Travel with PAS

Traveling with PAS is more than luggage, tickets, and sightseeing. Travel at PAS is educational, fun, spiritual, renewing, uplifting, and inspiring. Travel at PAS is more than relocating for a few days. It is expanding mind and soul, meeting fascinating people, and learning from engaging scholars.

Our trips to Israel, Poland, Cuba, and Germany have reinforced our ties to Judaism and the Jewish people through reflection on the history and the present state of each locale. Our journeys are community building experiences. Traveling with fellow congregants and members of our clergy and educational staff, we share experiences as they unfold, with some of the most memorable events unplanned and unscheduled.

Whether you go to Israel with Bnei Mitzvah families, join young adults on Birthright, or participate in an adult study mission, do travel with your PAS community. We give as much attention to pre-trip gatherings and community building as to the itinerary and the day-to-day details of the journey itself. A pillar of our PAS travel philosophy is that a trip is just the beginning of our communal learning experience. Our trips are followed up with gatherings and reunions to continue the conversation long after we have returned home.

Please be in touch if you have questions or ideas about our travel education efforts.

PAS travel provides opportunities to deepen engagement with our community and the Jewish people worldwide. We hope that you will join us!

Rabbi Charlie Savenor
Director of Congregational Education

UPCOMING PAS TRIPS

A Jewish Journey to Russia

Young Family Israel Trip

Young Family Israel Trip

Led by Rabbi Ethan Witkovsky and Cantor Rachel Brook
Sunday-Tuesday | June 14-23, 2020
The next PAS Young Family Israel Trip will take place Sunday, June 14 to Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

Geared toward families with children 10 and under, this trip will be a marvelous opportunity to introduce your children to Israel in an age-appropriate, hands-on, eye-opening way. Led by Rabbi Ethan Witkovsky and Cantor Rachel Brook and chaired by Jennifer Bernstein and Bari Rausnitz, the trip will build friendships and community with fellow PAS families as well as create the foundation for a lifelong connection to the land of Israel. Highlights include floating in the Dead Sea, participating in an archeological dig, celebrating Shabbat in Jerusalem, and planting trees. All in all, this will be a family-friendly summer vacation not to be missed. Preview the program here.

Registration
Registration is now open. To register with Da’at, our tour provider, click here. You can also call them at 888.811.2812.

An optional group flight with EL AL will be offered, with a supplemental cost of $1,750, after the formal registration is complete.

Cost of Trip
The prices listed below are for the land package only. Participants are responsible for their flights and tips.

Main Trip:

• Per Person (sharing a double room): $4,920
• Per Person (single room): $6,230
• Per Person reduction with third person in the room: $4,060

A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $500/person is due upon registration.

Need-based scholarships are available. The scholarship application process is completely confidential. Please contact PAS Executive Director Beryl Chernov  to receive a scholarship application. The form must be submitted by 3:00 pm on Friday, June 14. You will be informed by July 16 whether you have been granted financial aid. If you do not receive assistance and decide not to participate in the trip, your deposit will be refunded. If you have questions about this process, please contact Beryl Chernov at bchernov@pasyn.org or 212-369-2600, x111.

Inclusion is an important value of PAS. Please note any accommodation requests, including allergies, on your registration form. We will do our best to accommodate your needs and will be in touch if there are any issues. We will begin working with families and participants as soon as possible to create the best experience for everyone. To discuss your concerns, please contact Rabbi Charlie Savenor at csavenor@pasyn.org or 212-369-2600, x136.

At the end of Passover, we exclaimed, “Next Year in Jerusalem!” This year let’s make that statement a reality for our family and ourselves.

 

A Jewish Journey to Russia

Revolutions, Repression and Renaissance
Led by Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove and Rabbi Charlie Savenor
Sunday-Monday |
 November  3-11, 2019
Travel to Moscow and St. Petersburg with other adult learners of all ages. Led by Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove and Rabbi Charlie Savenor and chaired by Alan Levine, Judy Goodman, and Alison Abovsky, this trip will be an opportunity to learn about Jewish history as well as contemporary Jewish life in Russia. Learn more about the trip

View a draft of the program itinerary. Please note, the itinerary is subject to change.

There will be an optional extension to Vilnius from November 11-13, 2019. Learn more about the extension

We welcome PAS members to bring their immediate family (parents and children). Any other family members (siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins) must join PAS in order to register for the adult-oriented trip. 

Cost of Trip

The prices listed below are for the land package only. Participants are responsible for their flights, the cost of visas, and tips. Visas are required and will be processed approximately 6 months before the trip. The cost of visa processing is approx. $200-300. 

Main Trip:
• Per Person (sharing a double room): $5,815
• Per Person (single room): $6,785
Extension to Vilnius:
• Per Person (sharing a double room): $1,490
• Per Person (single room): $1,760

A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $500/person is due upon registration.

Registration

Registration is full at this time. To be put on the wait list, please contact Da'at at 888-811-2812.

Group Flight Information

Main Trip Only:
•Group flight departs JFK on Flight SU 101 on Sunday, November 3 at 2:10 pm. Land in Moscow on Monday, November 4 at 7:10 am and connect to Flight SU 012 to St. Petersburg, departing at 9:05 am and landing at 10:35 am.
•The return flight departs from Moscow on Flight SU 102 Monday, November 11 at 2:35 pm.
•Cost: $950
Main Trip and Extension:
•Group flight departs JFK on Flight SU 101 on Sunday, November 3 at 2:10 pm. Land in Moscow on Monday, November 4 at 7:10 am and connect to Flight SU 012 to St. Petersburg, departing at 9:05 am and landing at 10:35 am.
•The connection flight between Moscow and Vilnius on Monday, November 11th for the extension is included in the extension package.
•The return flight is Fight SU 2105 from Vilnius to Moscow on Wednesday, November 13 at 10:55 am. Land at 1:25 pm and connect to Flight SU 102 from Moscow to JFK, departing at 2:35 pm.
•Cost: $1,050

Resources

View the Russia Trip Reading List
View Da'at's Russia Trip Film Recommendations. 
View the Russia Trip FAQs.


Looking Back

Congregational Trip to Israel Celebrating Israel at 70 and PAS at 136!
December 22-31, 2018

Park Avenue Synagogue just completed our largest trip to Israel! 

We encourage you to read about the importance and impact of this trip in these articles:
Times of Israel
Jewish Week
eJewish Philanthropy

View photos of the trip on Facebook and on Shutterfly.
View our special welcome video from the trip. 

For more Israel resources, please see our Reading List for the trip and our Movie/TV Viewing List

Photography Disclaimer: Participating on a PAS trip will include being photographed. Park Avenue Synagogue may use these photos in synagogue publications, social media, promotional materials, and on the screens in the lobby. Participants should notify staff if they want to opt out.