Located a bit more than 10 miles from the city of Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion Airport is the international airport that provides access to Israel. One of the most secure airports in the world, Ben Gurion will remind you of any modern European airport with it’s modern amenities, restaurants, and shops.
Entering Israel is generally not more difficult than entering Europe, especially if you are part of a pilgrimage. Israel does not stamp passports, instead giving you an entry visa card that can be taped into your passport. Departing Israel via Ben Gurion Airport can be more involved and is a different experience from airports in the US. You must pass through security before reaching the ticket counter, including x-ray scanning of your carry-on and checked luggage. You may be selected for additional personal screening, which occurs at tables in the middle of the airport. The security staff, in our experience, is highly professional and very thorough.
For more information, please visit the IAA page on Ben Gurion Airport.