Family Trips

Family Trip to Israel

Your family is cordially invited to the Temple Emanu-El Family Trip to Israel, which will take place from December 21, 2024, to December 30, 2024. This trip is aimed at families with children 7-14 years old.  This trip promises to be a memorable adventure exploring Jewish history from Mount Sinai to Modern Israel. Participants will be able to explore the walk through Jewish History from Mount Sinai to the modern state of Israel. Pass through the byways of the Old City of Jerusalem, rappel its ancient walls, and indulge in the diverse culinary delights at Mahane Yehuda. From the top of Masada to floating in the Dead Sea. Additionally, families will have the unique opportunity to celebrate Chanukah in the footsteps of their ancestors. The trip will culminate in a special B’nai Mitzvah celebration, creating lasting memories for all participants. 

Teen Trips

Thank you for your interest in Our Synagogue partnered Teen Trips for 2024-2025. The educational value and social experiences which our teens receive by participating in these trips is unparalleled. Temple Emanu-El is committed to ensuring that any teen who wishes to travel has the opportunity to do so. For that reason, the out-of-pocket cost to families is graciously subsidized, and additional scholarships may be available for those who qualify. Financial expense should not be the deciding factor in a family’s decision. Please note: there are two forms that must be submitted in order to be fully registered for our teen immersive experiences. Once the Google form has been submitted an Acceptiva link for payment will be shared with you in a separate email. Reach out to Em Besthoff at with any questions.

Volunteer Mission to Israel

9th through 12th graders, along with a parent, are invited to partake on a volunteer mission to Israel from June 16, 2024 to June 21, 2024. This trip is in partnership with Park Avenue Synagogue and Central Synagogue, and an application is required. The goals of the trip are to provide participants with an opportunity to:

  • Volunteer in Israel;
  • Learn more first-hand about the context of what happened on October 7th and the aftermath from a variety of perspectives;
  • Meet with Israeli teens;
  • Build community amongst these three congregations.

This trip is currently full. Applications are currently being accepted to be considered for the waitlist.

Teen Israel Seminar

10th-12th graders will travel together with teens from Temple Israel of the City of New York & Stephen Wise Free Synagogue to Israel. This trip will depart in the early morning of Saturday, December 21 and return in the early morning of Tuesday, December 31.

Embark on a transformative journey through Israel in our immersive seminar designed for teens. Explore the rich tapestry of cultural and religious heritage as you visit iconic sites and engage in meaningful discussions. Discover the vibrant history and diverse landscapes that shape the soul of this ancient land.

L’Taken Social Justice Seminar, Washington, DC

9th-12th grade students are invited to join us in partnership with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) to share your voice on social justice topics and make an impact as we visit Capitol Hill.  This trip will depart the early morning of Friday, January 10 and return in the early evening of Monday, January 13. This trip is offered by Emanu-El to our Emanu-El teens.

The RAC L’Taken is designed to both expose our teens to a variety of public policy issues and explore Jewish values that inform the Reform Movement’s Advocacy around these issues. These topics include antisemitism, economic justice, LGBTQ+ rights, and more. Throughout the weekend, we will work with the RAC staff to gain the knowledge and tools to write an effective, persuasive, and passionate speech on a topic of our choice to present when you visit the offices of your Senators and Representatives on the Monday of the program. We will also be leaving time to visit the National Mall, Holocaust Museum and/or the US Smithsonian. To learn more about this opportunity, including viewing a sample schedule, visit RAC online. 

Arizona Service Trip

8th and 9th graders will travel together with teens from Temple Israel of the City of New York & Stephen Wise Free Synagogue to Arizona. The trip will depart in the early morning of Friday, February 14 and return in the early evening of Monday, February 17.

During this immigration justice seminar with Tzedek America, we will be visiting Phoenix, Tucson, and Nogales, Arizona. We will meet with organizations and people directly affected and supporting the flow of migrants from the United States to Mexico.

All trip fees are refundable until October 1, 2024 for all programs. After that, refunds may be available if your teen’s spot can be filled by another student, though change fees may apply.