Key Planning Tips

  1. Do not book your tickets before getting approval.
  2. Meet your group at Ben-Gurion airport by Noon on the first date in the Arrivals Hall (Terminal 3), ground floor, near the Sunglasses counter. As you walk into the Arrivals Hall from the outside, (exit #2)  turn to your left. As you go into the Arrivals Hall after you get your luggage, turn to the right.
  3. If you cannot find the group at the airport, call Johanna Arrouas 053 424 0551
  4. You are responsible for your own transportation to and from meeting points.
  5. Everyone must purchase a “Rav Kav” card BEFORE going on a bus/train. The bus drivers will not take any money. Read More
  6. You may elect to stay for only the first 2 weeks of any 3 week group with advance notice.
  7. You may be able to stay free at Beit Oded hostel on weekends but be sure to learn their rules including a strict curfew. Also note, it’s not a hotel so don’t expect hotel services.
  8. Have funds for weekend accommodations or early release from your base in case Beit Oded is not available.
  9. Take careful note of Jewish holidays on the program dates page. Bases may close with little or no warning during these holidays and you may need to find alternate accommodations.
  10. Be at the after weekend meeting point before 9 AM or risk missing the bus.
  11. We STRONGLY ADVISE all volunteers not to travel to Jordan or Egypt before, during or after Sar-El as you may not be allowed back into Israel.
  12. Travel Light! Be sure you can manage your own luggage. You may need to carry it up stairs or walk with it for some distance.
  13. While groups are often free after lunch on Thursday, plan your flight departure after 20:30 (8:30 PM) of the final day of your tour.