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Visit Kibbutz on Gaza Border

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Meet with October 7 Survivors

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Learn from IDF Soldiers

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Connect with Kiryat Malachi

Israel Solidarity Trip

October 5-9

Join Israel Solidarity Trip Chair Sam Wyman and President & CEO Erik Ludwig as we stand as one with our friends and family in Israel one year after the October 7 attacks. With our delegation from Orange County, you will learn about the transformational work your financial support enables in Israel, including our sister community, Kiryat Malachi.

We will stand shoulder to shoulder with our family, our friends and our people in Israel as we bear witness to the tragic events of October 7, 2023. We will honor the resilience of the Israeli community.

Participation requires a minimum gift of $1,800 per person (or $1,000 per person under age 40) to the 2024 and 2025 Annual Campaigns of Jewish Federation of Orange County.

Space is limited. Participants must be 18 years of age or older.

On this trip, we will - 

  • Spend October 7 at the sites of the Nova Music Festival and the kibbutzim attacked exactly one year ago;
  • Volunteer, hands-on, to help the people and local businesses in the region affected by the war;
  • Meet with senior government and military leaders to learn the lessons of the attack and subsequent war, and asses prospects for the future;
  • See how your Federation contributions provide meaningful humanitarian and trauma support to those most in need.

Itinerary


The itinerary is subject to change as the situation in Israel is very fluid.

This will be a rigorous journey, physically and emotionally, featuring long and fulfilling days. Our trip begins with Havdalah on Saturday, October 5, and concludes on the evening of Wednesday, October 9. If you wish to arrive early and celebrate Rosh Hashanah in Israel, we are happy to provide resources and recommendations for accommodations. 

  • Havdalah in Jerusalem and kick off dinner
  • “Why, Once Again, Israel Will Survive”
    • Discussion with Professor Gil Troy Distinguished Scholar in North American History at McGill University
  • Mount Herzl
    • Visit the site of Israel’s national cemetery.
  • Visit an IDF base on the Gaza Border
    • Hear testimonies from soldiers based less than one kilometer from Gaza
  • Defense and Space
    • Exclusive visit to the Israeli Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI)
  • Hospital Challenges during War
    • Visit Share Zedek Medical Center with Professor Ofer Merin
  • Israel Geo-Political Update
    • An Israeli journalist will provide context and expertise.
  • Nova Festival First Responder Story
    • Hear from ZAKA Israeli’s internationally recognized Search and Rescue team.
  • Visit JFedOC sister city Kiryat Malachi
    • Meet with family members of bereaved families and hands-on volunteer opportunity
  • Stories of Counter-Terrorism
    • Meet with the family of Chief Inspector Arnon Zmora Z’l, who came under fire while leading a team extracting hostages from a building in Nuseirat.

Flights


Please plan to arrive and be ready to begin the program by 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 5.
Please plan to depart after 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9. 

You can purchase travel insurance through our trip provider or a third party. Travel insurance is required for participation. Purchasing refundable flight tickets is recommended.

Pricing 


The cost is $4,250 per person (double occupancy) and $5,100 per person (single occupancy). Based on 18 participants.

Price Inclusions:

  • 4 nights at the Orient Jerusalem hotel
  • 5 Lunches and 4 Dinners
  • Private licensed English-speaking tour guide
  • Private driver and air-conditioned bus
  • Security Guard
  • Snacks/water on the bus
  • Transportation to and from Ben Gurion Airport and the Orient Jerusalem hotel

Price Exclusions:

  • Airfare to and from Israel
  • Tips for Driver and Tour Guide
  • Health and Travel Insurance

Payment Details:

A $500 deposit per person is required to hold your spot.

Cancel on or before August 2, 2024:
Full refund minus a $500 per person non-refundable deposit
Cancel on or before September 2, 2024:
50% refund
Cancel after September 2, 2024:
No refund

Accommodations


4 Nights at the Orient Jerusalem Hotel

Our COVID Plan

Federation cares about the health and well-being of all participants. We encourage everyone to follow current CDC recommendations as regards to vaccines, masking, and isolation when feeling sick or suspect a COVID-19 exposure. If a participant becomes ill during the trip, the laws and regulations of local, state, federal, and international governments may require quarantine in a separate location, at your expense, without physical access to family and friends, and could result in the interruption or cancellation of your participation.