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At Honeymoon Israel (HMI), we’re here to connect young couples who want to bring Jewish life into their homes in a personal, meaningful way. What begins with a ten-day trip to Israel becomes a community that lasts a lifetime.

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Current Trips

HMI relaunched trips to Israel in June 2024. Although Israel travel feels different right now, with safety as our absolute top priority, we are confident that your HMI trip will offer a unique and meaningful opportunity to travel. You will connect with your partner, with Jewish life, and build a community of peers in similar life stages.

Even if you’re not sure about traveling to Israel, we encourage you to apply for a trip in your city or sign up for our interest list. Since the tragic events of October 7, we’ve postponed more than 400 couples but we’ve continued to provide opportunities for connection along the way.

Applying today is your first point of access into our vibrant, inclusive, and loving HMI community. Please note that we are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis for trips that are full, in case a spot becomes available. We’ll be with you every step of the way to ensure that you feel comfortable and confident throughout our application process.

New York City

UPCOMING TRIPS
November 7 – 17, 2024
*Limited space available

For Residents Of:
Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, Staten Island, Hoboken, and Jersey City

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2025 DATES:
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San Diego County

UPCOMING TRIPS
December 5-15, 2024 *Full

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Los Angeles County

UPCOMING TRIPS
November 7 – 17, 2024 FULL

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Greater Phoenix Area

UPCOMING TRIPS
January 9 – 19, 2025

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Greater Atlanta Area

UPCOMING TRIPS
January 9 – 19, 2025

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Greater Cleveland Area

UPCOMING TRIPS
December 5-15, 2024

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Where We Operate

HMI operates in 22 cities across the U.S. and Canada.

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Application FAQs

Am I eligible for Honeymoon Israel’s program?

HMI is open to couples of all cultural, racial, religious, gender, and sexual identities who are looking to create connections with each other and to Jewish life. HMI’s program is for couples with at least one Jewish partner (we define that broadly!), between the ages of 25 and 40, and who are within the first five years of marriage or early in their lifelong committed partnership. All couples are based in the same metro area to enhance community-building during and after the trip. Note: For HMI trips traveling through August 2025, HMI is extending eligibility to couples between the ages of 25-41 and who are within the first six years of marriage, due to the pause in HMI trips in 2023 and 2024. Find more details about our eligibility requirements.

What is the application process?

If an application is open in your city, you and your partner should submit an application. Once we review your application, you may be invited to an in-person interview. Interviews are an opportunity for us to get to know you and your partner and better understand how HMI can support you at this time in your life. We’ll let you know within a few weeks whether you’ve been secured a spot on a trip or not. Read more about our application and interview process.

If we are not accepted, can we apply again?

If we can’t secure you a spot on an upcoming trip, you are welcome to reapply in the next application cycle for your city. We receive up to four times the number of applications than we have spots available. We try to interview as many eligible couples as possible.

Do you have a waitlist?

While HMI does not create trip waitlists, we will refer back to our applicant pool in the event that a participant can no longer join us on an upcoming HMI trip. Because of this, we encourage you to apply even if a trip date is full, as you may be notified and invited to fill a spot. This also allows us to have your application and interest form on file for future dates.

How does Honeymoon Israel determine who gets accepted?

We look at a variety of factors to determine who gets accepted, including whether a couple meets eligibility criteria. We will do our best to get to know you to understand whether Honeymoon Israel might be a good fit for you.

In Their Own Words

“I will be forever grateful to HMI for providing me the opportunity of a lifetime: experiencing the land of Israel with my husband and a group of strangers who quickly became family. This trip allowed me to deepen my connection to Judaism, [and] it fostered a community in Boston and exceeded my expectations in ways I couldn't have predicted. If it weren't for HMI, I do not believe I would have ever visited Israel in my lifetime; now, I am certain that we will return.”

Victoria and MattHMI Boston Sept. '19