Student Welfare

The physical, mental, and emotional health of our students is always TRY’s top priority. Students can look forward to a meaningful, fun, and safe experience on TRY, under the leadership of TRY’s excellent staff. 

For more specifics on how TRY will be dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.

Guidance – ייעוץ

TRY provides social, emotional, medical and psychological support to our students. In addition to our dorm counselors we have a guidance counselor (יועצת) who is a licensed social worker (MSW). Our guidance counselor is on campus almost every day and works very closely with our students, dorm counselors, and is in touch with parents when needed. Our guidance counselor observes students on how they are doing, both individually and as a group, in all aspects of the program. In addition, the guidance counselor monitors students’ adjustment to the program and its social and academic demands, maintains an open line of communication with parents and guardians, and meets periodically with the student body as a whole. We also facilitate appointments with any specialist that may be needed.

The guidance counselor works closely with the Director and staff to make sure each student is having a successful, healthy, and enjoyable experience, and is involved in the training of counselors prior to and during the program.

Medical – ביטוח וטיפול רפואי

All participants are fully covered for medical care, including doctors’ visits, medications, x-rays, and hospitalization. This coverage extends from the time of arrival in Israel until the end of the TRY program, but does not cover diseases, illnesses, or medical problems resulting from pre-existing conditions, pregnancy, or self-inflicted injuries. In addition, we will be purchasing a coronavirus add-on that covers COVID-19 testing and all treatments, medications, doctor’s visits and hospitalizations as they relate to COVID-19 exposure or infection.

The TRY staff will ensure that all students receive the medical treatment recommended or prescribed by our health care professionals. Counselors accompany students to all medical appointments or tests. Please note that due to COVID-19 distancing protocols, some doctor’s check-ups may need to be done remotely.

The medical coverage does not include dental, orthodontic, optical, or psychological care. However, Ramah staff will facilitate such appointments if needed, at the participant’s expense. We recommend a complete dental check-up before departure for Israel.

We do our best to cater for gluten free students, but please note we are not a sterile environment for nuts, sesame and gluten. We use the facilities and dining room of the Goldstein Youth Village. 

Safety and Security – בטיחות ובטחון

TRY does not compromise on safety, and has earned an outstanding reputation for its strict enforcement of all safety and security procedures.

TRY will react swiftly and responsibly to any change in circumstances in the field. If certain programs need to be altered because of security or COVID-19 related concerns, every effort is made to apply alternate programming and if possible to compensate participants with special “extras” somewhere else in the program. In regards to COVID-19, we will follow all governmental guidelines and regulations and will almost always err on the side of caution in order to avoid infection or quarantine based on exposure to an infected individual.

TRY operates with a total commitment to both participants’ well being and their parents’ piece of mind. TRY follows a policy of active, on-going contact with parents throughout the program that includes a weekly update from the Director, direct e-mail correspondence and phone availability both in the US and Israel.

TRY’s standard operating procedures include:

  • Strict adherence to the security policies established by Israel’s Ministry of Education, governing all field trips for visiting youth, and in consultation with the Jewish Agency and World Zionist Organization security departments.
  • All field trips are accompanied by licensed security personnel.
  • All field trips are cleared in advance, and then again prior to each day’s program, with the appropriate authorities.
  • Transportation to all programmed activities is handled by chartered buses that keep in constant communication with Ramah personnel through short-wave radio and cellular phones.
  • There is no travel over the “Green Line” except in very specific areas determined safe by Israel’s security services.
  • All participants are given a complete security briefing immediately upon arrival, and provided with a convenient card listing all relevant telephone numbers they may need.


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