Cultural Exchange

Deep friendships are forged as students host an Israeli teen for 7 days, and are hosted by Israelis when they visit Haifa in February.

​Hosting enables the students to fully engage in Israeli culture, gives them a wider perspective of Israeli life, and enables the students to broader their engagement with the Jewish community.

Many students who participate in HiBuR return to Israel for a semester abroad or a summer program. students maintain their eligibility to go on Birthright.



Hosting Israeli teens was a fantastic experience for us. We got the chance to share our culture with kids who were genuinely interested in how we lived. We also got a glimpse into what it’s like to grow up in Israeli society. The girls we hosted inspired in us a fascination and a curiosity about the differences in how kids across different cultures come of age.

Ira, hosting parent

The most fascinating part for me was seeing our way of life through the eyes of the Israeli teens.  The teens from Haifa don’t spend much time in cars, so even the driving, the houses along the way, the beauty of the semi-rural areas we drive through – everything sparked their observations and from there the conversations flowed.  Also the ways that we observe Judaism were the source of much conversation, because of how different our Jewish experience is from theirs. This program is well worth the effort–we have seen powerful impacts already in our kids’ maturity, and in their relationships to Judaism.

Lisa, hosting parent