Culture, Comedy and Doughnuts to Highlight Israel Trip

By Stephanie Smartschan
JFLV Director of Marketing

Been there, never done that? Here’s an opportunity for a week of behind-the-scenes experiences that highlight Israel’s innovative culture at its 70th anniversary.

The trip, departing Dec. 2, will include wine and food tours, exclusive briefings and the opportunity for hands-on social action. It will be a trip that showcases the Israel of today – its culture, people and land.

“We’re creating an itinerary that will appeal to first-timers and people like Larry and myself who’ve been there many times on many missions,” said Eva Levitt, Federation president. “We’re looking forward to having as many people in the Lehigh Valley come as possible because we think it will be an unforgettable experience.”

Become a doughnut connoisseur during the week of Chanukah in Israel! The trip will explore Israel’s cultural and culinary scene, with planned stops including the buzzing Nachalat Binyamin Arts & Crafts Market, Carmel Market, the Tishbi Winery and The Museum of the Jewish People, including the museum’s newest exhibition, “Let There Be Laughter – Jewish Humor Around the World.”

Travelers will also have the chance to stroll along the new Independence Trail in Tel Aviv, visit the Leket Israel National Food Bank and the Neve Michael Children’s Village and tour the Western Negev.

“This is a unique opportunity for this Lehigh Valley to go together on an exceptionally important mission to Israel at Israel’s 70th anniversary,” said Larry Levitt, Eva’s husband and co-traveler. “Eva and I can promise you that if you’ve been there before or you’ve never been to Israel, you will look back on this as being a trip of a lifetime.” 

If you want to light Chanukah candles in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem this year, join the Jewish Federation for an ice cream social at the home of Vicki Wax on Tuesday, July 31, at 7 p.m., to learn more. Sign up that night and receive $100 off!

To learn more, contact the Federation at 610-821-5500 or or visit


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