Congregational Trip to Israel 2018

Winter Break 2018

Celebrating Israel at 70 and PAS at 136!


Registration opened Wednesday, November 29, at 9:00 am. You can register in one of two ways:

1. By phone: Call the Da'at Customer Service Center at 888-811-2812, x1
(Open Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–5:30 pm EST).

2. Online: Go to the Da'at registration page. Once there, click the "Register Now" button.

Registration can only be done via our travel partner Da’at. In order to complete registration, participants will be asked to pay a $300 per person, non-refundable deposit.

Please Note: The tremendous outpouring of interest in the Congregational Trip to Israel in December 2018 overwhelmed Da'at’s system this morning! We appreciate your patience with this process.

While the tracks are full at this time, we want to encourage you to call Da’at to add your names to the waiting list. Not only are there always cancellations, but we are working on getting more rooms in the hotels.

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.


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.
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.
Israel Today and Tomorrow, an adult learning track co-chaired by Nadine Habousha Cohen 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!


Registration opens at 9:00 am on November 29, the 70th anniversary of the UN General Assembly vote on the resolution to create the state of Israel. Vote for Israel now by signing up for this historic trip. Space is limited. A waitlist will be maintained for each track after it fills. 

More information

Information Sessions
Join us for an information session! This is your opportunity to learn more about the trip and ask questions in person. Please RSVP online.

Sun | Nov 19 | 9:30-10:00 am | 87 St Board Room
Sun | Nov 19 | 12:30-1:00 pm | 87 St Chapel
Tue | Nov 28 | 8:30-9:30 am | 87 St Board Room
Wed | Nov 29 | 5:00-6:00 pm | 87 St Lemberg
Fri | Dec 8 | 8:15-9:15 am | 87 St Board Room

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!