USY Summer Experience

USY offers a broad variety of summer programs. Whether touring across North America on USY on Wheels or exploring Israel and/or parts of Europe on our various Israel Pilgrimage programs USY has something for everyone!

Click here to open the USY Summer Experience online brochure and learn more about our incredible trips!

USY Summer Programs provide an exciting way to explore your Jewish identity and tour North America, Europe and Israel. Experience the beauty of Shabbat, learn about the power of Tzedakah, and gain inspiration through creative prayer and engaging interactive Jewish learning programs.

We look forward to seeing you on a USY summer program!

2015 USY Summer Programs Preliminary Registration is now open! Click here to begin your summer adventure.

Do you want to get more information about USY Summer Programs? Request a brochure to be sent to your home today!

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USY on Wheels

“Classic” USY on Wheels

Spend six-and-a-half weeks traveling coast to coast and experience North America, from sunrise on the rim of the Grand Canyon to pizza and blues in Chicago. Along the way, you’ll meet the famous mouse at Disneyland, feel a mile high … Continue reading

USY on Wheels, Mission: Mitzvah

USY on Wheels, Mission: Mitzvah

Want to spend your summer having fun while helping others? Want to see the United States in a unique way? Then join us this summer on USY on Wheels, Mission: Mitzvah. For five-and-a-half weeks you can travel from east to west … Continue reading

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USY on Wheels, Pacific Northwest

Capture the excitement of Seattle, the uniqueness of Portland, and the beauty of Vancouver, British Columbia. Explore some of North America’s most spectacular wonders of nature from Mount Rainier in Washington State to Crater Lake in Oregon to the glaciers … Continue reading

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USY on Wheels East

A Summertime Adventure for 8th Graders USY on Wheels, East will cover the East coast of the United States and Canada on an incredible four-week adventure in Summer 2015. Open to current 8th graders, highlights of the program include*: Toronto … Continue reading

TivnUSY: Building Justice

Join USY on an exciting new partnership with Tivnu, a hands-on, Portland-based organization that provides a literal opportunity to build community. Spend two weeks of your summer making a difference in the lives of others through construction and other worthwhile … Continue reading

USY’s Mission to Cuba

Experience the life, culture, and Jewish history of Cuba on this one-week USY Summer Program! Spend the first night in Miami getting to know the group, and then head to Havana for the experience of a lifetime! Look forward to … Continue reading

Eastern Europe/Israel Pilgrimage

Eastern Europe/Israel Pilgrimage

Discover the unique cities of Eastern Europe, from the towering spires of Germany and the Czech Republic to the countryside of Poland. Learn about the past, present, and future of these unique Jewish communities, including visits to concentration camps. Then … Continue reading

Israel Pilgrimage/Poland Seminar

Israel Pilgrimage/Poland Seminar

Explore Jewish life in Poland, followed by four weeks of renewal in Israel. A full week is spent discovering the history and culture of Polish Jewry, including visits to the concentration camps of Sobibor, Majdanek, Auschwitz, Birkenau, and Treblinka. Poland … Continue reading

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Italy/Israel Pilgrimage

Begin your experience with a week of travel in Italy learning about the history of Italian Jewry from the inside, exploring the amazing cities of Milan, Venice, Florence and Rome. You’ll spend the final four weeks experiencing all that Israel … Continue reading

USY Israel Adventure

USY Israel Adventure

Have an incredibly exciting and stimulating summer in Israel. For four weeks, you’ll be exposed to the history and contemporary realities of Judaism and Israel. Climb the fortress of Masada, explore the stalactite caves of Netifim, swim in the waters … Continue reading

Israel Adventure PLUS

Israel Adventure PLUS

Spend five weeks experiencing a complete introduction to the land of Israel. Time is spent living history in Jerusalem, traveling through Haifa, hiking the Galilee, snorkeling in Eilat, and exploring the Negev. Your group will also have an option week … Continue reading

L’Takayn Olam

L’Takayn Olam

A four-week trip to Israel that includes both sightseeing and social action projects on a daily basis. Spend time volunteering in Haifa, Jerusalem, the Golan, with the final week focused on helping the land of Israel flourish. This program is … Continue reading

Poland Seminar & Eastern Europe for Adults

Travel with USY Summer Experience as an adult on Poland Seminar For Adults. And this year we are pleased to announce the launch of a second trip to Budapest and Prague. The two adult programs can be registered for separately … Continue reading

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Just City

JustCity is a new collaborative precollege program in Jewish Social Justice for high school sophomores and juniors to deepen Jewish identity through social-justice projects in New York City. E-mail justcity@jtsa.edu for additional information. **Inquiries about JustCity should only be made through JTS. … Continue reading

Applications for all of our programs are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited spaces are still available except as indicated below. Please contact the USY International Office with any questions or for more information about our programs.

North America

Program2015 Dates2015 Cost Grades*
“Classic” USY on WheelsJune 23 - August 6$7,4459-11
USY on Wheels, Mission: MitzvahJune 23 - July 30$6,7459-11
USY on Wheels, Pacific NorthwestJune 24 - July 16
$5,6459-12
USY on Wheels, EastJune 29 - July 28
$5,4458
TivnUSY: Building JusticeJuly 2 - July 20TBD9-12
USY's Mission to Cuba June 28 - July 6TBD9-12

Israel and Europe

Program2015 Dates2015 CostGrades*
Eastern Europe/Israel Pilgrimage
This program currently has a waiting list.
June 24- August 2
$9,10010-12
Israel Pilgrimage/Poland Seminar1st departure:
June 23 - July 28;
2nd departure:
June 29 - August 3
$8,58010-12
Italy/Israel PilgrimageJune 24 - July 28$8,99910-12
Israel Adventure PLUSJune 30 - August 2$6,99010-12
USY Israel Adventure –
A Teen Tour of Israel
June 30 - July 28
$5,99510-12
L’Takayn Olam –
A Social Action and
Sightseeing Experience in Israel
June 30 - July 28$5,99510-12

Please note:

  • * “Grades” is the current grades (2014-15 school year) you must be in to participate.
  • All prices are in U.S. dollars.
  • The cost of USY on Wheels includes the charter bus from the New York area (for “Classic”), Chicago (for Mission: Mitzvah), or Seattle (for Pacific Northwest), travel, room and board, gratuities, and admission fees.
  • Each Israel Pilgrimage program cost includes round trip airfare from New York, room and board, an approved medical plan, sightseeing tours with professional guides, gratuities and admission fees. All personal expenses are additional. Domestic flights are not included in the cost of USY summer programs. Extra baggage on your flights is additional.
  • For all USY Israel Pilgrimage trips, prices are subject to change, dependent on whether airlines chose to place a fuel surcharge on tickets. Such charges may be passed along directly to registered participants.

Enrollment Incentives

  • If you went on a USY Summer Program in 2013 or 2014 and sign up before Sept. 15, you will receive $250 off your 2015 USY Summer Program.**
  • If this will be your first-ever USY Summer Program, sign up before Oct. 15 and receive $150 off your 2015 USY Summer Program.**

    ** These incentives do not apply for Eastern Europe/Israel Pilgrimage, USY’s Mission to Cuba, and TivnUSY: Building Justice.

Scholarships

Scholarships are offered by the USY regions, local congregations and affiliated programs for qualifying USYers. For further information on these and other scholarship programs, contact your synagogue or regional USY director, or contact the USY International Office for more information.

Payment and Cancellation Policy

The cost of USY on Wheels includes the charter bus from the New York area (or Seattle, for Pacific Northwest), travel, room and board, gratuities, and admission fees.

Each USY Israel Pilgrimage program cost includes round-trip airfare from New York area (for “Classic”), Chicago (for Mission: Mitzvah), or Seattle (for Pacific Northwest), room and board, an approved medical plan, sightseeing tours with professional guides, gratuities and admission fees. All personal expenses are additional. Domestic flights are not included in the cost of USY summer programs. Extra baggage on your flights is additional.

A $750 deposit is required, with the balance to be paid on or before April 1.

Should an application be withdrawn for any reason, a $150 processing fee will be withheld provided such written cancellation is received by March 1, and then the following cancellation fee schedule applies:

  • March 1-31: $750
  • April 1 – May 3: $950
  • May 4-26: $1,200
  • May 27 – June 9: $2,000
  • June 10 – Departure: Full cost of Program

Please note: Additional cancellation fees may apply for all programs. You will be notified of such fees in advance.

USY does not provide trip cancellation or interruption insurance. Please contact your local insurance company or contact the USY International Office for recommended options.

Please note the following:

  • Spaces are limited on all programs and are first-come, first served.
  • If there is a SOLD OUT icon next to the program you want to go on, you can still sign up. Your name will be placed on a waiting list and if spots open up, we will contact you.