See the World with Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey. Federation missions provide unique access and exclusive one-of-a-kind opportunities to see and experience Jewish life in Israel, nationally and around the globe. Recent missions we’ve explored include Poland, Morocco, St Petersburg, Cuba and Israel. Often, there are specialty missions geared for common interest groups including women, men, first-timers, major donors, healthcare professionals, adults with disabilities and more! Join us on an unforgettable journey.


Major Donor Mission • October 14 – 21, 2018

Discover Sicily through a Jewish Lens

Explore the fascinating centuries-old remains of Jewish life in Sicily, including the former Jewish quarters and synagogue sites of Palermo, Trapani, Agira, Taormina, Island of Ortigia and Syracuse

View the site of the forthcoming synagogue that the Archbishop of Palermo officially transferred to the Jewish community

Visit the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site; Mt. Etna lava fields; and a historic mountain vineyard

Enjoy delicious Sicilian cuisine and wine

Mission Co-Chairs, Jayne & David Petak, Karen & Alan Scharfstein
For more information, please contact Jane Sherwood at janes@jfnnj.org or call 201-820-3962.

Israel Impact

Mission to Israel • October 21 – 27, 2018

Experience the Impact

Optional: Join JFNA’s General Assembly (GA), Federation’s premier leadership gathering

Educational, hands-on site visits to ENP Netanya scholastic program; Nirim Class Model; Amcha; Machsan Chesed Nahar Deiah; Bayit Cham; Tapuz Absorption Center; Yaelim Project

Jerusalem sights: Sound and Light Show at the Tower of David; Western Wall Tunnels; a Geopolitical tour of the seam line; City of David; a culinary tour of the Old City; Mahane Yehuda Market

Kabbalat Shabbat and time at the Kotel; Festive Shabbat Dinner at The Michael Levin Lone Soldiers Center

For more information, please contact Jane Sherwood at janes@jfnnj.org or call 201-820-3962.

Israel 101

First Timers Women’s Mission to Israel • November 1 – 8, 2018

Explore Israel

Discover Israel’s stunning natural and historical sites in this meaningful and life-changing introduction to our Jewish homeland.

  • Welcome Shabbat at the Western Wall
  • Ascend Masada and float in the Dead Sea (optional)
  • Visit an Israeli Army Base
  • Tour the mystical city of Safed
  • Taste Israeli wines and delicious cuisine
  • Explore Tel Aviv – the city that never sleeps

Mission Chair, Mara Wallach
For more information, please contact Jane Sherwood at janes@jfnnj.org or call 201-820-3962.

Celebrate Israel@70 Mission • Sold Out

Mission to Poland and Israel • April 13 – 23, 2018

Experience Poland

75 years of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising • Mila 18 • Umschlagplatz • Wieliczka Salt Mine • Krakow’s Kazimierz Jewish Quarter • Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum

Celebrate Israel

70 years of the State of Israel • Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day) • Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day) • Mahane Yehuda Market • Western Wall and float in the Dead Sea

Registration is Closed

Mission Chairs: Judy Opper, Carol and Alan Silberstein
For more information, please contact Jane Sherwood at janes@jfnnj.org or call 201-820-3962.


7 Day Trip to Israel for Young Adults With Special Needs • November 12 – 19, 2018

  • Participants explore Israel with other Jewish young adults ages 25 – 37 with disabilities
  • Strengthen personal Jewish identity and connection to Jewish people
  • Provide an enriching life experience

For more information, please contact Kim Schwartzman at kimberlys@jfnnj.org or call 201-820-3936.

Healthcare Professionals

Mission to Israel • July 30 – August 4, 2018

  • Visit top medical centers and meet with leading physicians
  • Learn about innovative approaches to the development of revolutionary drugs and technology
  • Network with colleagues in our partnership city of Nahariya
  • Get a firsthand look at how hospital personnel are treating Syrian refugees
  • Enjoy free time in Israel
  • Celebrate Shabbat at the Western Wall
  • Earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits

Mission Chairs: Dr. Yitzhak Asulin, Dr. Nate Lebowitz, Dr. Eric Morgenstern and Dr. Sharon Scherl
For more information, please contact Arielle Kuzdral at ariellek@jfnnj.org or call 201-820-3911.


Donna Weintraub

Co-Chair, Women’s Philanthropy
Mission to St. Petersburg and Israel

“Jewish Federation missions are exceptional! You travel with other like-minded people while having a lot of fun. Everyone has a different connection to each site we visit and the stories are powerful. Missions open your heart to perspectives different from your own, adding so much to the experience! You meet incredible people from all over the world who are connected to the work of Federation. For me, the best part is seeing up close how our organization is transforming lives.”

Mitch Lieberman

Mission Participant, Cuba and Morocco

“Typically when my wife and I travel to foreign countries, we like to find out something about the Jewish culture there. Jewish Federation gets that. Traveling on a mission takes you off the beaten path to tiny shuls that are still in operation, local schools that Federation supports and organizations helping Jews in need. Federation runs excellent missions that are organized and well planned. The Jewish perspective is what it’s all about as well as seeing the impact of the Federation worldwide.”

Jane Sherwood

Missions Associate

Unforgettable Journeys

Jewish Federation has recently led exciting missions to Poland, Morocco, Cuba and Israel. We are planning many different types of specialty missions including Women’s Philanthropy, men’s missions, first-timers, major gifts, domestic mini missions, healthcare professionals, adults with disabilities, Israel@70 and more!

Explore the World with Jewish Federation

Connect to the global Jewish community with a transformational travel experience through Jewish Federation. Contact Jane Sherwood for any inquiries about Jewish Federation missions.

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