Achva Programs

Religious Standards

Achva is designed and suited for religiously observant boys and girls.  Therefore, all participants will be expected to abide by common Modern Orthodox practice. This applies to all areas of conduct including, but not limited to, the following: participant’s manner of speech, midot and behavior towards other participants.  It also includes keeping Shabbat, Kashrut and attending tefilla three times a day, as well as the laws of the Nine Days and Tisha B’Av.  (Applicants for whom keeping basic halacha would be a problem and/or a burden should not attend the program.)


Programming on Shabbat will feature educational sessions and shiurim in addition to lively Shabbat meals and davening.  There should also be time to socialize and catch up on sleep.  In no case does the program violate the laws of Shabbat, nor may its participants. Of course, this includes prohibition on all use of electronic devices even in the privacy of your own hotel room.


The tour maintains high Kashrut standards, consistent with the policy of Young Israel.  Participants are expected to maintain Kashrut standards at all times during the tour.  This includes free time at theme parks, shopping areas, etc.  Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action up to and possibly including expulsion from the program. 


All participants will be expected to treat each other with the proper respect and kindness. The Achva staff will not tolerate anyone not relating properly with their fellow participants.