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What flights will the group take?

Traveling to Israel: the group will fly on Air Canada departing from Toronto on Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 4:50 pm, landing in Tel Aviv on Friday, December 25, 2020 at 10:15 am. Bus transportation will be provided from Buffalo to the Toronto airport.

Returning to North America: the group will fly on Air Canada departing Tel Aviv on Sunday, January 3, 2020 at 11:55 am, landing at Toronto airport the same day at 5:00 pm. Bus transportation will be provided from the Toronto airport back to Buffalo.

Can I book my own flights?

Yes! The land only cost for the Buffalo Israel Experience will be $2,995/person (double occupancy). If you plan to arrange your own air travel, you will be responsible for meeting the group in Israel (late morning in Tel Aviv on Friday, December 25) and all additional costs. If you would like to travel to Israel with the group but extend your stay please contact our travel agent, Keren Buchbinder @ Makor (keren@igt.co.il 1-800-XXX-XXXX x???). You will be responsible for all additional costs.

What if I don’t want to take the round trip bus between Buffalo and Toronto?

The full cost of the Buffalo Israel Experience includes round trip bus transportation between the JCC in Getzville and the Toronto Airport. If you would like to make different travel arrangements, you may do so independently and will be responsible for all additional costs.

What are the hotel accommodations?

We will be staying in the following hotels throughout the Buffalo Israel Experience:

Herods Hotel, Tel Aviv
Hagoshrim Hotel, Upper Galilee
Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem

Should I get a new passport?
To enter Israel, a passport valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of entry is required.
Should I purchase travel insurance & supplemental medical coverage?

Yes! We urge you to purchase cancellation insurance & supplemental medical coverage (which covers preexisting conditions). This is a smart way to safeguard against life’s surprises.

We have made arrangements with SMS-Travel Insurance Center of Omaha, Nebraska. SMS has over 25 years of experience as worldwide insurance brokers and can help you choose the policy that best meets your needs. Contact Yonah Engel for more information.

Email: yonah@travelinsuranceisrael.com
Phone number: 1-402-404-5205.
Mention promo code: IGT-MAKOR

What is the payment and refund schedule?

Deposit of $500 per person due at time of registration
50% of Payment June 30, 2020
Full Payment September 30, 2020
$500 deposit per person and completed registration due by May 1, 2020 to guarantee your spot on the trip and group transportation.


Cancel Before June 1, 2020 – Full Refund
Cancel between June 1 and September 1, 2020 – 50% of amount paid
Cancel between September 2 and November 15, 2020 – 25% of amount paid
Cancel after November 15, 2020 – No Refund

What is not included in the cost of the trip?
There are many opportunities to dine on your own throughout the Buffalo Israel Experience. You will be responsible for the cost of these meals. You will be responsible for any passport charges, any additional costs incurred from travel extensions, and for all tips and gratuities. Please note that it is customary to provide tips for the tour guides and bus drivers; the total cost is approximately $10.00 per day per person.
When is payment due?

Payment in full for all participants is required by September 30, 2020. 50% payment of cost due by June 30, 2020.

Can I pay on a payment plan?

The Buffalo Jewish Federation does not offer payment plans. Please contact Stacey Block (stacey@buffalojewishfederation.org) to have a confidential conversation about financial options.

How old do my children need to be on the Buffalo Israel Experience?

This trip is ideal for families with children ages 10 and older.

Who will be our tour guides?

We will be led by some of the best guides in Israel, including Ezra Korman and his team (with a dedicated Makor youth counselor).

Will there be a meeting in Buffalo before we travel to Israel?

Yes, there will be at least one (possibly two) gatherings in Buffalo before we depart on December 24, 2020.

Will there be free time to visit my family or shop?
Yes! There will be a variety of different times throughout The Buffalo Israel Experience when you can explore Israel on your own. These will be great times to meet a family member for dinner or shop! Alternatively, our travel agent can help you extend your stay in Israel.
Will I have time to exercise?
There will be free time in the evening and time before breakfast to walk, run or take advantage of the hotel fitness facilities.
Questions? Contact Stacey Block