South Bend Israel Food & Arts Community Trip

April 23 through May 1, 2018

Travel to Israel with your friends and neighbors from the South Bend Jewish community. The Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley, Sinai Synagogue, and Temple Beth-El are joining together to organize a community trip,  which will focus on the arts, culture, and great food of the Israeli people. We will experience the amazing sights and sounds of this incredible country over the course of a nine-day period that will leave you feeling a connection to Israel, both modern and ancient.

Trip highlights include:

A private breakfast for our group with Janna Gur, notable Israeli Author, publisher, and expert on Israeli and Jewish Cuisine.

A special tour of the Levinsky Market, which dates back to the 1920's.

Take in performances at Nalagaat Center, the home of the world's only deaf-blind theater company, and the International Dance Village, where we will take part in a dancing workshop.

A special Food & Wine Tour in the Lower Galilee region, which will include visiting a local olive oil press, a traditional Arabic coffee roaster, a Druze cooking workshop, a micro beer brewery, and an organic wine tasting.

Visit historical sites including the Ayalon Institute, a once-secret Haganah munitions factory, Acco's Crusader Halls, Beit Shean, and the City of David.

Spend time at famous Israeli landmarks such as Masada, the Dead Sea, Yad Vashem, and the Western Wall.

And so much more!

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Partnership2Gether Opportunities

Our Partnership2Gether region, the Western Galilee Consortium, offers a variety of missions and programs for members of our community. For more information on the Partnership2Gether program, click here or visit their website by going here.

If you are interested in celebrating Israel at 70 with our partners in the Western Galilee, be sure to check out the 2018 Western Galilee Summit from June 25 - 28, 2018. For details and who to contact for this engaging experience in Partnership, click here.

Leadership Opportunities

The Jewish Federation prides itself on helping identify and support opportunities available for leadership development. Through conferences and travel opportunities, our goal is to help our members become the leaders of our community and the foundations of a healthy and vibrant Jewish community.

Jewish Federations of North America's General Assembly

The Jewish Federations of North America welcomes volunteers and leadership of Jewish Federations and their partners to join them annually at their General Assembly. With a focus on the impact Federations and their philanthropic partners can make on Jewish communities globally, this event is the premier annual gathering of thousands of Jewish changemakers.

Our local Federation is proud to have the opportunity to have a delegation of staff and lay leaders attend the General Assembly every year to trade ideas, success stories, and lessons learned with their peers. In 2018 the General Assembly will be held in Tel Aviv on October 22-24th and can be paired with the Israel at 70 Anniversary Mission listed below. For more information on General Assembly 2018 visit



Jewish Federations of North America Leadership Mission

The Jewish Federations of North America partners with their affiliates, including the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley, to offer leadership opportunities including focused missions and retreats that provide a chance to see firsthand the impact Jewish Federations make, and learn how to communicate that to our communities, while adapting to their changing needs.

For more information on JFNA missions, visit their website at

JFNA Mission trips are a great way to explore the Jewish communities in Israel and beyond! 

National Young Leadership Summer Mission
July 2 through July 8, 2018

NYL is proud to present the 2018 NYL Summer Mission to Israel. Travel deeper with other young adults (22-45) from across North America on the one Israel mission that takes you beyond tourism. Together you’ll experience firsthand the developments Israel has made in the areas of politics, technology, culture, and preserving tradition, and connect with Federation’s strategic partners on the ground that are working to make Israel a more vibrant place for all.

Click here to learn more.

2018 FRD (Fundraising and Development) Leadership Mission: Berlin & Budapest
July 13 through July 19, 2018

The FRD Leadership Mission brings together the most senior leadership from across the fundraising spectrum. At the core of Federation is a belief in partnership — so this unique mission is for both lay and professional partners to travel with each other, learning about Federations' impact and our work around the world. The mission is open to partners from all FRD disciplines, including Annual Campaign, Women’s Philanthropy, and Planned Giving and Endowments. Planners are also welcome and encouraged to join.

For more information click here.

Israel Anniversary Mission
October 17 through 24, 2018

Celebrate Israel’s anniversary with a mission — a Federation Mission.

Witness firsthand the impact our work has on the country we helped establish. Throughout your journey, you’ll taste the earth of Israel and feel it’s storied paths beneath your feet, sip its wine and hold its fruit in your hand. You’ll meet real people, break bread, and discuss politics over steaming cups of coffee. 

For information on how to join, click here.

2019 International
Lion of Judah Conference
January 1-15, 2019

We are the Lions of Judah. The world’s most influential female philanthropists. In January 2019, we will come together from around the globe. Harnessing our collective ability to strengthen the Jewish community. Now and for the future.

To learn how more about this mission, click here.

For more information on how you can become a Lion of Judah, contact Veronica at 574-233-1164 x 100.

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F: 9:00am - 5:00pm Daylight Savings     
    9:00am - 3:00pm Standard
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Sat: Closed

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