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Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility & Registration

Who can participate?

The program is open to Jewish teens entering grades 9-12.

An interview is required for all applicants.


How do I register?

Simply click the "Register" button at the top of our webpage.

Existing program participants can use their login credentials.

New applicants will need to create an account to save and return to their application.

What is the deadline to register?

We recommend registering as soon as possible to secure your spot.

The official deadline is April 30th or if spots are sold out first.

Cost & Scholarships

What is the total program cost?

The program fee is TBT FOR 2025. This includes:

  • Ground transportation in Israel

  • Accommodation

  • Kosher Meals (including vegetarian options)

  • Activities and excursions

  • Israeli health insurance


Are scholarships or discounts available?

We offer several ways to save on the program cost:

Super Early Bird -  Catch this amazing deal Save $250 by registering before October 28th, 2025!

Early Bird Special - Catch this sweet deal before February 28th and snag $200 off the total price!

Need-Based Scholarships - We understand that financial considerations shouldn't limit your opportunity to explore Israel. Visit our scholarship page to learn more and apply.

RootOne Vouchers - 

What are RootOne vouchers?

Eligible students can apply for a $3,000 voucher to help offset program costs ( can only be used once).


How do I apply for a voucher?

After registering and paying your deposit, you will receive a link and instructions for applying to RootOne.


What are the requirements for receiving a voucher?

To be eligible, you must complete the following:

  1. An online pre-program experience (18 points) by May 2025.

  2. Successfully complete all 21 days of the CVK program.

  3. Upon your return, share your valuable feedback by filling out a short survey about your experience.​

Travel & Flights


Does my passport need to be valid?  

Yes, your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months the trip date.

Do Americans need a visa to go to Israel?
Starting August 1, 2024, U.S. citizens must have an approved Electronic Travel Authorization

(ETA-IL) or a visa to enter Israel for business or tourism purposes for stays up to 90 days.

click the link for more info:

When do participants need to arrive in Israel?

All participants must arrive at Ben Gurion Airport by 12:00 pm on June 26th 2025.


Do you arrange flights?

No, participants are responsible for booking their own flights to Israel.

What should I pack for a 25-day trip?

Click to see the suggested packing list

Remember to tailor the list to your specific needs and preferences, ensuring you have everything you need for a comfortable, enjoyable, and unforgettable adventure.

The Program Experience


What are the weekends like?

There are two "open weekends" where teens can visit family or explore Israel independently. For the other two weekends, we have planned group activities and Shabbat celebrations.


How will my teen communicate with me?

Teens can use their cell phones with an Israeli SIM card (optional).

Additionally, our US chaperones will stay in contact with parents throughout the trip.


What kind of food is served?

kosher Meals are a mix of buffets and catered options.

We offer vegetarian or vegan choices.


What about medical care?

Participants are covered by Israeli health insurance for the duration of the program.

You can also add additional private insurance.

Important Note: Gadna Training (only for teens 16 years old and up)


What is Gadna training?

This optional week-long program offers a unique glimpse into Israeli army life. Please note that accommodations are basic (tents), food options are limited, and the environment is hot and dusty. Discipline is expected from participants. If you have any questions about Gadna's suitability for your teen, please contact us before registration.


Alternatives to Gadna

For teens who cannot participate in Gadna (medical reasons, age, allergies), we offer a National Service week with volunteer work and tours.

Have more questions?

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