Ladies And Gentlemen, Fasten Your Seatbelts And Prepare For Takeoff… This Is YOUR Israel!


This curriculum guide is intended as a component to an Israel experience that takes place before, during and after the trip. The pre-trip group orientation will expose the participants to three access portals (social norms, such as food, mobility, language and diversity of population; social networks and kinship; and Judaism as the dominant religion) that will help them prepare for the trip and therefore, limit feelings of alienation or isolation they may feel. In addition, this orientation will create the space to explore their feelings about Israel and the idea of homeland.

This guide, created by Ashley Berns Chafetz (graduate of the HUC-JIR School of Education in 2014) is meant for any group traveling to Israel-- high school and adult trips (Teen trips, College campus trips, synagogue trips, etc.).



  • After School and Beyond
  • Educator Training
  • Congregational Learning
  • Teen Engagement