The Friends of Israel Hesed is an adult volunteer service trip to Israel. Based on Genesis 12:3, this unique trip is a wonderful opportunity for Christians to bless the people of Israel with "Hesed" (Hebrew for "loving-kindness").
In order to help us ascertain whether or not God might want you to join us on this year's trip, please fill out the following application.
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Because of COVID-19, the State of Israel's restrictions for foreign travelers who wish to enter the country have fluctuated over the past months. "As of May 21, 2022, tourists of all ages are permitted to enter Israel, vaccinated and unvaccinated alike, with no need for pcr tests before or after arrival and no need for quarantine upon arrival." [For more information, see] Although Israel's requirements for entry have relaxed, there is always the possibility before we leave on our Hesed trip that Israel will reinstate more restrictive entry requirements. If this happens, will you still be interested in participating in Hesed? *
IMPORTANT: Even though the State of Israel is not currently requiring foreign travelers to be COVID-19 vaccinated, the venues at which we are volunteering still might. We are working with our volunteering venues to see if they will waive the vaccination requirement. If they do, we will inform you. If they do not, are you still interested in going on this trip? *
A negative Covid-19 PCR test is required for re-entry into the United States. Other countries of origin might require the same. I, therefore, understand and agree to meet the re-entry requirements specified by my country of origin, and that all personal COVID-19 PCR tests are additional costs that are not included in the trip price and are to be paid by me, the participant. *
As of this writing the venue at which Hesed has volunteered in the past, Kaplan Medical Center, is still not open to volunteers. Although we will continue to pursue Kaplan Medical Center, we must consider alternative volunteer venues in order to continue the Hesed program. Will you still be interested in participating in Hesed if we are unable to volunteer at Kaplan Medical Center? *
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Citizenship *
If you are selected as a team member, do you give permission for FOI to share your contact information (address, email) with other team members? *
Personal Information
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Current or if retired former Occupation *
Hesed is a volunteer service trip to Israel for Christian adults 18 years of age and above. *
If you are under the age of 21, has your parent or guardian given you permission to participate in Hesed (pending application acceptance)? *
Year of Hesed you are applying for to go? *
Name of School (if attending)
Grade or Year in School
Do you have a criminal record (other than traffic violations)? *
If yes, please explain.
How did you find out about Hesed? *
Do you already have a passport in your possession that is valid for at least six months after our return date? *
Due to the physical challenges of this trip we are unable to accept team members who are physically or mentally disabled or handicapped.
Are you willing to work hard doing manual labor with no pay? *
Are you able to walk 4 to 5 miles a day, up and down steep hills and stairs? *
If you have any special health needs that we should be aware of, please explain what those are. Be specific, and include allergies. *
Please list any medications you are currently taking, and for what purpose. *
Note: All approved applicants will be required to submit a copy of the Medical Reference Form (supplied by The Friends of Israel) and filled out by their primary care physician. Medical Reference Forms will not be accepted if completed by a walk-in clinic (e.g., CVS Minute Clinic), nurse practitioner or physician assistant. I understand if I get approved I will need to submit a copy of the Medical Reference Form. *
Declaration of Health – I have been advised that the Hesed trip may call at times for rigorous exertion with physical effort and staying in basic accommodations.  I declare that I am in good physical condition and mental health, capable of participating in the trip, and I will obtain the confirmation of my physician for these purposes. Should it become necessary, this document shall constitute a release of my medical examination records to the appropriate medical personnel in Israel. *
Travel Insurance and Health Insurance – Although HIGHLY recommended, travel insurance (for cases of unforeseen trip cancellations, delays, lost luggage, etc.) is not required. If you do choose to purchase travel insurance, you are welcome to purchase travel insurance from any vendor, but we have found Travelex Insurance ( a reliable source. Additionally, as of March 9, 2022, proof of health insurance with coverage for the treatment of COVID-19 is a condition to enter Israel. I, therefore, understand that travel insurance and health insurance are additional costs that are not included in the trip price and are to be paid by the participant. The Friends of Israel will not provide accident and health insurance and repatriation coverage for the duration of the trip. I fully understand and agree that I am personally responsible for any medical bills (including doctors’ visits, hospitalization, accidents, and medicine) incurred while I am on the trip that is not covered by my travel and/or health insurance, and not the responsibility of The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry or its employees. *
Spiritual Life
This trip is designed for Christian adults. Please submit a brief testimony (but more than just a couple of sentences) of how you came to know the Lord. Your testimony should include a clear explanation of the gospel so that someone else, if reading your testimony, would know how they, too, could come to know the Lord: *
Please write a paragraph indicating why you are interested in this trip: *
Home Church Name: *
Denomination or Affiliation: *
Church Address: *
City, State/Province, Zip: *
Church Website Address *
Are you a member? *
I have read The Friends of Israel Doctrinal Statement. *
I am in complete agreement with The Friends of Israel Doctrinal Statement. *
If you are not in complete agreement, please explain: *
What is your Pastor or Ministry Leader’s name? After you fill out your completed application and receive preliminary acceptance into the Hesed program, please ask your pastor or ministry leader to go to  to fill out his recommendation of your participation in this year’s Hesed.
Have you ever been on Hesed before, or any other ministry trip, or been actively involved in ministry? *
If yes, please explain:
As a Hesed team member seeking to preserve team unity, would you be willing to “Do all things without grumbling or disputing” (Phil. 2:14)? *
Do you have singing abilities sufficient to carry a tune? *
Tell us of any instruments you may play:
Please tell us of any practical or technical skills and/or experience you have (e.g., mechanical, carpentry, painting, construction, maintenance, cleaning, etc.): *
Please check the following practical skills that you are able and willing to perform: *
If you have preferences from the above list of tasks, please list them here:
Final Instructions
I am willing to submit to the rules set forth by The Friends of Israel hosts, Israeli tour hosts, and any other governing authority while on Hesed. *
Partaking of alcoholic beverages, tobacco, illegal drugs, or abuse of prescription drugs will not be permitted on Hesed. I agree to these restrictions. *
I agree that if I travel apart from the Hesed team I will be responsible for my own safety, traveling arrangements, expenses, and communication with The Friends of Israel hosts. *
Assumption of Risk and Waiver of Liability – Having been informed of the inherent risks in  Hesed trip, I declare that I assume all risks involved in my participation in Hesed trip and waive all claims of responsibility in The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc. for any losses or damages except as may be caused by its gross negligence or willful misconduct. I agree to hold The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc. harmless from any and all claims which may be brought against The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc. on account of misconduct on my part. *
Dismissal – I understand that participants may be immediately dismissed from Hesed trip in Israel for not being completely honest with their answers on this application, behavior unbecoming a Christian, behaviors deemed to be dangerous to persons, property, or security, or violating any part of this agreement. Dismissal from a trip will result in immediate removal from the group and the participant will become solely responsible for any and all expenses incurred thereafter, including, but not limited to lodging, transportation, and meals. All costs and fees paid to Hesed will be forfeited with no refund upon dismissal. *
If you have any questions, or wish to give further explanation of your answers above, you may do so here:
Thank You
Once your application is reviewed and approved you will receive notification of your preliminary acceptance as a member of the Hesed team. Final member status is contingent upon our receiving your pastor or ministry leader's Reference Form, as well as the Medical Reference Form filled out by your primary care physician.

Do not send money with this application. A deposit of $200.00 will be due to The Friends of Israel upon your preliminary acceptance as a member of the Hesed team. This deposit will be applied to your total cost of the trip and is non-refundable.

Thank you for your cooperation. God bless you as you seek His will.

Bruce Scott, Director of Program Ministries
Hesed, a ministry of The Friends of Israel, reserves the right to accept or not to accept any applicant as a member of a Hesed. Hesed may also cancel an applicant’s acceptance for reasons it deems appropriate.
By clicking the SUBMIT button, I hereby certify that the statements and answers I am providing in this application are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief, and that I understand that statements or information furnished in this application are subject to verification.
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