When it comes to your homeland and heritage, Chabad on Campus has the hookup. Our in-depth IsraeLinks learning experience whisks you away to the holy land for a deep and meaningful exploration of Judaism—yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Walk in your ancestors’ footsteps. Study history where it actually occurred. Partake in contemporary, cosmopolitan Israeli life. IsraeLinks is an unparalleled way for Jewish college students of all levels of education and observance to examine the link between Israel and its people.
Speaking of people, IsraeLinks is also an amazing opportunity to laugh and learn with new friends from around the globe.
Two-Week Trip of a Lifetime.
Education and Exploration Included. Enlightenment Guaranteed.
Discover the social, religious and political makeup of Israel firsthand on this two-week spiritual journey. Guided tours of holy and historic sites are accompanied by stimulating lectures and discussions on Jewish tradition and philosophy, led by academic and rabbinic experts.
Explore your heritage and your homeland with top scholars and like-minded students from around the world.
Engage in enlightened conversations. Connect with your Judaism. Learn how others connect with theirs.
ExperientialGive back to Israel through community service. Enjoy a taste of Jewish scholarship at the Mayanot Institute.
Oh, the Places We’ll Go:
- Travel to Israeli cities including Jerusalem,
Teverya, Tel Aviv, Golan and Rosh Hanikra
- Visit the Tower of David, Mount Scopus and Kefar
- Celebrate Shabbat at The Western Wall and Jaffa
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Tour in Israel, Study in Israel
IsraeLinks is an educational trip for Jewish college students. The two-week experience blends classroom study, hikes, tours, and group discussions into one amazing trip.
In addition to classes and discussions related to Torah, Jewish history, Israel and contemporary Jewish issues, IsraeLinks puts a special emphasis on learning and understanding Kabbalah and Chassidic mysticism and theology. Additionally, IsraeLinks upholds the legendary Chabad emphasis of Ahavat Yisrael – truly loving and being there for every Jew without any strings attached.
IsraeLinks is selective about the students it accepts. IsraeLinks is searching for students who are seeking an educational opportunity. Those selected are expected to participate fully in all classes, discussions and other aspects of the trip.
This trip is open to all Jewish students, whether affiliated or not. It is also open to those interested in furthering their Jewish education. All classes and readings will be in English.
In general, mornings will be dedicated to learning. Trips will be in the afternoon. Guest lecturers and interactive seminars will be interspersed throughout the trip, mostly during the evening.
No. The trip itinerary is very full. While students will have some free time, it will be difficult to schedule worthwhile visits. In addition, due to security concerns, students must remain with the group at all times. Therefore, if you would like to see friends/family in Israel, we recommend that you extend your trip.
Your safety is our number one priority. Our program does not travel to or through certain higher risk areas. While traveling, we will be accompanied by an armed guard whenever necessary. Furthermore, we will constantly monitor safety updates, and we will cancel or modify specific trips as needed.
The $499 fee (₤249) covers room, board and all activities. Students are encouraged to bring some spending money for souvenirs and snacks. In addition, there will be an occasional lunch/dinner in town for students to sample local restaurants. There will also be a minimal fee for laundry and tips for the Israeli staff ($75).
$499 (₤249) includes airfare from New York or London and all trip costs (food, lodging and travel). There may be additional meals costs. It is your responsibility to have a cell phone for the duration of the trip, travelers insurance and a $75 tip money for your local Israeli staff. There is a fully refundable $150 security deposit that will be returned once the trip and post-trip survey is completed.
Yes. The process is simple. Apply and get accepted to IsraeLinks. Once accepted, pay the IsraeLinks fee. Within three weeks from the completion of the trip, send an email to email@example.com, and you will receive a check for the full cost of your IsraeLinks trip. Or, if you already received your stipend, you will get a check for the difference between your stipend and the IsraeLinks cost.
Thank you for your application. It is now being reviewed by the acceptance committee. They may follow up with your references and/or call you for a phone interview. Starting at the beginning of November, we will be sending out status update emails.
There are many factors which the acceptance committee takes into consideration, including but not limited to: demographic, school, quality of application, involvement in local Chabad and references, etc.
If you have been accepted to the program, you will be notified about how to proceed with submitting your payment and confirming your place. Be sure to follow those steps to secure your place.
Students need valid passports. American citizens do not need visas. If you are not an American citizen, you will need to contact our office to arrange the necessary documents. Your passport will need to be valid for at least six months from the date of your return to the US.
All students must be at the airport four hours prior to departure. If you are flying into New York, we recommend that you arrive with plenty of time to spare in case of delays.
Rabbi Yossi Witkes