Israel Progam 2023/4 FAQ's
What are the dates, cost and discretionary grant conditions?
All these issues will be discussed in the information session, Sunday 19th March 2023 at 7pm AEDT.
Who is eligible?
The eligibility criteria to participate in the program are:
- Students must have at least one Jewish parent
- Students must be in Year 10
- Students must attend a non-Jewish school anywhere in VIC, TAS, SA, NT or WA – government or independent
When will registrations open?
Registrations will open shortly after the information session (after March 19).
Who will supervise the group?
You will be part of a group of Year 10 students from around Australia, Australian leaders (madrichim/ot), UJEB senior staff (Israel Program Manager & Executive Principal), who fly with the group to Israel, Israeli staff (madrichim/ot, tour guide, medic and security guard).
What level of observance do you have to have to attend the program?
The UJEB program is for all Jewish students in Year 10 who attend non-Jewish schools regardless of their religious background. The program offers services for religious (including Kosher food) and non-religious students according to each student’s requirements.
What security measures are put in place for the program?
The program adheres to strict security measures and protocol, in accordance with the Israeli Government’s policies and intelligence. Every program is accompanied by security staff.
Does this trip have any impact on the participants?
International research shows that participating in Year 10 Israel Programs give Jewish youth closer connections to the Jewish community, and to Israel. Israel for Youth and UJEB strongly believe that increased participation in Year 10 Israel programs will have a profound impact on shaping, building and ensuring a strong Jewish identity for our future community.
What is the date of the trip?
While dates have not yet been determined this far in advance, the trip will probably leave in the first or second week of December and return around the first half of January.
What was the cost in 2022?
The 2023 program cost is likely to increase and will be dependent on the foreign exchange rate at the time.
When will I need to make payments?
No payments will be requested before the information session and registration opens. Payments will not be all at once. We will add a timeline for payments in the near future.
Can I arrange a payment plan?
Yes, payment plans can be arranged to assist you. This will have to be coordinated with our finance department.
What is I4Y?
The Israel for Youth Foundation provides discretionary grants of up to $5,000 to Jewish students taking part in UJEB’s Year 10 Israel Experience. The discretionary grant aims to provide increased affordability for those who require it. Students must have at least one Jewish parent and live in VIC, SA, TAS, NT & WA.
Who is eligible for the I4Y discretionary grant?
The I4Y (VIC, TAS, SA, NT & WA) $5,000 discretionary grant is available based on eligibility criteria for participation in UJEB’s Year 10 Program explained above.
How do I apply for an I4Y discretionary grant?
After the information session, UJEB will provide you with a link to the I4Y Discretionary Grant form. You will need to indicate on this form if you will be taking all, part or none of the discretionary grant.
What If I don’t need the discretionary grant or only need part of the discretionary grant?
All families, regardless of whether you are taking all, part or none of the discretionary grant are required to complete the I4Y form.
The discretionary grant is not an entitlement. There are families who cannot afford the cost of the program and genuinely require financial help, many above the discretionary grant amount. If you can afford the full cost of the program, or only require part of the discretionary grant, you are encouraged to indicate this on the I4Y form. In doing so you will allow I4Y to extend their assistance to those who genuinely need it.
What if additional assistance is required for the cost of the program?
Families who cannot afford some, or all of the remaining costs of the UJEB Year 10 Israel Program, can apply for further means-tested support. Further details are provided in the Year 10 Information Session.
We aim to achieve this through our 4 key Values:
Our programs support learners in exploring and understanding their Jewish identity. We hope to foster a feeling of connection to Jewish life and Israel.
The quality educational experiences provided aim to create curious and passionate learners who are engaged with their Jewish identity.
Program participants can begin establishing a lifelong connection and commitment not only to their local Jewish community, but to the wider, global Jewish community.
We strongly believe that all Jews have a right to learn about their Jewish identity. We aim to create programs that cater to those with special needs, and programs that are affordable to all.