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Government Influencers Mission

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Welcome to the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia Government Influencers Mission Registration Page

This is an engagement mission open to state legislators and other government officials with the ability to make change.

 

Dates:

January 6 - 13, 2018 (inclusive of travel)

 

Deposits:

A $1,000 per person deposit is required at the time of registration to reserve your spot(s) on the Mission. Remainder of balance to be paid in full, six weeks prior to departure (December 1, 2017).

 

Pricing (land-only):

$3,600 double room
$4,350 single room

What's included in the price of the mission:

Hotels and accommodations, ground transportation, most meals, tour guide, security

Recommended Flights:

Recommended Flights:

United Airlines UA 90
Departs Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 11:00 PM from Newark, Newark Liberty International, NJ, United States
Arrives Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 4:20 PM in Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion, Israel

United Airlines UA 91
Departs Saturday, January 12, 2018 at 11:10 PM from Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion, Israel
Arrives Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 4:35 AM at Newark, Newark Liberty International, NJ, United States

Contact Ali Garber, Travel Manager, for assistance with flights at agarber@jewishphilly.org or 215.832.0544

 

Hotels and Dates of Stay:

• Dan Panorama, Jerusalem: Jan 7 , 2018
• U-Botique, Tiberias: Jan 8, 2018
• Orient Hotel, Jerusalem: Jan 9 - Jan 12, 2018

Participant Information

Contact Information

Passport Information

Passports must be valid at least six months beyond your return date. If you do not have your passport at the time of registration OR you need to renew it, enter "999999999" in the passport field.

Additional Information

Medical Information

Emergency Contact Information (must be an adult not traveling with you)

Travel Information

Hotel Accommodations

Dan Panorama, Tel Aviv, January 7
U- Botique, Tiberias, January 8
Orient Hotel, Jerusalem, January 9 - 12

Release and Hold Harmless Waiver

Whereas, the undersigned desires and intends to travel to Israel in or about January 6, 2018 through January 13, 2018; and

Whereas, the undersigned has elected to utilize the resources of the Jewish Federation of Philadelphia (“Jewish Federation”) to assist him/ her in facilitating arrangements for the referenced trip to Israel; and

Whereas, the Jewish Federation has agreed to facilitate certain travel arrangements to Israel through the Mission; and

Whereas, the undersigned does hereby grant and convey unto Jewish Federation all right, title, and interest in any and all photographic images and video or audio recordings made by Jewish Federation during the undersigned’s Activities with Jewish Federation, including, but not limited to, any royalties, proceeds, or other benefits derived from such photographs or recordings.

Whereas, the undersigned acknowledges, understands and agrees that (s)he may and is free to elect to engage in any activities while within Israel, whether or not facilitated by the Jewish Federation; and

Whereas, the undersigned is embarking on the referenced trip of his/her own volition and without any coercion, duress or other influence of any kind by the Jewish Federation or any person(s) or entity(ies) affiliated or involved in any way with, or acting for or at the behest of, the Jewish Federation; and

Whereas, the undersigned recognizes, acknowledges and is fully aware of and understands the risks and potential dangers of traveling to Israel, including as a result of his/her having reviewed and considered the United States Department of State’s position statement regarding travel to and within Israel and surrounding areas, a current copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit “A” and which is incorporated by reference, and through his/her review and consideration of the United States government’s Internet website at www.travel.state.gov, which summarizes and memorializes the United States government’s current position regarding travel to Israel and surrounding areas; and

Whereas, the undersigned is further aware that he/she can obtain current information on the United States government’s position regarding travel to Israel and surrounding areas by contacting the U.S. Department of State, Overseas Citizens Services, by mail at 2201 C Street, NW, Washington, D. C. 20520, or by phone at 202-647-5225; and

Whereas, in traveling to Israel, the undersigned recognizes, acknowledges, understands and agrees that (s)he is knowingly and voluntarily exposing him/herself to potential violence, bodily injury and/or loss of life; and

Whereas, the undersigned further recognizes, acknowledges, understands and agrees that the Jewish Federation is not obligated to, and will not, provide him/her with life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, voluntary accidental death and dismemberment insurance, short-or long-term disability insurance, or any other type or form of insurance; and

Whereas, the undersigned recognizes, acknowledges, understands and agrees that should (s)he be exposed to any violence while in Israel, and/or suffer bodily injury, emotional distress, loss of life and/or other harm as a result of being in Israel, neither (s)he nor his/her past, present and future agents, employee, heirs, executors, administrators, successors, assigns, spouses and other family members (collectively, the “Releasors’) will be entitled to receive any financial or economic benefit from the Jewish Federation and each and all of its past, present and future agents, employees, officers, directors, representatives, attorneys, insurance carriers, affiliates, successors, assigns and predecessors in interest (collectively “the Released Parties”), except as otherwise stated in the paragraph immediately following below; and

  1. Now therefore, for and in consideration of the Jewish Federation’s agreement to facilitate his/her travel to Israel, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, the undersigned, on behalf of himself/ herself and any and all of his/ her past, present and future agents, employee, heirs, executors, administrators, successors, assigns, spouses and other family members (collectively, the “Releasors”) hereby releases and forever discharges the Jewish Federation and each and all of its past, present and future agents, employees, officers, directors, representatives, attorneys, insurance carriers, affiliates, successors, assigns and predecessors in interest (collectively, the “Released Parties”) of and from any and all claims, demands, actions, causes of actions, suites, debts, accounts, understandings, contracts, agreements, arrangements, controversies, judgments, damages, losses, and liabilities of whatever kind or character that Releasors ever had, now have or hereinafter can, shall or may have, now or in the future, whether or not now known, and which relate to, are based upon, or arise out of any one or more of the following:
    1. The Released Parties’ agreement to facilitate travel arrangements to Israel; and
    2. The Released Parties’ planned and/ or actual assistance in facilitating the undersigned’s travel arrangements to Israel; and
    3. The Mission; and
    4. Any and all events that occur prior to, during and following the undersigned’s trip to Israel, other than those which may occur on premises owned, leased and/or controlled by Jewish Federation within the City of Philadelphia, PA; and
    5. Any and all matters of any kind having to do in any way, directly or indirectly, with the subject matter of this Release and Hold Harmless Agreement
  2. The undersigned, on behalf of all Releasors, agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Released Parties from any and all damages, costs, attorneys’ fees and/ or expenses that may result from any and all claims made by, through, under assignment from or in the name of any one or more Releasors.

Waiver Agreement

Israel, The West Bank and Gaza Travel Warning

THE SECURITY SITUATION REMAINS COMPLEX IN ISRAEL AND THE WEST BANK, AND CAN CHANGE QUICKLY DEPENDING ON THE POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT, RECENT EVENTS, AND GEOGRAPHIC
LOCATION. U.S. CITIZENS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION AND REMAIN AWARE OF THEIR SURROUNDINGS WHEN TRAVELING TO AREAS WHERE THERE ARE HEIGHTENED TENSIONS AND SECURITY RISKS. THE GOVERNMENT OF ISRAEL AND THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY BOTH MAKE
CONSIDERABLE EFFORTS TO POLICE MAJOR TOURIST ATTRACTIONS AND ENSURE SECURITY, PARTICULARLY IN AREAS WHERE FOREIGNERS FREQUENTLY TRAVEL. THIS REPLACES THE TRAVEL WARNING ISSUED DECEMBER 15, 2015.

Gaza is under the control of Hamas, a foreign terrorist organization. The security environment within Gaza and on its borders is dangerous and volatile. Violent demonstrations and shootings occur on a frequent basis and the collateral risks are high. While Israel and Hamas continue to observe the temporary cease-fire that ended the Gaza conflict in 2014, sporadic mortar or rocket fire and corresponding Israeli military response continue to occur.

Within Israel and the West Bank, a rise in political and religious tension beginning in October 2015 led to a spike in violence in which U.S. citizens were killed and wounded. There is no indication that U.S. citizens were specifically targeted based on nationality. Perceived religious affiliation was a factor in some of the attacks. Attacks were carried out using knives, vehicles, and guns. Israeli security forces reacted with deadly force, which resulted in some bystanders being injured or killed in the crossfire. While the frequency of attacks has abated significantly since April 2016, the possibility of random violence continues to exist and can happen without warning. U.S. citizens should stay abreast of current events and know what areas to avoid when traveling throughout the region.

For your safety, the Department of State recommends that U.S. citizens:

  • - Avoid all travel to the Gaza Strip, and if you are there, leave as soon as you are
    able;
  • - Maintain a high degree of situational awareness and exercise caution at all
    times;
  • - Avoid demonstrations – which can turn violent – and steer clear of
    neighborhoods where police have restricted access;
  • - Beware of and report unattended items or packages;
  • - Follow the instructions of security and emergency officials;
  • - Report suspicious activities or items to security officials; and
  • - Learn the location of the nearest bomb shelter or other hardened shelter.

When planning their own travel, U.S. citizens should consider the following rules that apply to U.S. government employee travel:

  • - U.S. government employees are not allowed to travel to Gaza;
  • - With the exception of Jericho, Bethlehem, and along Routes 1 and 90, U.S. government employees are prohibited from personal travel within the West Bank. Restrictions on personal travel by U.S. government employees may change depending on the security environment;
  • - All other U.S. government travel into the West Bank outside the aforementioned areas must be for official business and conducted with enhanced security measures;
  • - U.S. government staff take additional security precautions when visiting refugee camps and “seam areas” where Israelis and Palestinians intersect and which have historically been flashpoints for violence. For example, sites with significant religious meaning to multiple faiths can be subject to violent protests
    or security incidents with little to no warning, especially on or around significant religious holidays;
  • - U.S. government employees are prohibited from personal travel into Jerusalem’s Old City on Fridays during the Muslim month of Ramadan. The U.S. government occasionally restricts travel for its employees to the Old City based on the current security environment;
  • - U.S. government employees are prohibited from using public buses and public bus terminals throughout Israel and the West Bank; and
  • - U.S. government employees must provide advance notification to Embassy security officials if traveling for any reason to the following locations:
    • a) within 7 miles of the Gaza demarcation line;
    • b) within 1.5 miles of the Lebanon border;
    • c) on or east of Route 98 in the Golan; and
    • d) south of Be’er Sheva.

U.S. citizens planning to travel to Israel, the West Bank, or Gaza should consult the detailed information concerning entry and exit difficulties in the Country Specific Information (CSI). The CSI also provides detailed guidance on crime and safety conditions within Israel, Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza.

For further detailed information and assistance:

  • - In Israel, the Golan Heights, and ports of entry at Ben Gurion Airport, Haifa Port, the northern (Jordan River/Sheikh Hussein) and southern (Arava) border crossings connecting Israel and Jordan, and the border crossings between Israel and Egypt, contact the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv. The after-hours emergency number is (972)(3)519-7575.
  • - In Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza, and the Allenby/King Hussein Bridge crossing between the West Bank and Jordan, contact the Consular Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem. The after-hours emergency number is (972)(2)622-7250.
  • - In northern Israel, contact the Consular Agency in Haifa. The after-hours emergency number is (972)(3)519-7575.
  • - Enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in order to obtain the most current information on travel and security within Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.
  • - Up-to-date information on security conditions can also be accessed at http://israel.usembassy.gov, http://jerusalem.usconsulate.gov or on the
    Embassy and Consulate General Facebook pages.
  • - Up-to-date information on travel and security can be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or, for callers outside of the United States and Canada, on a regular toll-line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

Waiver Agreement

Air Travel

Flights

Recommended Flights:

United Airlines UA 90
Departs Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 11:00 PM from Newark, Newark Liberty International, NJ, United States
Arrives Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 4:20 PM in Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion, Israel

United Airlines UA 91
Departs Saturday, January 12, 2018 at 11:10 PM from Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion, Israel
Arrives Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 4:35 AM at Newark, Newark Liberty International, NJ, United States

Contact Ali Garber, Travel Manager, for assistance with flights at agarber@jewishphilly.org or 215.832.0544

Pricing and Payment

Single occupancy - $3,600
Double occupancy - $4,350
What's included

-Accommodations
-Group arrival & departure
-Transfers in Israel
-Transportation
-Touring and entrance fees
-Most meals
-Tips & porterage

Fill out this credit card payment form to pay for your double occupancy room. This is a page separate from this application and will open in a new window/tab.

Once you fill it out and submit it, come back to this window and complete your registration by hitting the Submit button.

You can mail checks to:

Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
Attn: Ali Garber, Travel Manager
6th Floor
2100 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103