To learn about our new GO SOUTH PILOT TRIP PACKAGE, please click here: Go South Pilot Trip Package
Pilot Trips are essential for best researching and planning a move to the South. This is especially true if you have never visited the community you are interested in.
Please note: It is the responsibility of the Oleh to ensure they have the appropriate foreign health and travel insurance when coming to Israel for their pilot trip.
- Decide how long you are spending in Israel, and how many days of that trip you plan to spend in the South.
- Sign up for a Skype meeting with Donna Horwitz, the Director of the Go South program. You will be given contacts and direction to help you prepare for your trip. Best to have this conversation at least 6 weeks before your trip.
- Determine how many communities you want to visit on your trip – we recommend spending AT LEAST 1 day in each place. If you are Shabbat observant, we recommend spending at least one Shabbat in the community you are interested in. If you are interested in staying for Shabbat and being hosted for meals please let us know ahead of time, and please let us know what type of synagogue you want to attend.
- Plan to spend at least a half of a day in Be’er Sheva even if you are not planning to move there so that you can meet with our staff in our office. Please set this meeting ahead of time since we want to make sure to make time to meet with you.
- Determine how you plan to travel to and from where you are going, as well as within each place.Below is some helpful information about travel to and within just two major Southern cities, Be’er Sheva and Ashkelon:
- From Jerusalem – the Egged 470 bus to Be’er Sheva is best (1.5 hours)
- From Tel Aviv – the train is one hour
- Within the city you can drive (if you have a car), take buses, walk, or take taxis. You can be in touch with Miriam Green, Director of AACI (Americans and Canadians in Israel) to see if they have a volunteer who can show you around the city.
- About an hour from Be’er Sheva by bus
- From Tel Aviv – the train is 45 minutes
- Within the city you can drive (if you have a car), take buses, walk, or take taxis. You can be in touch with Jayme Yehye, the Head of Hospitality with ESOA (English Speakers of Ashkelon) to see if they have a volunteer who can show you around the city.
- Airbnbn.com – https://www.airbnb.com/s/beer-sheva?source=bb
- Beit Yatziv (Be’er Sheva) – http://www.beityatziv.com/en/
- Leonardo Hotel (Be’er Sheva) – http://www.leonardo-hotels.com/israel-hotels/beer-sheva-hotels
- Ganei Shimshon (Ashkelon) – http://www.ganei-shimshon.co.il
- Agamim (Ashkelon) – http://www.agamim.biz/
- Kibbutz Mashabei Sade – http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g297741-d1738244-Reviews-Kibbutz_Mashabei_Sade_Mashabim-Beersheba_Southern_District.html
- Kibbutz Cramim – http://www.shiruchan.co.il/EN/Place/376
- Melonit (Be’er Sheva) – http://www.melonit-bg.co.il/en