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Israel360 VIP

About Israel360 VIP

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is excited to announce that we are once again hosting Israel360 VIP -- a 10-day adventure to Israel -- but this year, we are taking the program to even greater heights.

This year's Israel360 VIP program will travel to Israel from July 1 - 10, 2017. As in the previous trips, Israel360 will have year long activities, with pre- and post-Israel networking and programming but this year's trip will have VIP upgrades. We invite community members ages 27 to 40 who are looking to connect more deeply to Israel and our Greater Philadelphia Jewish community to apply to join us on this highly subsidized adventure.

Land costs will be fully subsidized by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia​

Included in this trip:

  • Hotels
  • Most meals
  • Ground travel
  • Guide
  • Program
  • Entertainment
  • Tips and porterage
  • Airfare subsidized (valued at approximately $900)

*​Participants are asked to contribute $1,000 towards the cost of your round trip airfare and make a meaningful contribution to the 2017 Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia annual campaign.


Register for Israel360 VIP here


New this year: while we will have a dedicated Philadelphia Israel360 bus, we we will join Jewish Federation's of North America's National Young Leadership Mission to Israel to experience the true spirit of Israel with other young adults from around North America.


ITINERARY (subject to change)

Sunday, July 2

  • Shalom - welcome to Israel!
  • Philadelphia welcome party in mystical Old City Jerusalem


Monday, July 3

  • Hands-on service project at Latet
  • Visit the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's partnership region, Netivot and Sedot Negev
  •  Gather for a welcome party with the other national mission members at Zappa, one of the hottest clubs in Jerusalem. Get to know fellow participants from across North America and enjoy a night of dinner, drinks and dancing.


Tuesday, July 4

  • Visit JDC’s Accessible Health Zone: Engage in sports activities and interact with the participants of the Accessible Health Zone Program, providing the disabled community and people with special needs the tools and support networks they need for a healthier lifestyle.  
  • Enjoy lunch with The Jewish Agency’s Ethnic Cooks program, empowering Israeli women to take their passion for cooking and turn it into a business. The women welcome groups into their homes for ethnic home cooked meals.   
  • Visit to Brewery & Beer Tasting: Learn about the Jewish Agency’s Loan Fund at the Srigim Brewery in Moshav Srigim where we’ll hear the brewery’s story from the owners followed by a beer tasting. The Loan Funds support Israeli entrepreneurs from target populations such as new immigrants, the Arab population, the Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) population, and the Ethiopian community. 
  • Visit the Kotel (otherwise known as the “Western Wall”) and take part in a spirited Shecheyanu blessing to celebrate being together in Israel. 
  • Dinner on own in Jerusalem 


Wednesday, July 5

  • Hotel check-out 
  • Visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s national Holocaust museum and memorial to the Shoah. We will listen to survivors’ testimonies, view personal possessions belonging to victims, and examine state-of-the-art displays aimed at preserving the story of each of the six million victims.  
  • Lunch at Gam V’Gam Yemenite Restaurant in Rosh Ha'Ayin 
  • Participate in a volunteer activity to benefit the needy through Project Leket. Pick and gather fruits and vegetables that were not collected during the commercial harvest. 
  • Enjoy a festive BBQ dinner party together with Lone Soldiers serving in the IDF and featuring a live music band and folk dancing. 


Thursday, July 6

  • Hotel check-out 
  • Attend a security briefing with Avi Melamed, Middle East Strategic Intelligence Analyst, focusing on the strategic dangers threatening Israel. 
  • Lunch at Kibbutz Merom Golan 
  • Take a Jeep Tour into the depths of the beautiful and fascinating landscape of the Golan Heights, Israel’s most remote northern-most region. 
  • Dinner on own and night at leisure in Tel Aviv 
  • Enjoy Tel Aviv’s vibrant nightlife with an optional Bar Crawl tour in Tel Aviv led by one of the mission guides. 


Friday, July 7

  • Choose your own adventure for the morning:
  1. Startup Nation Track: Meet with Israeli entrepreneurs and gain inside access to the innovators of this Start Up Nation.
  2. Inside the Newsroom Track: Get a behind-the-scenes look at Israeli media and tour the studio of a popular news broadcast station.
  3. Modern Arts Track: Meet with a local Israeli artist and learn about the modern arts scene in Tel Aviv.
  4. Culinary & Food Tasting Track: Take a culinary tasting tour and learn about Tel Aviv’s thriving food scene.
  • Lunch on own in Nachalat Binyamin, a popular pedestrian mall lined with outdoor cafes, shops and a bustling arts and crafts fair, or the Carmel Market, the city’s biggest marketplace.  
  • Enjoy leisure time in Tel Aviv for relaxation at the Tel Aviv beach, around the hotel pool or shopping.  
  • Experience a Kabbalat Shabbat service in the Tel Aviv Port with Bayit Yisraeli, an authentic Israeli Tel Aviv Shabbat experience overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. 
  • Enjoy a festive Shabbat meal together at the hotel with food, ritual and song.  


Saturday, July 8

  • Participate in one of these optional activities or spend the day at leisure in honor of Shabbat
  1. Experience Shabbat services at one of Tel Aviv’s many synagogues
  2. Excursion to Masada and the Dead Sea (pre-registration required; cost: $110)
  3. Tel Aviv Walking Tour
  4.  Enjoy the day on the beautiful Tel Aviv beach
  • As Shabbat comes to a close, come together as a group to take part in a Havdalah ceremony.  Havdalah means separation; the Havdalah prayers mark the end of Shabbat and distinguish it from the rest of the week. A multi-wicked candle is used to signify the "flames of fire". Fragrant spices are passed around in order to cheer us up with the last whiff of Shabbat as we leave it for our “mundane week” and the wine we use flows over the rim of the cup, symbolizing the 
  • "overflowing blessing" we expect in the next week.  
  • Dinner on own in Tel Aviv 


Sunday, July 8

  • Visit with Scholastic Assistance participants from the Ethiopian National Project’s SPACE Program for a journey around the world as you participate in a summer activity that makes learning English fun.  In an interactive activity crafted by the participants themselves, meet the kids who benefit from Federations’ support, as you gain insight on the stories that make ENP’s work so very critical and impactful. 
  • Reflection sessions and lunch 
  • Hotel check-out
  • Farewell cocktail reception  
  • Group transfer will be provided to the airport for return flights home.