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Contemporary Issues & Politics

Difficult challenges demand creative solutions. Israel’s accomplishments are not in spite of, but perhaps because of its social, religious, cultural, geographic and political complexity. We will work with you to create the trip that explores the nuances of Israeli society that are interesting and relevant to your group. Explore issues of contemporary issues and politics, including religion and state, the role of women and minorities in Israeli society, and conflicts of borders, water and homeland security. Gain access to the leading political and religious leaders and social activists, and explore the sites that will give you a greater understanding of Israel’s fascinating past, present and future.

Highlights

  • Exclusive meetings with Israeli political leaders, policy makers and cultural figures
  • Face-to-face visits with activists from across the religious and political spectrum
  • Guided tours to relevant sites with experts in your field
  • Home hospitality encounters with Israelis to gain on-the-ground insight to hot topic issues
  • Visits to the companies and organizations that are shaping Israel’s future
  • Study sessions with religious leaders and academics on your topic
  • Discover how Israel’s rich history has laid the foundations for its dynamic present and exciting future



Our Trips

Duration

5 days (plus optional 1 day extension)

Focus

FIDF, Politics, Security, Zionism

Dates

November 5 - 10, 2017

Michael Medved Heroes Tour of Israel

Keshet has partnered with popular Radio Show Host, Michael Medved, to offer an unparalleled look into the very essence of the State of Israel. Walk in the footsteps of the great heroes of Israel, from King David and the Prophets through Ben Gurion and the current architects of Israel’s national revival. Gain insight into the great visions and challenges of the leaders of ancient and modern Israel through fascinating site visits, inspiring encounters, and meaningful hands-on experiences. With Michael Medved’s insightful commentary and an opportunity to participate in his live daily broadcast, this trip is sure to be the journey of a lifetime for first-time and repeat visitors. READ MORE

Duration

9 days

Focus

Bible, Israeli society, Michael Medved

Ages

Adults

Dates

June 12-20, 2017

Status

Open for registration

Like Dreamers Jerusalem Mega Mission

The city of Jerusalem has been the spiritual center for the Jewish people worldwide for millennia, but the opportunity of making “earthly Jerusalem” the spiritual and political center of the Jewish people was finally realized on June 7, 1967. The unification of Jerusalem is both complex and riddled with challenges. The Like Dreamers Mission will allow us to both celebrate Jerusalem and explore some of the most poignant issues facing the city today and in the future. READ MORE
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Duration

7 days

Focus

Jerusalem's past, present, and future

Ages

Adults

Dates

May 21-28, 2017

Status

Open for registration

The American Miracle: An Independence Road Trip Led by Michael Medved

Join us for an exciting tour of inspiring sites of the American Revolution and the nation's founding with Michael Medved, best-selling author and nationally syndicated talk radio host. Visit the places where "The American Miracle" began and where our founders launched their world-changing struggle for independence. Explore the great ideas behind the establishment of The Greatest Nation on God's Green Earth while experiencing the places these ideals first made history. This tour will take us to sites of historical and cultural significance as well as grand vistas of natural beauty in off-the-beaten-path locales from Boston to Washington D.C., reliving the great events of America's colonial and Revolutionary beginnings. Stay in elegant hotels, dine on the finest food and travel alongside Michael Medved and his family while he provides his unique perspective on the stirring locations we'll explore together. READ MORE
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Duration

9 days

Focus

Michael Medved, America, History

Ages

Adults, Mature Youth

Dates

July 3-11, 2016

Status

Open for registration

From Venice to Rome: Temple Sinai (Dresher, PA) Classic Italy Trip with Cantor Stephen Freedman & Faith Rubin – April 23-May 2, 2017

Keshet invites you to explore Italy's rich Jewish history, natural beauty and lively culture – from Venice to Rome! Italy is a treasure trove of Jewish history, home to some of Judaism’s greatest medieval rabbis and thinkers as well as some of Europe’s oldest and most beautiful synagogues and Jewish towns. Come and enjoy Italy’s ancient and modern history, landscape and culture from a unique perspective. READ MORE
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Duration

9 Days

Focus

Italian Jewish History, Italy, Culture, History

Ages

Adults

Dates

April 23 – May 2, 2017

Status

Open for registration

Nachum Segal Israel Tour: Ancient & Modern June 1-9, 2016

Keshet has partnered with popular Radio Show Host, Nachum Segal, to offer an unparalleled look into the very essence of the State of Israel. Relive the story of this country like never before, from ancient to modern times, exploring the religious and political complexities that place it in the center of the world. With Nachum Segal’s insightful commentary and an opportunity to participate in his live daily broadcast, this trip is sure to be the journey of a lifetime for first-time and repeat visitors. READ MORE
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Duration

8 days

Focus

Israel, Nachum Segal

Ages

Adults

Dates

June 1-9, 2016

Status

Open for registration

Solidarity Mission to Israel

There is no better way to show the people of Israel you care than by saying so in person. Take this opportunity to connect with local Israelis, visit the communities most affected by Operation Protective Edge, and gain insights into the current reality from political and military experts. Stand with Israel. Now, more than ever. READ MORE
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Duration

5 days (plus optional 4 day extension)

Focus

Solidarity Mission, Politics, Security, IDF, Zionism

Ages

Adults

Dates

November 22-27, 2014 (Optional extension through December 1)

Status

Open for registration

Forestry and Agriculture on the Desert’s Edge: Israel & Jordan

Explore the forestry and agriculture of Israel and Jordan in a unique trip that introduces you the landscapes, geopolitical reality and must-see sites of both countries, with an eye towards all things fauna. Discover how Israel has become a leader in innovative agricultural technology despite the challenges of war, natural disaster and a desert climate, and meet leading environmentalists, politicians, entrepreneurs and agricultural experts. READ MORE
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Duration

11 days

Focus

Forestry, Agriculture, Jordan

Ages

Adults

Dates

January 2017

Ohr Torah Stone: Portugal

Keshet has partnered with Ohr Torah Stone Institutions to celebrate years of pioneering achievements in Jewish community work. Join Rabbi Shlomo Riskin on this once-in-a-lifetime Ohr Torah Stone: Portugal journey of Jewish history, culture and renewal in Portugal. Discover how the Crypto-Jews secretly safeguarded Jewish tradition for 500 years following the Catholic Inquisition, and meet the the extraordinary OTS rabbis working to reunite these communities with their Jewish heritage. READ MORE
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Duration

8 days

Focus

Jewish past and present in Portugal, Ohr Torah Stone projects

Ages

Adults

Dates

June 2015

Status

Open, details to follow

Insight Seminar: The Great Balancing Act: To Be a Democratic, Jewish State with a Large Arab Minority

The annual Keshet Insight Seminar is an intensive Israel experience led personally by Yitzhak Sokoloff, Israeli political analyst and the President of Keshet: The Center for Educational Travel in Israel, together with Dr. Eric Mandel, the founder of Middle East Political and Information Network (MEPIN). The seminar is limited to 20 participants who focus on a single theme related to Israeli society or strategic challenges. Over the course of one week, participants travel throughout Israel to meet and exchange views with some of the country’s most thoughtful policy makers, political leaders and social activists. Past seminars have examined subjects such as “The IDF and Israel Society”, “The Settlement Controversy”, “The Two-State Debate”, “The Geo-Political Status of Jerusalem”, “The State of Judaism in the Jewish State”, and “The Fateful Triangle: Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians”, which included trips to Ramallah, to Syrian refugee camps along the Jordanian border, and into the Jordanian Parliament. READ MORE

Duration

7 days

Focus

Politics, Contemporary Middle East issues

Ages

Adults

Status

Open for registration

Food and Justice Fellowship

Travel Israel with an eye towards organizations and individuals aiming to eradicate poverty, create sustainable agricultural systems, and increase access to healthy, affordable food. Advance your professional skills with hands-on workshops, gain insight into the unique issues faced by Israel due to religious, social and political complexity, and explore what ancient and modern Jewish thought teach us about the relationship between food, justice and social responsibility. Connect with Israel’s vibrant and diverse cultural community, including face-to-face encounters with individuals from across the religious, cultural, ethnic and political spectrum. READ MORE
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Duration

3 weeks

Focus

Agricultural innovation, Policy, Judaism, Intentional communities, Sustainable economic development, Food systems, Health & Wellness

Ages

Young adults

Ohr Torah Stone: Germany to Israel

Keshet has partnered with Ohr Torah Stone Institutions to celebrate 30 years of pioneering achievements in Jewish community work. Join Rabbi Shlomo Riskin on this once-in-a-lifetime journey of Jewish renewal in Germany and Israel. Experience the stark contrasts of Germany’s historical landmarks and Jewish heritage sites, and meet the extraordinary OTS rabbis working to bring the light of Torah to European Jewry. Travel to Israel at the pinnacle of the Zionist season to unite with a country cloaked in patriotism and meet with the educators, students and facilitators of some of OTS’ groundbreaking projects. READ MORE
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Duration

Germany (4 days), Israel (6 days), Germany + Israel (10 days)

Focus

Ohr Torah Stone Institutions, German Jewry

Ages

Adults

Dates

June 2016 Djerba and Morocco
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