Travel

Whether you’re a congregant looking for a hands-on Jewish learning experience, a parent hoping to expand your child’s horizons, or someone who simply loves taking trips to new places, WRT has an array of exciting travel opportunities planned for our members this year. View our schedule of travel experiences below. If you are not a member of WRT and are interested in one of our trips, please contact suzanne.saperstein@wrtemple.org for more information.

Travel in 2019

November 10–11: 5th Grade Service & Jewish Heritage Trip, Philadelphia, PA

Fifth grade learners are invited to take part in the JLL’s first annual trip to Jewish Philadelphia! This overnight trip for students and chaperones will include: visits to the National Museum of American Jewish History and the synagogue at the Eastern State Penitentiary, a sleepover at a museum, and a special social action project. For more information, email jlladmin@wrtemple.org.

November 22–24: Confirmation Retreat, Great Barrington, MA

Every year, the WRT clergy team joins the confirmation class in Great Barrington, MA, for a weekend of bonding, learning, and growth. Students go on the trip as disparate individuals and return as a community. For more information, email jlladmin@wrtemple.org.

Dec 11–13, 2019: Biennial Delegation, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

Every two years, the Union of Reform Judaism holds a biennial conference. Led this year by Cantor Amanda Kleinman, this trip is an opportunity to deepen your Jewish knowledge and feel the collective power of our movement as we learn, engage, and pray together. For more information, email suzanne.saperstein@wrtemple.org.

December Break: Family Trip to Israel

Every two or three years, WRT leads a B’nei Mitzvah family trip to Israel, during which students are called to the Torah to become Bar or Bat Mitzvah. This trip includes visits to the most important sites in Israel, and is great for first-time visitors to the country. For more information, email suzanne.saperstein@wrtemple.org.

Travel in 2020

January 10–13: RAC Trip, Washington, D.C.

The RAC L’Taken seminar is an amazing opportunity for our 10th grade Confirmation class to learn how to advocate for a cause they believe in and present a compelling and effective argument to their elected officials. For more information, email jlladmin@wrtemple.org.

February 16–26: Senior Class Trip, Israel

Travel to Israel is the most powerful and effective way to strengthen our students’ Jewish identities and ground them in the knowledge and passion they’ll need to navigate Jewish life in college and the wider world. We believe that the deep and trusting relationship they already share with WRT clergy is the key ingredient to building this knowledge and igniting their passion for Judaism and Israel. This trip includes meetings with leaders and change makers in Israeli society; fun and meaningful interactions with Jewish and Arab teenagers; the chance to experience Israel’s food scene, nightlife, culture, and amazing natural landscape; and opportunities to engage with Israel’s most important political and social challenges. Learn more. For more information, email suzanne.saperstein@wrtemple.org.

February 17–20: 8-11th Grade Parent/Child Trip with JTeen, Cuba 

More details coming soon. For more information, email jlladmin@wrtemple.org.

March 1–3, 2020: AIPAC Policy Conference  in Washington, D.C.

The AIPAC Policy Conference is the largest gathering of America’s pro-Israel community and includes demonstrations of groundbreaking Israeli innovations, keynote speeches by American and Israeli leaders, inspiring moments on stage, and intimate educational sessions. Led by Rabbi Blake, this powerful three-day trip allows delegates to experience the full scale of pro-Israel activism. For more information, email amy.rossberg@wrtemple.org.

March 5–8: 8th Grade Civil Rights Journey

On this trip, students and their parents learn about African Americans’ struggles to gain equality in the 1950s and ’60s and discover how Jews were involved in the civil rights struggle. Participants will walk away understanding why Jews—a people who have known oppression—must care and act when others are oppressed. Participants will journey to Atlanta, as well as Montgomery, Selma, and Birmingham, Alabama. Visits include the site where Leo Frank was lynched, the Rosa Parks Museum, the Martin Luther King Center and Auburn Ave. district, Ebenezer Church, Edmund Pettus Bridge, the Equal Justice Initiative, Freedom Park and Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Learn more. For more information, email jlladmin@wrtemple.org.

June 28–July 5: Krakow Jewish Culture Festival, Poland

Partnering with Taube Jewish Heritage Tours, the leader in Jewish travel experiences in Poland, and led by Rabbis Jonathan Blake and Daniel Reiser, members of the WRT community will visit Poland to learn about the beautiful Jewish life that once flourished there, remember those who were murdered by the Nazi regime, and experience the revival of Jewish life that is currently taking place in Poland. Trip highlights include visits to Warsaw, Krakow, Auschwitz-Birkenau, and the POLIN Museum; an afternoon of study with scholar-in-residence Samuel Kassow, and a celebration with Poland’s Jewish community at the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival—one of the largest Jewish culture festivals in the world. For more information, email suzanne.saperstein@wrtemple.org. or contact Taube Jewish Heritage tours at (800) 394-1245 or tours@taubejewishheritagetours.com.