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“FAST FACTS” (TRAVEL TIPS) FOR
JFNA MISSIONS TO ISRAEL

 

LUGGAGE

Accessible property must be limited to one bag plus a personal item (purse, briefcase, laptop, backpack, etc.) per passenger.

 

 

 

Coach Class:

·         Carry on - Baggage may not exceed total dimensions of 45 inches, with a maximum length of 22 inches, width 18 inches or depth 10 inches, these dimensions include wheels, handles, side pockets, etc. Please note that sharp instruments such as razors, scissors, tweezers as well as knitting needles are not allowed in your carry on luggage. If found by security, they will be confiscated. Please put such items in your check-in luggage.

·         Check in – Passengers are allowed no more than TWO (2) checked bags (pieces). The dimensions (i.e. length plus width plus height) should not exceed 107 inches together and neither of them shall exceed 62 inches.  Each suitcase should not exceed 50 lbs.

 

It is highly recommended that you refer to the individual airline website that you are travelling on for additional information.

 

WHAT TO PACK

Dress is generally informal.  We suggest that you bring comfortable, easily laundered clothing. such as a pair of slacks and/or khakis.  A sports jacket is optional for the men. Comfortable walking shoes, sweater or light jacket are needed, as Jerusalem can get chilly at night.  Expensive jewelry, electronics and other valuables should be kept to a minimum.  If you bring any of these items, please pack them, your passport and a sufficient supply of any prescription medications you are taking, in your carry-on luggage.  Once in Israel, we suggest placing your valuables in the hotel safe and carrying your passport, camera and cash/credit cards with you at all times.

 

PASSPORT AND VISA

You will need a signed US Passport for travel to Israel, valid for at least 6 months after the return date to the U.S.  Please carry it with you.  Do not pack it in your luggage. Consult your local US Passport office if you have any questions about the validity of your passport or if you must renew your current one.  If you are not a US citizen, please contact the Israeli Consulate for the most up to date entry requirements. 

 

US citizens need not apply for a visa before leaving for Israel: they will be given this visa upon their arrival in Israel free of charge.  Anyone traveling to other countries requiring visas should check with the appropriate Consulates directly for applications forms and information on how to process the application.

 

MONEY

The shekel (NIS - New Israeli Shekel) is Israel's legal tender.  Many stores and hotels will accept your dollars.  Most credit cards are widely accepted.  Your bank ATM card is also can be used to withdraw shekels at almost every ATMs in the country.  You do not need to change a lot of money into shekels.  American money is accepted almost everywhere.

         

MEALS

JFNA group meals are kosher with a certificate from the chief rabbinate.  If you need special meal requirements such as, Glatt Kosher, etc please contact the Missions Department Tel. 212 284-6504 or email donna.brown@jewishfederations.org . We encourage all participants to bring snacks with them to share with their new friends on the bus.

 

ISRAELI CUSTOMS

If you bring a video camera, Israeli Customs may request a deposit equal to the value of the camera.  This will be returned when you leave the country.  Unless you plan to bring valuable items into the country as gifts, Israeli Customs are quick and painless

 

WEATHER

Table of average temperatures in major cities in Israel

C - Centigrade | F - Fahrenheit

 

Cities:

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jerusalem

C
F

6-11C
43-53

7-14
44-57

8-16
44-61

12-21
53-69

15-25
60-77

17-27
63-81

19-29
66-84

19-29
66-86

18-28
65-82

16-26
60-78

12-19
54-67

8-14
47-56

Tel Aviv

Netanya
Herzliya

C
F

9-18
49-65

9-19
48-66

10-20
51-69

12-22
54-72

17-25
63-77

19-28
67-83

21-30
70-86

22-30
72-86

20-31
69-89

15-28
59-83

12-25
54-76

9-19
47-66

Haifa

C
F

8-17
46-63

9-18
47-64

8-21
47-70

13-26
55-78

15-25
58-76

18-28
64-82

20-30
68-86

21-30
70-86

20-30
68-85

16-27
60-81

13-23
56-74

9-18
48-65

Tiberias

C
F

9-18
48-65

9-20
49-67

11-22
51-72

13-27
56-80

17-32
62-89

20-35
68-95

23-37
73-98

24-37
75-99

22-35
71-95

19-32
65-89

15-26
59-78

11-20
53-68

Eilat

C
F

10-21
49-70

11-23
51-73

13-26
56-79

17-31
63-87

21-35
69-95

24-37
75-99

25-40
77-103

26-40
79-104

24-36
75-98

20-33
69-92

16-28
61-83

11-23
51-74

Dead Sea

C
F

11-20
53-68

13-22
56-72

16-25
61-78

20-29
68-85

24-34
75-93

27-37
80-99

28-38
83-102

29-38
83-101

27-36
81-96

24-32
75-90

18-26
65-80

13-21
56-71

Source: Inisrael.com

 

ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES

The electrical current in Israel is 220 volts AC, single phase, 50 cycles.  If you are taking electric shavers, hair blowers, irons or other electrical appliances, we advise that you bring a small converter kit for the plugs (most local hardware stores carry them).  In some instances, the hotels have a limited number of adapters available; however, availability of these adapters cannot be guaranteed.

 

HEALTH REGULATIONS

No special health regulations are required for U.S. citizens traveling to Israel.  Of course, we recommend that you take every precaution to safeguard your health while you are abroad and that you see your physician prior to your departure if you have any medical problems. 

 

Medicines and other medical supplies should be carefully labeled and stored with your carry-on luggage.  It is suggested that you bring a second pair of prescription eye glasses/contact lenses.  Also, as mentioned above, bring all prescriptions with you in case you need a refill for any reason.

 

ITINERARY

The itinerary is subject to change.  If you want to visit family and friends, please plan it during your free time.

 

U.S. CUSTOMS

For specific information concerning items purchased abroad and what you may bring back duty-free, please contact your local U.S. Customs Office.  Also, contact them regarding any new, European camera equipment you are taking with you; in such instances, it is beneficial to register such items with the Customs Office prior to your departure.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Since there will be times during our mission when we will be with children, you might want to bring something to entertain them.  Examples include balloons, stickers, books, comics, etc. (try to avoid bringing candy).

 

RESPONSIBILITY

Jewish Federations of North America Inc., and their representatives, act only as agents for participants making arrangements for hotels, transportation, sightseeing, restaurants, or any other services in connection with your itinerary.  However, we do not assume any liability for any damage, loss, accident or delay to person or property because of any fault of any services included in the program.  Jewish Federations of North America accepts no responsibility for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labor disputes, machinery breakdowns, quarantine, government restraints, weather or any other cause beyond its personal control.  No carrier shall be responsible for any act, omission or events during the time participants are not on board its own conveyances.

 

In view of statutory or contractual limitations that may apply to personal injury or personal damage losses, please read the details of the JFNA insurance policies that are included in the mission package.  This can help you decide if you need to purchase additional insurance.  http://www.jewishfederations.org/page.aspx?id=215052

        

 

THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING ON THIS JFNA MISSION!!

 

L'HITRAOT BA'ARETZ!!