“Israel Celebrates 70” Community Trip to Israel


Join Rabbi Roly Matalon and Rabbi Felicia Sol on this community trip celebrating Israel’s 70 years of independence. The trip combines service, study, and prayer and is designed to give you an in-depth understanding of Israeli society and culture. Scheduled from December 26, 2017 to January 3, 2018, this trip is bound to offer something for everyone, as we are providing a range of itineraries, each one catered to a unique part of the Israel experience.

  • The Adult Track offers separate options for first timers who are interested in visiting the classic sites and for seasoned Israel travelers in search of a more in-depth perspective. Experience the rich tapestry of Israeli society by meeting with Israeli politicians, activists, and our partner organizations.
  • The Family Track will provide you and your children with the experience of a lifetime, enabling them to forge a lasting relationship with the people and the land. For children of Bar/Bat Mitzvah age, the trip will be an ideal way to celebrate this important life event.
  • The Teen Track (10th-12th grade) emphasizes social action and service-learning. It also features hikes in Israel’s most beautiful resorts and engagement with Israeli teens.

All three tracks will meet our partner spiritual communities in Israel, which will provide members with an authentic, personal connection to the Israeli people. During Shabbat, members from every track will unite and celebrate as one community.


Sign up now for this special opportunity to celebrate Israel’s 70th anniversary with our community and rabbis!



Arrival to Israel: Tuesday afternoon, December 26, 2017.

Departure from Israel: Wednesday evening, January 3, 2018 (landing in New York early Thursday morning).  

Please Note: We are aware that many members may have personal preferences such as booking a specific airline, using their frequent flyer miles, or extending their trip on either end. With this in mind, we encourage our members to book their own flights. That being said, we will be offering group rates on a roundtrip direct flight to Tel-Aviv, departing NYC on 12/25/17. Flight cost is $1,350. If you are interested in flying with the group, please indicate this in your registration form.

If you are interested in extending your trip, please feel free to contact Moshe for suggestions on more travel and volunteer opportunities.


Sample Itineraries

Though each of our three tracks has a unique schedule, each will also provide opportunities to join up with the larger community. Some flexibility will be available, allowing participants in the adult track to join the family track for select activities. All schedules are subject to change, and the final schedules will be available a month prior to the trip.

Click here for the Adult Track Itinerary

Click here for the Teen Track itinerary

Click here for the Family Track itinerary

Important note: since both tracks will be staying at the same hotels, those on the adult track will be able to opt into joining the Family Track for the day if you find their itinerary for that day more appealing. This is subject to the number of empty seats on that bus. Please let me know if you are interested in doing so.


Rates and Terms of Payment

Accommodation TypeRate
One adult in single room (a single adult can opt to join another adult in a double room in order to lower costs. Contact Moshe for more information).$4,145
Two adults in double room$6,100
Two adults & one child (ages 3-14) in one room$8,120
Two adults & two children (ages 3-14) in two rooms$12,100
Teen (High School)$2,355

Note: All prices are subject to change based on the number of members registered for the trip.


These costs do not include the following:

  • Cost of round trip airfare from NYC to Tel Aviv
  • Any personal expenses
  • Personal health insurance, insurance for baggage, personal items, trip cancellation
  • Lunches on weekdays
  • Four dinners


Payment Dates:

  • At sign-up: $300 down payment must be made
  • By July 30: 50% of payment must be made
  • By October 30: entire payment must be made

You can elect to make payments in four, monthly installments.



Scholarships are available, covering up to 50% of the trip costs by the discretion of our grant committee. Please indicate if you would like to apply for a scholarship when filling in the application form, after which a scholarship application form will be emailed to you. All scholarship applications must be received by June 25, 2017. Applicants will be informed by June 30.


Cancellation policy:

If cancellation is received in our office:

1) Between May 1 – July 1:                       $300 deposit will not be refunded

2) Between July 2 – October 1:                $1,000 per person will be charged

3) From October 1:                                     Full payment will be charged