This trip is only open to Central Synagogue members and their families
Over 250 congregants expressed their interest in joining this trip, please be sure to register now to ensure your spot as we expect the trip will fill quickly. Multiple track options for first-timers and returners, families and adults, skeptics and seekers.
Our trip will be organized into three tracks, each of which will have its own bus or buses, depending on enrollment. Each bus will be led by a member of Central’s clergy or staff, and Rabbi Buchdahl will spend time on each of the buses. In addition, there will be days when members of each track will get a chance to choose excursions with people from other buses, as well as moments when the entire trip will come together. The sample itinerary is available on the registration website and will be adjusted based on the participants on the trip, but it will give you a sense of the structure and kinds of activities each bus will do. We will make our best effort to place you in your first-choice bus. Track information is below.
We ask that people arrange their own flights to and from Israel. Book your spot now and we will provide more information about flights as they become available. You may also choose to extend your trip on either end if you wish.
We know that people often have family or friends to see in Israel, or are interested in exploring on your own. There will be meals together as a group, as well as a number of meals on your own (at your expense) and free time to see people. For those traveling with a B’nei Mitzvah aged student (ages 12-14) who wants to celebrate a Bar or Bat Mitzvah in Israel, we will have a full group service on Monday morning of the trip. More details will be available closer to the trip.
This track is for families whose oldest child is at or below bar/bat mitzvah age, regardless of whether you have been to Israel before. While we will do many things all together, this bus will also be traveling with Youth Counselors who will enable the adults in the group to explore some parts of the itinerary while their children do other activities.
This track is for adults and families with kids ages 10 and above who have never been to Israel or who haven’t been to Israel in 15 years or more. This track will hit the highlights of a first-time Israel trip.
This track is for adults and families with older teens who have been to Israel in the last 15 years. This track will take you back to some of your old favorites with a new twist or take you to some new places that are off the beaten path.
We are pleased to share that we have financial aid available, if you are interested in applying please click to the form and complete it by Friday, November 30. We will do our best to provide aid to as many people as possible, but will not be covering more than 50% of the land costs. Individuals will still be responsible for their own airfare. All financial aid requests will be kept strictly confidential. Financial Aid Form.
On the registration page you will find:
• Sample itinerary for each track
• Pricing information (please note that prices are land only and for double occupancy. A small discount is applied for a child staying as the third person in a room)
• Information about what is included in the price of our trip, including hotels, group meals and excursions
• Tips about traveling to Israel
• Registration information, including payment of a $300 non-refundable deposit