Wednesday, June 6, 2018

                                           Departure from the U.S. to Israel


Thursday, June 7, 2018

 Arrival ברוכים הבאים

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport (meeting point to be determined closer to arrival date)

  • Drive through the Ayalon Valley to Tel Aviv.

  • Musical welcome ceremony at the Jaffa Overlook.

  • Check in to Tel Aviv hotel.

  • Festive welcome dinner with invited guests from the Tel Aviv Masorti Community.


Overnight: Tel Aviv


Friday, June 8, 2018

Tel Aviv: The First Hebrew City

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Of Music, Poetry and the Zionist Dream, an introduction to the program with scholar Rachel Korazim.

  • Short guided walk along Bialik Street from Allenby to the Old City Hall and Bialik’s house, concluding with a guided visit and special program at the home of artist Reuven Rubin, now a museum dedicated to his work and the art scene from the early years of the State of Israel.

  • Visit the Tel Aviv Museum of Contemporary Art, with chief curator, Doron Rabina.

  • Conclude the day with a Graffiti tour of the Florentine neighborhood, for a beneath the surface glimpse at Tel Aviv’s many layers, with artist and arts guide Shirel Horowitz.

  • Free time for rest, relaxation and to enjoy Tel Aviv as residents prepare for Shabbat/Weekend.

  • Welcome in Shabbat at the Tel Aviv Port with Beit Tfila Yisraeli, with an introduction by one of the founders, Rani Jaeger or Estiban Gottfried.

  • Festive Shabbat Dinner at the hotel.


Overnight: Tel Aviv


Shabbat, June 9, 2018

Shabbat in Tel Aviv

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Shabbat Morning Tfilot at the Neve Shechter Masorti synagogue community with Rabbi Roberto Arbiv.

  • Shabbat lunch at the hotel.

  • Afternoon walk with Abraham Silver exploring the origins of Tel Aviv as the First Hebrew City, through poetry, architecture, dreams and stories.

  • Havdallah on the beach.

  • Free evening to enjoy Tel Aviv by night, with optional cultural event in the Tel Aviv area.


Overnight: Tel Aviv


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Creativity and Identity

  • Breakfast at hotel.

  • Visit the Suzane Delal Center in Neve Zedek for a special workshop with the Inbal Dance Company, with Lisa Preiss Fried and one of the artists.

  • Depart for Northern Israel.

  • Drive along the coast and into the Wadi Ara area for a visit to the Um el Fahem Art with director Said Abu Shakra, artist and gallery founder for a glimpse into issues of art and identity in the Israeli Arab/Palestinian Israeli community.

  • Continue to lunch in Pardes Channa followed by a musical experience with Netanel Goldberg.

  • Drive through the Carmel Mountains to Zichron Yaakov for Wine Tasting at the Tishbi Winery, followed by a late afternoon visit to the Yad Hanadiv Gardens.

  • Travel across the Lower Galilee to the Sea of Galilee and check in to the new Setai Hotel on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.

  • Check in to the hotel.

  • Sunset Boat Ride with music and dancing.

  • Dinner at the hotel.


Overnight: Sea of Galilee

Monday, June 11, 2018

Creativity and Spirituality

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Drive to the Central Galilee for a morning at Kibbutz Hanaton including a meeting with Haviva Ner David and a Drumming workshop.

  • Continue to Tzfat for a special music and art experience with music and plastic artists in conjunction with one of the following:

    1. The Canaan Gallery

    2. Avraham Lowenthal

    3. Jenine & Ronnie Bar El

    4. Yossi Chajes

  • Return to the hotel for rest, relaxation and time to use the sap facilities at the hotel.

  • Drive to Hemdat Hayamim for dinner and concert by virtuoso pianist, Yitzhak Tavior.


Overnight: Sea of Galilee


Tuesday , June 12, 2018

Of Poetry and Song

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Drive along the Sea of Galilee to the Kinneret Cemetery.

  • Visit the Mishkan Museum of Art, Ein Harod, one of Israel’s hidden artistic gems, with both collections of art from the early years of the state and cutting edge exhibits of new and upcoming artists.

  • Visit the Kinneret Cemetery where some of the great Zionist leaders are buried, for a glimpse into their trials and triumphs, concluding with the graves of Rachel Blaustien, the “poet laureate” of the Second Aliyah and the great contemporary poet and lyricist, Naomi Shemer, accompanied by their poetry and music.

  • Lunch en route.

  • Drive through the Jordan Valley.

  • Stop at Qasr el Yahud, seen by Jews as the possible site where Joshua crossed the Jordan River and by Christians as the site of Jesus baptism, for an opportunity to walk up to the Jordan River along the Jordanian Border.

  • Ascend to Jerusalem via the Eastern Gate.

  • Stop at Mount Scopus for an introduction to Jerusalem and a musical Shehechianu.

  • Check in to hotel.

  • Dinner on your own followed by a free evening in Jerusalem.


Overnight: Jerusalem

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Layers of Jerusalem

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • An Artistic Look at Jerusalem, with art historian Shula Lederman of the Shechter Institute.

  • Using liturgy, modern poetry and music depart for guided visit through the Old City exploring the progressions of the city from the glory days of King David, through the First and Second Temples and the eventual return to Jerusalem, while visiting some of the Old City’s most exciting archaeological sites.

  • Lunch on your own at the Israel Museum.

  • Visit the Israel Museum for a guided visit through the Jewish Art and Living and Israeli Art exhibits, exploring the development of Jewish art from Exile through Diaspora and concluding in the State of Israel.

  • Return to the hotel for rest and relaxation.

  • Late afternoon workshop with Kol HaOt and Rabbi Matt Berkowitz.

  • Dinner at the Eucalyptus restaurant with chef Moshe Bason, who uses the herbs, grains and recipes of the Land of Israel to create a culinary fusion of old and new.


Overnight: Jerusalem


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Jerusalem as Inspiration

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Creating New From Old and Old From New – the Musical Story of the Jerusalem Zion congregation, with Rabbi Tamar Applebaum Elad and Yair Harel.

  • Visit the new Museum of North African Jewry in the center of Jerusalem.

  • Walk to Nachalat Shiva through Independence Park for lunch at the Piccolino restaurant followed by a Jerusalem Music Workshop at Kikar HaMuzika – Music Square.

  • Return to the hotel for a short rest.

  • Visit the Machane Yehuda Market with chef Tali Friedman, purchasing fresh produce along the way and return to her kitchen to participate in a Culinary Workshop and to prepare a fine Jerusalem dinner, which will be eaten by the group at the conclusion of the workshop.

  • Optional Late Night in the Machane Yehuda Market.


Overnight: Jerusalem

Friday, June 15, 2018

Exploring the City

  • Breakfast at the hotel.


           1.  Yad Vashem 

           2.  Kids4Peace and Shorashim in Gush Etzion or a Geo Political Tour around Jerusalem.

           3. A Geo-Political Tour around Jerusalem

           4. A Hike in the Jerusalem Hills along part of the Israel Trail

           5. Free morning to explore Jerusalem.

  • Free afternoon for personal exploration.

  • Kabbalat Shabbat at one of the Jerusalem synagogues or as a Beth David Community.

  • Festive Shabbat Dinner at the hotel.


Overnight: Hotel, Tel Aviv


Shabbat, June 16, 2018 

Shabbat in Jerusalem and Conclusions

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Shabbat Tfilot or Synagogue hopping.

  • Shabbat Lunch at the hotel.

Possible Shabbat  Afternoon Touring Options

- Agnon in Jerusalem – Walk through the streets of Central Jerusalem, using the writings of Shmuel Yosef Agnon, Israel’s first Nobel Laureate as a guide, exploring the Jerusalem of over 100 years ago, its differences and similarities to today,

- The Poet and the Windmill - Guided walk through Yemin Moshe using the Poetry of Yehudah Amichai as a guide.

- A Historic Weave of Jerusalem – Walk through the Valley of Hinnom,  using the Bible as guide to the top of Mount Zion and continuing to the Jewish Quarter with its archaeological remains that date back 3000 years ago to the days of the First Temple, including the Nea Church, the Biblical and Hasmonean remains in the open Cardo and the Broad Wall

- The German Colony of Jerusalem - Walk through the German Colony, built by the German Templars in the late 1800s’s, with their unique buildings and stories that have become part of Jerusalem’s lore.

- Jerusalem: A City of Many Traditions - Return to the Old City for a tour of Mount Zion, walk along the Ramparts and free time in the Old City Market – The Shuk.

- Christian Jerusalem - Guided visit through the Christian Quarter, including part of the Via Delarosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

  • Wrap Up discussion.

  • Havdallah overlooking the Old City.

  • Festive Farewell Dinner.

  • Depart for Ben Gurion Airport.


Sunday, June17, 2018

Arrive back in the United States

  • Depart on return flight to the United States.


Overnight: Flight to the U.S.

** Programming and speakers are subject to availability