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Spark is no ordinary experience, so we’re sure you have lots of questions. From hotels to tours, meals and flight options, and everything in between, we’ve got all the information you need to start your Spark experience.


What is Spark?

Spark is a journey of leadership, learning, travel, connection, and community building in celebration of Israel’s 75th Independence Day. Through diverse experiences, you’ll feel a deep connection to community and to one another, sparking a passion for involvement, leadership, and learning within Jewish Boston and beyond.

What does the cost include?

Each experience includes deluxe accommodations in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Haifa/Northern Israel, a daily buffet breakfast, most meals, government-licensed English-speaking tour guides, deluxe air-conditioned buses with Wi-Fi, all programs and activities and entrance fees, on-site field coordinator and hospitality desk, and tips and gratuities.

What programs will be offered locally?

In addition to meet-ups with your Spark small group, we are organizing exciting options to supplement your experience. These may include book clubs, speakers, Hebrew classes, and more. Check back for a listing of Boston-area events and opportunities.

Who will I be traveling with?

For the community experience, every participant will select a group for pre- and post-trip experiences. These groups of around 15 people will be formed by age, location, and/or organization. Each small group will have professional staff and volunteer leadership assigned to make the experience meaningful. For example, if you choose to join a synagogue group, the rabbi will create programming for your group. The topics and leaders for each small group will be published before you make your selection. Each bus on the Israel experience will include two small groups. Most of the time spent in Israel will be with your group and your bus.

For the family experience, every family will be assigned a group for pre- and post- trip programming. These groups will be made based on ages of children, interests, and geographic locations. Participants will be able to request others to join their group. While in Israel, some time will be spent with your group, and some time will be spent mixing with other families in the experience. This will enable everyone to meet and connect with as many people as possible and create lasting bonds and family friendships.

When does Spark begin?

Programming and events will begin in the fall of 2022. Community Experience groups will be assigned in early 2023 and Family Experience groups will begin meeting in fall 2023.

How do I register?

Visit and create your account to get started. Registration is first come, first served.  

Is the Family Experience full?

Yes. Due to an overwhelming number of registrants, the Family Experience is currently full. To join our waitlist please complete this form.

Can I join a Family Experience waitlist?

YES! Please complete this form to join our waitlist.

Do you anticipate more spots to be added to the Family Experience?

YES. We expect people to drop out, and we hope to be able to accommodate more families. 

How do I book airfare for the Community Experience?

Airfare will be arranged and booked on your own. We have created a flight document with helpful information.

Are subsidies available?

Spark subsidies are available for both the Community and Family Experiences for travelers who are seeking connections to the Greater Boston Jewish community, to one another, and to Israel. View information on subsidy eligibility requirements here.

Is my deposit refundable?


  • A $250 per person nonrefundable deposit is due with your application. 
  • Payment plans are available and full payment is due January 18.
  • November 1, 2022 – January 18, 2023 - you may receive a full refund minus any fees and your $250 deposit.
  • January 19, 2022 – February 1, 2023 - you may receive 50% refund
  • February 2, 2023 – April 27, 2023 (trip date) no refund available


  • A $250 per person deposit is due with your registration.  This deposit is refundable through May 1. 
  • Payment plans are available and full payment is due September 6. 
  • February 1, 2023 – May 1, 2023 - you may receive a full refund minus any fees. 
  • May 1, 2023 – September 6, 2023 - you may receive a full refund minus any fees and your $250 deposit. 
  • September 6, 2023 – October 31, 2023 - you may receive a 50% refund
  • November 1 – December 31, 2023 (trip date) - no refund available.  

Is there a cancellation policy?

Community: A $250 per person nonrefundable deposit is due with application. Payment plans are available and full payment is due January 18. If you cancel before January 18, you can receive a full refund, minus any fees and your $250 deposit per person. If you cancel between January 18 and February 1, you can receive a 50% refund minus fees. If you cancel after February 2, there is no refund.

Family: A $250 per person deposit is due with registration. This deposit is refundable through May 1. Payment plans are available and full payment is due September 6. If you cancel on or before October 31, you can receive a 50% refund. If you cancel on or after November 1, there is no refund.

For those who apply for subsidies, you will have 30 days after decisions are communicated to cancel with no penalty.

Will you be able to accommodate special dietary needs?

Yes. You’ll be able to indicate your dietary requests in the full registration form. Special dietary needs such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and other allergies will be accommodated. All meals included in the trips will be kosher, in compliance with local municipal rabbinates.

What is not included in the cost of the trip?

Air travel to and from Israel, some meals, souvenirs, room service, gifts, or any other personal items.

Do I need to purchase travel insurance?

Travel insurance is strongly recommended. To purchase travel insurance, please contact your personal travel agent.

Will I have Wi-Fi access?

Yes, the tour bus and hotels will be equipped with Wi-Fi.

Is the cost of a trip tax-deductible?

No. Per IRS regulations, the cost of goods and services cannot be claimed as charitable contribution. Therefore, the cost of Spark is not tax-deductible.

What is your COVID policy?

We are closely monitoring the continuously changing situation with COVID-19. We will adjust our plans based on public health and government guidance from the U.S. and Israel at the time of travel. To ensure the comfort of all travelers and to comply with Israeli government guidelines, participants on this trip must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

How do I learn more about the optional extension to Dubai and what is the price?
Dubai registration will open on October 24, 2022. The cost of the Dubai trip will be $4,350 per person plus a $1,080 single supplement fee. To learn more about the extension please review the Dubai & Abu Dhabi itinerary. If you have more questions, feel free to email
Does the cost of the trip include a contribution to CJP? Will there be solicitation on the trip?
There is no donation or solicitation — this is an experience sponsored by CJP and open to all.  

Still need more information?

If you have more questions you don’t see listed here, feel free to email