Must I belong to a congregation to go on the trip? 

  • You are not required to be a member of a congregation to go on the trip. 



If I am not affiliated with a congregation, what group may I travel with?

You may travel with:

  • Chabad Jewish Center of Blue Ash

  • Jewish Discovery Center

  • Jewish Federation/Mayerson JCC-led groups (e.g. Young Adults, Jewish community members not affiliated with any institution) -JCC membership is not required

  • A congregational bus, pending approval of the Rabbi



Who is eligible to apply for the grant? 

The grant is open to all members of the Cincinnati Jewish Community who:

  • are permanent residents of Cincinnati (or minor child of) and

  • live in a Cincinnati Jewish household and/or

  • work full time for a Cincinnati Jewish communal organization (includes non-Jewish employees)

What is considered a Cincinnati Jewish household?

  • A household is considered Jewish if someone in the household identifies as Jewish based on practicing religious Judaism or Jewish cultural traditions; this could be an individual; a family where one parent identifies as Jewish; or one member of an interfaith couple married or living together where one identifies as Jewish. 


How much will the trip cost? Will it be subsidized?
The trip will be subsidized by The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati as follows: 

  • The estimated trip cost per person (double occupancy), not including airfare, gratuities or trip insurance is $5,985

  • Anyone who meets the grant eligibility requirements (see above) qualifies to receive a $4,000 grant towards the trip costs.

  • A family may receive a maximum subsidy of $12,000. 


How may I receive the subsidy?

  • You will be able to apply for the subsidy through the JFC grant portal shortly after registration opens in Summer 2023. Everyone who applies will receive the grant, as long as they meet the eligibility requirements. Signup for email updates to find out when the grant application opens.



What is included? 

  • 7 nights' accommodations.

  • Late check-out on the day of departure 

  • 8 days of touring with a tour guide and 7 days of touring in a luxury, air- conditioned bus

  • 1 group arrival/departure transfer & VIP assistance at the airport.

  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches & 3 dinners; water on the bus

  • Porterage at the airport & hotels

  • All site entrance fees & program fees as per your final program

  • Online portal to inform & to facilitate recruitment and registration

  • A personal program manager who will take care of all your logistics and work with you to ensure a successful and seamless travel experience



What cities will we visit?

  • We will visit a variety of cities based out of hotels in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. 

  • Detailed itineraries will be available by Summer 2023

  • There will be two community-wide events in Israel where all groups will get together

  • All groups will use the same trip provider and stay in the same or similar hotels

  • Each group leader will work with the trip provider to create a customized itinerary that delivers meaning and impact relevant to their group.


How may I reserve my spot?

  • You may reserve your spot by registering. Registration will open in Summer 2023 and will remain open through April 1, 2024. Sign up for email updates to be notified when registration opens.



When may I register?



When/how can I apply for the grant?

  • The Israel Mission 2024 grant application will be available Summer 2023, to coincide with trip registration.  Sign up for updates to be notified when the grant application is available and how to apply.


Additional FAQs will be posted as new information is available. 


For a downloadable version of the FAQ's, please click here.