What is a "Mission?"

It is an exciting spiritual, historical and personal adventure to the land of Israel — the land of soul and vitality. It is an opportunity to meet the People of Israel — to talk to new immigrants on a one-to-one basis, to ask questions and to share ideas with new Israeli friends.

What Will I Experience On a Mission to Israel?

Jeep through the desert and know that you're following the route of our ancestors. Enjoy the culture of Tel Aviv and remember that 40 years ago the city was little more than sand. Stand by the Western Wall and know that this is your moment to feel the hopes and dreams of generations of Jews.

What Missions Do You Offer?

Throughout the year we offer family missions, missions for families on a budget, active seniors, young adults, young couples, singles, grandparents, the mobility impaired and many others. We meet your needs by offering you the missions you request, and offer special interest missions too!

What About the Accommodations?

They're wonderful — luxury hotels, scrumptious meals and the best in entertainment. After a day of mountain climbing, digging at an archaeological site, taking a walk through Jewish history, visiting ethnic quarters, or just sitting on the beach — return to your hotel to enjoy the best of services.

Pre- And Post-Missions

We also offer pre-missions prior to the arrival in Israel or post-missions departing from Israel. Before or after your time in Israel, meet your people in Italy, the Former Soviet Union, Morocco, Cuba, France — discover other members of the Jewish family from the four corners of the earth.

How Can I Find Out More About Missions?

For information about greater St. Paul community missions, email Eli Skora at eskora@stpaulfed.org or call 651-695-3187. If you are between the ages of 22-40 and would like to go on a Young Leadership mission, contact Dan Mogelson at dmogelson@stpaulfed.org or 651-695-3189.

St. Paul Israel Experience Scholarship


The Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul offers Israel Experience Scholarships to Jewish children and young adults of St. Paul, ages 13-22. Apply for an Israel Experience Scholarship!


The scholarship deadline is March 31, 2015.


Funding is limited, and amounts are subject to change. Scholarship awards are based on family need.


At least one adult family member must make a pledge to the current year's Annual Campaign. Families with past-due pledges to the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul Annual Campaign are not eligible for scholarships until the past-due balance is paid in full, or arrangements are made with the Financial Resource Director.


The St. Paul Federation makes scholarship awards directly to the camp or program.


Please fill out both an Israel Experience Scholarship application and an Israel Experience Scholarship needs-based application.


Download the Israel Experience Scholarship Application here.

Download the Israel Experience Needs-Based Application here.


Please complete online and email to spesses@stpaulfed.org, or mail to:


Israel Experience Scholarships

Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul

790 S. Cleveland Ave., Suite 227

St. Paul, MN 55116


For more information, contact Sharyn Effress Pesses at 651-695-3186 or email spesses@stpaulfed.org

Birthright Israel


birthright israel offers free first-time experiences to Israel for those ages 18-26, with partial funding provided by the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul.


The Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul facilitates interactions between college-age students from Israel and Minnesota through participation in birthright israel.


birthright israel is an unprecedented partnership between the people of Israel through their government, local Jewish communities and the Jewish Agency for Israel, to provide college-age young adults, 18-26 with their first educational peer-group trip to Israel for free.


For more information on this program, contact Dan Mogelson at 651-695-3189 or dmogelson@stpaulfed.org.

L'hitraot Ba'aretz! - See You Soon In Israel!

For questions about missions, contact:

Eli Skora


For questions about Young Leadership (ages 22-45) missions or volunteer opportunities in Israel, contact:

Dan Mogelson


Questions about national solidarity missions and all other missions can be sent to: