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NIF Australia's
Trip to Israel
January 8-12, 2017

We're excited to be running our first study tour for Australians to visit the New Israel Fund and its grantees in Israel this January.

The New Israel Fund is Israel's premier funder of progressive civil society. For almost 40 years, NIF has been at the forefront of major advancements for equality and justice in Israel. In that time, NIF has distributed over US$300 million to more than 900 grantees working across the social, religious and ethnic spectrum.

Today, NIF's work is focussed on six major areas: human rights and democratic infrastructure, Palestinian-Israeli society, shared society and combating racism, religious pluralism and tolerance, social and economic justice, and a series of new initiatives which are creating groundbreaking change. NIF also runs Shatil, a major capacity building organisation which provides consulting, assistance and support to countless organisations, as well as works to effect change in society in its own right, through advocacy and lobbying.

NIF Australia was formed in 2011 with twin aims: to provide support for NIF's work in Israel build a more just and pluralist society; and to create a space for Australian Jews to express themselves on the human rights and social justice issues they care about.

Learn More About The Trip · Sample Itinerary · Costs & Inclusions · Register Your Interest

If you have any questions, please call Liam on 02 9045 3688 or e-mail liam@nif.org.au. 

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  • About The Trip

    The trip include tours to see some of important work NIF supports in Israel: encouraging shared society between Jews and Arabs in Israel, promoting human rights in the West Bank, striving for equality between all streams of Judaism and ensuring the rights of minorities (including Palestinian citizens of Israel and refugees and people seeking asylum from Africa) are protected.

    The trip will take place between January 8 and 12, 2017. Participants can arrange their own accommodation in Jerusalem that fits their preferences and budget. The cost of the trip includes buses each day, tour guides, entrance fees to museums, lunch every day, and most dinners (detailed below).

    Each morning, you will meet at a central location in Jerusalem and join the group on a fabulous day-trip, around Jerusalem, to Tel Aviv, around Southern Israel, or into the West Bank. You must participate in each day of the trip (i.e. you cannot choose to attend only two of the five days).

  • Sample Itinerary

    The program will begin on the morning of Sunday 8 January and conclude in the afternoon of Thursday 12 January. What follows are some examples of programming to give you an idea of what the trip will take in.

    The Conflict and Jerusalem:

    Time

    Programming
    Morning

    Briefing with Rachel Liel, NIF's Executive Director in Israel, and Ronit Heyd, Shatil director, on the current state of affairs in Israel

    Tour of East and West Jerusalem with Ir Amim - City of Nations

    Afternoon

    Archeological tour with Emek Shaveh in Ir David and Silwan, exploring efforts by the ultra-nationalist right-wing to build new settlements in East Jerusalem

    Evening

    Dinner

    From Hebron to Jerusalem:

    Time

    Programming
    Morning

    Tour of Hebron with NIF grantee Breaking the Silence

    Afternoon

    Meetings with Israel Religious Action Center director and Women of the Wall chair Anat Hoffman

    Evening

    Dinner

    Southern Israel:

    Time

    Programming
    Morning

    Meeting with Sultan Abu Obaid, Director of Shatil’s Be’er Sheva office about the Bedouin issue, and a tour of both recognised and unrecognised Bedouin villages

    Afternoon

    Lunch and meeting in Yeruham exploring themes of social and economic inequality between the main cities in Israel's centre and towns in the periphery (e.g. the Negev)

    Evening

    Free time

    Human Rights in Tel Aviv:

    Time

    Programming
    Morning

    Meeting with the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants to understand the issues facing refugees and people seeking asylum, as well as a tour of South Tel Aviv with Bina.

    Afternoon

    Meeting with Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) director Sharon Abraham-Weiss and discussion about the main human and civil rights challenges in Israel

    Evening

    Dinner in Tel Aviv, and return to Jerusalem

    The West Bank:

    Time

    Programming
    Morning Full-day program with Encounter and meetings and sessions in Bethlehem

    Afternoon

    Processing and where to now

  • Costs and Inclusions

    The cost of the trip is AU$1,600 per person. This includes:

    • All entrance fees, tour guides, etc.
    • Buses for the entire trip
    • Lunch every day
    • Dinner on three nights (Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday)

    Please note that participants will be asked to arrange the following themselves, outside of the cost of the five-day tour:

    • Flights
    • Accommodation in Jerusalem – ideally near the centre of town
    • Dinner on two nights (Monday and Wednesday)
  • Register Your Interest For The Trip

    Registration requires a AU$150 deposit per person. Full payment is due by October 7, 2016, which is when NIF will make confirm that the trip is proceeding (the trip depends on a minimum of 12 registrations). The deposit will be refundable until that date.