JMN Israel Trip 2022 FAQ

Q: How long is the trip? 

A: The trip is 10 days long.

Q: When do I have to apply?

A: All applications must be submitted by April 29th, 2022.

Q: What is the application process?

A: All applications must be submitted by April 29th, 2022. After the initial application is submitted, we will select candidates for an interview to be held the week of May 1-8, 2022 and will notify candidates of their selection on May 10th. By May 17th, all candidates must have submitted requested information and the travel fee to confirm their spot on the trip.

Q: Who is qualified to participate in the trip?

A: The trip is open to  Jews of Color over the age of 18 in the New York metro area. Due to funding requirements of this pilot trip, trip participants must live in the 5 boroughs, Suffolk, Nassau, and Westchester counties. 

Q: What is a Jew of Color?

A: A Jew of Color can include people who identify as Black, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, African, Indigenous, or of mixed heritage. We understand that racial identification can be very complex and personal, if you feel that the term Jew of Color fits your personal self-identification, we welcome you to apply. 

Q: How do we define Jewish?

A: Participants must have at least one Jewish birth parent or have completed Jewish conversion through a recognized Jewish denomination such as Reconstructionist, Reform, Conservative, or Orthodox. If you’ve converted, we may ask you to provide conversion documentation during the application process.

Q: What age do I have to be to participate?

A: All participants must be 18 or older no later than the date of departure.

Q: What is the cost to participate?

A: There is a 300 dollar, non-refundable travel fee. The amount is due May 17th,2022. If you do not provide the deposit by the May 17th deadline, your space may be given to someone on the waitlist.

Q: Which expenses are covered?

A: The expenses covered are:

  • round trip airfare (from New York City),
  • accommodations 4 and 5-star hotels (double occupancy rooms, single sex), 
  • group transportation in Israel, 
  • at least two meals per day, and 
  • all organized activities and touring. 

Q: What expenses am I responsible for?

A: Participants are responsible for a non-refundable 300 USD travel fee, personal purchases such as souvenirs, travel/health insurance (Required), and PCR tests required for entry and departure. Please note that entry into Israel requires a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. 

Q: Do I need travel/health insurance?

A: Yes. Effective 3/9/22- A health insurance policy with coverage for the treatment of COVID-19 is required. The insurance policy is mandatory to enter Israel. You’ll be required to submit this information to JMN before departure.

Q: Do I need a passport?

A: Yes, a passport is absolutely necessary for any trip to Israel. If you are planning to apply for one, it is recommended that you do so as early as possible. If you have a passport please double check the expiration date. To participate in this trip, passports can not expire any earlier than 6 months post trip or 2/16/2023.

Q: What airport will my trip leave from?

A: The trip will depart from a New York City area airport. Please note that participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the airport.

Q: Is it safe to travel to Israel?

A: The safety and well-being of participants is paramount, both in terms of COVID-19 and security concerns. Without compromising the educational caliber and overall trip experience, we will not hesitate to revisit our daily itineraries in accordance with our security guidelines. 

Q: How will we get around Israel?

A: You will travel together as a group by bus. 

Q: Will we have to take public transportation in Israel?

A: No. You will have a bus dedicated for the group’s travel. Throughout the trip, you will be traveling in a group setting.

Q: Do we require people to be vaccinated?

A: Yes, all participants are required to be fully vaccinated.

Q: What does it mean to be fully vaccinated?

A: For the purposes of this trip, full vaccination means 2 shots of Moderna or Pfizer (or one of J&J) and a booster.

Q: Will the meals provided be kosher?

A: Yes. All meals provided by JMN will be kosher.

Q: Is the trip accessible to all potential participants, regardless of medical, developmental, and physical disabilities?

A: We want to make this trip as accessible as possible; however, the trip does anticipate extensive walking and other moderate physical activity so if you need any physical or other accommodations please include your needs in your application. Please note that due to the limited number of spots on the trips, we do not have the capacity to include an aide.

Q: Why is the trip important?

A: This trip offers a perspective unique from other trips to Israel and reflects the Jewish Multiracial Network’s mission of empowering and fostering greater understanding of racially and ethnically diverse Jews. We want to facilitate important discussions about  JOC (Jewish of Color) identity through a varied and intentional itinerary and give space for Jews of Color to experience Israel in a trip that centers their voices and identities.

Q: What impact do we want this trip to have?

A: The trip’s goals include strengthening people’s engagement with the Jew of Color community, developing a fuller understanding of the rich history and contemporary experience of the diverse ethnic groups that make up Israel–including the challenges posed by racial and ethnic differences amongst Israeli Jews, and encouraging a nuanced robust understanding of Israeli society.

Q: What is distinct about this trip?

This is not your ordinary Israel trip; we will offer distinct insights and experiences that are not  covered on your average group excursion to Israel. While we will of course visit the kotel, walk  through the old city, peruse the shuk, and tour Tel Aviv/Yafo, our focus will be on the experience of Israelis of Color and the ways American Jews of Color view and experience the Jewish state.

Q: Is the trip politically-affiliated or oriented?

A: No, this trip is politically neutral and JMN takes no formal positions on the Israel/Palestine conflict.

Q: Do my political views affect my eligibility?

A: Not at all! Everyone is free to voice their opinion while respecting others point of view. While on the trip, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss historical and current events in an organized and moderated setting.

Q: I’m Jewish but I don’t practice. Does it matter?

A: There is no religious observance requirement to attend. This trip is a chance to explore your Jewish identity, whether it be cultural or spiritual. We welcome participants from a wide range of  backgrounds so you’ll fit right in.

Q: Am I allowed to leave the trip and travel on my own?

A: If you elect to make any changes/modifications to the arrangement pertaining to the trip and all services in connection with your participation on the trip that are being provided by JMN such as extending your trip, JMN is not liable or responsible for any and all additional expenses that may accrue from your extended stay. This includes but is not limited to flight, lodging, meals etc.

Q: What if I want to extend my stay in Israel?

A: It is to be understood that should you decide to extend your ticket and remain in Israel longer, or should you participate in a program which goes beyond the days in which JMN participates financially, the decision to do so is yours, and the said extension is in no way part of the program for which any funding or assistance was provided by JMN. 

Q: I’m Shomer Shabbat, will this affect my participation in the trip?

A: No. There will not be any mandated activities or traveling via transportation for the duration of Shabbat. 

Q: What is rooming like while in Israel?

A: To ensure all participants will be comfortable, all participants will be housed in double-occupancy rooms according to their gender identity. 

CONTACT US

We look forward to seeing you! If you have any questions about the application, please contact us at info@jewishmultiracialnetwork.org.