Jewish Federation Offers Very Special Opportunity for Entrepreneurs to Experience Israel Together


The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia will be hosting a high-profile trip to Israel for 15 to 20 of Greater Philadelphia’s top business leaders and entrepreneurs.

From April 2 through April 8, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia will be hosting a high-profile trip to Israel for 15 to 20 of Greater Philadelphia’s top business leaders and entrepreneurs. Participants in this Men’s Entrepreneurs Mission will enjoy incredibly exclusive access to Israel’s most influential business, political and military leaders, to ultimately foster deeper connections among Israeli and Greater Philadelphia leaders. The group will enjoy an insiders’ look at Israel’s most exciting cultural sites as well.
The 2016 mission is a follow-up to the highly successful 2013 Men’s Entrepreneurs Mission, which created a powerful opportunity for Greater Philadelphia’s most influential businessmen to travel together and is now being looked to as a best practice by other Jewish Federations.
“The 2013 mission was special to me for a number of reasons,” said David Adelman, President and CEO of Campus Apartments, who co-chaired it. “I had never been to Israel before. I was excited about motivating other leaders who hadn’t gone before to join me, so we could experience Israel together. Plus, the trip was the perfect blend of intellectual, spiritual and emotional stimulation, while also fulfilling my business passions.”
“The 2013 Entrepreneurs Mission was my first formal interaction with the Jewish Federation,” said Josh Gross, President of Mill Creek Capital Advisors, LLC. “The 23 of us had experiences together and access to people and locations that were not possible without Jewish Federation connections and coordination.”
Adelman agrees. “The way the Jewish Federation put together the mission, it was a truly special experience that provided us with access you can’t get with anyone else. If you are a business leader and traveling to Israel is on your bucket list, this mission is the only way to experience Israel. It is also a great way to come in contact with a cross-section of men who are all committed to doing good in our community.”
Andy Behrend, the Jewish Federation’s Chief Development Officer, noted that “it’s great if participants have been to Israel before, but even better if they are first-time visitors.”
Highlights of the 2016 trip will include*:
An exclusive welcome reception at an Israeli Navy Seals base.
Breakfast with former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren.
Lunch with the co-creator of the world’s first touch-free smart phone.
A security briefing in the Jewish Federation’s partnership community of Netivot.
A visit to GOOGLE Israel.
A walking tour of Old City Jerusalem.
Since a donor family is generously underwriting most expenses associated with this mission, there is virtually no cost to participants. Behrend noted that “the Jewish Federation pays the utmost attention to the safety of our missions and this mission will be monitored by the highest level of Israeli security.”
The entrepreneurs’ trip is just one of many upcoming exceptional missions being planned for special groups within the Jewish community. Through its Missions Program, the Jewish Federation offers a wide variety of exciting and meaningful adventures locally, in Israel and in other countries of Jewish interest. Over the past year, the Jewish Federation has helped send approximately 2,000 local community members to Israel.
Adelman believes it is important for the Jewish Federation to host this 2016 trip because “so many people have never been to Israel before. It is part of the Jewish Federation’s mission to care for Jewish community members and to connect people to Israel. This trip will connect you with your Jewish roots in a way unlike any other trip.”
Another aspect of the mission’s importance: the inaugural entrepreneurs’ mission generated a significant increase in communal involvement among the participants. “Since the 2013 trip, I have become very involved in the Jewish Federation, including my roles on the Board of Directors, the Annual Campaign and the Investment Committee,” said Gross. “And my wife, Mackenzie, is now a Lion of Judah [a woman who donates $5,000 or more to the Jewish Federation in her own name].”
Upon their return, in addition to getting more involved in the Jewish community, the men will also be engaged in discussions about making a meaningful gift to the Jewish Federation.
“I look forward to helping make the next entrepreneurs’ mission just as much of a success as the first and to seeing what the next class can accomplish,” said Gross.
A very limited number of spots are still available for the 2016 Men’s Entrepreneurs Mission. For more information about this and other unique mission opportunities, please contact Andy Behrend at 215.832.0635 or [email protected]
*Itinerary and speakers subject to change


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