National Young Leadership Summer Trip to Israel
June 24 - July 2, 2013
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ABOUT THE TRIP
What is this trip all about? Join us for an incredible summer experience in Israel that’s way more than skin deep. Don’t just see Israel through the window of a bus – experience Israel as you kayak the headwaters of the Jordan River, climb Masada before dawn, and meet with members of the IDF. Plus, get an insider’s look at how Federation, the most effective Jewish community-building organization on the planet, unites and cares for Jews in Israel and around the world.
Who attends this trip? The National Young Leadership Summer Trip to Israel will include hundreds of young professionals, ages 22 to 45. We expect a diverse group – people from all across North America, from many backgrounds, involved in a myriad of professions and volunteer activities, married and single, etc. There is no typical participant – all are unique and welcome!
What are the dates of this year’s trip? The trip will take place from June 24 to July 2, 2013. We will be meeting the group buses at Ben Gurion International Airport at 2pm on June 24 and will drive to Haifa together. If you are booking your own flight, please be sure that it lands in Israel by 1pm on June 24 so that you can meet the rest of the group for the drive to Haifa. The closing dinner will take place on July 1 in Tel Aviv and you will have your hotel room through that evening. We encourage all participants who book their own flights to not leave on the evening of July 1 so you don't miss the closing dinner and last evening together.
REGISTRATION AND FEES
What are the registration fees for the trip? The cost of a double room is $2799 and the cost of a single room is $3849. The trip registration fee covers all program costs, buses, transfers, most meals, etc. This does not include airfare. Most Federations require a minimum gift.
Please contact your local Jewish Federation for more information about local subsidies.
*For information about flights, please contact Gil Travel at (212) 284-6668. Don't forget to mention the National Young Leadership Summer Trip to Israel to get the best flight dates and times.
*When you register for this trip you are NOT automatically booked on a flight. Please make sure you note on the registration that you require assistance with flights. If you plan to book your own flights you must note this on the registration site so that we know when to expect your arrival in Israel. If you book your flights after you register, please email your flight itinerary to Jason Leibowitz.
What is the cancellation policy?
Land and Group Air (see group flights below)
HOTELS AND ROOMMATES
What are the hotels for this trip? We will be staying at the Dan Carmel in Haifa, the Inbal in Jerusalem, and the Hilton in Tel Aviv. When you register for this trip you are automatically booked in a hotel.
June 24 - June 25
Dan Carmel Haifa
85-87 Hanassi Avenue, Haifa 34642
June 26 - June 29
Inbal Hotel Jerusalem
Liberty Bell Park, 3 Jabotinsky Street, Jerusalem, 92145
June 30 - July 2
Hilton Tel Aviv
Independence Park, Tel Aviv, 63405
Can I register for a hotel room pre- or post-trip? If you want us to book you a hotel in Israel either prior to or after the trip, please contact Roslyn Herscovitz at Kenes Tours. We have arranged for a special group rate at our 'unofficial' pre-trip hotel, the Hilton in Tel Aviv. We will provide a shuttle from this hotel to meet the rest of the group on June 24.
Roslyn Herscovitz, Kenes Tours
Tel:+972 3 9727583
Mobile: +972 54 6787883
Can I share a room? If you wish to share a hotel room, you will be asked to name your roommate when registering (each person should indicate the name of the roommate). Please note that if one roommate cancels, the other person will be charged for a single-person room. The Jewish Federations of North America will not assign roommates. Please contact your local Federation professional for help in finding roommates.
What if I plan to share a room on this trip, but I do not have a roommate at the time I register? If you wish to share a hotel room for the trip, you should contact your local Federation professional about finding a roommate. The Jewish Federations of North America is not responsible for arranging roommates.
Will there be WiFi at the hotels? There will always be WiFi on your bus. At the hotels there will always be free WiFi in the lobby. See below for specific hotel information:
SECURITY ON THE ISRAEL TRIP
The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) is dedicated to giving you an Israel experience that is exciting, meaningful and memorable with an optimum degree of comfort and security.
Rest assured, your peace of mind is paramount in our minds. We want you to relax and enjoy your time in Israel, concerning yourself only with how much fun you are having.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Will I be charged a deposit when I register for this trip? Yes. If you choose to pay "in two installments," a deposit of $1000 will be deducted from your credit card upon registration. Final payment, minus subsidies, will be deducted from your credit card on or about May 21. If you choose the "payment plan" option, a deposit of $500 will be deducted from your credit card upon registration. Each month a prorated rate, minus subsidies, will be deducted until on or about May 21.
How much cash should we have on hand when we arrive and are there places to change money that are convenient to where we will be going? The shekel (
How do I book my flight? You have several options. You can call JFNA's Travel Agent, Gil Travel, at (212) 284-6668 or you can email Marilyn Bardo or Francois Naggar. You can also use a travel agent of your choosing. Gil Travel has blocked seats on the following group flights at the cost of $1799 (subject to change until ticketed):
EL AL LY#002 23JUN JFK-TLV 0700PM/1225PM
EL AL LY#001 03JUL TLV-JFK 0100AM/0540AM
How will I get to and from Ben Gurion International Airport? On June 24 all buses will be waiting for participants at Ben Gurion International Airport. Buses will leave for Haifa at 2pm. Please make sure your flight lands by 1pm so you have enough time to collect your luggage and meet the buses. We will have a representative waiting for people who arrive after Passport Control.
On July 2 airport transfers will be provided for participants traveling on the group flight that leaves at 1am on July 3. Otherwise, transfers to the airport are available by taxi or shuttle.
How do I get a phone that works in Israel? We have a partnership with IsraelPhones to provide discounted mobile phones, smart phones and SIM cards to NYL Summer Trip participants. For more information about IsraelPhones and how to rent a phone while you're in Israel click here. For any questions until then please contact Jason Leibowitz.
Can I extend my trip? For those who wish to create pre/post trip extensions, please contact our Kenes representative Roslyn Herscovitz. She will be able to assist you with this. We are also offering an optional post-trip extension to Petra through our mission provider, Kenes. Click here for more information and to register for the Petra extension.
Minimum Gift Requirement
All participants will be asked to contribute to Jewish social services at home, in Israel and around the world by making a suggested voluntary minimum gift of $500 to the annual campaign of your local Jewish Federation. Pursuant to the Internal Revenue Code, the amount of payments that may be claimed as a charitable contribution are reduced by the fair market value of benefits deemed to have been received by the contributor. The cost of the trip is the fair market value of the trip, and, as a general rule, is not deductible as a charitable gift. In addition, as a general rule, the value of any subsidy received represents a benefit, which must be subtracted from the amount of payments made by the donor in determining the allowable charitable deduction. The Jewish Federations of North America does not render tax or legal advice; this statement of general principles should be reviewed with your own tax preparer.
For all questions regarding this trip, please contact Jason Leibowitz at (212) 284-6768.
Dates: June 24 - July 2, 2013
Cost: $2799 for a double room
$3849 for a single room.
Please contact your local Jewish Federation for more information about local subsidies.For more information, please contact Jason Leibowitz at 212.284.6768.
For questions related to flights and travel, contact Gil Travel at 212.284.6668.
For questions related to Trip & Travel insurance, please see JFNA's Mission Resources page.
Check this page regularly to read updates about registration, availability, the itinerary and more details.