Travel with PAS

Travel at 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: Register Now!

Young Family Israel Trip

Led by Rabbi Ethan Witkovsky and Cantor Rachel Brook
Sunday-Tuesday | June 14-23, 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. 

Trip to Morocco

Strangers & Friends: Jewish Life in the Muslim Kingdom of Morocco
Led by Rabbi Cosgrove and Rabbi Savenor
Sunday-Monday | October 18-26, 2020

We are excited to announce that Morocco will be the destination of our next PAS Adult Learning Trip. This wondrous journey will take place on Sunday, October 18 to Monday, October 26, 2020. We will also offer an extension to the Atlas Mountains and Sahara Desert on Monday to Thursday, October 26-29, 2020.

Led by Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove and Rabbi Charlie Savenor and chaired by Lisa Grinberg and Sheri Rosenfeld, the trip will build friendships and community with fellow PAS members as well as create a connection with the Jewish community from this enchanted land.

Jews have lived in Morocco for nearly two thousand years and have experienced the blessings and challenges of living as a minority in a Muslim country. Our visit to the imperial cities of Casablanca, Marrakech, Fez, and Rabat will include the bustling bazaars, breathtaking palaces, and delicious cuisine.

Program
Preview our flipbook here, which also includes a draft of the program itinerary. Please note, the itinerary is subject to change.

There will be an optional extension to the Atlas Mountains and Saharan Desert from October 26, 29, 2020. Learn more about the extension. 

Costs
The costs of this program are as follows:

  • Cost of Main Trip Land
  • •Per person (sharing a double room): $5,885
  • •Single Supplement - Single room: $1775; Total $7660
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  • Cost of Extension Land
  • •Per person (sharing a double room): $2715
  • •Single room: $530. Total: $3,245

  Cost of Group Flight
•Estimated Airfare on group flights: $1,200 - $1,400

Pre-registration Process - In light of the high interest in our PAS travel programs, registration will be conducted according to our new “Pre-registration” process. Please note that PAS travel is only for synagogue members, with the exception of parents and children of synagogue members.

• Pre-registration opens on Tuesday, November 19 at 9:00 am and closes on Thursday, November 21 at 5:00 pm. There are two ways to pre-register: either
by phone or online. When you contact Da’at either by phone by calling 888-811-2812 or by pre-registering online here, please have your passport information available.

• Once the pre-registration period has closed, if more people have pre-registered than there are spaces for on the trip, a random number generator will select numbers from the group of registrants until the spaces in the trip are filled. Once the spots on the trip are filled, we will create a wait list.

• “Linking” Registrations – If you are travelling solo and would like to link your reservation with one other participant also pre-registering for the trip, please contact Rabbi Savenor directly at csavenor@pasyn.org by Thursday, November 21. Both participants need to contact him during the pre-registration period. Should we need a lottery, the linked registrations will be considered together.

• On Monday, November 25,  Da’at will notify members whether they are being registered or put on the waiting list. Participants will be asked at that time for a credit card to pay the $1,000 deposit per person.

Grace Period - Due to the higher deposit requested by the hotels in Morocco, Da’at is offering a one-time only, trip specific, one week “grace period” regarding deposit refunds for those registered for the trip. Participants who are registered on November 25 will have until December 1 to cancel their registrations and receive a full refund of their $1,000 deposit. Starting December 2, 2019, this $1,000 deposit will be non-refundable. Again, this deposit refund policy does not apply to any other PAS trips.

Wait List - As space becomes available, we will immediately reach out to the wait list. Please note that those on the wait list will not be charged until they have been contacted by Da’at to register. All registration deposits after the grace period (November 25 to December 1) are non-refundable and non-transferable.

  • If you have questions about this trip, please contact Rabbi Charlie Savenor at csavenor@pasyn.org.

  • We hope you will participate in this unforgettable trip and explore the dynamic story of Moroccan Jewry.
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  • PAS Teen Travel

  • January 11-12, 2020 - Overnight Teen Trip to Great Wolf Lodge (8th & 9th grade)
  • February 13-17, 2020 - Teen Trip to Houston CANCELLED
  • February 13-18, 2020 - Teen Trip to Berlin (10th-12th grade) POSTPONED
  • Looking Back

    A Jewish Journey to Russia

  •  Revolutions, Repression and Renaissance
  • Led by Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove and Rabbi Charlie Savenor
  • November 3-11, 2019
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  • PAS recently traveled 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 was an opportunity to learn about Jewish history as well as contemporary Jewish life in Russia. Learn more about the trip.
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  • View our program itinerary.
  • There was be an optional extension to Vilnius from November 11-13, 2019. Learn more about the extension.
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  • Resources
  • View the Russia Trip Reading List.
  • View Da'at's Russia Trip Film Recommendations.
  • View the Russian Visa FAQs.
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  • Congregational Trip to Israel Celebrating Israel at 70 and PAS at 136!
  • December 22-31, 2018
  • Park Avenue Synagogue completed our largest trip to Israel! 
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  • We encourage you to read about the importance and impact of this trip in these articles:
  • Times of Israel
  • Jewish Week
  • eJewish Philanthropy
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  • View photos of the trip on Facebook and on Shutterfly.
  • View our special welcome video from the trip. 
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  • For more Israel resources, please see our Reading List for the trip and our Movie/TV Viewing List
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  • 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.