Aliyah, Travel

* Listings with an asterisk are part of the JUF/JF partnership of agencies serving the Chicago and worldwide Jewish community.

American Zionist Movement

Chicago Region
P.O. Box 708
Morton Grove, IL 60053
Phone: (847) 363-2507
Email: ghollingsworth@azm.org
Web: http://www.azm.org
Contact: Guy Hollingswoth, President

Umbrella organization of Zionist member groups to strengthen the connection of American Jews with Israel; encourage travel, long-term visits and Aliyah to Israel; and to facilitate dialogue, debate and collective action to further Zionism.

Amirim Israel Summer Programs

Young Judaea
575 8th Ave.
11th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Phone: (917) 595-2100
Fax: (646) 649-2422
Email: summer@youngjudaea.org
Web: http://www.youngjudaea.org/amirim

Offers volunteer and internship opportunities in Israel with social action oriented organizations. Four- or eight-week programs for ages 18-27. Includes weekly trips, insightful speakers, social events and learning opportunities.

Birthright Israel Foundation *

Midwest Regional Office
1 Northfield Plaza
Northfield, IL 60093
Email: susan.millner@birthrightisrael.org
Web: www.birthrightisrael.org
Contact: Susan Brent Millner, Regional Director, Midwest

Organization for raising tax deductible funds sending young Jewish adults, ages 18-26, on a free 10-day trip to Israel from the Chicago area and Midwest region.

Birthright Israel: Shorashim *

1415 N. Dayton Street, #A1
Chicago, IL 60642
Phone: (312) 267-0677
Fax: (312) 276-4739
Email: registration@shorashim.org
Web: http://www.israelwithisraelis.com

Shorashim is a cutting-edge, non-profit organization that has dedicated more than 30 years to building long-lasting bridges between Americans & Israelis through innovative, immersive adventures. On Shorashim, Americans & Israelis always explore Israel, side-by-side, for the entire experience. Our transformational, authentic journeys offer new perspectives, focusing on experiencing the culture, sites, scenes, vibes, variety of stories, & people of Israel, in the way that connects to each participant. The adventure is made, not only by what is seen & experienced, but by the people that participants encounter & the close group formed. Since Birthright Israel's inception, we have worked in valued partnership with JUF to offer tailored Birthright Israel adventures to 18-26 year olds in the Chicago community. Shorashim is a leading trip provider with trips running in December, January & May through August, with all of our Chicago Community trips departing from Chicago!

El Al Israel Airlines

Phone: (800) 223-6700, (312) 516-3525
Web: http://www.elal.co.il

The national airline of Israel.

Gift of Israel *

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
30 S. Wells Street
Suite 5031
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (312) 444-2895, (312) 444-2904
Email: israelexperience@juf.org
Web: www.juf.org/Israel_experience/gift.aspx

Monetary gifts from family and friends can be saved toward a high school or college Israel Experience program; participants can receive a gift of $180 from Federation toward their Israel experience.

Israel Discovery Tours, Inc.

4957 Oakton Street
Suite 303
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 677-5624, (800) 362-8882
Web: http://www.israeldiscoverytours.com

Israel Government Tourist Office

205 N. Michigan Ave.
Suite 2520
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 803-7080, (888) 77-ISRAEL
Fax: (312) 803-7079
Email: igtochicago@imot.org
Web: http://www.goisrael.com

Order maps, brochures, video and other information.

JCC Travel *

Administrative Office
Bernard Weinger JCC
300 Revere Drive
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (224) 406-9254
Fax: (224) 406-9272
Web: http://www.jccchicago.org/travel

Domestic and international excursions and tours offer exploration through a Jewish lens. Receive superb service and an exceptional experience. Specialized travel programs for groups and individuals, including trips to Israel and Cuba.

Jewish Agency for Israel *

1603 Orrington Ave., Suite 600
Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: (866) 835-0430
Email: aliyahchicago@jafi.org
Web: http://www.jafi.org
Contact: Yonatan Sacker, Regional Representative to the Midwest

Regional office for all Jewish Agency services and programs throughout the Midwest. Works with people who want to make Aliyah to Israel (immigration to Israel), serves as the regional office for all Shlichim (Israel emissaries) serving in the Midwest as well as the central office for all other Jewish Agency programs.

Jewish United Fund Missions *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (312) 357-4929
Fax: 312-357-4692
Email: missions@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/missions
Contact: Samantha Wolf

Offers special missions to Israel and other worldwide destinations. Participants experience intensive five- to 10-day adventures in Jewish history, culture and everyday life, and see first hand what has been accomplished by the Jewish people.

JUF Bar Bat Mitzvah Israel Experience Certificates *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Suite 5031
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 444-2895, (312) 357-4798
Email: israelexperience@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/Israel_experience

The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Israel Experience Certificate program is designed to encourage every Bar/Bat Mitzvah to pursue his or her Jewish education by traveling to Israel with an Israel Experience program. At participating synagogues, a $120 certificate toward an Israel Experience program (between the ages of 15-23) is presented as a gift from JUF at the Bar/Bat Mitzvah service.

JUF’s Israel Experience Program *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Suite 5031
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (312) 444-2895
Email: israelexperience@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/Israel_experience

Bring Jewish identity and history to life with a trip to Israel! High school students, college students, and young adults are eligible for dozens of Israel Experience Programs arranged by age group, personal interest and duration of travel. Each trip offers the opportunity to make new friends, connect to the Jewish homeland and visit historical and holy sites. Choose from 10-day trips, summer adventures, and semester- or year-long study programs. The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago also offers various Israel Experience savings and incentive programs as well as financial need-based and merit-based scholarships toward approved Israel Experience programs.

JUF's Kefiada *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: 312-357-4737
Fax: 312-444-2086
Email: partnership@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/p2g/kefiada
Contact: Brooke Mandrea

English-speaking summer camp in JUF's Partnership Together region of Kiryat Gat-Lachish-Shafir. Counselors are college students either from Chicago or who attend school in Chicago and who have completed at least one year. Also a religious track, Kefiada-dati, with separate boys and girls groups. No Hebrew necessary, airfare stipends for all counselors. Counselors stay with an Israeli host family. Camp runs for four weeks. Summer 2017 dates are June 25-July 22.

Masa Israel Journey *

30 S. Wells Street
Suite 5072
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 357-4723
Email: amandamonto@juf.org
Web: http://www.masaisrael.org
Contact: Amanda Monto

Provides five- to 12-month programs for 18-30 year-olds, including gap year, study abroad, and post college internships and volunteer placements. The programs are specifically designed to give each individual an immersive experience complete with interactions in the local communities, intensive Hebrew immersion ulpan and trips all over the country. Many Masa alumni reflect on their experiences saying they connected more to their Jewish identity and the global Jewish community. Scholarships and grants are available to make the experience affordable.

Onward Israel *

Email: iec@juf.org
Web: http://www.onwardisrael.com/category/chicago

Develop your professional future and build your resume through a high-level internship side by side with Israeli peers. This Tel Aviv based internship program places you in a work environment based on your skills, interests and future plans. Intern four days a week while one day a week will be devoted to learning about and experiencing contemporary Israeli society.

This program is operated through a partnership between the Beacon and Shapira Foundations and other lead philanthropists, the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Jewish United Fund, and is organized by Israel Way.

Puzzle Israel

Phone: (847) 436-6849
Fax: (888) 840-2155
Email: deb@puzzleisrael.com
Web: http://www.puzzleisrael.com
Contact: Deb Lust Zaluda

Israeli tourism company that invites tourists and visitors from around the world to get to know Israel. Puzzle's main goal is to give its travelers an Israeli experience "with a twist," a memorable adventure built around the needs and desires of the traveler. The company focuses on unique and personalized journeys in Israel that do not resemble your standard tour, whether it's the client's first or tenth time visiting Israel. It is Puzzle's belief and experience that exposure to different layers of Israeli society and culture, visits to regions less traveled, and interactive activities will make the journey that much better and more special.

Send-A-Kid-To-Israel Partnership (SKIP) *

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
30 S. Wells Street
Suite 5031
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (312) 444-2895
Email: israelexperience@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/Israel_experience/skip.aspx

Unites families, congregations, and the Jewish Federation in a special savings incentive program, stressing the importance of an approved Israel Experience program for every high school or college student; students in grades 3-6 enroll through participating congregations.

Shorashim-Tailor-Made Programs *

1415 N Dayton, A1
Chicago, IL 60642
Phone: (312) 267-0677
Email: michael@shorashim.org
Web: http://www.shorashim.org
Contact: Michael Waitz

Shorashim, meaning roots in Hebrew, is a cutting-edge, non-profit, educational organization devoted to building long-lasting bridges between Israeli & North American Jews on multiple levels for more than 30 years. Catering to the variety of interests & needs of participants & values of each partnering organization, our bicultural programs are built to allow each individual in any group to carry out their journey in a way makes the most sense to them & create a relationship to Israel that's meaningful to them. Our pluralistic Israel experience & tailor-made experiences focus on travel, arts/culture, history, & new technology. Our innovative & immersive programs are crafted to the needs of our partners & participants, which include CFJE (Ta'am Yisrael), CJDl, Solomon Schechter Day School, & more. Through these programs, we continue to build bridges between North American & Israeli Jews, ultimately strengthening ties to Israel through strong personal relations & longlasting connections. 

Ta’am Yisrael: A Taste of Israel - Eighth Grade Israel Experience *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 673-3268
Email: taamyisrael@cfje.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/cfje
Contact: Richard Moline, Director, Israel Education

A yearly Israel experience sponsored by the Community Foundation for Jewish Education of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago. The trip is for eighth grade students from around Chicagoland, highlighted by visits to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Masada, the Dead Sea, and more. A special track day includes immersive experiences in politics, high-tech, sports, environment, fine arts, and culinary arts. Pre-trip preparation, engagement with Israeli peers while in Israel, and post-trip follow-up are all part of the experience.

Volunteers for Israel *

P.O. Box 4992
Skokie, IL 60076-4992
Phone: (888) 246-3037
Email: chicagovfi@msn.com
Web: http://www.vfi-usa.org

Work on a supply base in Israel for (sometimes one) two or three weeks. Ages 16 to 80. Room and board provided. You pay airfare. Certain to be the most rewarding experience of a lifetime. Programs throughout the year.

WUJS

Young Judaea
575 8th Ave., 11th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Phone: (917) 595-2100
Fax: (646) 649-2422
Email: wujsr@youngjudaea.org.il
Web: http://www.youngjudaea.org/wujs
Contact: Yonit Schacher

Five-month internship program in Israel for ages 21-35. Intern at a top Israeli company and gain international business experience or find inspiration for your art amidst a thriving art community. Customizes each experience for maximum impact.

Year Course

Young Judaea
575 8th Ave., 11th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Phone: (917) 595-2100
Fax: (646) 649-2422
Email: yearcourse@youngjudaea.org
Web: http://www.youngjudaea.org/yearcourse
Contact: Ekka Adler

The original Gap Year in Israel, gives recent high school graduates, ages 17-19,  the opportunity to step out into the world, gain valuable life experience and skills, and begin the transition into independence. Earn up to 30 college credits while learning Hebrew; living with peers from the United States, Israel, Canada, the United Kingdom, and around the world; participating in volunteer activities; and developing a Jewish identity before heading off to college or university.

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