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IsraeLinks: Frequently Asked Questions
 

Program

What makes IsraeLinks different then other trips to Israel?

The touring sounds like fun, but the learning seems intense.

Eligibility

How much background do I need in Jewish education and observance?

Do I need to be religious to participate?

I graduated.  Can I still apply for this trip?

In Israel

How much learning can I expect on a regular day on IsraeLinks? 

Will there be time for me to see my friends/family in Israel?

What security precautions will IsraeLinks take?

Will I need any additional money?

How will I be able to stay in touch with my parents/family while I'm in Israel?

Application

I applied. Now what?

How do you decide who gets accepted on IsraeLinks?

When will I find out if I'm accepted?

Once I'm accepted, where do I find more information about the details of the trip?

When is the deposit due?

Travel

What travel documents do I need?

Does IsraeLinks cover domestic transportation to/from NY?

What time do we have to be in New York on the day of the flight?

Can I extend my stay in Israel?

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Greatest Israel trip I've been on (my 4th). The combination of deep learning with touring and amazing staff was top notch.

-Alexis S., Binghamton University

 
       

What makes IsraeLinks different then other trips to Israel?
IsraeLinks is not your typical Israel trip that mostly focuses on touring. Neither is it strictly an academic program that studies all day. IsraeLinks is a primarily an educational program, with afternoon tours and activities.
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The touring sounds like fun, but the learning seems intense.
Then this program is not for you. Students who come on IsraeLinks are serious about the learning on the trip and are expected to fully participate in all aspects of the trip.  
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How much background do I need in Jewish education and observance?
This trip is open to all Jewish students and interesting in furthering their Jewish education.
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Do I need to be religious to participate?
No. This is, first and foremost, an educational experience.
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I graduated.  Can I still apply for this trip?
This trip is for current students.  Since there is limited space, we have to give priority to those still in school.
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How much learning can I expect on a regular day on IsraeLinks?
In general, mornings will be dedicated to learning and trips in the afternoon. In addition there will be guest lecturers and interactive seminars interspersed throughout the trip, mostly during the evening. See a sample day schedule here.
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Will there be time for me to see my friends/family in Israel?
No. The trip itinerary is very full.  While students will have some free time, it will be difficult to schedule worthwhile visits. In addition, due to security concerns, students must be with the group at all times. Therefore, if you would like to see friend/family in Israel, we recommend that you extend your trip.
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What security precautions will IsraeLinks take?
Your safety is our number one priority. Our program does not travel to or through certain higher risk areas. While traveling, we will be accompanied by an armed guard whenever necessary.  Further, we will constantly monitor safety updates, and we will cancel or modify specific trips as necessary.
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Will I need any additional money?
The $499 fee covers room, board and all activities. Students are encouraged to bring some spending money for souvenirs and snacks.  In addition, there will be an occasional evening in town for students to sample local restaurants. There will also be a minimal fee for laundry and tips for the Israeli staff ($50). 
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How will I be able to stay in touch with my parents/family while I'm in Israel?
You will have the option of renting a cell phone for a reasonable rate. Click on the Trip Info tab above for more info. Emergency contact info and staff cell phones will be posted as well.
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I applied. Now what?
Thank you for your application! It is now being reviewed by the acceptance committee. They may follow up with your references and/or call you for a phone interview. Starting at the beginning of November we will start sending out status update emails.
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How do you decide who gets accepted on IsraeLinks?
There are many factors that the acceptance committee takes into consideration, including but not limited to: demographic, school, quality of applicant, involvement in local Chabad, references etc.
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When will I find out if I'm accepted?
There will be rolling acceptance, based on eligibility, starting March 1st. If you don't hear from us, feel free to email office@israelinks.org.
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Once I'm accepted, where do I find more information about the details of the trip?
Visit the Trip Details section of the IsraeLinks website for the latest updates.
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When is the deposit due?
If you are accepted to the program, you will be notified on how to proceed with submitting your payment and confirming your spot. Be sure to follow those steps to secure your spot.
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What travel documents do I need?
Students need valid passports.  American citizens do not need visas. If you are not an American citizen, you will need to contact our office to arrange the necessary documents. Your passport will need to be valid for at least 6 months from the date of your return to the US.
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Does IsraeLinks cover domestic transportation to/from NY?
No. All trips leave from New York and the student is responsible to make their own way to New York City.
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What time do we have to be in New York on the day of the flight?
All students must be in the airport 4 hours prior to departure. If you are flying into New York, we recommend that you arrive with plenty of time to spare in case of delays etc.
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Can I extend my stay in Israel?
Yes, tickets can be extended. Once you are accepted and ticketed, you will receive information on how to extend your ticket.
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