National Travel

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Creating Life-Changing Opportunities

Join other Jewish teens from the North Shore and across the country for our national travel programs to create life-changing opportunities for learning, reflection and growth.

Our Most Popular National Travel Programs:

Camp Sunshine:

Camp Sunshine provides respite, support, joy and hope to children with life-threatening illnesses and their immediate families. NSTI secures 8-10 counselor positions for this incredible volunteer opportunity for a week each summer.

Learn more about our Camp Sunshine Trip


Habitat for Humanity:

During February vacation week, North Shore teens have the chance to travel to Raleigh, North Carolina to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.

With instruction from Habitat and AmeriCorps leaders, teens build, repair, reclaim materials, paint and more. In the evenings, teens kick back and have some fun bowling, go-carting, and taking in local events, like a pro-hockey game. Throughout the week, they have the opportunity to discuss and learn about the Jewish faith’s connection to service work and “tikkun olam,” or repairing the world. (Teens must be at least 16 years of age by the start of the trip). This trip is made possible in part by Repair the World.

Learn more about our Alternative Spring Break in North Carolina


L’Taken Social Justice Seminar:

Teens grades 9-12 are invited to join with hundreds of high school students from around the U.S. for the Religious Action Center’s L’Taken Seminar, which focuses on Jewish values and social justice.

This unique program enables students to hear from experts both inside and outside the Jewish community, to lobby on Capitol Hill, visit the Smithsonian, tour the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and sample the vibrancy of Georgetown and other D.C. neighborhoods!

Learn more about our L’Taken Trip to Washington, DC


New Orleans Service Trip:

While public schools are still wrapping up the year, Independent School students have a unique opportunity to join us for a late-spring service trip to New Orleans!

Working along side Boston-area teens and the JCRC’s TELEM program, North Shore teens will be guided by the St. Bernard Project in building, repairing, painting and more in areas impacted by last year’s devastating EF3 tornado. In the evenings, we’ll have fun exploring the one of a kind NOLA, taking in local events, music and sampling southern cuisine. Throughout the week, we’ll discuss and learn about the Jewish faith’s connection to service work and repairing the world.

Learn more about our Independent School Service Trip to New Orleans


New York Trip:

Spend a weekend exploring the Big Apple with teens from all over the North Shore. Activities include museum visits, subway rides, Empire State building, Time Square, college tours, Broadway show, touring historical synagogues, eating delicious foods and more!

Learn more about our New York Trip


Shabbaton Leadership Retreat:

This weekend retreat is a chance for teens to experience the fun, bonding and beauty of camp for one more time at the beginning of the school year. In collaboration with Union for Reform Judaism (URJ)’s Northeast Teen Collective, teens from Boston and the North Shore get to know each other through team-building and leadership development activities, Shabbat services, group games and social programming. This opportunity is open to Sloane Peer Leadership Fellows and any other interested 10-12th graders.

Learn more about our Shabbaton Leadership Retreat