Congregational Trip to Israel 2018

Winter Break 2018

Celebrating Israel at 70 and PAS at 136!


While the tracks are full at this time, we want to encourage you to call Da’at to add your names to the wait list. Not only are there always cancellations, but we are working on getting more rooms in the hotels. Add your name to the wait list by calling Da'at Customer Service Center at 888-811-2812, x1
(Open Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–5:30 pm EST).

Thank you for your patience and your wonderful participation in this once-in-a-generation journey!


Sunday, December 23 – Sunday, December 30
• Departing New York on Saturday night, December 22 and returning Monday, December 31
• Optional pre-trip first-timers introduction to Israel for Adult Learners


All PAS members are invited to join this Congregational Trip to Israel. Five tracks will each have their own age-appropriate itinerary. All will come together for Shabbat and several unforgettable communal moments.


Some seats will be available on group flights from NYC to Tel Aviv after Shabbat on Saturday, December 22 and for the return trip late on the evening of December 30. You are also welcome to make your own arrangements and meet the group in Tel Aviv on the afternoon of December 23. Group flight information will be available in February 2018.


Five tracks, each with its own itinerary, all staying at the same hotels on most nights, celebrating Shabbat together in Jerusalem, and coming together for other special communal moments. View the current drafts of the itineraries for each track below. 
Trip co-chairs: Darcy Dalton and Amy Steiner
Young Family Track, co-chaired by Jessica Cohen and Ali Kwiat. Led by Cantor Azi Schwartz.
Bnei Mitzvah Family Track, co-chaired by Diane Hess and Stephanie Levey. Led by Rabbi Neil Zuckerman and Cantor Brook.
Teen Family Track, co-chaired by David Chasen and Stefanie Katz-Rothman. Led by Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove.
Israel 2.0 for Young Adults and Their Families and Anyone Who Is Young at Heart, co-chaired by Alyssa First, Rachael First, Randi Goldberg, and Vicki Warner. Led by Rabbi Ethan Witkovsky.
Looking at Israel 20/20an adult learning track co-chaired by Susan Smirnoff and Mark Hirsch. Led by Rabbi Charlie Savenor.


• Travel with the PAS clergy, staff and community to our Jewish Homeland
• Discuss the issues of the day – geopolitical, religious pluralism, Jewish peoplehood
• Meet Israeli leaders and soldiers, innovators, and artists
• Engage in hands-on Israel-based tikkun olam (social action) projects
• Celebrate Shabbat in Jerusalem as a PAS community
• Participate in once in a lifetime PAS communal moments commemorating Israel at 70 and PAS at 136!


More information

Read the Frequently Asked Questions about the trip.

Direct questions to Rabbi Charlie Savenor at or x136. PAS is an inclusive community. If you require any accommodations to participate in the trip, please contact Rabbi Savenor.

Please check back to this page frequently for updated information about the trip.

At the close of Yom Kippur, and at the end of the Passover seder, we proclaim L’shanah ha-ba·ah biYerushalayim, next year in Jerusalem! Make it a reality! Travel with PAS on this exciting journey!