An outstanding feature of our high school program is Project HiBur, our partnership with Hugim High School in Haifa. Each fall, Beth El teens meet Israeli students for a weekend in New York City, then travel back to Boston and hosts them for a week in their homes. Over February school vacation, Beth El 10th-graders stay with their Haifa friends and then tour Israel with them and teachers form Hugim High School and Beth El. The Beth El students have seminars and Skype with their Israeli counterparts before each of the two visits.

Through this cross-cultural exchange, which is part of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies’ Boston-Haifa Connection, Beth El teens broaden their sense of Jewish identity and peoplehood. They also build strong and long-lasting relationships with the Hugim students and families, as well as with the state of Israel.

Project HiBur welcomes teens from other congregations as well as unaffiliated teens. The 2017-18 group included students from Temple Shir Tikva and Congregation Or Atid in Wayland and Kerem Shalom in Concord. Registration for the 2018-19 program (for high school sophomore is now open! For more information, please email youth@bethelsudbury.org.

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