Rubin Israel Experience seeks applicants for 2014 trip

Participants on last year’s Rubin Israel Experience enjoy a picnic lunch after taking jeep rides through Israel’s Megiddo region. Applications are being accepted from St. Louisans ages 27-45 for this year’s trip. 

Applications are open for the seventh Rubin Israel Experience, an all-expense-paid trip for young adults who have never been to Israel. Ten spots are available for potential community leaders who want to see Israel in a fun and meaningful way.

 The trip, which is offered and staffed by Jewish Federation of St. Louis and underwritten by philanthropists Ron and Pam Rubin, will be held Sept. 7-17 and is open to St. Louisans who are 27 to 45 years old. Applications are available at through April 11.

 Federation will hold two information sessions for those interested in the trip: Tuesday, March 11, and Wednesday, April 2, at 7 p.m. in the Jewish Federation Koplow Building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive. 

 The trip was created to inspire a deeper connection to the St. Louis community and cultivate leadership. When they return from Israel, participants are expected to share their experience and get involved in their Jewish community as leaders.

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 “We hope that this incredible Israel experience will ignite a passion for a strong Jewish community within the potential leaders who participate,” says Pam Rubin. “More than 60 young adults have been on this trip since its inception, and most of them are currently involved in meaningful and substantial leadership positions in our Jewish community.”

 The 10-day trip brings together a diverse group of young adults and includes activities that help them experience Israeli culture, food, nightlife, innovation, nature and history.

 “The Rubin Israel Experience is a powerful, life-changing experience that will be with me always,” says Li Zou, who went on the trip last year. “I came back with a real understanding of some of the many worlds that are Israel and connected to it in ways that I never imagined. This program is a deeply meaningful way to experience Israel for the first time.”

 For additional information about the trip or application process, contact Mindee Fredman at [email protected]