UJIA Israel Experience 2024 FAQs 

What is Israel Tour?

Israel Tour is a transformative 2–4-week experience in Israel for Year 11’s (S4 in Scotland) , travelling the country with new friends and old. Participants will connect to Israel and to their Jewish identity while visiting all the key sites and hidden gems that Israel has to offer.

What is UJIA Israel Experience?

UJIA Israel Experience is organised by the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and supported by the United Jewish Israel Appeal (UJIA) and facilitates Israel Tour as a service to Youth Movement/Organisations, Synagogues, Student Organisations and other communal organisations incorporating an experience of Israel into educational activities. UJIA Israel Experience processes application data on behalf of the Youth Movements/Organisations. All applicants are eligible to apply for a means-tested UJIA Bursary for financial assistance to help cover the costs of the programme.

When is Israel Tour?

Please check with the Youth Movements/Organisations for specific dates. Israel Tours will run from June to August 2024.

Which Youth Movement/Organisation should I choose?

Each Youth Movement/Organisation offers something different and provides a different experience. Please contact the Youth Movements/Organisations directly to find out more. You can also go to https://ujia.org/israeltour24/ where you can click through to all the different Youth Movements/Organisations.

How much does Israel Tour cost?

The cost of Israel Tour varies between Youth Movements/Organisations due to various factors including the length of the trip.  Each Youth Movement/Organisation will have their own brochure or website containing the trip itinerary, cost and payment terms. A deposit will need to be paid during the initial signup process. It is important to note that this initial signup form will not serve the purpose of booking an applicant’s place on Israel Tour this summer. Information provided in this initial signup form and all subsequent forms, will enable UJIA Israel Experience and our Youth Movement/Organisation partners to process applications.

Is financial assistance available to assist with the cost of Israel Tour?

Yes, UJIA has a bursary fund and has supported thousands of young people who cannot afford the full cost of Israel Tour.

Click HERE for an overview of the application process. Additional information about this will be available through the Youth Movements/Organisations when you complete your application forms.

What are the key dates I should be aware of when applying for Israel Tour?

Applications for Israel Tour open at 10am on 1st March 2022 and close on 24th March 2022. Some Youth Movements/Organisations have limited spaces available so complete your forms early to avoid disappointment. If you are not offered a place, you may be put onto a waiting list or UJIA Israel Experience may be able to support you to get a place with a different Youth Movement/Organisation.

When will I need to pay?

The deposit is due when you sign up, which can be no later than Monday 14th March 2022 and full payment is due by Friday 29th April 2022. 

What are the cancellation terms of Israel Tour for non-Covid reasons?

An applicant who cancels a place prior to the 29th January 2024 will be entitled to a refund less an administration fee. Details of the administration fee can be found in the full Terms and Conditions.

Any applicant who cancels after the 29th January 2024 will be entitled to a refund or liable for an outstanding balance according to the following schedule:

61 days or longer prior to departure date: 100% of amount paid (or payable) less deposit and the Administration Fee;

From 31-60 days prior to departure date: 50% of amount paid (or payable) less deposit and the Administration Fee;

From 15-30 days prior to departure date: 20% of amount paid (or payable) less deposit and the Administration Fee;

From 1-14 days prior to departure date: 0% of amount paid (or payable).

Some reasons for cancellation may be covered through insurance. Please contact the Youth Movement/Organisation for details of their insurance policies.

Can an Israel Tour participant fly to / home from Israel independently of their Israel Tour group?

Flight deviations are offered. During the initial application form you will be asked if you are interested in a Flight Deviation. This can include changing your outbound/inbound journey to another ELAL flight, or cancelling the inbound flight. If you click yes, you will be sent further details nearer the time.

Do I need to take out my own insurance for Israel Tour?

As part of the cost of Israel Tour, travel and medical insurance is included. Policy details are available from your Youth Movement/Organisation on request. Some pre-existing health conditions are not included and you may need to get additional cover, so you should ask the Youth Movement/Organisation for a copy of their insurance policy to confirm whether the condition is included.