Israeli Palestinian Perspectives

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Israeli Palestinian Perspectives is a 10 day fact-finders trip to Israel and the Palestinian Territories. The purpose of this trip is to educate Jewish and non-Jewish Rice University student leaders about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The trip departs from JFK International Airport on Sunday, May 12, 2019 and returns to JFK International Airport on Thursday, May 23, 2019. (Finals conclude on May 1 and Commencement is on May 11.) Israeli Palestinian Perspectives is offered by Houston Hillel and is limited to 25 Rice University student leaders of all backgrounds.


Israeli Palestinian Perspectives is offered by Houston Hillel, a Jewish student organization that was established at Rice in 1940, and whose precursor organization, the Menorah Society, first appeared at Rice University in 1912. The trip will deepen your knowledge about one of the world's most discussed regions. Participants will meet with intellectuals, grass-roots activists, politicians and decision makers from Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and will take part in dialogues of co-existence. Trip participants will visit cities and sites in the Palestinian Authority and Israel (including adjacent to Gaza) considered central to all three major religions, and will receive a unique opportunity to learn about the history and current issues of one of the world's most debated conflicts.


Thanks to Houston Hillel, Israeli Palestinian Perspectives is a heavily subsidized trip, including round-trip airfare, hotels, travel throughout the trip, and most meals. Participants will be responsible for the following expenses:

  • All food prior to arrival in Israel and after departure from Israel, most lunches in Israel, and about six dinners in Israel.

  • Ground transportation to and from your departure airport and New York ground transportation to Newark Liberty International Airport.

  • Other personal expenses, such as passport fees and souvenirs.


The trip also includes reasonable domestic airfare from your home to a New York area airport (the equivalent of airfare from Bush Intercontinental Airport to Newark Liberty International Airport). Depending on your departure city, you may be responsible for some domestic travel costs. If you arrive at a New York area airport other than JFK, you are responsible for your transportation expenses to JFK.


Participants must:

  • Remain at Rice University as a full-time student for at least one academic year after the completion of the trip.

  • Complete a post trip evaluation.


Also, we hope that you will:

  • Participate in a meeting or two prior to departure.

  • Be willing to reconvene on campus to discuss your experience.


Emergency contacts during our trip.

  • Among our group before boarding the plane. Kenny mobile: 713-459-5642 and Nofar ‭mobile: 720-35-8271‬ and

  • Among our group while we're in Israel. Kenny and Nofar will share their Israeli cell numbers with you when we arrive in Israel. You can use WhatsApp to contact Kenny and Nofar at their mobile numbers above.

  • If your family or friends outside Israel need to reach you or Kenny while we're in Israel. Kenny and Nofar can be reached via WhatsApp and their email addresses. In an emergency interested parties can reach Emily Moses, Houston Hillel's Assistant Executive Director, at mobile: ‭314-614-5800‬ and

Arriving at JFK International Airport

  • Please arrive at JFK Airport by 2:00 pm - which is 4 hours before our flight departs. Look for Kenny and Nofar near the El Al ticket counter.

  • Do not check in for the flight before meeting Kenny and Nofar. We will check in as a group.

Application forms - You should have already completed these forms, but here are the links if you want to review them.

Interest form

Personal Information Form

Please make sure you have signed and dated this Waiver.

You can email your signed (in pen or electronically) waiver to Kenny at

Cell phone sim card

Use this link to reserve a sim card for your phone at your own expense. WiFi is available throughout Israel, and WhatsApp is a great tool for connecting with trip participants and people back home, but you might appreciate cellular service. We will pick up the sim cards upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport. Of course, you're welcome to bypass the sim card and instead set up an international calling plan with your mobile provider.

Click here for a suggested Packing List for our trip.


You can bring one suitcase and one carry-on. Click here for El Al Luggage information. Roughly, you can bring a suitcase up to 50 pounds, and a carry-on up to 17 pounds. Try to bring less! A backpack is a great carry-on because you'll want a backpack to carry around during each day of touring. You do not need to limit yourself to a carry-on size suitcase, but remember that you need to schlep (carry) your own luggage throughout the trip. Keep in mind that we will not have access to laundry services.


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