National Young Leadership Summer Trip to Israel
June 30 - July 7, 2014
ABOUT THE TRIP
What is this trip all about? Put a little soul in your summer! This year our Israel trip is getting personal. Experience the incredible sights and smells of the Jerusalem market, enjoy a bonfire in the desert with young Israelis and feel the energy of Tel Aviv. And for the first time, spend a day focused on a track of your choice: arts & culture, food & wine, politics or start-up nation. Plus, visit incredible sites where Federation is changing lives every day. From the city to the desert, touch Israel's history, get inspired and have the time of your life. It's good for the soul.
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 30 to July 7, 2014. The closing dinner will take place on July 6 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 6 so you don't miss the closing dinner and last evening together.
For the first time on the NYL Summer Trip, you will have the opportunity to customize your experience! On day three, Wednesday, July 2, you will participate on a "track day" and explore your interests further. You will choose a track option when you register for the trip. You will not be able to switch your track option during the trip. For any questions, contact Julia Malkin. The track options are as follows.
REGISTRATION AND FEES
What are the registration fees for the trip? Registration prices will be listed shortly. 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 us.
What is the cancellation policy?
HOTELS AND ROOMMATES
What are the hotels for this trip? We will be staying at the Hilton in Tel Aviv, the Ayalim Student Village in Beer Sheva, and the Leonardo Plaza Hotel in Jerusalem. When you register for this trip you are automatically booked in a hotel.
June 30 - July 2
Hilton Tel Aviv
Independence Park, Tel Aviv, 63405
July 2 - July 3
Adiel Student Village
July 3 - July 7
Leonardo Plaza Hotel
47 King George Street, Jerusalem, 91076
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 Ora Merin at Giant Leaps. Feel free to book a couple nights before the trip at our first hotel, the Hilton in Tel Aviv.
Ora Merin, Giant Leaps
Tel:+972 2 6553236
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. More information about hotel WiFi coming soon.
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 email@example.com. You can also use a travel agent of your choosing.
Plan to land in Israel by June 30 at 12pm. Please do not book a departure flight out of Israel on the evening of July 6, as that is the evening of our closing dinner. You will have a hotel room until the morning of July 7.JFNA recommends the following flight to Israel from New York:
United Airlines Flight #84
Departs: 29 June from Newark at 4:15pm
Arrives: 30 June in Tel Aviv at 9:45am
United AIrlines Flight #85
Departs: 7 July from Tel Aviv at 11:45am
Arrives: 7 July in Newark at 4:45pm
How will I get to and from Ben Gurion International Airport? The flights with the largest number of Summer Trip participants, and especially the recommended flight above, will have a bus waiting for you at the airport. It is important that you email us your flight information as soon as you book it so we can know which flights should have buses waiting. We will email all participants which flights will have a bus. You can either wait for the bus if you arrive early, or take a taxi from the airport to the Hilton Tel Aviv. Feel free to email us with any questions.
On July 7 airport transfers will be provided for participants traveling on the recommended group flight. 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. We will be sending information about IsraelPhones to all registered trip participants closer to the trip date. For any questions until then please contact Julia Malkin.
Can I extend my trip? For those who wish to create pre/post trip extensions, please contact our Giant Leaps representative Ora Merin. She will be able to assist you with this. You can find the itinerary for their popular Petra extension here.
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 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 Julia Malkin at (212) 284-6636.
Dates: June 30 - July 7, 2014
Cost: $2899 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 Julia Malkin at 212.284.6636.
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.