Does Extend have a political agenda?
Extend is an educational organization committed to providing American Jews the opportunity to learn about Palestinian and Israeli daily life in the West Bank. We do not advocate for a particular political solution to the conflict. Our speakers span a large section of the Israeli-Palestinian political spectrum. No tour participant will go without encountering a number of speakers who will have different beliefs than him or her. Tour participants will always have the opportunity to disagree with our speakers, and we encourage tour participants to (politely) exercise this privilege.
How will Extend ensure my safety?
Any visitor's best guarantee of safety in the West Bank is the invitation of a trusted host. We work closely with local Israeli and Palestinian partners to avoid travel into areas where there is unrest. When we travel through settlements we are always accompanied by a Hebrew speaking settler and when we travel anywhere else in the West Bank we are always accompanied by an Arabic speaking Palestinian.
I don’t know much about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Am I still welcome on the tour?
Yes—Extend welcomes anybody who wants to learn about how the conflict has shaped life in the region. However, we strongly encourage you to dedicate time prior to traveling with us to begin learning about the region’s complex history. Contact us and we will be happy to recommend resources!
Where do Extend's donations come from?
Extend is a small, young organization supported largely by American Jews who believe strongly in young American Jews' engagement with Israel’s future.
How much does it cost?
Extend programs do ask participants to contribute but are heavily subsidized. Extend is committed to providing our educational experience to participants regardless of their ability to pay, and will work with you to accommodate your budget. The trip cost covers all costs associated with transport (excluding arrival in and departure from Jerusalem), speaker fees and honoraria, hotel and hostel rooms, and entry costs to museums and exhibits, and two meals per day. You will receive information about the cost of your particular trip when you submit an interest form.
Do you cover transit to the region?
The tour begins and ends in Jerusalem. We do not cover transit to or from there.
How do I apply?
Please submit a form via the Register page on the website, or to firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email please tell us a little bit about yourself, why you are interested in this tour, and what you hope to learn from it. Please know that people of all political views are equally welcome. In your email, please note which tour dates you are interested in. We will arrange interviews with select candidates.
I am not Jewish/American/under 25. Can I still come on your tour?
All perspectives are welcome and appreciated. You are welcome to apply if you do not fit Extend’s target demographic.
I have food allergies/am a vegetarian/keep kosher. Can you accommodate me?
If you notify us in advance we will do our best to accommodate you. Please note that we will sometimes be getting quick lunches at restaurants that serve little more than falafel. On these days you will be encouraged to pack your own lunch if falafel does not suit you.