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Let the Adventure Begin on Y2I!

The Robert I. Lappin Youth to Israel Adventure, Y2I, is a life-changing Israel experience for Jewish teens, who are sophomores or juniors in high school and who live in or are members of a temple in any of the 23 cities or towns of the Foundation’s service area. Y2I, a rite of passage for Jewish teens, is open to all, regardless of level of Jewish observance, education, affiliation or abilities.

The goal of Y2I is to inspire teens to stay Jewish, to marry Jewish, and to raise their own children Jewish. Created in 1971 by philanthropist Robert Israel Lappin as the most cost effective way to build Jewish pride, connect young people to Israel, and imbue in them love of and responsibility for our Jewish Family, Y2I is the most successful community teen Israel experience per capita in North America.  Key to Y2I’s success is the fully subsidized community teen trip to Israel. More than 2,400 teens have participated in Y2I over the past 40+ years.

Y2I is made possible by a generous allocation from the Combined Jewish Philanthropies, and is funded by:  the Lappin Foundation, the Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation, Robert Israel Lappin, and the Foundation’s Annual Campaign.


Study:  Assessing the Teen Israel Experience

Read Excerpts of 2015 Y2I Post Trip Essays

Watch the video, Y2I: A Success Story (password lappin)



Y2I 2015 included individuals with disabilities, thanks to generous support from the Ruderman Family Foundation.

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