Cohort 10

The tenth cohort of travelers heads to Israel this year on April 3. Twelve JCCSF staff members and two from the Peninsula JCC comprise the group, along with leaders Jhos Singer and Ariel Goldstein.

The annual seminar is funded by a generous grant from the Sanford and Linda Gallanter Foundation, and allows JCCSF staffers an unprecedented opportunity to experience the beauty and complexity of Israel first-hand. Check in daily to follow along with this cohort's journey.

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Day 12: Thursday, April 14, 2016

Full Circle
By Jhos Singer
Depart for Beit Guvrin to take part in a hands on archaeological dig and experience the importance of archaeology in discovering the past of the land of Israel.


Day 11: Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

The Founding of a State and the Development of a Modern Hebrew Culture
By Toni Truong
A day that looks at the founding of the State of Israel and challenges and successes of modern day peoplehood.

Druze family

Day 10: Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Borders, Security and Community
By Bryan Wells and Jason Dominguez
A look at the diversity of challenges facing the communities in the north and issues of security and community. [READ MORE]

Three Ladies

Day 9: Monday, April 11th, 2016

Creating Bridges
By Adriana Strack and Cindy Velasquez
An insight into the complexities of Jewish life in Israel and the diversity between ultra orthodox and secular. Meet with Tzippi Sha-ked, Danit Shemesh and Pamela Peled, authors of Three Ladies, Three Lattes: Percolating Discussions in the Holy Land. [READ MORE]

CR Selfie

Day 8: Sunday, April 10th, 2016

Narratives of Jerusalem
By Cristina Rudden
A look at how there are different narratives about the city of Jerusalem – central to the three major religions and capital of the State of Israel. [READ MORE]

Flower Walk

Day 7: Saturday, April 9th, 2016

Shabbat Shalom
By Erin Van Rheenen
Experiencing the beauty of Shabbat as a different dimension of Jewish journey – the weekly separation from daily life and an opportunity to explore its meaning for different people in Israel and abroad. [READ MORE]

Shabbat in Jerusalem

Day 6: Friday, April 8th, 2016

Jerusalem – City of Gold – From the Modern to the Ancient
By Katina Bush and Tiffany Barber
A look at how the Holocaust has a significant role in shaping Israeli society; change of tempo as Jerusalem prepares for Shabbat. [READ MORE]

Matt S-W on Masada

Day 5: Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Politics of the Region – Understanding Borders
By Jennifer Rosas and Bridget Perez
This day will look at some of the main issues behind the Israel- Palestinian conflict as well as meeting with people from different sides of the political spectrum. [READ MORE]

Matt S-W on Masada

Day 4: Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Leadership and Survival
By Matt Simpson-Weber and Matt Epstein
Masada as a text for looking at leadership styles and legacies – leadership at the time of King Herod and then at the time of the Great Revolt and leadership at the time of the establishment of the State of Israel; modern day leadership styles in the town of Yeruham. [READ MORE]

Camel Ride

Day 3: Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Visions and Visionaries
By Toni Truong and Becky Robinson-Leviton
Our journey begins in the place where great chapters of Jewish History were written- the desert. We will absorb the Negev with our eyes, our feet, and our appetite, as we traverse its terrain and hear the human stories that have molded its landscape and have been molded by it. [READ MORE]

Arrival in Israel

Day 2: Monday, April 4th, 2016

Arrival in Israel
By Ariel Goldstein
After fourteen hours on the new non-stop flight the group arrived. I was waiting them together with Lea Sless from JCCA Jerusalem office and Sharon Wegner our local guide who is leading her fifth JCCSF Israel staff seminar. [READ MORE]

Departure from SFO

Day 1: Sunday, April 3, 2016

Depart for Israel