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Chicago Trips

 

IsraelNow stands with Israel and the Jewish community during these difficult times. We are praying for the safe return of all the hostages and hoping for more peaceful times. JUF has curated various resources that can provide updates and information about the Israel-Hamas war.

IsraelNow has made the heartbreaking decision to cancel our trips to Israel this coming February and March. While nothing can replace being in Israel, we are excited to offer an alternative IsraelNow four-day experience in Northern California. During this program, our participants will have the opportunity to broaden their Jewish peer network, build Jewish self-confidence, and connect to Israel and the Jewish people.

Get a taste of what to expect

IsraelNow trips are packed with different opportunities to get immersed in Jewish culture and history and connect with Israelis and the land. There are even Track Days where participants can customize their trip to their preferences.

HERITAGE

HERITAGE

Visit historical sites and museums and go on an archaeological dig.

CULTURE

CULTURE

Explore Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and the breadth of Israeli culture in both.

COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY

Make friends with Israelis and engage in social justice projects.

EXPLORE

EXPLORE

Trek through the Negev desert and swim in the Dead Sea.

Mark your calendar

Find the latest IsraelNow trip, info session and orientation dates for the city of Chicago.

 

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Staff A Trip With IsraelNow Chicago

NETWORK

NETWORK

Connect with other Jewish professionals from the community.

CONNECT

CONNECT

Strengthen relationships with participants from your community through this immersive shared experience.

GROW

GROW

Expand your Israel educator toolkit.

EXPLORE

EXPLORE

Experience the people, land, and state of Israel first hand.

IsraelNow Chicago is a program of the IsraelNow Education Foundation and the Jewish United Fund.

 

Frequently asked questions for Chicago

Check out these top questions for Chicago families and visit our IsraelNow FAQ page for more answers.

How much does IsraelNow Chicago cost?
Are there further opportunities to reduce program fees?
What is the cancellation policy?
How can you explain IsraelNow Chicago to your teen’s school?
Aside from the trip dates, are there other required meetings or events?
What post-trip engagement opportunities are available to teens?
How do I access forms to fill out?

IsraelNow Chicago Staff

Sam Rodin, Director of IsraelNow Chicago

Sam Rodin is excited to be working with IsraelNow as the Chicago Director. Israel education is a passion of Sam’s, and he has been working in this field for over 15 years in synagogue settings, travel programs, and international leadership fellowships. Sam grew up in the Chicagoland area, received a BA from Indiana University, and an MA from Spertus Institute in Chicago. When not traveling to Israel, Sam loves to walk his dog, play with his cat, run around with his three young boys, and spend time with his wife.

Here are some of Sam’s IsraelNow highlights:

Favorite stop on the itinerary- Sataf hike, or any hike where we get to explore the beautiful nature of Israel.

Favorite Snack- Bissli or Ice Cream

Something you will always find in Sam’s Suitcase- An extra hat

Daniella Elyashar, Director of Community Engagement, IsraelNow Chicago

Daniella is thrilled to join the IsraelNow team! She has worked with diverse groups of children, teens and young adults in experiential education frameworks both in Israel and the US. As a British-born Israeli who moved to Chicago in 2021, building meaningful connections has always been her top priority, and she is passionate about creating educational spaces for teens to thrive in. Daniella’s most recent role was as the assistant director at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, where she met her husband Adam in 2017! She obtained her BA in Education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and holds a Leadership Certificate from the Spertus Institute in Chicago. She loves cooking, baking bread and is a big Pilates fan!

Here are some of Daniella’s IsraelNow highlights:

Favorite stop on the itinerary- The Culinary Workshop with Israeli chefs

Favorite Snack- Delicious Dark Chocolate

Something you will always find in Daniella’s Suitcase- Cat hairs on her clothes from her orange cat  


Contact us

Please fill out the form below to get in touch with the IsraelNow Chicago Team or call us at (312) 673-3485.