FAQ
IsraeLinks is an educational trip which blends classroom study, hikes, tours, and group discussions into one great experience.
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 Kaballah and Chassidic mysticism and theology. All this, with the legendary Chabad emphasis of Ahavat yYsrael – 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 that are looking for an educational opportunity and it expects everyone to participate fully in all classes, discussions, and other aspects of the trip.
This trip is open to all Jewish students and all those interested in furthering their Jewish education. All classes and readings will be in English.
No. IsraeLinks is, first and foremost, an educational experience.
Yes. Although most of the students are undergraduates, there is usually a contingent of graduate students on each trip.
This trip is for current students. Since there is limited space, we have to give priority to those still in school.
In general, mornings will be dedicated to learning and trips will be in the afternoon. In addition, there will be guest lecturers and interactive seminars 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.
IsraeLinks 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).
Students need to make thier own way to and from Israel. All cost in Israel (food, lodging & trips, minus occasional meals costs on your own) are covered by IsraeLinks. You are also responsible 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.
You will have the option of renting a cell phone for a reasonable rate.
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, references etc.
There will be rolling acceptance, based on eligibility. If you don’t hear from us within three weeks of applying, feel free to email office@israelinks.org.
You will receive a series of trip updates, specific to your particular trip in the lead-up to your departure.
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 your local Israeli representatives to find out what documentation you need, if any. Your passport will need to be valid for at least 6 months from the date of your return to the US.
No. All trips begin in Israel. Students are responsible to make their own way to Israel.
The ground costs in Israel are being completely subsidized by IsraeLinks (approximately $2000 per student). If a student cannot afford the cost of their ticket to Israel, they can apply for an airfare scholarships. It will be a brief application but the student will be required to show due diligence and flexibility in their efforts in finding a reasonable ticket.
There will be designated window of arrivals (approximately 8 hours) where will gather students from Ben Gurion airport. Your ticket MUST be scheduled to arrive either during or before that designated time. From there we will travel as a group to our first destination. The trip will end at Ben Gurion airport and departures MUST be made after the designated departure time.
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