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Jewish Clergy Project for Peace and Justice in Israel/Palestine

Jewish Clergy Project for Peace and Justice in Israel/Palestine

November 10 to November 17, 2022

Deadline to register August 10, 2022

At a time when many in the Jewish community are feeling despair at the situation in Israel/Palestine, the goal of this trip is to connect us–rabbis, cantors, and other Jewish clergy—to some of the compelling work for justice and peace being done on the ground in the Holy Land. The trip is geared to those who do not need an introduction to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or the realities of occupation, but who seek to learn from and be inspired by Israelis and Palestinians working nonviolently for transformation.  We are asking participants to come with an open mind for bearing witness, and to make a commitment to help support the efforts we will be learning about when we return, in whatever form feels appropriate.  We aspire to learn together, to wrestle with challenging realities together, and together begin to shape a new narrative that promotes ahavat yoshvei ha’aretz, a commitment to seeking compassion, security and justice for all who dwell in the land.

  • The trip will include visits with/activities organized by groups including Combatants for Peace, Omdim B’Yachad, Rabbis for Human Rights, Siraj, Taghyeer, and others.  
  • Trip fees include all land costs (except a few dinners on your own) and a contribution for each of the organizations that will be hosting us.  
  • We will be staying in Palestinian-owned hotels in East Jerusalem and Bethlehem. 
  •  Erev Shabbat dinner will be hechshered, and the other meals that are provided will be vegetarian/pescatarian; hechshered meals can be arranged upon request.  
  • We ask everyone to arrive at the hotel in East Jerusalem by 5pm on Thursday, November 10, and the formal portion of the trip will end the evening of Wednesday, November 16 (stay tuned for possible add-ons both before and after the trip). We ask participants to remain with the group throughout the trip. 
  • There will be a moderate amount of physical activity involved on some of the days, both working on local projects (working on a community garden, olive picking) and some hiking.

Check out the full itinerary here (also available at the bottom of the page).

The trip organizing committee consists of Rabbis Gerry Serotta, Toba Spitzer, Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer, Tirzah Firestone, Paula Marcus, and Elyse Wechterman.


Before you register:

  • Do not book your flight until you receive the Tour Confirmation email from us. This tour requires a minimum number of travelers to run and we will send out the Tour Confirmation notification as soon as we have met that number, no later than the registration deadline listed above.
  • Read through the Terms and Conditions and Health & Safety Protocols on all MEJDI tours
  • Check out your Travel Insurance Options. Note that some policies are time-sensitive and dependent on your date of deposit.

*Tour Pricing Tier:

  • $1,810 at 25+ travelers
  • $1,975 at 21 – 24 travelers
  • $2,075 at 18 – 20 travelers
    Please Note: If trip cost is a significant barrier to attendance, we hope that subsidies will be available; please contact Gerry Serotta for more information – [email protected]

Donations to support this trip are welcome and appreciated.  To make a donation, please do so through the donations page on the RRA Website.  Please click “other designation” and indicate that this donation is for the “Clergy Israel Trip.”

Book Now $1810-2075* per person

Make A Deposit

To make a deposit and hold your spot on this trip, fill in your credit card details and billing address below. You will receive a receipt by email.

Special Offer: $99.00 per person (for deposits made through 2022, otherwise $300)

Trip Includes

  • 6 nights’ accommodation (double occupancy) as listed in itinerary, or similar as necessary
  • MEJDI-Trained Guides for 4 Days
  • 5 days of private group transportation
  • Meals listed in the itinerary
  • Entrances, sites, and honorariums for speakers
  • Water on bus throughout tour
  • Customary tips for drivers, guides, hotel and wait staff
  • Custom tour webpage with online registration, payment, processing
  • Dedicated pre-trip customer service and on-ground support

Trip Does Not Include

  • International airfare
  • Medical Insurance - REQUIRED. Travel Insurance - Highly Recommended
  • Single Supplement Costs - $550
  • Any required COVID testing costs
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transportation outside of group itinerary
  • Anything not explicitly mentioned in the included section

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Final Payment: Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure.
Prices: Prices are per person and are based upon shared double occupancy
(unless otherwise noted). Prices are also based on travelers holding a B2 tourist
visa. Additional VAT will be collected if traveling on any other type of
visa/documents. In case of human or computer error, MEJDI LLC reserves the
right to re-invoice for the correct price or service. A full refund will be made to
passengers who choose not to pay an increase, provided MEJDI LLC a written
cancellation within five days of the price increase notification.
Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is not included in the tour price. MEJDI LLC
strongly recommends the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance package,
which covers health, lost luggage, trip cancellation and trip interruption. Please
note that we cannot accept responsibility for any losses or expenses, which you
or any member of your party may incur as a result of failing to secure adequate
coverage. We can recommend travel insurance companies upon request.

Passport and Documentation: Your passport must be valid for at least six
months following your entry date to your travel destination. MEJDI LLC is not
responsible to provide any travel documents to any of our destinations, including
visas. It is the sole responsibility of the traveler to confirm with the consulate of
each country visited, about any necessary travel documentation/visas required to
enter these countries.
Airlines and Air Tickets: Passengers are responsible to ensure MEJDI LLC has
the correctly spelled names for air tickets reservations. Due to newly introduced
security measures, any name change including minor spelling corrections may
require airline reservations to be canceled and re-booked. MEJDI LLC will not be
held responsible for the denial of services by a carrier due to any name
discrepancy. Subsequent name corrections will be subject to an airline re-booking
fee of up to $300 per ticket. Air reservations are subject to availability at the time
of re-booking. All airline tickets issued in conjunction with this tour are subject to
air penalties per individual carrier’s rules and regulations which will be applied.
Airport Taxes and Fees: All airline tickets are subject to a variety of foreign and
domestic government taxes which include security charges, the September 11th
Security Fee, airport facility charges, customs and immigration fees, inspection
fees, fuel surcharges and more. Taxes and fees are subject to change. Airport
taxes & fees which appear on the invoice reflect the taxes and fees that are
applicable when the original reservation is completed. These taxes and fees may
vary prior to airline tickets being issued. We reserve the right to amend the
airport taxes & fees to reflect any changes prior to ticketing.
Baggage: Luggage is the responsibility of the passenger/s and that of the airlines.
For lost/delayed luggage claims, the passenger is responsible for notifying the
airline directly. If travel insurance policy was purchased, all damage/loss must be
reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for
submission to the insurance company. As all airlines differ and restrictions
change periodically, we recommend that you call the airline directly with
questions about your baggage allowance. MEJDI LLC shall not be held responsible
for any delay or damage to or loss of luggage and/or personal items.
Tour Itinerary: MEJDI LLC reserves the right to change the itinerary due to
unforeseen circumstances. In all cases, MEJDI LLC will do its best to maintain the
content of the tour. If the tour services as indicated by the itinerary cannot be
supplied or there are changes in the itinerary for reasons beyond the control of
MEJDI LLC we will arrange for provision of comparable services. MEJDI LLC
reserves the right to make changes in the itinerary whenever MEJDI LLC deems it
necessary to the comfort, convenience and safety of the participant at any time.
No refund will be paid for unused services such as: transfers, sightseeing, meals,
hotel accommodation, entrance fees, and others that are listed in the tour
program.
Meals: Meals are based on the hotel's or restaurant's buffet or set menu. In
general, beverages are not included, unless specifically stated.

Hotels Accommodation: Hotels will be provided in accordance with the
itinerary or similar. We reserve the right to make substitutions with hotels of
equal standard. There will be no refunds for any difference in the cost of those
accommodations. All rooms are standard twin-bedded rooms with private
facilities, unless specifically stated. Special requests such as bed types, smoking
preference and connecting rooms are subject to availability. Room selection in all
cases, unless otherwise reserved, is strictly at the discretion of the hotel's
management on a run-of-house basis. Triple rooms consist of standard twin beds
plus a sofa/folding bed or cot for third person.
Not Included: Items of personal nature such as laundry, wines, mineral water,
beverages, coffee, tea, meals other than described in the tour details, any other
service not described as included, passport and visa fees, insurance.
Emergency Numbers: 1-703-349-1554 (USA) or 011-58-454-4847 (ISRAEL)
Documents: Your tour documents including: paper air tickets or E Ticket
receipts, tour confirmation voucher and all other related information will be sent
approximately two to three weeks prior to departure provided full payments
have been received.
Customer Service: All customer service issues and refund requests must be
submitted in writing and received no later than 30 days after your return.
Refunds are subject to a processing fee of $50 plus any hotel and/or supplier
charges incurred. Airline flight cancellations and delays for any reason are not the
responsibility of MEJDI LLC Submit your claim directly to the airline. MEJDI LLC
does not guarantee airline response.