75th Birthday of Israel

NEXT YEAR IN ISRAEL

Join the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles for an unforgettable journey to celebrate Israel’s birthday while forming connections that will last a lifetime.  Travel with us April 17-24, 2023, for a community wide travel experience to Jerusalem, the north of Israel, and Tel Aviv.  

We hope to see you there,  

Lesley Wolman  
Chair, 75th Birthday of Israel Community Mission


EVERYTHING YOU NEED KNOW

LAND COSTS START AT $5,999 PER PERSON, BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

Limited young adult subsidies available between the ages of 25-40 – please email Israel75@JewishLA.org 

From exciting excursions and tours, to community-building activities, your days will be packed with fun, learning, and exploration.  

AT A GLANCE

  • 2 nights in Jerusalem
  • 2 nights in the North of Israel, a land of immense natural beauty with tremendous historic and religious significance 
  • 3 nights in Tel Aviv 
  • Option to choose your own adventure during the trip (different tracks for First Timers making their first trip to Israel or Seasoned Pros who have previously visited) 

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • A unique and incredibly special Shabbat experience
  • Experience the critical work of Federation partners
  • Engage in geopolitical conversations with experts 
  • Learn about Israel’s security protocols, both within the country and on her borders 
  • Eat, drink, and relish Israel’s amazing cuisine at restaurants, food markets, and wineries 
  • Participate in breathtaking and adventurous optional hikes to explore Israel’s beauty 
  • Hear from speakers and guests who will inspire and amaze 

MISSION ITINERARY

Below is a sneak peek of the plans for our trip. Please note: these are preliminary details and are subject to change.  

Celebrate our arrival in the magical city of Jerusalem at a scenic overlook, where we will take in amazing views and begin our journey.  

Enjoy Welcome Dinner with Trip Attendees.  

Commemorate Yom Ha’Shoah with Holocaust survivors and their families.   

Explore Jerusalem your way, with a choice to join either a First Timers or Seasoned Pros track.  

Visit the Old City, with walking tours of the Jewish Quarter and Christian Quarter, seeing both historical sites and discovering hidden gems. 

Experience Yad Vashem, Israel’s Museum of the Holocaust.  

Spend a free night in Jerusalem, where you can explore the city’s shops and dine at Machane Yehuda, Jerusalem’s famous food market, or at any of the city’s noted restaurants. 

First Timers – Float in the Dead Sea, climb Masada, and explore the Ein Gedi Reserve.  

Seasoned Pros – Enjoy a day of food and drink, explore the markets of Jerusalem and wineries in the nearby Judean Hills, or hike in the beautiful mountains surrounding Jerusalem, where you will learn about the local environment, and savor stunning views.  

All participants reconnect to drive to Northern Israel and take part in a mission-wide dinner at the hotel.  

Hike along the Dan River through the Tel Dan Nature Reserve, and visit the remains of the ancient Biblical city of Dan.  

Take a Jeep ride up to the Golan Heights, hear stories about the Six-Day War and Yom Kippur War, and learn about the ever-changing relationship between Syria and Israel. 

Eat lunch in the Druze village of Buq’ata, where we will take part in dialogue with local students and teachers.  

Spend time in the mystical city of Safed, a center of Jewish spirituality, and visit the artists’ colony and beautiful local synagogues.  

Celebrate Israel’s 75th birthday with the entire Los Angeles mission under the stars as we eat, drink, and dance at an outdoor party.  

Explore the ruins of Caesarea.  

Make our way down the coast to Tel Aviv. 

Shop at Tel Aviv’s Nachalat Binyamin Pedestrian Mall, Carmel Market, and Neve Tzedek. 

Celebrate Kabbalat Shabbat overlooking the beautiful beaches of Tel Aviv.   

Enjoy a Shabbat dinner experience.  

Explore Tel Aviv on your own.  

Visit the Tel Aviv Museum.  

Participate in walking and biking tours.  

Take a day trip and guided tour of the Christian sites in the Galilee. 

Share in a special Havdalah on the beach.   

Explore Tel Aviv on your preferred track.  

First Timers – Visit Old Jaffa, Neve Tzedek neighborhood, and the Palmach Museum.  

Seasoned Pros – Dive into Tel Aviv’s food and wine scene and explore the city’s hi-tech innovations. Hike the Israel Trail in the Valley of Elah and the caves in Beit Guvrin National Park for those who enjoy physical activity.  

Reunite with the full group and visit the Peres Center for Innovation and Peace.   

Commemorate fallen soldiers and victims of terror, with members of our extended communities around the globe, during Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Remembrance Day.  

Drive to the campus of Tel Aviv University and visit the new ANU Museum of the Jewish People. There will be a special mission program exploring the story of the Jewish People, where we will use the past as a guide to look toward the future using the creativity of the present.   

Eat lunch at the ANU Musuem, followed by wrap-up and reflections.   

Spend the afternoon on your own and explore Tel Aviv.  

Reconnect with the group for an early dinner.  

Participate in Tel Aviv area memorial ceremony for Israeli Memorial Day.  

Mission concludes 


OPTIONAL EXTENSION

APRIL 24TH — APRIL 26TH

After eight amazing days, our formal trip concludes, but that doesn’t mean the celebration is over! All trip participants have the unique opportunity to extend the trip through April 26. You can either join the General Assembly, organized by Jewish Federations of North America, and celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut  with Jewish community leaders from across North America OR continue to tour Israel on your own and see parts of the region we weren’t able to experience together during our week-long mission.   


PRICING DETAILS

  • Pricing includes hotel and ground costs, and is per person based on double occupancy. There is an additional charge for single occupancy rooms.
  • A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is due upon registration.  
  • Registration closes November 1, 2022.  
  • Limited subsidies are available for young adults between the ages of 25-40. To find out more, please email Israel75@JewishLA.org.
  • To pay by check, please reach out to Israel75@JewishLA.org  
  • Take advantage of early-bird pricing when you complete your registration by September 30th. You must pay both the deposit and the remaining balance to lock in the early bird discount.  

Booking your Flight 


HOTEL PACKAGES

5-star hotel experience

Includes stays at the Orient Hotel in Jerusalem, Galei Kinneret Hotel in Tiberias, and Kempinski Hotel in Tel Aviv. 

Double Occupancy:
$6,999 per person 

Single Occupancy:
$9,499 per person 

Standard hotel experience

Includes stays at the Dan Panorama Hotel in Jerusalem, Hagoshrim Hotel in Galilee, and Herods Hotel in Tel Aviv. 

Double Occupancy:
$5,499 per person 

Single Occupancy:
$7,099 per person 

What’s included

  • Hotel accommodation
  • Touring in a coach bus (with AC and WiFi)
  • Licensed English-speaking tour guides
  • Daily breakfast and most meals — all meals will be Kosher
  • Mission celebration in the North
  • Airport assistance, transfers, and porterage (on trip dates)
  • All entrance fees, tracks, speakers, and site visits (as per itinerary)
  • Gratuities

what’s not included

  • Airfare and incidental travel services
  • Pre- and post-trip arrangements
  • Travel insurance is required and can be purchased here
  • COVID-related expenses, including (but not limited to) medical care, quarantine requirements, and testing
  • VAT at hotels for Israeli passport/ID holders
  • Some meals
  • Souvenirs

HOTEL PRICING FOR OPTIONAL EXTENSION

Prices are in addition to the trip packages above and are based on double occupancy. There is an additional charge for single occupancy rooms.

5-Star Hotel Experience

Double Occupancy: $1,999 per person

Single Occupancy: $2,999 per person

 

Standard Hotel Experience

Double Occupancy: $1,599 per person

Single Occupancy: $2,099 per person


CANCELLATION POLICY

Things happen, and we understand if you must cancel. Please review the cancellation policy below.
The $500 deposit is non-refundable.  


So… What’s Next? 

Ready to begin the registration process? Here is what to expect.  

Step One: First, you will pay your deposit. Click the “Register Now” button to begin.   

Step Two:  Once you pay the deposit, you will receive a link to finish the registration process. Each traveler must register independently.  

Things to know: 

  • The registration process will take about 15 minutes to complete.   
  • Upon completion, someone from our team will reach out to accept payment information and issue an invoice. 
  • Proof of Covid vaccination and passport are required to complete the registration process. 
  • We will also ask for your flight information. This information is NOT required to complete registration and can be provided later. You will have the opportunity to provide this information later if you have not yet made travel arrangements.  
  • Register by September 30th to lock in early-bird pricing. You must pay both the deposit and the remaining balance to receive the early-bird discount.