Special Interest Groups

We partner with organizations and special interest groups from around the world to develop Israel programs that meet your needs. We will work together with you to understand your Israel vision and create a relevant trip, whether it be focused on Israel Advocacy, Jewish education, cultural and scientific innovation, social justice or any other topic.

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

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

From Melting Pot to Fusion Cuisine: A Culinary and Wine trip Led by the “Doyenne” of Jewish cooking Joan Nathan

oin Food Celebrity Joan Nathan to explore Israel’s vibrant culinary scene with all of its cultural richness and diversity. Israel has undergone a long journey from its early “melting pot” days, until today. Today, diversity is once again celebrated. Original ethnicities and backgrounds are again displayed with pride. This process is witnessed beautifully in Israel’s rich cuisine scene, offering numerous authentic restaurants and an emerging unique Israeli fusion kitchen, celebrating the fascinating mosaic that is Israel’s society. READ MORE
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Duration

9 days

Focus

Culinary, Wine

Ages

Adults

Status

Open for registration

Jewish Heritage Journey to Spain

Keshet invites you to explore Spain’s rich Jewish history, natural beauty and lively culture - from Madrid to Granada! Spain 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 Spain’s stunning views from a unique perspective. READ MORE
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Duration

7 days

Focus

Jewish Spain

Ages

Adults

Status

Open for registration

Israel Sports Experience

Keshet invites you to explore the exciting world of Israeli sports. Experience the energy of two Euro 2016 qualifying matches, where you will see Israel's young rising stars who have gotten off to a 3-0 start. Visit state of the art athletic centers of Haifa, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to get an inside look at the sports and facilities that Israel has to offer. The Israel Sports Experience offers you the unique opportunity to enjoy world-class sporting events while learning about the non-profit sports world and its heroes. READ MORE
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Duration

8 days

Focus

Sports

Ages

Sports lovers of all ages

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

Second International Optometry Conference in Israel

Join Hadassah Academic College to explore innovative optical advances in the country that is ranked first in the world for medical device patents per capita. Discover how Israel’s spirit of inquiry, love for life, and strong sense of purpose have produced unique breakthrough solutions to real world problems, despite formidable challenges. As an optometrist, connect with local professors and colleagues, tour Israel’s state of the art facilities and academic institutions, and visit leading optical companies. As a tourist, explore Israel’s must-see destinations and get a unique perspective into Israeli society with behind-the-scenes encounters. READ MORE
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Duration

10 days

Focus

Optometry, COPE credits

Ages

Adults

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

Israel Bird Watching Trip

Fly to Israel during migration season to see the estimated 500 million birds of 530 species that pass through every spring and autumn thanks to Israel’s location at the intercontinental junction between Asia, Europe and Africa. Whether you are a professional or amateur birder, a nature photographer, or simply want to see Israel from a different perspective, this trip is a fantastic opportunity to experience a natural wonder in what has become known worldwide as a “birding superpower”. READ MORE
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Duration

7 days

Focus

Bird watching

Ages

Adults

Dates

Fall 2015

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

The Gardening Tour of Israel

The Gardening Tour of Israel is designed for those dedicated green thumbs with a passion for gardens and gardening. Whether you are a professional landscape designer, a garden writer, or simply see gardening as a way of life, this is an opportunity to discover Israel’s gorgeous private and public green spaces. From oases in the desert to kibbutzes in the north, learn everything about Mediterranean flora, innovative agricultural technology, water saving methods, design patterns and more! READ MORE
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Duration

8 days

Focus

Gardening, Israel's gardens

Ages

Adults

Dates

October 18-26, 2015

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

The People of the Book in the Land of the Book

On this special mission curated by the library of the Jewish Theological Seminary, lovers of Jewish books and Jewish libraries will discover the phenomenal richness of Jewish books and documents, as they preserve and enhance Jewish culture. Both heart and mind will be engaged, ensuring an unforgettable experience. Join Prof. David Kraemer, Librarian of JTS and Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, and Naomi Steinberger, Director of Library Services at The Library, for an unprecedented tour of Jewish books and Jewish libraries, in the land where it all began. READ MORE
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Duration

7 days

Focus

Jewish books and libraries

Ages

Adults

Wine & Culinary Tour of Israel

Indulge in a luxurious adventure of Israel’s best wines, food and spas led by a professional wine master. Trace the development of Israel’s booming 3,000 year old wine industry from ancient times until today, while stimulating all five senses and visiting the country’s must-see tourist destinations. READ MORE
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Duration

8 days

Focus

Wine, culinary and spa

Ages

Adults

Status

Open for Registration

Young Professionals Jewish History Tour of Prague, Vienna and Budapest

Join young Jewish professionals in a unique adventure of touring, learning and fun. Ashkenazic Jewry came in two flavors: Western-Central Europe, and Eastern Europe. We will visit the most famous communities of Central Europe, where Jews lived richly religious and cultural lives over the course of many centuries. Our tour will span a wide range of history and culture, exploring how the clashes between the Old and the New led to the rise of Modern Orthodoxy. In spite of often hostile surroundings, the Jews of these cities built communities of remarkable inner-strength, faith and creativity. We will be guided by Rabbi Dr. Dovid Katz, popular historian and professor at John Hopkins University and contributing editor of the ArtScroll Talmud. READ MORE
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Duration

8 days

Focus

Jewish History, Eastern Europe, Social

Ages

Adults

Status

Open for registration

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

Anabaptist Mission to Israel

This week-long Reconciliation Mission brought a group of Amish Christians to Israel to build bridges with the Jewish people and show remorse for what they call “the Amish community’s apathy at generations of Jewish suffering”. Participants had exclusive meetings with Israel’s religious leaders, visited sacred sites to Judaism and Christianity, and toured relevant historical and cultural sites throughout the country. READ MORE

Duration

7 days

Focus

Reconciliation Mission

Ages

Adults

Dates

2016

Status

details to follow

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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