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What is Tzofim Chetz V’Keshet?
Tzofim Chetz V’Keshet (CVK) is a month long Israel Summer Program for teens ages 15-18,
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
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. 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.
Tzofim Chetz V’Keshet (CVK) is a joint summer teen program of the Tzofim (Israel Scouts)
and Gadna, the Educational Division of the Israel Defense Forces in cooperation with the
Ministry of Absorption and the Jewish Agency for Israel.
Connection with the IDF
As the only teen summer program run in conjunction with the Israel Defense Forces
(IDF), Tzofim Chetz V’Keshet is granted unique benefits: an exclusive behind the
scenes look at the Israeli Army, an in-depth look at military history, a tailor-made
Gadna experience, incredible safety and logistics. Our participants constantly rank
this interface with the army as one of the main draws to joining CVK.
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.
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 ablility 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