Travel Opportunities

In recent years we've been to New Orleans, Boston, Denver, Las Vegas and EVERY year we go to ISRAEL. YLD trips offer participants the opportunity to create lifelong connections, meet young adults from across the country and learn more about Federation and relevant issues affecting the Jewish community. 

Ben Gurion Society (BGS) Mission to Buenos Aires: March 11- March 15, 2018

This is an exclusive opportunity to travel with a group of young Chicagoans to visit the vibrant Jewish community in Buenos Aires. Explore Argentina's capital city and home to the largest Jewish community in Latin America. See how JUF dollars and the American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)'s continued involvement have been instrumental in allowing this on-time struggling community to flourish. In addition, enjoy Argentina's culture through experiencing the community's art, food and drink, music and dance, history and night life!

BGS is a national donor recognition society for young adults, ages 25-45. Mission participation requires a $1,000 minimum contribution to the Jewish United Fund Annual Campaign. 

For more information, contact Sally Preminger at

JUF LGBTQ Mission to Israel: May 31 – June 7, 2018

Join members of the Chicago LGBTQ community for an unforgettable trip to Israel through a uniquely LGBTQ lens. Spend 8 days and 7 nights throughout Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, with the option to extend for Tel Aviv Pride. Be inspired by JUF’s partner regions, Kiryat Gat and Lachish & Shafir, relax in the comforts of leading Israeli hotels, and experience Israeli culture and cuisine. Meet with Israel’s top LGBTQ advocates, leaders and innovators and learn what is being done to advance the rights of the LGBTQ community in Israel.

For more information, contact Tori Weinstein at

YLD Summer Mission to Israel: July 2 - July 9, 2018

Interested in traveling to Israel with a group of young adults this summer? This year's National Young Leadership Trip will give participants the unique opportunity to tour, learn and discover Israel with young professionals from Chicago and across the country! Our diverse Chicago group comprised of people from many backgrounds, involved in a myriad of professions and volunteer activities, married and single, etc. will join hundreds of young professionals ages 22 to 45 for this trip! 

For more information, please contact

View pictures from the trip

Summer Mission Photograph

More Options

Birthright Israel Trip

Birthright 1

This free program is for 18-26 years olds. SHORASHIM is the Birthright Israel trip where you will travel for ten days with Israelis your age. For more information, contact  Shorashim at 312-267-0677  or visit their website.

Masa Israel Journey

Masa Israel Journey

Masa Israel Journey helps you find and fund a long-term trip to Israel. Choose from over 200 programs including internships, community service and graduate studies. For more information, contact Amanda Monto at (312) 357-4723.


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