Join us for this unforgettable journey as a delegation of Tidewater Jewish community members visit Israel this Spring, during Purim.

United Jewish Federation of Tidewater


March 1 - 9, 2023

Just as the flora and fauna are beginning to flourish, we will join family and friends on this Mission to Israel —where we’ll make new lifelong friendships — and celebrate the 75th anniversary of Israeli independence.


Our goal is to make this a wonderful, mutli-generational experience which will engage and enthrall all who participate! Together, we'll explore, learn, forge connections with experts-in-their-field, volunteer, and celebrate for 8 days and nights: Jerusalem, Kibbutz Kfar Blum, Tel Aviv — and many places in between!


Trip Highlights




shony rivnay
Artist Dinner
Enjoy a leisurely farewell dinner, wine, and chat at the studio of famed artist Shony Rivnay, whose works were featured in the Leon Family Gallery September - November 2022.
yvel jewlers
Art + Training
We’ll meet the owners of Yvel jewelry who work with JAFI-supported professional training program to teach new Israelis skills as designers and artisans.
Lone Soldiers
Festive Shabbat dinner with special guests and Lone Soldiers
ATV Adventure
Opt to ride an ATV to the Syrian border, through Golan Heights/Mount Bental area, where the largest tank battle in history occurred.
golem winery
Wonderful Wineries!
Israel has been making wine for over 5000 years! Enjoy a delicious winery meal and tasting.
Dead Sea
Dead Sea
float with us atop the lowest point on earth, at 1,300 ft. below sea level.
Neot Kedumim
We’ll visit this Biblical Landscape Reserve in Israel near Modi'in, between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Har Herzel
Har Herzel
A powerful visit to the burial place of Israel’s founding fathers, leaders, and military.
Celebrate Purim
Purim encapsulates some of the best of Jewish culture: Festive meals, sharing stories with friends, and giving back (tzedakah). We'll celebrate together in Israel!
Yad Vashem
Yad Vashem
An expert takes us through this living memorial to the Holocaust, an intergenerational experience where the past informs the future.
Kabbalat Shabbat
There’s no better way to experience Shabbat than a visit to the Kotel with hundreds of people from around the globe to connect our spirituality.



Beautiful hotels throughout the trip, Including a spa hotel in the North of Israel!


Fabulous dining throughout the mission

including a few opportunities for participants to do meals on your own, allowing you to explore various options and break away from the group for more intimate dining experiences.


Amazing and knowledgeable guides throughout the trip!

Ask a million questions! They will be happy to answer any and all!


Comfortable, secure, luxury bus.

But don’t fall asleep too often. You won’t want to miss a moment – even while driving along.



Visits to overseas service delivery partner sites.

Follow your donor dollars to see them at work through programs and services delivered to Israel’s most vulnerable populations, through visits to sites run by JDC (the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee), JAFI (the Jewish Agency for Israel) and World ORT.



  • Mission Price: $5100 per participant (based on Land Only and Double Occupancy – does not include airfare; single supplements available for an additional fee.)

  • UJFT Campaign Gift: $1000+ per participant


Happy 75th Birthday Israel... Let's Celebrate Together!

The UJFT Community Mission isn't just any trip.

This journey to the homeland will be unlike anything you could experience visiting Israel on your own!

Powerful Connection

Discover Israel’s rich history, heritage and culture on this meaningful and celebratory trip. From holy sites to modern sights and sounds, the UJFT Community Mission will have it all. Create unique bonds with the people of Israel as well as your UJFT fellows.

Meaningful Memories

We promise you a Mission full of the spectacular, the sacred and even a few surprises. From special celebrations, first-class touring, festive activities, dynamic speakers, a relaxing and reflective Shabbat, a dip in the Mediterranean — and on and on — get ready for an unparalleled, life-changing adventure shared with your Tidewater community.

Exclusive Education

You’ll have access to exclusive experiences only for UJFT Mission travelers, private tours led by renowned Israeli scholars and historians, and interactive site visits with UJFT partners, JAFI and JDC.



Contact Amy Zelenka, Chief Development Officer at or 757-965-6139