Since we first canceled USY Summer Programs in 2020, we have been diligently working to ensure we would be able to run programming in 2021 that is safe, meaningful, and fun for all of our teens. It is with a heavy heart that we are announcing that we will not be running USY North America Travel Experiences for the summer of 2021 (USY on Wheels – Classic, USY on Wheels – East, USY on Wheels – Pacific Northwest, DREAM and TivnUSY). We have also made the decision to cancel the Europe portions of our Israel programs (Italy, Eastern Europe, and Poland) for the safety of our participants. At this time, we do not believe that we can provide these trips in a way that guarantees the safety and health of your children while providing an exceptional experience.
We are working on programming options in North America that will not require travel or overnight stays. We hope to share our plans for North America programming in the coming months. This is certainly not an ideal situation and we share in your disappointment. USY on Wheels is an incredibly special program, and we cannot wait until we can once again get back on the road, knowing that we are providing a safe summer for all of our USYers.
We thank you for your continued patience as we navigate summer 2021. We have been informed by the Ministry of Tourism of Israel that on May 23rd, a few “pilot” groups will be given entry to Israel, followed by other groups and then individual tourists. However, entry will only be granted to those people that are vaccinated for COVID-19. Our ability to send groups to Israel this summer will only be possible with the approval of the Israeli government.
What does this mean for USY?
Unfortunately, it means that anyone unable to be fully vaccinated and 2 weeks past their last shot by the time your group leaves cannot participate this year on our Israel programs. The good news is that for those who are vaccinated, it looks there will be a 24-36 hour quarantine once arriving in Israel.
In addition, based on the feedback and information regarding which participants will be vaccinated before the trips leave, we are no longer offering EPIC Israel, our 4 week program leaving June 24th. We have committed to offering the following trip this summer:
EPIC Israel Plus
Contained in this guide you’ll find information about what to expect when traveling with USY — from day-to-day living to Jewish living to important policies. Participants’ understanding and acceptance of these policies is crucial to ensuring a successful summer and positive experience for everyone