Family Trip to Israel

With Rabbi Jay and Cantor Bat Ami Moses

July 10-18, 2017


As of 15 November 2016

** program subject to changes


Monday, July 10, 2017



  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport, with assistance by Makor and light refreshments upon arrival.

  • Drive through the Ayalon Valley to Tel Aviv.

  • From the Four Corners of the Earth, welcome program from the Jaffa Overlook, overlooking the Mediterranean and Jaffa Port which was the gateway to the Land of Israel and the whole Middle East for centuries.

  • Check in to Tel Aviv hotel.

  • Festive welcome dinner at a Tel Aviv restaurant. 


Overnight: Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

                                                 Tel Aviv—the First Hebrew City

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Israel and the Jewish People – opening program at Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed.

  • Participate in an interactive Scavenger Hunt along Rothschild Boulevard and into Neve Zedek, connecting the origins of Tel Aviv with the modern 24/7 Tel Aviv of today

  • Visit the Nachalat Binyamin Pedestrian Mall Arts and Crafts fair, with lunch on your own.

  • Drive north to the Upper Galilee to Kibbutz Hagoshrim.

  • Guided visit through Caesarea, including the Roman Theatre, the Hippodrome, the Promenade and the Palace and concluding at the remains of the Crusader City, exploring along the way the relationship between Romans and Jews, with a Historo-Drama performed by children and youth.

  • Drive to the Upper Galilee.

  • Check in to the Hagoshrim Hotel, followed by free time in for pool and fun.

  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Hagoshrim Kibbutz Guesthouse


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

                                                          Soldiers and Mystics

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Jeep Ride ascending the Golan Heights, with both nature and stories from the Six Day and Yom Kippur Wars.

  • Drive across the Golan Plateau to Mt. Bental -

    • Adults: Overlook Syria, for an up-to-date briefing on the very latest from Syria and the delicate relationship between Israel and Syria.

    • Children: Orienteering program on Mount Bental.

  • Guided visit through Safed, its alleyways and synagogues and artist colony, using the stories of the mystics as a guide, followed by

  • Adults: - A meeting with a Kabbalistic Artist.

  • Youth: Creative Jewish Arts Workshop.

  • Return to the hotel, followed by dinner and optional visits with Kibbutz Families.


Overnight: Hagoshrim Kibbutz Guesthouse


Thursday, July 13, 2017

                                             From Kibbutz Manara to the Old City

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Spend the morning in the vicinity of Kibbutz Manara…Begin by taking the Cable Car from the southern foothills of Kiryat Shemona to the top of the Naftali range/Kibbutz Manara.  This is the longest cable car ride in Israel.  This is followed by going down the Mountain Slides—more than 1200 meters of panoramic view track – for those who dare… (fun and safe)

  • Visit the Hula Nature Reserve for an opportunity to ride bikes around the Hula Lake – bikes in all sizes available – from2-6 seats per bike – and to an opportunity to delve into the world of the early Zionist pioneers and the

  • Drive around the Sea of Galilee to the Galita Chocolatarie, for a chocolate making workshop.

  • Drive through the Jordan Valley and ascend to Jerusalem.

  • Welcome Ceremony at the Tayelet, with its stunning view of the Old City, and great Jerusalem, for an interactive introduction to Jerusalem and an opportunity to recite the traditional Shehechianu prayer upon entering Jerusalem, with the customary bread and wine …Popsicles, Strawberries and Champaign.

  • Check in to Jerusalem hotel.

  • Free time for pool and fun, followed by dinner on your own in Jerusalem.


Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem


Friday, July 14, 2017

                                            Digging Deep into the History of Jerusalem            

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Guided visit to the Old City, with a Family exploration Game throughout, beginning at Jaffa Gate and walking along the rooftops of the Old City for a glimpse at the multi-ethnic weave of the City, followed by a guided visit through the Jewish Quarter, including the Cardo, the Hurva Square, and the Herodian Mansions.

  • Visit the Kotel (Western Wall), with time for personal and family reflection.

  • Descend to the City of David (with snacks)for a guided visit, with Bibliodrama and Bible in hand, through some of the newest excavations in Jerusalem, exploring where Jerusalem began, beginning at the Well House and then choosing one of two options: The Dry Water Tunnel, the Shiloach Pool and the newly found Drainage Tunnel which goes under the Walls of the Old City to Robinson’s Arch.  Or—Walk through Hezekiah’s Water Tunnel and meet the group at Dung Gate.

  • Drive around the Old City to the Machane Yehudah Open Air Market as Jerusalemites prepare for Shabbat, with lunch on your own.

  • Free time to rest, swim, and prepare for Shabbat.

  • Kabbalat Shabbat at one of the following:

    • Kehilat Tzion in Baka.

    • Western Wall

    • Shira Chadasha

    • Kol Haneshanma

  • Shabbat Dinner at the hotel.


Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem



Shabbat, July 15, 2017

                                                                Shabbat in Jerusalem

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Free morning.  Options include: services at a local synagogue, “shul hopping,” walking through the Old City, especially the Christian Quarter and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Via Delarosa, or walking the quiet neighborhoods of West Jerusalem.

  • Shabbat lunch at the hotel.

  • Afternoon options:

    • Shabbat Afternoon in the Park with Jerusalem Stories and Fun – An interactive exploration of Jerusalem through the stories of individuals who have lived in Jerusalem over the past 2000, with game challenges and fun – in Mishkenot Shaanananim.

      • Additional Options:

        • The Multi Religious Weave of Jerusalem, guided walk through the streets of Jerusalem exploring the way Jews, Christians, and Muslims live together and apart in the city.

        • Shmuel Yosef Agnon in Jerusalem, following in the footsteps of Agnon (Israel’s first Nobel Laureate) and his characters, visit the small parochial Jerusalem that appears in the books Tmol Shilshom (Only Yesterday) and Shira (Song), and short story Tehila (A Psalm) to explore how Jerusalem has changed, yet in many ways stayed the same.

        • The Poetry of Jerusalem—From the Psalms to Yehudah Amichai, while walking through the neighborhood of Yemin Moshe and Abu Tor, explore how Jerusalem was viewed by generations of poets, those who never set foot in the holy city as well as those for whom it was a lifelong home.

  • Time for swimming and rest.

  • Optional Home Hospitality—Seudat Shlishit (light refreshments), discussion, and Havdalah at the home of Rabbi Bill and Batya Berk.

  • Free night on your own in Jerusalem.


Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem


Sunday, July 16, 2017


Masada and the Dead Sea

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Snake Path Ascent - Early morning departure for the Dead Sea Basin (6:00 a.m.)

  • Climb the Snake Path to the top of Masada, to explore the site and consider the multiple meanings of Masada to Jews both in the United States and in Israel, with special youth programming.

  • Ride the cable car down and continue to Ein Bokek for an opportunity to float in the Dead Sea, to use the Spa facilities, and enjoy lunch.

  • Stop at the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve for an opportunity to hike up to the Nahal David Spring and Waterfall.

  • Return to Jerusalem.

  • Dinner at one of the most famous outdoor markets in the Middle East, the shuk in Macheneh Yehudah, and a chance to see the graffiti art in the area.

  • Dinner on your own at Mamilla, followed by an optional visit to the David Citadel Museum to view the Jerusalem Night Spectacular a sound and light show narrating the 3,000+ years of Jerusalem’s history.


Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem


 Monday, July 17, 2017

Memories for the Future

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Adults: The Memory of the Holocaust in the Contemporary State of Israel, dialogue with scholar Rachel Korazim.

  • Kids and Youth: People Watching in the Streets of Jerusalem – special program with the Youth Councillor

First Timers

  • Visit Yad Vashem, the National Memorial to the Six Million Jews Killed in the Holocaust, including the Avenue of the Righteous, with parallel programming for adults and youth as well as an opportunity for return visitors to visit the Art Museum and Room of Great Questions.


  • Opportunity to choose two of the following:

    • A guided visit through the Holocaust Art Museum

    • Special program at the Yad Vashem Archives

    • A visit to the Room of Great Questions

    • A guided visit through the Yad Vashem Sculpture Garden

  • Alternative programming for Youth and Younger Children at the Ein Yael Living Museum.

  • Concluding memorial service.

  • Free afternoon to explore Jerusalem.

  • Concluding experience with Kol Ha-Ot Family Arts Workshop with artists Rabbi Matt Berkowitz and David Moss, to record, process, and express the meaning of this journey to Israel.

  • Check out of the hotel.

  • Wrap up discussion.

  • Festive Farewell Dinner.

  • Depart for Ben Gurion Airport.

  • Depart on return flight to the United States.


Overnight: Flight



See you next time!