HONEYMOON ISRAEL, a nonprofit organization connecting young couples to Jewish life, has launched in Greater MetroWest. The organization, which uses a subsidized group trip to Israel as an entry point to create community, plans to send its first local cohort of 20 couples to Israel in May 2020. The application deadline is Monday, Nov. 25.
“We’re excited to bring Honeymoon Israel to New Jersey for the first time,” said Avi Rubel, co-CEO of Honeymoon Israel. “We’re confident that through this program and with the support of our local partners, we’ll engage young couples in an open-ended exploration of how we create the Jewish community of the 21st century.”
During the nine-day trip participants will see attractions like the Western Wall, Jerusalem’s Old City, the beaches of Tel Aviv, and sites important to Jewish, Christian, and Muslim history. They also partake in curated activities like meals with local families and meetings with high-level public officials and business leaders.
The New Jersey effort is supported by the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey, the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey, and the Jewish Community Center of Central
Honeymoon Israel’s participant base is made up of young couples with diverse cultural, racial, religious, gender, and sexual identities. Basic eligibility requirements include having at least one Jewish partner, being between the ages of 25 and 40, being married or part of a lifelong committed relationship for five years or less, and one partner must not have been to Israel before on a peer trip.
For more information visit honeymoonisrael.org. For local inquiries contact Karen Sanders at Ksanders@jccnj.org or 908-889-8800, ext. 205.