Join other Bay Area teens on this once in a lifetime Teen Service Learning (TSL) Israel trip. Whether you've been to Tawonga for years or this is your first Tawonga program, you will discover your ability to make a difference, see the beauty of Israel and learn what it means to be a responsible Jewish global citizen.
What is TSL Israel?
Teen Service Learning (TSL) Israel is a teen Israel trip based around
service, experiential learning and travel. These components, coupled with cross-cultural exchanges, teach you what it means to be a responsible Jewish global citizen while exploring the magic of Israel.
Service and Learning
Roll up your sleeves and make a real difference. On TSL Israel, Tawonga partners with Yahel Israel, an organization committed to cultivating ongoing relationships in communities throughout Israel. Our time in these communities is used to share stories and participate in community improvement projects. The feeling of working side-by-side with those committed to bettering their communities is an unparalleled and life-changing force long after the trip is over. Learning through discussions, guest speakers, readings and Jewish texts grounds our service in the context of global issues and the Jewish tradition.
Travel Tawonga-style to visit places of interest all around Israel including Israel’s most important sites like ancient Jerusalem, modern Tel Aviv, the Negev Desert, Masada and the Upper Galilee. From the Western Wall to Bedouin villages, we go beyond the tourist path and the headlines as well to discover off the beaten path gems. As part of our travel to the north of Israel, we will stay with Tawonga teens who live in this region and have also attended our Noar L'noar (Youth to Youth) program.
Bring It Home
After an unforgettable trip, head back for four days at Camp Tawonga. Celebrate Shabbat, relax...then present your experiences to younger Tawongans, including everything you've learned about Israel, tikkun olam, and the issues facing us as responsible Jewish global citizens.
Program highlights include:
- Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Dead Sea, Masada, and the Negev
- Volunteering, living and learning with Ethiopian-Israeli communities
- Hiking, swimming, and other outdoor adventures
- Cultural exchanges and homestays with Israeli teens and their families
- Four days at Camp Tawonga at the end of the trip to process the experience in the peace and tranquility of camp, teach younger campers what you learned and think about how to bring the experience into daily life at home
- Pre-trip retreat to get to know the group and learn more about the trip
- Approximately 50 hours of community service
Applications and Registration
There are limited spaces in this program. Teens interested in the TSL Israel program must fill out an application, provide a reference, and have an interview with Aaron Mandel, Assistant Director, Teen Programs to discuss the program. Apply Now!
"This trip is a chance not only to see Israel for its beauty but to meet so many people along the way and experience new cultures firsthand." - Isaac, TSL Israel Participant
"TSL changed my life. It made me consider the world from a whole new angle. Before this trip, I never would have considered joining an organization like the Peace Corps - now it is one of my dreams." -David, TSL Israel participant
"All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware." - Martin Buber
For questions about our TSL Israel trip please contact Aaron Mandel, Assistant Director of Teen Programs at 415-543-2267 x102 or email@example.com