Want to travel with young Jewish professionals to a tropical destination?

You’re invited to a once-in-a-lifetime exploration of Havana, a Cuban city frozen in time. Immerse in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Cuban culture while making friends with other Greater Philadelphians.

Registration closes on Friday, January 19, 2024.

Have a question? See the FAQ.

Already registered? Pay your remaining balance here.

Mission Chairs

Sam Cooper and Alexa Epstein

Am Yisrael Chai

We, along with everyone, have been thinking so much about Israel during these horrible weeks. In the face of Jewish hatred, we believe one of the best things we as Jews can do is to uphold the Jewish value of joy (simcha) by living our proud Jewish lives, and that includes recognizing and learning about Jewish communities in other parts of the world – Cuba included. When we come together with our global Jewish communities, we are a stronger and more unified Jewish people. 

With so much change in Israel every day, and with the need to plan well in advance for a mission of this size, we determined it would be prudent to move forward with our original intention to travel to Cuba. We are exploring additional opportunities for Israel travel and will be in touch as those become available.

To learn about how the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is supporting the people of Israel and how you can help, please click here

Mission Details

Wednesday, April 3 – Sunday, April 7, 2024 (this includes travel time)

COST (Land Only)

  • $2,999 – Double Occupancy
  • $3,100 – Single Subsidy

This includes:

  • Luxury hotel
  • Most meals
  • All entrance and processing fees

Stay at the Grand Aston, the brand new luxury hotel

Ben Gurion Society
All mission participants will be asked to make a meaningful contribution of $1,000 or more to the Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign during the 2024 calendar year. This gift allows you to be part of NextGen’s national Ben Gurion Society for young philanthropic leaders (22-45) who connect at exclusive events.


  • Enjoy authentic Cuban cuisine at one-of-a-kind Cuban restaurants, try handmade mojitos while learning about the local Rum culture, and tour a Cuban cigar factory.
  • Explore the island’s historic synagogues and Jewish institutions and learn about the renewal of Jewish life despite continuing challenges.
  • Get camera ready for a private photoshoot while you cruise through the San Isidro neighborhood in classic convertibles.
  • Enjoy a VIP experience at the Fabrica de Art, a multi-faceted entertainment venue built into a former oil factory created by hip-hop artist X-Alfonso.
  • Distribute humanitarian aid for those in need.


Please know that we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. Your health and the health of others is our top priority. You must be fully vaccinated to attend this mission. Please visit the CDC website and the U.S. Department of State website for their latest travel policies and alerts.


If you have any questions about NextGen or Ben Gurion Society, please click here for the FAQ or contact Susan Allen, NextGen Director, at sallen@jewishphilly.org or 215.832.0505. If you have any questions about the mission to Cuba, please contact Erica N. Miller, Missions Manager, at erica.miller@jewishphilly.org or 215.832.0629.


The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s NextGen group are leaders and philanthropists in their 20s, 30s and early 40s who are looking to give back as they build community. Opportunities to connect include social events, volunteer opportunities and mission trips around the world.

As part of NextGen. the Ben Gurion Society is a group of dynamic young leaders (22-45) from across the continent who make an impact on the world through their giving. In addition to BGS exclusive events, you will be welcomed at JFRE events as a member.