Israel Tour – Summer 2021

Click here to register your interest in Noam Israel Tour 2021!

We are very excited to say that we are currently planning to run an Israel Tour in 2021. This will hopefully involve both a traditional trip for the Year 11s: 19th July - 9th August, as well as a special trip for the Year 12s: 17th - 29th August, who were unfortunately not able to go last year.

For further questions please email baruch@masorti.org.uk or gabi@masorti.org.uk

Are Israel experiences happening this summer?

At the moment, there is a lot of uncertainty around all travel programmes due to the pandemic. UJIA Israel Experience and Noam are working hard to overcome these challenges in order to launch and run Israel programmes this summer, but we cannot guarantee anything at this time.

Both the UK and Israeli borders are closed, and the Government is advising against travel. How do you expect Israel experiences to happen? When do you expect to know if Israel experiences will or will not happen?

We are monitoring both the UK and Israel border situation closely and are being regularly updated by senior officials in both countries. If it becomes apparent that it is not safe or possible for Israel experiences to take place, then we will let families know immediately. There is no one single date by which we can promise to have made a decision about Israel experiences as the situation is changing constantly. We understand that this is difficult for families and especially young people who are excited to go on Israel experiences, however the nature of the pandemic is that things change fast and, therefore, there is only limited certainty we can offer at this time.

 

How will signing up for Israel experiences work this year?

You will be able to apply for Israel experiences when the programmes are officially launched. You will sign up in the usual way – via a youth movement or youth organisation through the online registration system. We will update you in April about what we hope will be a registration date. If applications are able to open, the deadlines given must be strictly adhered to and there will be no allowances for late applications or payments. We thank parents in advance for their cooperation with this, which will be necessary given the unusual circumstances of this year.

 

Will there be a mass effort to ensure all children going on Israel experiences have been vaccinated?

According to current government guidelines and public health announcements, it doesn’t look likely that children aged 16 and 17 will be vaccinated before the summer. We are keeping updated with the latest guidance and will update you accordingly if the situation changes.

 

Will all young people be tested before they go on Israel experiences?

Currently, all children are tested at both the UK and Israeli borders. If a test comes back positive, you cannot fly. Again, it is difficult to know now what the rules and regulations will be in the summer; however all precautions will be taken.

 

Will there be insurance?

We are working hard to find insurance for Israel experiences and will not run the programmes if they are not insurable. More information will be shared when we have it.

 

Will both year 11 and year 12 children be in the same group?

At Noam, we are planning to run separate groups for our Year 11 and Year 12 trips, so both year groups have the opportunity to go on Israel Tour with their friends. We are however willing to be flexible around this, and please get in touch if you have any questions.

 

What will the year 12 experience be like?

Noam will be offering an experience for Year 12s that captures the magic of “Tour”, whilst also recognising that the chanichim will be a year older, and at a different stage in their lives. Therefore, we hope to offer a programme that embraces both of these aspects, with key elements of an Israel Tour, alongside opportunities for personal development. Please get in touch if you have any further questions.

 

Will I have to complete the whole sign-up process for my child in year 12 if I did it last year when they were in Year 11?

We are working on this and hope that the online application system will be able to transfer many of the details from last year to a new application this year. However, there may be certain steps of the application process that we ask you to complete again, for example getting a GP to sign off the medical form and to apply for bursaries. Additionally, if any of the details from last year have changed (e.g. if you have moved house), you will need to update them.

What is Israel Tour?

Noam Israel Tour is a journey through Israel during which you will make new friends and learn about yourself, Israel and Judaism.

Our programme is structured in a way that means you have the chance to visit Israel without feeling like a tourist. Noam Israel Tour will give you the opportunity to build a connection with the region you’re staying in while actively learning, seeing, and engaging with what goes on around you.

When?

Our provisional dates are:

Year 11: 19th July - 9th August
Year 12:  17th - 29th August

Who?

Noam Israel Tour is for those who are in Year 11 or S4.

This Year we are also running a Noam Israel Tour for those who are in Year 12 or S5 and so were unable to go on Israel Tour in 2020.

How much is Tour?

TBA

What does Tour look like?

With Noam Israel Tour you will experience the best bits of Israel Tour whilst connecting with Israel on a deeper level. You will have a chance to learn about Israel's history, meet the people who live there and have the opportunity to help the country grow.

You will enjoy Noam's fresh and meaningful take on Israel Tour.

With Noam Israel Tour you will experience the best bits of Israel Tour whilst connecting with Israel on a deeper level. You will have a chance to learn about Israel's history, meet the people who live there and have the opportunity to help the country grow.

You will enjoy Noam's fresh and meaningful take on Israel Tour.

South

Begin your journey in the Negev and discover the breathtaking views. See how the desert has bloomed.

Centre

See the realities of Israel in Tel Aviv. Understand its history and see how Israel is shaping the future.

North

Experience an adventure like no other, get to know the North first-hand from locals and help them to build their future.

Jerusalem

Finish your journey by exploring the modern day realities of this ancient and holy city.

THE SOUTH: LAND OF ISRAEL

Begin your journey down South in the Negev desert where you’ll stay near Sde Boker, the Kibbutz which was so loved by the first Prime Minister of Israel, David Ben Gurion.
He believed that the Jewish people should pour their energies into ‘making the desert bloom.’ Discover the same beauty that captured Ben Gurion’s heart by going on breath taking tiyulim (hikes) and seeing for yourself the communities that have grown in the region.

THE CENTRE: PEOPLES OF ISRAEL

Travel to the centre of the country where you will visit the bustling hub of Tel Aviv. Here you will have the opportunity to roam through the markets of Jaffa, visit historic sites to see how Israel’s past is shaping its present and see first-hand why Israel has earned itself the title of ‘start-up nation’. You’ll also have the chance to meet local activists to learn about the growing disparity between North and South Tel Aviv.

THE NORTH: PLAY YOUR PART

Head North for another week of adventure. Having spent the last two weeks learning and seeing, it is now your chance to go and do! Noam is a Zionist youth movement that believes firmly in the existence of Israel as a Jewish, equal and democratic state. We believe that we have an obligation to build a Jewish state that reflects our beliefs. In keeping with this, you will visit and learn from communities and activists which fight for social change in Israel. This will offer a brilliant opportunity to meet the diverse population of Israel, build meaningful relationships and play your part.

JERUSALEM: RELIGIONS OF ISRAEL

Jerusalem is the next and final stop on your journey. Let our madrichim guide you through the intersections of conflict that meet there; religious, political and cultural, to leave you with a nuanced understanding of this holy city. You will discover and explore a city at the heart of three major world faiths, while connecting to sites central to what it means to be Jewish.

EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME

The friends and memories you make on Noam Israel Tour stay with you for a lifetime. Noam Israel Tour is more than an educational trip, it's also fun! From water sports on the Kinneret to the Graffiti Tour of Tel Aviv, Noam Israel Tour is both unmissable and unforgettable.

Information

To register your interest for Noam Israel Tour 2021 and sign up to our Tour mailing list click here

If you have any questions about Israel Tour 2021, please email baruch@masorti.org.uk or gabi@masorti.org.uk.

TBA

Noam believes that no one should be excluded from our programmes for reasons of financial hardship alone.

Financial assistance is available through Noam and the UJIA. If you are unable to cover the cost of Israel Tour, please contact noamadmin@masorti.org.uk. In order to receive the Financial Assistance Form from UJIA, please tick the appropriate box on the Initial Application Form.

The deadline for UJIA Bursaries is TBA.

If an Applicant or Parent/Guardian (if Applicant is under 18) wishes to cancel their place on a Programme they must contact Noam in writing.

An Applicant or Parent/Guardian (if Applicant is under 18) who cancels his or her place prior to the deposit payment deadline  will be entitled to a refund less the Administration Fee. Full details of deposit and balance payment deadlines can be found in the brochure.

Any Applicant or Parent/Guardian (if Applicant is under 18) who cancels after the deposit deadline will be entitled to a refund according to the following schedule:

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

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

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

From 1-14 days prior to departure date: no monies refunded.

For the avoidance of doubt if a Participant cancels their place for medical reasons, the cancellation policy will apply and it is the responsibility of the Parent/Guardian to file an insurance claim.

Please note: if a place on Israel Tour is cancelled, a re-application will only be accepted by Noam at their sole discretion.

If a cancellation is due to the illness or death of the Applicant or his or her immediate family and provided that the Applicant or Parent/Guardian (if Applicant is under 18) provides Noam with a valid medical or death certificate or independent verification of the exceptional circumstances (if requested) then Noam shall process a claim for the remaining money (after the terms in 1.3 have been applied) with the insurance company. This will be in accordance with the insurance cover outlined in the Important Information Document.

If the Participant fails to check in for their flight from the UK, and have not contacted Noam to explain why circumstances have delayed his/her outward travel and to obtain approval for a change of date for outward travel, then JAFI retains the right to cancel any other arrangements booked with JAFI; the Participant will therefore be unable to use any connecting or return flights to the UK. No refund will be made for any unused arrangements in these circumstances.

Who looks after my child?

Noam Tour has 3 British madrichim on each tour. Our madrichim have all led on at least 3 camps and have been chosen through a rigorous selection process. They have also all completed our 2 year leadership programme as well as undertaking training from us and the UJIA in the lead up to Tour. They are truly the best of the movement.

What will my child eat?

When eating in hostel buffets or during free time, participants are able to eat whatever they want. However, when we provide food for lunch, it is vegetarian. This tends to be pizza, pasta, sandwiches, falafel and other great food.

UJIA Israel Experience is organised by the Jewish Agency for Israel and supported by UJIA

Going on Noam Israel Tour was without a doubt the highlight of my year. As well as finding out so much about Israel and its fascinating history, geography and social climate, I got the chance to meet so many incredible people and make life-long friends. I would really urge anyone in Year 11 to go on Israel Tour with Noam
this summer for what I found to be a life-changing experience.

Juliette

Noam Tour 2018

I can safely say that going on Noam Israel Tour was the best decision that I could have made: I had the best three weeks of my life. I made new friends that I know I will stay in contact with for a long, long time, and I got much closer to lots of people who I knew beforehand. I also got the chance to know Israel as a country and learn things about it that you can’t find out by just watching the news

Aaron

Noam Tour 2017

Prior to tour I only new one person in noam and after the most amazing and incredible Israel Tour, I now have a whole network of Noam friends who I love to see every week on Sundays. I can say that on my tour absolutely everybody got along and there were no arguments of any sort. There was no cliques and the madrichim were amazing and incredibly approachable. I 100% recommend Noam Israel tour and can assure you that as someone who had previously never been to Noam, I now feel like it's a big part of my life.

Noah

Noam Tour 2017