Israel Your Way 2022

For more than 20 years, the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston has offered unforgettable Missions to Israel. This fall, join us on a one-of-a-kind journey through Israel with five track options to choose from. Spend three days on the track of your choice, one day enjoying a special Shabbat experience in Jerusalem, and two days for additional options to round out your expedition. You will also have the opportunity to spend time in our partner city of Petach Tikvah and see the work of Federation partner agencies who are making progress in the areas of education, pluralism, and providing for at-risk olim.  

 

The Mission is made possible by a generous grant from the Velva G. & H. Fred Levine Israel Community Mission Fund. 

Join us for the Mission Information Session

Thursday, May 26, 7 pm, New Federation Building

TRACKS

Which Experience Will You Choose?

 

The highlights shown below are examples of the experiences you will encounter.

Tapestry for the Senses: Art/Food/Culture
Experience the best in Israeli creativity as we meet the people behind the nation’s cultural boom. Explore new museums, restaurants, and wineries, as we eat, drink, and embrace the richness of Israeli culture.

Highlights Include: Street art, fashion & jewelry design, backstage tour of Israel’s national theater Habima, a musical tour of Jaffa, a Middle Eastern cooking workshop, a Vertigo Dance Company performance.

 

Israel in Motion: Eco/Outdoors/Wellness 
This hands-on excursion explores Israel’s cutting-edge, eco-friendly solutions to contemporary challenges while enjoying action-packed outdoor adventures. 

Highlights Include: Helping clean the polluted Yarkon river, mountain biking Tel Aviv, Krav Maga, IDF mini boot camp, meditative walk in the Carmel Forest, Tornado Boat ride. 

 

20 Year Later: Two Decades of Change and Progress
Learn the strides Israel has made in the 21st century becoming an innovation and economic powerhouse and a booming cultural mecca.   

Highlights Include: Explore the diversity of Tel Aviv architecture, meet with young entrepreneurs and check out the culture of a high tech start up, visit the Binyamin Region Visitors Center and experienced life in a Jewish settlement in a disputed area, meet with a leading researcher from the Institute of National Security, meet artists and designers to explore Israel’s fashion and art world, explore innovative schools that focus on diversity and inclusion.

 

Beyond the Headlines: Politics/Religion/Security
Gain new, surprising, and multi-faceted insights into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and deeply examine how disputes, including ones over religious pluralism, are impacting the relationship between Israel and Jews in the rest of the world.

Highlights Include: Tour Haifa with students from the Leo Baeck Education Center including visiting a multicultural neighborhood, visit Ramallah in the West Bank, meet soldiers at an army base, hear from a leading researcher of the INSS Institute for National Security Studies, take the new fast train to Jerusalem, ride on Jerusalem’s light rail to see the mosaic of its population.

 

Advancing Israel: Innovation/Entrepreneurship
Understand how innovation and entrepreneurship are transforming Israel’s society and economy. Meet notable individuals who are at the forefront of the technology and business spheres.

Highlights Include: Visits to the State of Mind Innovation Center at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, Space IL, health related startups, Israel Aerospace Industries, a student village, a network of pluralistic schools, Be’er Sheva to see how it is becoming a R&D capital, meet the next generation of Israeli entrepreneurship.  

Additional Options
: The trip will include two flex days where you will have the opportunity to visit Yad Vashem, the City of David, Israeli wineries, Mount Zion, Hanevi’im Street (Street of the Prophets) in Jerusalem, Masada, the Mahane Yehuda open-air shuk (market), Herodian or King Herod’s tomb, and more.
Join us for the Mission Information Session

Thursday, May 26, 7 pm, New Federation Building

PRICING
  • Cost: $5,988 per person based on double occupancy, land only 
  • Young adult, 40 and under, $3,988 per person based on double occupancy 
  • Suggested minimum gift to 2023 Annual Campaign $2,400 household or $1,000 household young adult, 40 and under 
  • Price per person based on double occupancy. There is a single supplement of $1,880. Airfare is not included and should be booked by participants.  
HOTELS

Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem

Hilton Tel Aviv

MISSION LEADERSHIP

Leslie & Russ Robinson 

Mission Chairs

 

Ben Samuels 

Board Chair

  

Renee Wizig-Barrios 

President & CEO

 

Suzanne Jacobson 

Senior VP

CANCELLATION POLICY
  • If you cancel more than 30 days prior to departure, you will receive a full refund.
  • If cancellation is made less than 30 days prior to departure you will receive a travel credit valid for 18 months of travel through J2 Travel, the land travel agent. Hotel cancellation fees may apply.
  • If the trip is canceled by the Federation, you will receive a full refund.
  • We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance.

Questions? Contact Suzanne Jacobson at sjacobson@houstonjewish.org