Looking to spend 1-3 weeks in Israel? Here are some great options. For more info about any of these programs, contact Barak Shechter: barak@israelfreespirit.com In the subject line, put your bus number if you’re confirmed on a trip.

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Birthright Israel Plus: Keep your Israel adventure going for an additional 4 or 5 days with one of Birthright Israel’s brand new extension programs. You’ll have more free time as well as the opportunity to meet and connect with participants from different Birthright Israel groups from around the world! For more information, visit www.birthrightisraelplus.com Duration: 4-5 days on Dec 31, Jan 7, or Jan 28. Cost: $250 (includes the extension fee + activities and accommodations)

 Livnot U’Lehibanot’s Northern Exposure: One- week opportunity to encounter Israel through community service, off-the-beaten-track hikes, and spirituality workshops.  Spend a week in the heart of the mystical Old City of Tzfat, exploring the beautiful Galilee and Golan regions. Programs begin every Sunday throughout the winter and summer seasons. Four-week and six-week options also available.  For more information, visit http://www.livnot.org/israel-programs/northern-exposure/. Duration: 1 – 6 weeks.  Cost: $150/week if you stay for 2 weeks or more, $195 if you stay for 1 week 

Volunteers for Israel: Volunteer at an Israeli army base after your trip. You’ll get to work with soldiers and meet fellow volunteers from around the world. It’s a unique experience that benefits both you and the country of Israel. The program includes accommodations Sunday through Thursday. If you want to stay for more than 1 week, you’ll need to find accommodations from Thursday night until Sunday morning. For more information, contact info@vfi-usa.org or pamela@sar-el.org Duration: 1-3 weeks. Cost: $55 one time fee

For Women:

MORE Israel: Week of living and learning in the Old City of Jerusalem, volunteer options, and having a blast! You’ll explore the ancient alleyways, gain new insights into your Jewish heritage, and make new friends on MOREIsrael.  For more information, visit www.moreisrael.org Duration: 7+ days. Cost: $36 | Your flight ticket fee reimbursed if you complete the week-long program and fulfill the minimum Jewish educational component.

Jewel: Are you a Jewish woman aged 19-30 who wants to learn more about Israel and Judaism in a warm, accepting environment? Jewel offers engaging classes on Judaism and Hebrew language, weekly trips around the country, opportunities for volunteer work, and Shabbat in the Old City… the perfect balance of touring, fun, learning, giving, and personal growth. For more information, visit  www.jewel4women.com. Duration: 3 weeks

Neve Yerushalayim: Empowering today’s Jewish women to tackle life’s toughest personal, philosophical and theological issues in a sensitive and thoughtful environment. Set in the scenic Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem, Neve offers it participants the opportunity to interact and develop close relationships with some of the most stimulating teachers in the Jewish world today. For more info, email Alysha at welcometoneve@nevey.org or call 917-999-0590 Duration: 7+ days. Cost: Free

For Men:   

Extension Bonus: Stay at the Jerusalem Heritage House with safe and comfortable lodging for young Jewish travelers and students in the Old City of Jerusalem. Experience and develop a deeper connection with Israel, Judaism, and the Jewish people. We organize and lead exciting in-depth tours of the Old City, Hebron, and many important places of historical, political, and spiritual significance not included in your standard tours. For more info, email rabbibenpacker@gmail.com Duration: Any amount of days. Cost: FREE + your flight ticket fee reimbursed if you complete the week-long program

Machon Meir: A highly academic Jewish learning program for young men in the heart of Jerusalem, minutes away from the Central Bus Station and Shuk Machaneh Yehuda. Includes dormitories, 3 meals a day, trips and special events.  For more info, go to www.meirtv.com/en or email english1@emeir.org.il Duration: 3 days (June 15th – 17th) or More Cost: $89 Scholarships available for participants who sign up for 1 week or more. 

Essentials: Are you a Jewish young adult aged 18-29 who wants to explore your Jewish heritage and spirituality on your own terms? Essentials is an introductory program that examines the relevance of being Jewish in today’s world, and explores major themes and practices in Jewish spirituality. The program is located in the heart of the Old City of Jerusalem and offers regular tours throughout Jerusalem and Israel. For more information, email Rabbi Stuart Schwartz at stuartschwartz@aish.com. Duration: 7+ days. Cost: FREE

JLE or Expansions:  Zip line, segway, wineries, and so much more. Designed for Jewish men interested in experiencing more of what the Holy Land, specifically Jerusalem has to offer. Mornings are filled with interactive meaningful discussions, workshops, and presentations; afternoons consist of daily excursions  interacting with the vibrant, unique culture of Jerusalem (and surrounding cities). Give your body and soul the excitement they deserve. For more information, email yosefk41@gmail.com Duration: Dec 27 – Jan 12 (JLE) or Jan 13 – Jan 23 (Expansions). Cost: FREE

Mechina: Interact with some of the greatest Jewish thinkers and philosophers in the world, 1 on 1 learning Jewish topics of your choice, crash course in learning Hebrew, with optional daily trips and activities in and around Jerusalem.  For more info, email r.mandel@ohr.edu Duration: 7+ days. Cost: FREE

Machon Meir: A highly academic Jewish learning program for young men in the heart of Jerusalem, minutes away from the Central Bus Station and Shuk Machaneh Yehuda. The Machon includes dormitories, 3 meals a day, trips and special events. The main areas of focus are: Deepen your Jewish learning, Integrate in Israeli society, Personalize your experience. For more info, go to www.meirtv.com/en or email english1@emeir.org.il Duration: 7+ days. Cost: $150/week (scholarships available for participants who sign up for 2 weeks or more)

Hadar: Taking you on an electrifying 11 day tour through the best sites of Israel and learning about Sephardic* heritage, the beauty of Judaism from dynamic speakers and educators. Although the program is Sephardic styled/themed we encourage and accept Jews of all backgrounds. For young men ages 18-26. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/Hadar.info Duration: August 5-16. Cost: $699

 

For even more Israel program options, visit www.tripstoisrael.org

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