Ruderman Family Foundation







About the Grant

The Ruderman Family Foundation’s $15,000 grant funds the inclusion of Jewish teens with disabilities in Lappin Foundation’s Youth to Israel Adventure (Y2I), a life-changing Israel experience for Jewish teens who are sophomores or juniors in high school.







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“All Jewish outreach activities should aspire to be inclusive, not just because it is the right thing to do from a Jewish perspective, but because a more inclusive society will ultimately be a more attractive society to our younger generations.  The Ruderman Family Foundation is proud to help Y2I make their trips to Israel inclusive for children with disabilities.” – Jay Ruderman, President, Ruderman Family Foundation


Youth to Israel Adventure~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 who are members of a temple in 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 ability.

Y2I is the answer to Jewish continuity. 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 its success is the fully subsidized community teen trip to Israel. More than 2,500 teens have participated in Y2I over the past 40+ years.

The Y2I experience includes important Israel advocacy training and resources to educate and empower Jewish students to serve as activists and advocates at their high schools, in their social circles, and on college campuses.

2018 Y2I included 100 teens from 29 communities and 37 high schools.