Frequently Asked Questions
Hillel is committed to pluralism, student leadership, social justice and engaging Jewish students.
Trips are staffed by Hillel campus professionals who get to know participants before the trip, and return to campus with them after their Israel experience. Our Israeli tour educators are the best in their profession. They all speak English fluently and will make Israel come alive for participants.
Participants can expect to learn about Israel from their peers – Israelis on their trip, their Israeli tour educator, and through their own eyes – seeing Israel as she is. They will see the cities, industries and nightlife that aren’t covered on network news.
On Shabbat, we focus on taking a break from the fast-paced regular itinerary. Shabbat is celebrated in a pluralistic manner, allowing for many opportunities and experiences. In addition to Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox services, we also offer non-prayer alternatives such as meditation, discussions, and/or yoga. Shabbat is also the time where students have the opportunity, if they would like, to take on a Hebrew name and celebrate becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
In addition to the major sites of Israel – Masada, the Dead Sea, and the Western Wall, we’ll take you to amazing places you didn’t even know existed. Ride a camel at the Bedouin tent, go Jeeping in the Golan, have lunch in a Druze village, and meet Ethiopian children at an absorption center. And of course, in addition to your campus peers, you will be traveling with new Israeli friends and getting to know the real Israel.
The specific rules for extending your return date will depend on the airline you fly with. Since we use multiple airlines, once your flight has been ticketed we will notify you of the restrictions for trip extension for that airline.
Also, understand that our tickets are a certain class of seating. Your airline may not have available seating on the date you wish to return. In this case you will either have to settle for a different date and flight or, if offered by the airline, choose to pay a higher fee for a different class of service.
What to pack for the trip?
The weather in Israel during the winter season can be rainy, snowy and as cold as 40° degrees F (4°C). In the summer, it is hot and dry during the day, and can be cool during the night. Comfortable and casual clothing that can be layered are recommended for both the summer and winter trips.
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