Travel Briefs

Travel Briefs

Plant Trees, Play Golf: The Jewish National Fund has announced its first-ever International Golf Mission to Israel in October. A national tournament taking place throughout the summer in four different American cities will determine the four winning teams to face off in what JNF is calling the El Al Cup. The winning teams will play for the championship at the Caesarea Golf Club. The mission takes place Oct. 10-15. All other Golf Mission participants will have the opportunity to play in their own tournament, alongside those competing for the El Al Cup.

Besides playing golf, mission participants will tour popular sights in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, as well as enjoy a hot air balloon ride and winery trip in the Negev. A trip to Sderot is also planned.

The land-only price based on double occupancy is $3,325. There is a single supplement of $742, as well as an optional day trip to Masada and the Dead Sea for $135.

For more information, please contact Michael Feinman at or (212) 879-9305 x503.

Raisman, Stoudemire In Israel For Maccabiahs: El Al, Israel’s national airline, recently welcomed Olympic gold medal gymnast Aly Raisman and NBA basketball star Amar’e Stoudemire on a flight to Israel.

Raisman, a member of the gold medal-winning U.S. women’s gymnastics team in the London 2012 Summer Olympics, was scheduled to lead Team USA in the opening Maccabiah ceremony. She will also perform in a special gymnastics exhibition.

Stoudemire, an All-Star with the Phoenix Suns and now a forward with the New York Knicks, has recently become part owner of Israeli basketball team Hapoel Jerusalem. He will coach a Canadian Maccabiah basketball team.

The 19th Maccabiah Games got underway July 18 and will close on July 30. More than 9,000 athletes from all over the world will participate in the Games.

El Al also announced a round of family discounts and enticements for children timed to the busy summer travel season. The carrier is offering savings of up to 50 percent for children between 2 and 12 who travel with two adults. Children can also get frequent flyer miles equivalent to what adults earn, and the airline is offering child-friendly kosher meals, in-flight activities and special seating for families with infants.

For more information, visit or call (800) 223-6700.