EPIC ISRAEL – Experience with Purpose, Intention, and Community
In 1956, 12 USYers traveled on the first-ever “USY Israel Summer Pilgrimage”. Since then, thousands of Jewish teens have experienced Israel through USY in various ways. No matter if they traveled to Poland first, or spent their summer volunteering in Israel, or spent a week of their trip completing IDF training – the summer was spent reaching a common purpose: to help Jewish teens create community, build on their Jewish identities, develop a love and understanding of the complex holy land of Israel, and bring what they’ve learned back to their home communities. This mission is now reflected in our name: USY Israel Pilgrimage is now EPIC Israel.