Travel to Israel

Young Adults | November 17, 2016

JCC Chicago Young Adult Israel Trip

November 17 – 27, 2016


Price and Registration:

$2,678 per person based on double occupancy. (Single supplement $425.00)

Registration Form

  • 9 nights/10 days
  • Breakfast and dinner (lunch on Shabbat in Jerusalem instead of dinner) daily
  • 2 Shabbat Dinners (location TBD)
  • 1 Bedouin dinner
  • Gratuities for guide and hotel staff
  • Admission fees per itinerary
Not Included:
  • Travel insurance (trip cancellation, interruption and medical)
  • Airfare
  • Transportation to and from airport.  Our travel agent can assist in making reservations. Airport transfers available at an additional cost.
Payment Method

$250 Deposit due at registration.
Registration and full payment due October 17.

$50 discount for early registration (by August 20, 2016)


Day 1 – Thursday, November 17

The journey begins…

Day 2 – Friday, November 18

Arrive in Jerusalem.  Relax and unpack.  Welcome Shabbat Jerusalem style at the Western Wall.  Enjoy Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

Day 3 – Saturday, November 19

Explore Jerusalem’s neighborhoods or experience one of Jerusalem’s many synagogues.  Meet for lunch at the hotel and then a walking tour through the Russian Compound and the Street of the Prophets, the most beautiful street outside of the Old City. During its heyday in the late 19th century and early 20th century, Street of the Prophets was a favorite address for hospitals, churches, monasteries, hospices, government offices, foreign consulates, and wealthy Christian, Jewish and Arab residents.

After Shabbat, explore Nahalat Shiva, the third neighborhood built outside the walls of the old city – shop, visit the art galleries, schmooze and grab some dinner at one of the many cafes or restaurants  on your own.

Day 4 – Sunday, November 20

Spend the morning in the Old City of Jerusalem starting where it all began, the City of David.  Get to know the neighborhoods as we walk along the ramparts of the remaining walls.   Participate in the Temple Mount Sifting Project and recover valuable archeological artifacts.  Grab some lunch, on your own, in the Jewish Quarter and learn about the history both above and below.  Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

Day 5 – Monday, November 21

Early morning departure with stops at Sde Boker, Ben Gurion’s desert home and Mitzpeh Ramon, location of the largest desert crater.  We’ll visit the Ashalim Experimental Farm and then enjoy some Bedouin hospitality at Khan Hashayarot.

Day 6 – Tuesday, November 22

Experience a desert oasis at Ein Gedi and the Caves of Qumron where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.  Continue the Judean Desert experience with a float in the Dead Sea.  Travel north via the Beit Shean Valley and visit Old Gesher, a hidden scenic corner of geopolitical and historical importance.   Explore the early roots of Zionism near the Sea of Galilee at the Kinneret Cemetery.

Day 7 – Wednesday, November 23

Start the day at Peki’in  – a story of harmony where Christian Arabs, Druze and one ancient Jewish family have lived peacefully together for centuries .  Continue with a bike ride around the Hula Nature Reserve.   Travel to Safed; visit synagogues, a dairy farm and winery.

Day 7 – Thursday, November 24

Head to Tel Aviv via Zippori – an ancient town that was the seat of the rabbinical legislature.  Experience Israeli innovation in water reclamation first hand at Shafdan.   Explore street art in the Florentine Neighborhood and learn some Hebrew with Streetwise.  Dinner at the Blackout Restaurant, an exceptional culinary experience that will trigger your senses.

Day 8 – Friday, November 25

Tour the “White City”, Tel Aviv’s other name.  Visit Trumpeldor Cemetery, a fascinating place to explore some of Tel Aviv’s and Israel’s greatest minds – a captivating stroll through the social, cultural, and political history of Israel.  Spend time at the Reuven Rubin Museum in the historical heart of Tel Aviv. Soak up some pre Shabbat atmosphere at Nahalat Binyamin – Israel’s biggest craft fair.

Day 9 – Saturday, November 26

Lehitraot – late night / early morning deparatures.


*Itinerary subject to change

Questions:   |  Phone: 847.763.3629


Older Adults (55+)

Immerse yourself in the heart and soul of Israel. Experience authentic Israel with our distinctive itinerary—carefully planned to include special touring, local insights and encounters with Israelis. Explore Israel’s sights, sounds and natural beauty. See the highlights and visit some off the beaten path attractions. JCC Chicago delivers superb service, quality and value. We’ll take care of the details—from the moment you arrive in Israel till you board the plane home. Come explore!

$3225 | per person double occupancy, single supplement add $1100
Dan Panorama Jerusalem: superior room upgrade add $70 per person, deluxe room upgrade add $120 per person

  • Israel for 2nd timers (first timers are welcome as well)
    November 29–December 10, 2016
  • JCC Chicago Signature Program
    February 14–26, 2017

Registration Form

For information about the upcoming Israel trips for Older Adults:

Email:  |  Phone: 847.882.8881


Travel to Cuba

Young Adults | June 17-25, 2017

JCC Chicago Cuba Trip

June 17 – 25, 2017


Price and Registration:

$2,999 per person
(tips and departure taxes included, $125 reduction off final cost if paying with cash or check. Based on double occupancy.)

Deposit ($350) due January 15
Final amount due April 1

Registration Form

Program highlights include:
  • Program highlights include:
  • Visits with the Cuban Jewish community
  • Tours of Havana, Cienfuegos and Trinidad
  • Cultural exchange with leaders of the community
  • Airfare from Miami
  • One night hotel accommodations in Miami, Crowne Plaza Hotel
  • Buffet breakfast daily in Cuba
  • Four dinners including local beverages
  • Medical and accidental insurance in Cuba
  • Services of a professional English speaking Cuban guide
  • Pre-departure meetings
  • Motor coach transportation
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • Visits with special speakers
  • Lecture at the University of Havana, cigar factory tour and tours of Cuban historical sites
  • Tour of National Museum of Fine arts of Havana, Heminway and Jose Fuster Houses, local markets


Information Meetings

Join us at our Travel Happy Hour: Cuba Edition on November 2

Learn More

Information calls:
  • November 21, 7:00pm
  • December 19, 7:00pm

RSVP for an information call or for questions:   |  Phone: 847.763.3629


June 17

Meet the group in Miami! (Have an early night to prepare for our super early am flight)

June 18:

Fly to Havana!  See the Florida Keys from above on a short (1 hour) flight
Bienvenidos!  Breakfast and brief orientation in Havana + Old Havana walking tour + Free afternoon + welcome dinner

June 19

Classic Havana highlights!
University of Havana + National Museum of Fine Arts + Hotel Nacional + local ballet school + free afternoon + group dinner

June 20

Trip to Cienfuegos!
Meet with Jewish community leaders + Tour Cienfuegos + Dinner with Jewish community members

June 21

Day trip to Trinidad!
Explore Trinidad + visit artist studios

June 22

Return to Havana for literary and local heroes!
Visit Hemingway’s House + Beth Shalom Temple + meet with Havana Jewish community leaders + free afternoon + group dinner

June 23

Food, Judaism and art!
Visit local markets +  Sephardic Hebrew Center of Cuba + Fusterlandia- Jose Fuster’s artist studios and mosaic wonderland + Shabbat services + group dinner

June 24

Relax and recharge!
Optional Shabbat services + University of Havana professor talk on Cuban daily life + Revolution Square + free afternoon + farewell dinner

June 25

Hasta luego, Cuba!
Breakfast + depart for Miami/home


*Itinerary subject to change

Questions:   |  Phone: 847.763.3629


Older Adults (55+) | Various Dates

Cuba, a Caribbean gem, is a cultural oasis of warm, generous people. Be inspired by Cuba’s soulful art, musical rhythms and vibrant dance. Join us on an extraordinary journey to Cuba to meet and bring support to the Jewish communities of Cuba. Escorted by Miriam Levinson, you will learn about Cuba’s past, present and the changes the future will bring.

$3749 | per person double occupancy, single supplement add $900
$200 for tips and taxes will be added to final billing

  • October 19-27, 2016
  • November 9-17, 2016
  • December 7-15, 2016
  • February 8-16, 2017
  • March 8-16, 2017
For information about upcoming trips:

Email:  |  Phone: 847.882.8881


Go beyond the ordinary with this spectacular journey to China. Admire the passage of time through Beijing’s stunning World Heritage sites, reflect upon the lives of those under the First Emperor in ancient Xian, uncover the remnants of European influences in cosmopolitan Shanghai and see where Jews lived during the Second World War. Plus, a Yangtze River cruise.

$2450* | per person double occupancy, single supplement add $900
*International airfare and airport transfers additional

  • November 6-18, 2016
  • April 23-May 5, 2017


The Best of New Mexico

Discover New Mexico and this rich cultural and historical area. Our trip will take us to Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Here we will learn about the Jewish history of this area and still have time to enjoy its art.

$2499 | per person double occupancy, single supplement add $750

  • May 3-9, 2017


Washington DC

We know about America’s capital from the news and textbooks, but there is nothing like seeing it for yourself. Visit Washington to experience it. Learn about its past, see its sights! Our program includes museums and historical sites. Plus we will tour the Capitol and visit the Israeli Embassy.

$2099 | per person double occupancy, single supplement add $500

  • April 2017


For information about upcoming trips:

Email:  |  Phone: 847.882.8881

Go to Israel for free.

Fly from Chicago and spend 10 days with the people, who know Israel best, Israelis, on your Birthright Israel adventure with Shorashim & JUF. See Israel through the eyes of the locals, experience award-winning itineraries, and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!

Registration is now open for winter 2016/2017!

Secure your spot for this season by registering at: israelwithisraelis/signupchicago. Interested in traveling next summer or in the future? Let Shorashim know by emailing so you can receive information about future dates and trip options! Also feel free to check out their website at: for more information.


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