lappin Foundation’s executive director, also travels with the group. Counselors have experience with teens and Israel travel.

How do you get to Israel from Boston?

  • Our plan is to take charter buses from the North Shore to Newark Airport or JFK and then fly non-stop to Tel Aviv.

What is the trip itinerary?

Days and evenings are full of activities and touring!  We will be in Tel Aviv from Friday until Sunday. Then we will travel north to the Western Galilee area and tour there from Sunday until Tuesday. From Tuesday until Saturday night we will be in Jerusalem. We will see many of the highlights of Israel, and of course, visit the Western Wall, ride camels, float in the Dead Sea and go to the top of Mt. Masada!

What are the hotels like that Y2I uses in Israel?

How many teens share a room?

There will be two teens per room and teens do not share beds.

How do you travel around Israel?

We travel in coach tour buses.

Do Y2I teens meet Israeli teens?

Yes! Israeli teens will join Y2I teens for a couple of days. This is called a mifgash. The mifgash is often the highlight of the Y2I experience for many teens. The mifgash is a priceless opportunity for American and Israeli teens to meet, get to know each other, and make life-long friendships.

When will we get detailed information about the packing list, money exchanging, roommates and group assignments? 

The trip orientation meeting will take place on Sunday, October 3, 7-8 p.m. to provide teens and parents all the details about the trip and to answer questions teens and parents may have.

Who can I contact to get more information about the December 2021 Y2I trip for seniors?

Sharon Wyner
swyner@lappinfoundation.org
978-565-4450

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