What can you do here?
Training for Hosts
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I apply even if I‘m not sure I’m ready to host?
Yes! If you have questions before you apply, click here to schedule a 15-minute phone appointment to ask us all your questions. If you apply and decide later that you’re not ready or have to suspend your hosting, that’s not a problem. You can suspend your hosting at any time. Rest assured, nobody will show up on your doorstep unannounced! Your address will not be public. Israelis will not have your address until they reach out to you by phone or email and you give it to them.
How frequently am I expected to host?
It’s up to you. You are in full control of your schedule and are not obligated to say “yes” to every request. Most new hosts start slow until they gain some experience and are better able to gauge their comfort level. In any case, Israeli travelers understand you have a “real life” and are usually very gracious even when you are not able to receive them.
Do I need to be able to speak Hebrew?
No. If you’re an English speaker, you’ll be pleased to know that most of your Israeli guests will be proficient in English. Those who are not are usually traveling with someone who is! If you host multiple guests, you’ll notice that most will speak to one another in English when you’re present, as a courtesy.
Will Israelis come to my little town?
Maybe! You might be on the route from one destination to another. Israelis spend months in the US and will venture way off the beaten path for an experience. We would encourage you to put yourself on the map and see what happens!
Is a couch good enough?
Unfortunately, no. You must have a private guest room with shower access for your guests. Your home should be safe and comfortable. Access to WiFi is strongly encouraged as your guests will want to communicate with family and make further travel plans using the internet. Access to laundry is not required, but would be a real blessing to your guest.
Do Israelis know that we’re believers in Jesus?
Yes! Or at least, they should. The homepage doesn’t state outright that we are a Christian hospitality network, but neither is it hidden. The mobile application Israelis will use to find hosts on our network states clearly (in a “more info” section of the app), that hosts are believers in Jesus who love and want to bless Israel through the gift of hospitality. Host profiles will often reference that they are Christians who love and want to bless Israel. And our hosting network will spread by word-of-mouth among Israelis. They will tell each other about this network of Christian hosts who love Israel and give them a free place to stay during their travels!
Will there be training on hospitality and how to share my faith with Jewish people?
Yes! Although, hosts are expected to provide a safe, clean, comfortable and welcoming environment for their guests; nothing more. If the Lord prompts you to share the Gospel or discuss faith-related topics, by all means do so. Once you are approved as a host, we will provide host training videos as well as a follow-up online seminar with a live trainer and a handful of your peers (other new hosts undergoing training). The online seminar will be your opportunity to ask all your questions. The training we provide will teach you how to share your faith with Jewish people in natural, relational ways. We want you to succeed as hosts in becoming a sweet aroma, a winsome witness of the Lord and his goodness. We are praying for you in your calling to make Israel “jealous” for your life in Messiah (Romans 11:11).
What organization is behind Host Israelis?
Host Israelis is managed by Chosen People Ministries, a global ministry that reaches out to Jewish people everywhere with the good news of Jesus the Messiah. Planet Zula is the name of our global hospitality network. Your guests will not know the name “Host Israelis,” they will know the name “Planet Zula” because they will be using our Planet Zula mobile app to find hosts on our network. So please use the name “Planet Zula” when talking to Israelis about this ministry.