Israel Study Tours

Experience Israel through a Social Justice Lens

We invite you to join NIF for an immersive travel and learning experience. Go behind the headlines to examine the realities of contemporary Israel. Meet the leaders of Israel’s dynamic social change movement.

Join Us: 2020 Fall Arts & Justice Tour

November 11-18, 2020
More details coming soon.

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Explore the Issues

Go beyond the headlines to examine the realities of contemporary Israel. explore the many groups and voices that comprise Israeli society and learn about social justice issues affecting Israeli society today.

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Meet the Leaders

Meet the inspiring grassroots activists, decision makers and influencers, civil rights attorneys, academics, prominent jurists, journalist, writers, and artists – all of whom are shaping the social change movement in Israel today.

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Stretch your Mind

Experience Israel up-close and in a new light. Speak with people of diverse political and ideological views – Orthodox and secular, Jewish and Palestinian, liberal and conservative, Sephardi and Ashkenazi, recent immigrant and veteran Israeli.

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See the Country

Visit the separation fence and see up close how it affects the lives of both Israelis and Palestinians. See what life is like for the Bedouin in the South, or in Arab towns in the North. Celebrate Shabbat in an Israeli home. Enjoy the beauty of the country while exploring its challenges and learning about its hope for the future.

Thinking about going? Got a question?

For more information, please fill the inquiry form below or contact:
Tali Herskowitz
Washington D.C. Regional Director
& Director of Israel Travel
202.513.7870
[email protected]

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About NIF Study Tours

Study Tours are designed for current and prospective donors to learn about NIF’s work in an intensive and meaningful way. We are committed to introducing our supporters and friends to the extraordinary activists on the ground who are paving the way for a stronger and more democratic Israel.

Tour fees include first-rate hotel accommodations, breakfast daily, an average of one additional meal daily, luxury motor coach ground transportation, professional English-speaking tour guides, program costs, reading materials, entrance fees, porterage, and basic gratuities. The price does not include your international flight. Wifi is often an extra cost at Israeli hotels.

No. The fee reflects the actual costs to NIF to operate the Study Tour. However, participants will be asked to make a contribution to NIF upon their return and we hope the program will inspire you to increase your level of support.

NIF will refund your payment and deposit up until six weeks prior to the trip start date. NIF reserves the right to cancel a trip in two instances: 1) if an insufficient number of travelers have signed up, or; 2) if NIF deems there are safety concerns that require trip cancellation. In either case, NIF will refund all deposits and payments.

The cost of each hotel room is based on double occupancy. When you travel alone, you bear the full cost of accommodations on your own, as prescribed by the hotel.

Upon request, we will do our best to match you with a roommate. However, these arrangements depend on other participants’ willingness to share a room. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that a match will be found.

Many restaurants and hotels in Israel are kosher certified, but not all. At times we stay in hotels and eat in restaurants that are not kosher. Vegetarian options are offered at all meals.

While most of our time is devoted to visiting NIF’s grantees and meeting and hearing from speakers, we do visit some tourist attractions and shopping stops along the way. In addition, we always have an outstanding tour guide who accompanies us on all our travels, and uses our walking and bus travel time to introduce the group to Israel’s rich history. On Shabbat (Saturday) we offer optional touring of the Old City and other sites in Jerusalem.

Our preference, in order for you to get the most out of our trip and limit disruptions to the group, is to limit your break-away time to either the free evenings we have in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, or to plan personal visits for Shabbat (Saturday.)

Study Tours are not strenuous, but do require mobility. While trips do not include hiking or prolonged periods of exertion, we do spend time walking around communities, and some of our meetings are held in buildings with stairs but no elevators. By the very nature of Israel’s hilly terrain and older cities, it can sometimes be difficult to get around for those who have accessibility challenges. At this time, we are not able to accommodate travelers in wheelchairs on our Study Tours.

If you have any questions about your ability to travel based on health concerns, please consult with your doctor. You should make sure your domestic health insurances covers you while traveling abroad, or purchase an international medical policy. If you need medical assistance while on the Study Tour, NIF will do its best to direct you to a hospital or doctor, but NIF cannot take responsibility for health care provision while you are traveling.

Participants generally range in age from 40s through 80s.

Our standard Study Tours are not geared toward families traveling with young children.