HonestReporting Missions are geared towards discerning professionals of all ages. Our participants expect a top-class itinerary and top-class hotels. They typically want to join a small group of like-minded people from all over the world to experience a side of Israel that is rarely glimpsed – even by those living there. Those who join care about Israel, are frustrated with the way Israel is portrayed in the media, and want to learn from the experts and meet locals from the many communities that make the up the social fabric of Israeli and Arab society. Finally our participants want to expand their knowledge, and learn how to share it effectively.
We are firm believers in not spending all day inside a conference room, so we usually divide our days between hearing from experts on a variety of topics such as security, anti-terrorism, the political arena, issues facing Israeli society in various periods over its history, etc, with field trips in keeping with the theme of the itinerary, such as historical/topographical/political sites. We are also firm believers in feeding the body as well as the mind, so there will be plenty of leisure time, with excellent dining and time for shopping and relaxation.
While we like to diversify our itineraries, we are not a typical “tourist program” and so do not include activities such as bathing in the Dead Sea or rafting on the Jordan river. However, getting VIP entry into out-of-bounds parts of the Western Wall tunnels as we learn about the history of Jerusalem, hearing from IDF spokespeople at the Erez crossing at the Gaza border, or meeting the mayor of a town in the disputed territories are visits you may be doing.
Our missions average 25-30 participants. Occasionally we exceed this number, however we limit participation to a maximum of one bus (including staff).
HonestReporting missions are typically attended by a mixture of Jews and non-Jews, religious and not religious alike. You will be welcomed by the staff and other participants, whatever your background. In order to maintain a pleasant environment for everyone, we do insist that no actions that can be considered to be of a “missionary nature” be made, for any religion or belief.
HonestReporting Missions are run on a Shabbat-friendly basis. The hotels cater for Shabbat observance, with automatic elevators and non-electric keys. Shabbat sessions are held without the use of projectors or microphones. All meals on our missions are strictly kosher.
To make the conference fees payment easier for you, we accept MasterCard, American Express and Visa.
Upon registration you will be charged $500 per person.
Sixty days before the start of the conference, your card will be charged 50% of the mission price. Thirty days before the start of the mission, your card will be charged the remaining balance.
If you wish to pay by check, payment must coincide with the schedule detailed above, or earlier. Please note we give a 3% discount for check payments.
Your checks should be sent direct to our U.S. office:
165 East 56th Street
New York, NY 10022-2709
We can arrange extra nights’ accommodation for you at the hotels used during the mission, at special group rates, through our tour operator, World Class Travel. Please note that these need to be booked in advance, and are charged separately, to your credit card. Payment will be charged immediately prior to your arrival, in the name of World Class Travel – you will be given a copy of the invoice by the tour operator’s hostess during your stay with us. World Class Travel can also arrange bookings at competitive prices throughout Israel. To register follow this link
We take your health and welfare very seriously. Walks of approximately 30 minutes and climbing steps are an integral part of our program. By completing registration, you are stating that you are in a sufficiently good physical condition to join in these activities, or will not be partaking in this activity.
Follow this link to go straight to the registration form. At the end, you will need to select whether you are paying your deposit online or mailing in checks. If you pay online, you will be directed to a secure payment page. Once you have paid your deposit, don’t forget to go back to the registration form and click on submit.
In event of cancellation, an administration fee of $400 per person will be charged. In addition, if the cancellation is within 30 days of the start of the conference, 25% of the full amount will be charged, and 50% of the full amount for cancellations within 10 days of the start of the conference. Cancellation within five days of the mission is liable for full payment of the mission cost, in order to offset expenses paid in advance