50th Anniversary Israel Mission

Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center’s 50th Anniversary Mission exceeded every expectation.

From Jerusalem City Hall to the Tel Aviv Port, and from the heights of Kabbalat Shabbat in the Zucker Synagogue to the simple pleasures of reconnecting with dear friends face-to-face, we studied, prayed, explored, laughed, remembered and dreamt of what is next for FJC.

Check out the video from the Gala:


Itinerary subject to change

Click each day’s tab to see corresponding schedule for that day.

Arrival And Kick Off

Welcome to Israel! Upon arrival to Ben Gurion International Airport, you will be met by representatives from Israel Maven and Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center.

It is important that you  keep your blue slip from Passport Control throughout the trip.

Transfer to Jerusalem

Check in to the Inbal Hotel and with the assistance from our representatives

Unpack, rest, and relax

Opening Dinner at the Inbal Hotel

Opening ceremony “FJC Front and Center” with words of welcome, overview of FJC and the Masorti Movement, and a VIP speaker


Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem


Zoom Out: The Centrality of Leadership in Building Strong Communities with Fuchsberg at the “Center”

Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel at 7:00 a.m.

Festive Shacharit services and Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center Rabbinical Team Installation Ceremony at the David and Goldie Zucker Synagogue (Gershon Agron 4) at 8:30 a.m.

Discussion with Leading Rabbis and Leaders for the Masorti Movement – Rakefet Ginsberg, R. Tamar El-Ad Applebaum, R. Mauricio Balter, R. Chaya Bekkar, R. Idit Lev, and FJC’s rabbinic figures at FJC – serious vision and inspiration from the next generation of Jewish leaders leading our campus and Israel’s Masorti movement as a whole

Meet with Conservative Yeshiva students and join a class in the Yeshiva taught by CY faculty

Communal lunch in the Alfred and Temma Kingsley Dining Hall Dining Hall on the FJC Campus

Visit the Knesset for a tour and opportunity to meet with Members of Knesset

Theatrical tour in the picturesque neighborhoods of Nachlaot by Ariel Keren and Friends. An opportunity to get a feel of different Jewish origins and backgrounds in Jerusalem.

Communal Dinner at Piccolino Restaurant in Music Square in the Nahalat Shiva Neighborhood of Jerusalem

Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

Individual vs Community in Jewish Peoplehood: Why Our Vision Matters

Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel

Travel to the Old City – Morning Shacharit at “Ezrat Yisrael” (Egalitarian Western Wall section) together with Masorti representatives

Text Study: “Universalism vs. Particularism in Jewish Tradition”

Engage in a fascinating dialog with Yizhar Hess, former CEO of Masorti Israel and vice chairman of the World Zionist Organization for a tour and discussion at the Jewish Agency. Following the discussion, you will be treated to a light lunch.

Travel to Tel Aviv

Visit the ANU Museum – the renewed Diaspora Museum, ANU – Museum of the Jewish People has positioned itself as a cutting-edge museum and cultural center, whose contemporary relevance is unrivaled. Meet with the chief curator of the Museum to hear about her vision with the renewal of the Museum.

Dinner on own and time to explore the Carmel Market in Tel Aviv

Return to Jerusalem

Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

Jerusalem Of Tradition, Transition And Gold with FJC Front and Center

Morning shacharit services at the hotel

Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel

Visit the City Hall of Jerusalem for dialogue with urban planners about the future landscape of the city and FJC’s unique opportunities to grow as part of it. We will learn the vision of Jerusalem in the coming years.

Lunch on Jaffa Road on own

Visit with “Hamifal”/”the Factory”, an art community that turned an abandoned 19th Century building in the heart of Jerusalem into a shared platform for art and culture right down the street from FJC. We will meet with Ruth Cummings, CEO of JCU – Jerusalem Culture Unlimited – and leading Jerusalem culture makers about the renewal of culture in Jerusalem

Jubilee with FJC: 50th Anniversary Dinner and Celebration!
Anniversary Gala Dinner and Celebration at the Inbal Hotel, including concert with the FJC-Zamru Fellows

Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

Build Your Own Israel Adventure

Shacharit in the hotel

Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel


Private tours can be provided by request through Israel Maven Tours.


Wine and Cheese Reception

Nosh and enjoy at the Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center before Shabbat. Meet with USY Pilgrimage participants.


Inspirational Musical Kabbalat Shabbat with FJC’s  community members, leaders, guests and with USY pilgrimage participants (before Shabbat).

Community drash of the Parsha message by FJC Scholar-in-Residence.


Friday night Maariv service


Festive Friday night Shabbat dinner at the hotel


Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

Shabbat in Jerusalem

Full Israeli breakfast at hotel

Morning Shabbat services at different synagogues. Options will be provided.


Shabbat lunch is not included in the package

Lunch at the hotel can be reserved through Israel Maven



Shabbat walking tour of the neighborhoods of Talbiyah and Rechavia


Musical Havdalah in Yemin Moshe neighborhood overlooking the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem


Evening at leisure & dinner on own

Option to experience the Sound and Light Show at the Tower of David Museum.

Advance registration required through Israel Maven


Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

Reframing “Front and Center: Where We’ve Been And Where We’re Headed

Morning services at the hotel

Full Israeli breakfast at the hotel*

Summary of the Mission: Envisioning the Next 50 years of the Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center.

Check Out

*Fast of Tammuz 17

Looking for things to do around Jerusalem?

Use this Israel Concierge document to help orient yourself in Jerusalem – there are lots of tips for restaurants, places to see, and things to do!