Shorashim, which means roots in Hebrew, is a nonprofit organization devoted to building long-lasting bridges between Israeli and North American Jews on multiple levels. As a cutting-edge educational organization that has been a pioneer in cross-educational programs, we have a team dedicated to bringing the highest quality of bicultural programs to fruition. We maintain the approach that the human landscape, involving authentic encounters with Israelis, must act as a core component in addressing contemporary Israel.
With nearly 40 years of experience, Shorashim crafts innovative and immersive programs that are tailored to the needs of our partners and participants while building bridges between North American and Israeli Jews, ultimately strengthening ties to Israel through strong personal relations and longlasting connections to Israel.
As a non-profit organization, our goals are the same as yours. Our dynamic, tailor-made programs are designed with your mission and values as the main focus, ensuring that the experience pushes beyond expectations through a gratifying and life-changing journey.
Catering to the variety of interests and needs of participants and values of each partnering organization, our programs are built to allow each individual in any group to carry out their journey in a way makes the most sense to them and create a relationship to Israel that is meaningful to them.
Rooted in creating impactful relationships between Americans and Israelis, the experiences we provide are not merely informative, but also transformative, as participants gain insight and understanding, not only because of what they did, but through the people they met.
Crafted with the goal of facilitating personal growth and strengthening cohesive group bonding, Shorashim's multifaceted itineraries are customizable to the goals and values of any program, providing countless lenses by which to connect to Israel.
Championed by a passionate team of individuals in Israel and North America, Shorashim's full-time staff are knowledgable, passionate, motivated, and provide around the clock support to our partners and participants.
Shorashim's 30+ years of expertise in building and executing immersive, authentic, pluralistic experience in Israel and beyond is apparent through everything from the premium, unparalleled itineraries to the exceptional staff that offer above-and-beyond logistical and programmatic support.
"Shorashim’s commitment to the participant experience, education and professionalism permeate everything they do....it is clear they are the experts in the field of immersive experiences."
-Emily Briskman,Assistant Vice President, Campus Affairs/Executive Director, JUF’s Israel Education Center
"Shorashim’s attention to detail, from logistics, to food allergies, gives us the ability to focus on other important aspects of the trip - before, during, and after. They willingly collaborate with us on educational and programmatic content, involving our entire staff in the process. I can’t recommend them enough."
-Richard Moline, Director of Israel Education, Community Foundation for Jewish Education of Jewish United Fund
"[Shorashim's] knowledge of Israel, dedication to education, and exceptional customer service are unparalleled. From building an itinerary to execution on the ground, their partnership has enabled us to build a program that has successfully trained the future leaders of the Greater Washington Jewish community."
-Sarah Arenstein, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
"There are countless reasons why I enjoy partnering with Shorashim, but above all, it’s their creative, attentive, hard working diligence and commitment to excellence that has allowed for our Extension program to grow into a sustainable and successful educational experience for MIT students."
-Shoshana Gibbor, MIT Hillel Director of Birthright and Israel Engagement
"Feeling so grateful for the opportunity to give back to my favorite place on earth! I was able to work alongside some of the most genuine and kind-hearted people I have ever met in the heart of the Negev.”
- JNF Alternative Spring Break 2015 Alumna
"Shorashim was truly a life changing experience where I was able to make lifelong friends and experience Israel in a completely new way. Visiting Poland was an eye-opening experience and I learned more than I could ever imagine."
-Sydney Weisman, High School Adventure Participant