The Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee
important connections made in Israel and create relationships that last a lifetime.
Rachel@JewishNashville.org 801 Percy Warner Blvd. Suite 102 Nashville, TN 37205 Phone: (615) 354-1820 www.jewishnashville.org/ get-connected
"Get Connected was arguably the best time of my life; Israel was everything like they said and more. I highly recommend anyone that is interested in going, to go.” • Lucas I., Get Connected alum, Sherith Israel
“I had never felt closer to Judaism and Israel than I did at our first Shabbat in Jerusalem and it helped me see the similarities and differences between American and Israeli Jews.” • Leah C., Get Connected alum, The Temple
ould you like to “Get Connected” to other Jewish teenagers from the Nashville and Middle Tennessee area through a fun and exciting trip to Israel? Imagine seeing the sun rise over Masada, floating in the Dead Sea, participating in an archaeological dig, and dancing in the streets of Jerusalem on Shabbat…with your best friends! The Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee’s Get Connected program is designed to provide Nashville’s 10th and 11th grade students with a deeper connection to Judaism, their peers in the Nashville community and Israel and its people. Research indicates the achievement of these goals provides many future benefits for teens to live a meaningful Jewish life with af-
Get Connected builds meaningful relationships between Jewish high schoolers in the Nashville area and Israeli teens through an exciting and educational, highly subsidized 2-week trip to Israel!
finity to the Jewish community. We welcome Jews from all denominations, backgrounds and levels of observance. Although the highlight of our program is an incredible two-week, highly subsidized trip to Israel, there are three main components. The first provides students with the introductory tools to better appreciate the experience they will have in Israel. These educational sessions, kallot, help the students to understand the geography, history, culture, and language of Israel. These classes begin during the school year (once a month, January through May). In the process, the teens transform from mere future travel partners into a close-knit community of friends, connecting socially with each other and their chaperones so that they are better prepared for their amazing journey. The second and most meaningful part of Get Connected is the transformative two-week trip to Israel during June. Teens connect not only with the land
of Israel through an exciting, spiritually enriching, and indepth tour, but also with Israeli teens and their families through the hospitality of home stays for a few days during the trip! “One of the best parts of the trip was the home stay.” • Alex R., Get Connected alum, West End Synagogue The third part of the program is the opportunity to host some of the same Israeli teens when they visit Nashville in July. These visits reinforce the
Over the past 9 years, we’ve sent 200 students to Israel through the Get Connected program! This is a highly subsidized trip offered through the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, with additional scholarship opportunities available. If you’d like to learn more about this adventure, please contact us! “I had the best two weeks of my life. We all began to view the program name a little differently. Getting Connected was exactly what we did in so many ways.” • Emma D., Get Connected alum, Congregation Micah
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