About Us

HiBuR is an innovative, impactful teen exchange program that fosters connections between teens from a group of synagogues in Metro West, and Beit Sefer Hugim, a public high school in Haifa. Through HiBuR, teens develop person to person connections, learn about each other’s Jewish cultures and identities and develop a sense of Jewish peoplehood that extends beyond local and national boundaries.  The program includes two exchanges in which teens visit each other’s families and communities, an extensive curriculum for Metrowest participants as well as a year-long joint curriculum with the Hugim school.

There are 3 parts to the program, including a series of classes, a 3-day trip to New York City, a week of hosting Israeli students in Boston, and a 10-day trip to Israel.

NYC & Boston

The NYC/Boston component focuses on the American Jewish experience. It includes visits to:

  • ​The Tenement Museum
  • Ellis and Liberty Island
  • Shabbat at a liberal  congregation
  • Times Square
  • 9/11 Memorial Museum
  • One World Observatory
  • Massachusetts State  House
  • Mayyim Hayyim
  • Harvard University
  • ​Walden Pond

Israel

During the 10 day Israel adventure, the teens experience some of the
​culture, history, and people of Israel. this exciting trip includes:

  • A 6-night stay with hosting families in Haifa with visits to nearby sites such as the ancient port city of Akko, a Druze village and a kibbutz.
  • A guided, full-day tour of the mystic city of Tzefat and the Golan Heights.
  • A day trip to Tel Aviv, with a visit to Independence Hall and Old Yaffo.​
  • 3 Days in Jerusalem, beginning with a hike up Masada and a dip in the Dead Sea.

Meet the Team

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Regan McCook

Founder & CEO

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Eric Teagan

Vice President

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Timothy Barrett

CFO

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