Dear CRS alumni:
The upcoming world reunion will take place in September this year in Israel. We are extremely happy and enthusiastic about hosting everyone here. We are doing our best to make sure the reunion will be an unique and unforgettable experience that will bring Camp back to our lives. We have chosen to host the reunion in Neve Shalom - Oasis of Peace - Wahat al-Salam, a very special place that symbolizes peace and coexistence.
We understand that we live in a complex region that makes a lot of headlines and we are doing our best to plan a reunion program that does not ignore the realities of the situation we are facing.
We truly wish to make it as easy as possible for all alumni to participate. We appreciate your help in promoting the event among your local alumni networks and associations. Moreover, in our experience, taking part in a reunion as a group has a great impact on the local organization itself.
If you have any questions, concerns, or other matters that we might be of help with, please do not hesitate to reach out to us and we will gladly help! It is important to us that everyone who wants to participate is able to, and that no one is hindered because of un-addressed concerns or questions. We realize that traveling into Israel can be a difficulty for some, but we are working closely with local authorities and are in good communication about making sure that all who come for our event can participate on equal terms.
We know that some people have questions about price issues and about visa/entry to Israel. What we can say more generally is:
There are cheap flights to Israel, but timing is key. You should book as soon as possible, and not wait until last moment, as prices go up. Check our website for some guiding tips, including how to get to Israel.
We are working hard to make the reunion accessible to everyone, and we want to address some concerns that we have heard the community raise:
- It is possible to enter Israel without getting a stamp in your passport. The stamp will be given on a separate piece of paper. This is now the standard practice regulations, and in any case can be requested upon entry.
- We are currently in contact with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs to allow entry of alumni carrying passports of countries with no diplomatic relations with Israel. If alumni from regions with conflicted relations with Israel wish to participate in the reunion, they can contact us and we can sort out their entrance into Israel with the Ministry of Foreign affairs. We need to know in advance for those individuals.
- You can enter Israel if you have visited an Arab country in the past.
- Many will perhaps experience a small amount of further questioning upon entry into Israel, but this is not to say that they will not be allowed into the country.
If any alumni have any concerns about traveling to Israel, please reach out to us, and we will do our best to be of help or answer questions!
We would love to be in touch with you and to have as many alumni attend as possible.
All the best,
Avi Blecherman ('85) and Klil Karmon ('01, '10) from the Israeli Alumni Association of Camp Rising Sun
In case you missed it, here is the anticipated schedule for the weekend.
CRS 2018 World Reunion
Enjoy a weekend full of camp-spirit and old camp-friends! This next reunion will be the first one outside of Europe, and the Israel Alumni Association welcomes you to attend!
Dates: September 13th - 16th
Location: Neve Shalom - Oasis of Peace - Wahat al-Salam, located between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Israel.
Contact persons: Klil Karmon and Avi Blecherman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Register online: https://crsisrael.wixsite.com/crsisraelreuniun
- LAJF Instruction
- Local outpost trip
- Ending ceremony
- Departure around noon
- Pick-up from Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion Airport & Jerusalem
- Arrival at Neve-Shalom, tour, and discussion
- Opening ceremony
- A trip to Jerusalem and the old city
- Friday Night Production