General Information

What is Tzofim Chetz V’Keshet?


Tzofim Chetz V’Keshet (CVK) is a month long Israel Summer Program for teenagers who have completed grades 9-12, from North America and all over the world. Bringing teens to Israel since 1981, CVK has over 5,000 alumni who have been positively impacted by their experience on the program.


Through CVK’s unrivaled immersion program, for one month chanichim (participants) are absorbed into the culture, heritage, language, and society as they hike, bike, and tour the country alongside Israeli teens. Chanichim strengthen their connection to Israel by seeing the country through the eyes of both their Israeli peer participants as well as their Israeli counselors. New friendships are made and memories are formed that will last a lifetime!


CVK is the only summer program that offers the unique opportunity to have a Summer in Israel – Israeli Style.


Connection with the IDF

Tzofim Chetz V’Keshet offers a tailor-made Gadna experience, where teens are supervised by real IDF commanders and undergo a mock basic training experience, with incredible safety and logistics. Our participants constantly rank this interface with the army as one of the main draws to joining CVK.


Israeli Peers

Tzofim Chetz V’Keshet is one of the only Israel summer programs that includes Israeli peer participants. A quarter of all CVK participants are Israeli teens; they are members of the Israeli Tzofim youth movement and are chosen from a highly selective pool for their personality, maturity, leadership skills and ability to communicate in both English and Hebrew. In addition to experiencing the incredible program activities together, built into the itinerary is the opportunity to spend Shabbat with an Israeli peer’s family. Year after year, our participants comment that having israeli peers is one of the highlights of the program.


Maturing Experience

A common reflection of our many alumni is a sense of feeling sincere change for the better after the program. Chanichim constantly speak to feeling more self-confident, more mature, and a strong ability to overcome challenges after their CVK experience. The program staff works to help build confidence, while the program structure allows chanichim to engage in new experiences and get to know themselves better.


Community Service

Students have many volunteer experiences during Tzofim Chetz V'Keshet. In addition, they will choose between three different volunteer tracks (Spiritual Path, Agricultural Path, and Nature Path), and can earn up to 40 hours of community service.


Dates and Fees

Dates for 2020

Thursday, June 25 - Tuesday, July 21



Land Cost of Program (without flights): $4,800

Flight price: $1,450


Discount Opportunities:

Early Bird Discounts: 

   Participants who register by November 30th will receive a discount of $300 off the program price

   Participants who register by January 31st will receive a discount of $200 off the program price

   Participants who register Together by March 31st will receive a discount of $200 off the program price


Sibling Discount:

   Families who have 2 or more children register for the program in the same year will receive a discount of $225    for each child off the program price.


Refer-A-Friend Discount:

   Participants who refer a registering friend will receive a discount of $100 off the program price, and the friend     will receive a $50 discount.

Scholarship Opportunities

Please visit our Scholarship Opportunities page for more information.


Participants are not obligated to book their flights through Chetz V'Keshet, though they must be at Ben Gurion airport when the chartered flight arrives, to join the group.


We offer direct chaperoned flights on El Al (JFK - Tel Aviv - JFK).


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Safety and Security


All elements of the Tzofim Chetz V’Keshet itinerary are approved by the Israeli military service. We are constantly updated with the security status in Israel and given recommendations by the IDF as to where or where not to travel. We are able to make immediate changes to the itinerary if a situation shoud arise.


Armed Escort

Tzofim Chetz V'Keshet has a security guard on every bus for security, as needed. A medic accompanies each bus during the entire program, including all hikes and trips, and there is a doctor on-call at all times.


Security Orientation

Participants and staff receive an in-depth security orientation upon arrival. Security rules and regulations are explained, including the necessity of heightened security consciousness in Israel. Staff are always prepared to act in the event of a heightened security situation.