The $498 covers airfare to and from Israel as well as tours, lodging, and most meals. However, when there is no evening event and the night is considered a “free night” supper is not covered.
In the old city of Jerusalem!! Right next to the tomb of King David. A gourmet breakfast is served each morning.
Akiva takes a maximum of 40 students between the ages of 18 and 30. Usually, the majority are in their low to mid twenties.
Applications are processed in the order in which they were received. Upon receipt, a committee will review the application and decide whether to interview the applicant. The applicant will be called and a decision will be made if they are right for Akiva. References may be called.
Akiva is looking for the thinking and spiritually inclined student. Being more than a sightseeing tour, Akiva tries to put together a group of “searchers” who are looking to grow in character and Judaism.
No Jewish background, education or Hebrew language skills are necessary to be accepted onto Akiva. Just a desire to learn and grow. We even have a Hebrew learning Ulpan class on our Israel Trip!
Most likely not. However, there are a few trips that are funded by the same foundation which fund Akiva, which would disqualify you. Please list all Israel trips you have been on in your application. If you have been on these trips in the past, your name will show up on the data base, and they will consider this “double dipping”. When we review your application we will check if any of the trips you have been on disqualify you from Akiva.
Be aware, that even if your aren’t eligible for Akiva, we may have other options for you using grants from other foundations. So feel free to contact us via email if you have not been accepted on regular Akiva.
Between $300 and $400.
If they are local and it it during free time, it is fine. If they live in another city and you will not be back on time to stay on the Akiva schedule, you may ask them to visit you or you can extend your trip for visiting relatives.
Shabbat is prime time on Akiva Trip. The group has an extensive and exciting schedule for its Shabbatons. You are obligated to be with Akiva for Shabbat. No exceptions. Violation of these conditions will result in a request of full payment for the trip ($3400).
Usually not. Our office will handle your request upon submission of application. There might be a small fee to extend. The sooner you are accepted on the trip and submit payment, the better chance you will have of extending.
Akiva works on a system of trust. As long as the group is present and alert each morning for our discussion and classes, there will be no need to impose a curfew.
That wasn’t a question! However, be assured that for most participants, the discussion and work shops are among the most interesting parts of the day. We have world classes speakers addressing many interesting topics. Many are funny and entertaining. They are all thought provoking.
We will be having a number of Ulpan sessions. These are fun and you can really learn a lot of Hebrew in a short amount of time.
In Israel, yes. In the USA, you will have to make your own arrangements.
NOW. We fill up quickly!! (Our waiting list is often more than a hundred strong)