Jewish Federation offers teen travel opportunities to Israel


Israel Bound

Israel Bound is a life-changing experience for St. Louis teens who want to explore their Jewish identity, strengthen their connection to Israel and have the adventure of a lifetime with their friends. The three-week trip began in 2008 and continues to be one of the most popular trips for St. Louis teens who want to travel to Israel. The itinerary is jam-packed every year with the classic Israel experiences such as visiting the Western Wall, climbing Masada at sunrise, floating in the Dead Sea and riding camels.

However, Jewish Federation of St. Louis also provides some experiences that are quite unique, such as staying two nights with an Israeli host family in our partnership region of Yokneam-Meggido, getting a geo-political briefing/tour at the beginning and end of the trip and sleeping under the stars in the Negev Desert. Click here to view the tentative itinerary for the upcoming trip from June 13 to July 4.

All-Inclusive Pricing:

• $2,300 (includes flight from St. Louis)

• Discounted price includes $750 travel grant available to all St. Louis teens and $3,000 RootOne voucher (limited number of vouchers available)

• RootOne is seeded through the generosity of The Marcus Foundation, and is powered by the Jewish Education Project.

Benefits of a local trip:

• Teens can experience Israel with their friends from school/synagogue

• Pre-trip meetings allow for proper orientation and group bonding before we depart

• Post-trip reunions allow for proper processing of the experience and continued social connection with trip participants

• Local staff you can trust and meet in person prior to the trip

Registration for the 2022 trip is now open
For mor information and to apply, go to Contact Jody Gerth with questions at [email protected] or 314-442-3881.

Birthright Israel

Taglit-Birthright Israel and Jewish Federation of St. Louis have teamed up to provide the gift of a peer educational trip to Israel. On this 10-day trip, participants get an insider’s perspective of the Jewish homeland, with visits to vibrant cities and historical sites, the chance to explore diverse and beautiful landscapes and learn about Israel’s culture. This gift is open to Jewish young adults ages 18 through 26. To learn more, visit or

For more information, visit the Passport to Israel page or contact Karen Rader at [email protected] or 314-442-3756 or Jody Gerth at 314-442-3881.