Bnei Akiva Israel Machane

More than just a tour!

REGISTER INTEREST

Register your interest in our Year 11 and Year 12 Summer programmes in 2021

BA MADRICH

If you want to BA madrich for Year 11 or Year 12 Israel Machane, please click above

Bnei Akiva Israel Machane is the experience of a lifetime – it’s more than just a tour – and as you’d expect from Bnei Akiva, there’s loads to learn. Even when you don’t realise it, you’ll be soaking up more than just the sun. It’s a unique camp where you’ll see new sights and places, make lots of new friends, see Israel like never before and have the time of your life!

Provisional Dates: 6th – 27th July 2021 (Year 11), 17th – 31st August 2021 (Year 12)

FAQ's

Year 11 FAQ's

As you can expect, this is the strangest year ever of planning Israel Machane so we have put together a list of questions you may be thinking:

Is Israel Machane happening this summer?

At the moment, there is a lot of uncertainty around all travel due to the pandemic. We are working hard to overcome these challenges in order to launch and run Israel Machane for both Year 11 this summer. We are optimistic thanks to recent progress with vaccinations and testing, however we cannot guarantee anything at this time.

When will applications open?

Like the rest of the global travel industry, we must be cautious and plan carefully in order to have the confidence that we can ensure the safety of our chanichim and madrichim before opening our programmes for applications. We hope that we will have more clarity in April, and at that time we will update you on registration.

We would like to book a family holiday so when will we know if Israel Machane is going ahead?

We appreciate you trying to book your summer holidays around Bnei Akiva, and we know these delays are frustrating. We are waiting as long as possible before making a final decision on whether or not to go ahead. Should Israel Machane go ahead, it will take place on the above dates. If Israel Machane is not possible, we will run programming in the UK during July. We hope this will give you the confidence to book holidays around these dates.

Is there any commitment by registering interest?

No, we are just asking for your names and email addresses so we can add you to our interested list. This does not commit you to coming on Israel Machane and there is no cost to do an initial registration today.

Will there be a mass effort to ensure all children going on Israel Machane have been vaccinated?

According to current government guidelines and public health announcements, it does not look likely that children aged 16 and 17 will be vaccinated before the summer. We are keeping updated with the latest guidance and will update you accordingly if the situation changes.

Is it safe to run Israel Machane during a global pandemic?

At Bnei Akiva, we take the pandemic extremely seriously and all our events this year have been run either on Zoom or in COVID-secure venues. We cancelled Israel Machane last year due to the restrictions and also as we did not feel it was responsible to take chanichim to Israel at the time. Our policy on safety is still as strict as ever and we will not run Israel Machane unless we are safe and able to do so.

Are there alternative arrangements in case Israel Machane does not go ahead?

We are working as hard as possible to get our chanichim to Israel this summer and will do whatever it takes. In the event that Israel Machane is just not feasible, we are exploring other Israel based programming options, as well as back-up programming based in the UK in July.

I still have other questions, where can I find out more information?

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with us at [email protected] or call 0208 209 1319 ext 3.

Year 12 FAQ's

As you can expect, this is the strangest year ever of planning Israel Machane so we have put together a list of questions you may be thinking:

Is Israel Machane happening this summer?

At the moment, there is a lot of uncertainty around all travel due to the pandemic. We are working hard to overcome these challenges in order to launch and run Israel Machane for Year 12 this summer. We are optimistic thanks to recent progress with vaccinations and testing, however we cannot guarantee anything at this time.

When will applications open?

Like the rest of the global travel industry, we must be cautious and plan carefully in order to have the confidence that we can ensure the safety of our chanichim and madrichim before opening our programmes for applications. We hope that we will have more clarity in April, and at that time we will update you on registration.

Is there any commitment by registering interest?

No, we are just asking for your names and email addresses so we can add you to our interested list. This does not commit you to coming on Israel Machane and there is no cost to do an initial registration today.

Will I have to complete the whole sign-up process for my child in Year 12 if I did it last year when they were in Year 11?

We are working on this and hope that the online application system will be able to transfer many of the details from last year to a new application this year. However, there may be certain steps of the application process that we ask you to complete again, for example getting a GP to sign off the medical form and to apply for bursaries. Additionally, if any of the details from last year have changed (e.g. if you have moved house), you will need to update them.

Can I be a madrich on Summer Machane AND come on Israel Machane?

Yes! We still really want you all to be madrichim, so we have made sure Israel Machane takes place for two weeks after Summer Machane. There will be no clash and we will also offer special incentives to everyone who is a madrich and comes on Israel Machane. More details to follow!

Will there be a mass effort to ensure all children going on Israel Machane have been vaccinated?

According to current government guidelines and public health announcements, it does not look likely that children aged 16 and 17 will be vaccinated before the summer. We are keeping updated with the latest guidance and will update you accordingly if the situation changes.

Is it safe to run Israel Machane during a global pandemic?

At Bnei Akiva, we take the pandemic extremely seriously and all our events this year have been run either on Zoom or in COVID-secure venues. We cancelled Israel Machane last year due to the restrictions and also as we did not feel it was responsible to take chanichim to Israel at the time. Our policy on safety is still as strict as ever and we will not run Israel Machane unless we are safe and able to do so.

I still have other questions, where can I find out more information?

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with us at [email protected] or call 0208 209 1319 ext 3.

YOU WILL VISIT...

THE GOLAN, THE MERCAZ AND THE NEGEV

Witness the breathtaking views of the North during a Kinneret boat ride, discover the mystical secrets of Tzfat, splash your way through water tiyulim, kayak down the River Jordan, and spend time on a Kibbutz.

Visit Jerusalem, seeing important sites, ancient and modern – from the Old City to Yad Vashem, Har Herzl and more. In Tel Aviv you’ll take in the Hall of Independence, Rabin Square and experience the culture of this vibrant city.

Learn about David Ben-Gurion and his dream for the Negev. Float on the Dead Sea, climb Masada, sleep under the stars in the Negev desert and take in the beautiful scenery of Ein Gedi.

Bnei Akiva gratefully appreciates the generous support of the Danielle and Michael Gross Bursaries provided through UJIA

UJIA Israel Experience is organised by the Jewish Agency for Israel and supported by UJIA.

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