WHY ISRAEL?

A trip to Israel should be a rite of passage for every Christian. The land and the people of Israel, rich with ancient history and modern invention, have a story to tell. By coming to Israel, you make Israel’s story part of your own.

After the trip, you will complete a capstone project and join a growing network of Passages alumni.

 

MORE THAN A TRIP

A Life-Changing Leadership Program

Passages gives you the opportunity to discover your spiritual heritage and to develop strong convictions. Through post-trip activities, you will learn to lead, encourage, and inspire your own community. Passages alumni are positioned to succeed through a strong support network of faithful, inspiring, and motivated peers and mentors.

Phase 1: The Beginning, An Introduction Course

The first phase of Passages introduces the core goals of the program: strengthened Christian faith, introduction to modern Israel, and leadership development. The course includes modules on the roots of Christianity, the biblical redemptive narrative, Jewish-Christian relations, and the history of modern Israel. 

Phase 2: The Israel Trip

Our itinerary is designed to accomplish the goals of Passages: to point trip participants to the roots of their Biblical faith and to introduce them to the complex landscape of modern Israel. Participants visit sites including Capernaum, the Mount of Beatitudes, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and the Garden of Gethsemane. They hear from a diverse range of local speakers who help them understand Israeli culture, government and economy, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and geopolitical and security issues surrounding Israel.

Phase 3: Passages Capstone

After returning from Israel, participants begin the Passages Capstone by enrolling in the Leaders Course. Leaders Course expands upon the educational themes from the trip to Israel, and includes case studies of biblical and modern leaders. Participants apply these lessons by completing two Capstone Project electives. As participants complete those projects, they are welcomed into the Passages Leaders Network as alumni.

Phase 4: Passages Leaders Network, An Ongoing Alumni Network

The Passages Leaders Network (PLN) creates value for our alumni through intentional connections. PLN offers further engagement by providing additional educational content related to faith and Israel, facilitating a mentorship program, and promoting job listings, industry-specific networking groups, and community events. The ongoing impact of the Passages program is the result of the quality of Passages’ vast network of alumni leaders.

The trip gave me a much deeper understanding of and appreciation for Jewish history, culture, and the nation of Israel, as well as a feeling of responsibility to be an advocate and ally for their people.

Trip Participant | 2019-20

Not only did this trip affect my faith, but it also opened my eyes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Jewish-Christian relations.

Trip Participant | 2019-20

The centuries of history weren't just lines on a plaque in front of ruins. They could be seen in the eyes of the people I met.

Trip Participant | 2019-20

Words can't describe how impactful this trip was for me. Now when I read the Bible, I can picture myself standing on the Mount of Beatitudes or the Sea of Galilee.

Trip Participant | 2019-20

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PARTICIPANT QUALIFICATIONS
  • Enrolled as a full-time student
  • In-between the ages of 18-30
  • Practicing Christian
  • Commit to both pre-trip and post-trip requirements (simple pre-trip course and our post-trip Capstone Project)
  • Spouses are only eligible to participate if they also meet the above qualifications

 

TRAVEL TO ISRAEL FOR LESS THAN $2,000

We believe that every Christian college student should experience Israel. We’ve partnered with donors from around the world to help make our trips as accessible as possible.

Scholarships are available to pay for up to 80% of your trip. Students from partner schools will pay less than $2,000 and all students receive a $200 deposit refund upon completion of the post-trip program. Your scholarship amount will be awarded upon application acceptance.

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