Welcome to BBYO Passport! We are excited and grateful to have the privilege of opening the world up to your children this coming summer.
Passport represents BBYO’s groundbreaking initiative to provide Jewish teens with meaningful summer travel experiences in Israel and around the world. Our objective is to provide your teen with a transformative summer – full of new experiences and a new understanding of our world. Perhaps on a more ambitious level, our goal is to enable each participant to develop the capacity to see his or her own life and home country from a much broader perspective.
As background, BBYO is a leading worldwide, non-denominational Jewish youth movement currently spanning 39 regions and over 25,000 members. For the past century, BBYO has been providing opportunities for Jewish youth to develop their leadership potential, a positive Jewish identity and commitment to their personal development.
BBYO Passport programs are open to the Jewish community at-large. Teens do not need to be a member, or at all affiliated with BBYO, prior to attending a Passport program. In fact most trips are comprised of more non-members than members. BBYO does help bring elements of its culture to the trips, ensuring that the participants' experiences do not end when they return to North America. Click here for more information about the world of BBYO.
At the heart of the Passport program are our Israel trips, since 1956, touching teen lives. Our Israel programs will help your child develop a profound understanding of Jewish history, modern Israel, and his or her Jewish identity -- without being tied to any one specific movement or approach. Studies have shown that a trip to Israel may serve as the single most powerful experience in forming the Jewish identity of high school teens. We also encourage you to learn more about our approach to Israel travel and explore our diverse Israel trip offerings. Learn more: Why Israel / Why Now
BBYO Passport is especially proud to have shared the experience of Israel with more Jewish teens than any other youth movement in 2012.
Lastly, on behalf of the entire BBYO Passport staff, I would like to assure you that our approach to the question of safety & security is comprehensive – without compromising our ability to provide your children with an overwhelmingly positive summer experience. Of course, you can be sure that the Passport staff will also be sending you regular trip updates and posting online pictures so that you can follow along with your child's experience from home.
We appreciate this opportunity to introduce Israel and the world at-large to your children. We encourage you to take advantage of our no-risk registration policy, and start your teen on a BBYO Passport journey today. Please do not hesitate to contact our staff directly should you have questions.
Executive Director, BBYO