From exciting excursions and tours to community-building activities, your days will be jam-packed with fun, learning, and exploration.
Itinerary is subject to change.
Close to 300 members of the Greater Boston Jewish community joined us for an unforgettable journey to celebrate Israel’s independence while forming connections that will last a lifetime. Thank you to all who participated.
A limited number of subsidies are available. Learn more.
The Spark Community Experience is open to individuals over 21 who are from the Greater Boston area. With options to join with young adults, synagogue groups, organizations, or people in your neighborhood, Spark aims to deliver a sense of community and belonging that begins before you depart, and extends far beyond your time in Israel. Choose from several specialized tracks to customize your itinerary on specific days, and consider joining us for an optional trip extension to The United Arab Emirates (for an additional fee).
Explore Israel in 8 days and 7 nights
Spend a week focused on arts and culture, food and wine, outdoor adventures, social justice, business, medicine, technology, and so much more!
Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut
Get ready for the party of three quarters of a century! We’re taking over one of the hottest nightclubs in Tel Aviv for a Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration with food, fun, and fireworks that you’ll never forget.
Enjoy spectacular events
Kick off your trip with an opening dinner in Haifa, experience a joyful Shabbat in Jerusalem, and party at an unforgettable Yom Ha’atzmaut event.
With members of our extended communities around the globe, we will commemorate fallen soldiers and victims of terror during Yom HaZikaron, Israel's remembrance day.
Customize your trip
Select tours and activities on specific days that relate to the following themes:
Extend your trip
The fun doesn’t have to end in Israel! Travel with The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), to the United Arab Emirates for a unique and historic opportunity.
Itinerary is subject to change.
Day 01Tue, April 18, 2023
Day 02Wed, April 19, 2023
Day 03Thu, April 20, 2023
Day 04Fri, April 21, 2023
Day 05Sat, April 22, 2023
Day 06Sun, April 23, 2023
Day 07Mon, April 24, 2023
Day 08Tue, April 25, 2023
Day 09Wed, April 26, 2023
Day 10Thurs, April 27, 2023
Leading up to the trip, you’ll meet and mingle with your small Spark group, make new friends and connections, learn and share, and prepare for the trip of a lifetime. You’ll book your own flight(s) to Israel and CJP will take care of all of the details from the moment you touch down in Tel Aviv.
$4,350 per person, plus $1,080 single supplement fee
The Jewish community of the Emirates has seen exponential growth in recent years, particularly following the signing of the 2020 Abraham Accords which normalized relations between Israel and the UAE. The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is the leading Jewish humanitarian organization working in 70 countries around the world and is CJP's longtime global partner. Traveling with the JDC to the United Arab Emirates and visiting the local Jewish community is a unique and historic opportunity.
The JDC is working alongside the emerging Jewish community of the Emirates to support its development. These efforts are being carried out through a JDC Entwine Jewish Service Corps Fellow. The Fellow is working with the Jewish Council of the Emirates (JCE) to better serve the needs of the Dubai Jewish community as it grows and evolves, strengthen the JCE’s community engagement and communication methods, and design and execute a suite of cultural, social, and educational programming alongside community leaders. This work is part of JDC’s historic work bolstering Jews and Jewish communities in the Arab world including ongoing efforts in Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt.
During the trip, you’ll interact with the local Jewish community to understand the challenges and opportunities of establishing an emerging Jewish community, the first in the Arab world in centuries. You will learn how JDC is helping to support these community-building efforts, and you’ll also visit the newly opened Abraham's Miracles Centre for Learning, the first of its kind in the Arab world, to learn about the cultural and social programming and events offered for the Jewish community of Dubai.
And of course, there will be plenty of time to see the sounds and sights of Dubai, like the Burj Khalifa, the famous Dubai Mall, and the gorgeous beaches at The Palm. We will spend time visiting Abu Dhabi and even have a chance to sandboard during our desert safari adventure.
Questions? We’ve got answers. Check out these frequently asked questions to learn more about Spark, including pricing, program information, registration, and cancellation policies.