Explore IsraelNow
Chicago Trips

IsraelNow 2024-2025 Registration will open Wednesday, May 29.

Our 2024-2025 trip dates are:
December 22-30, 2024*
February 16-24, 2025*
March 23-March 31, 2025*
*Dates are subject to change

Join Jewish eighth graders from all over Chicago and embark on a journey to remember. With JUF’s IsraelNow Chicago, you’ll deepen your relationship to Israel, strengthen your Jewish self-confidence, and expand your peer network, all while exploring must-see spots in Israel and making life-long connections. Your IsraelNow trip awaits!

 

Travel to Israel has never been more important!

We recognize that the situation in Israel is constantly changing and want to be transparent about how we are planning our upcoming trips. We hope that these FAQs help you to understand our approach.

Is it Safe to Visit Israel?

Is it Safe to Visit Israel?

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How will this trip be different than previous IsraelNow trips?

How will this trip be different than previous IsraelNow trips?

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What if we can’t go to Israel?

What if we can’t go to Israel?

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How will I know what’s going on?

How will I know what’s going on?

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We want to hear from you! If you have any questions or want to schedule a one-on-one conversation,

please click here or email Israelnowchicago@juf.org

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.

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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?
Where do I access forms?

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, and 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- the 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.