Saturday, October 6, 2018

Depart USA


Day 1: Sunday, October 7, 2018

Arrival: Bruchim HaBa’im (welcome)

  • Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, with arrival assistance by Makor Representatives.

  • Introductory program at the Neot Kedumim biblical nature reserve, with a welcome to Israel, including a special Grape and Wine production tour and workshop.

  • Proceed to Tel Aviv

  • Check in to the hotel.

  • Festive opening dinner at the Goshen Restaurant, with Refining the Senses led by wine specialist, Roni Saslove.


Overnight: Hilton Hotel, Tel Aviv


Day 2: Monday, October 8, 2018

Start-up /Art-up

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Innovation and the Secrets of Startup, at the Taglit-Birthright Innovation Center, including a meeting with one of Israel’s leading startups.

  • Israel as a Start Up, visit Independence Hall, where the State of Israel was declared.

  • Start Up in Tel Aviv – explore some of the hidden corners of the Jaffa Flea Market, including dialogues with some of Tel Aviv’s more esoteric entrepreneurs who use the Market as their playground.

  • Lunch on your own in the Flea Market and vicinity.

  • Guided walk through the Florentine neighborhood with artist and street art aficionado, Shirel Horowitz, while exploring the street art and graffiti which tells a new and different story of Tel Aviv.

  • Grassroots Innovation for Peace, visit the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation for a dialogue with Nadav Tamir, former diplomatic attaché to President Shimon Peres,

  • Dinner on your own at the Sarona Market, followed by a special Whiskey Tasting at the Tel Aviv Whiskey Museum, with the largest public collection of whiskeys in the Middle East.


Overnight: Hilton Hotel, Tel Aviv


Day 3: Tuesday, October 9, 2018

A Mosaic of Israel

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Depart for Northern Israel.

  • Drive along the Trans Israel Highway, with a security briefing en route, stopping at the community of Matan for an up close view of the barrier and a look into the Palestinian village of Hable.

  • Guided visit through Caesarea, including the Raman Theater, the Hippodrome, the Promenade and Palace and concluding at the remains of the Crusader City, exploring the relationship between Romans and Jews.

  • Proceed to Nazareth with lunch on your own in the shuk

  • Visit the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth which commemorates the Angel Gabriel announcement to Mary that she would give birth to Jesus.

  • Continue to Haifa.

  • Ascend to the top of Mount Carmel for a view of the 19 layered Bahai Gardens with it’s Shrine of the Bab, High Court of Justice and magnificently manicured gardens, overlooking Haifa Bay.

  • Special visit to the Leo Baeck School hosted by High School Principal Dafna Yakobovitch, including a special program with students and staff.

  • Drive to Kibbutz Yehiam to the Malka Micro Brewery, for a quick beer tasting before continuing across the Galilee to Kibbutz HaGoshrim.

  • Check in to hotel.

  • Dinner at the hotel.


Overnight: Hagoshrim Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee


Day 4: Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Security, Nature and…Wine

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Guided walk through the Tel Dan or Banias Nature Reserves at the base of the Golan Heights.

  • Jeep Ride on the slopes of the Golan through the natural beauty and in the footsteps of IDF soldiers who fought in the 1967 Six Day War

  • Home hospitality Druze lunch at the home of Naseeba Samara in the Druze village of Bukahta, followed by a discussion with Naseeba and friends about their relationship with Syria and the ongoing conflict just over the border.

  • Ascend to Mount Bental, overlooking Syria, to gain a better understanding of the events of Israel’s wars of 1967 and 1973, and the issues confronting Israel today in her quest for peace with Syria.

  • The Nature of Wine from Nature, travel along the Golan Plateau, exploring its natural beauty while visiting some of Israel’s best wineries, with wine tasting and personal encounters with the winemakers – possibilities include wineries such as Golan, Bazelet HaGolan, Bahat, Pelter, Odem, Assaf and Chateau Golan.

  • Return to the hotel.

  • Dinner at the hotel.


Overnight: Hagoshrim Kibbutz Hotel, Upper Galilee

Day 5: Thursday, October 11, 2018

Of Mystics and Builders

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Check out of the hotel and drive to Safed.

  • Artists, Mountains and Mystics, guided walk through the alleyways of Safed` , in search of what has drawn so much creativity to this city, with stories and texts and a special dialogue with artist Avraham Lowenthal.

  • Visit the boutique Abuhav Winery, nestled in the alleyways of Safed’s Old City.

  • Depart for the Jordan Valley, with lunch on your own en route.

  • Visit Beit Shean for a guided visit through the remains of the Byzantine city of Scythopolis, and a view of the Biblical Tel, using the stories of Saul and Jonathan and Jesus Christ Superstar as guides.

  • Drive through the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem.

  • Enter Jerusalem through the Eastern Gate

  • Enter into Jaffa Gate, walk along the edge of the Armenian Quarter and ascend to the Rooftops of the Old City for a Birds-Eye-View introduction to Jerusalem from within, including views of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim Quarters as well as the Temple Mount.

  • Walk down to the Kotel for Shehechianu at the Egalitarian Kotel – Azarat Yisrael.

  • Check in to hotel.

  • Free evening and dinner on your own.


Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem


Day 6: Friday, October 12, 2018

Memories for the Future

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • The Holocaust and contemporary Israeli Society, with Rachel Korazim.

  • Visit Yad Vashem, the National Jewish Memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, for a guided visit through the Avenue of the Righteous Among the Nations, the Historical Museum, concluding with the Children’s Memorial.

    • Returnee Options: Guided visit through the Yad Vashem Art Museum and a visit to the Yad Vashem Archives.

  • Concluding Memorial Ceremony.

  • A Celebration of Life, visit the Machane Yehudah Market as Jerusalemites and guests enjoy the special Friday market atmosphere, with a special Israeli Beer Tasting at the Beer Bazar.

  • Lunch on your own in the market.

  • Free time for personal exploration, possibilities include: The Bezalel Arts and Crafts Market, The Ben Yehudah Pedestrian Mall, the Mamilla Mall, Nachalot and other hidden secrets of Jerusalem.

  • Kabbalat Shabbat with a Jerusalem area IMPJ Congregation, followed by home hospitality with congregants.

  • Return to hotel.


Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem


Day 7: Saturday, October 13, 2018

Shabbat in Jerusalem

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Optional Shabbat Services and free morning.

    • Possible Ethnic Shul Hop in the Nachlaot neighborhood, with visits to synagogues from a variey of Middle Eastern Jewish traditions.

  • Shabbat lunch on your own – possible to eat at hotel.

  • Shabbat afternoon options:

Shabbat Afternoon Options   - Choose one for the group

             - 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 New Israel Museum – Visit the newly renovated Israel Museum, its model of Jerusalem during the days of the                   Second Temple and the Dead Sea Scrolls, followed by an opportunity to visit the Jewish Life and                                                Living, Archaeology, Israeli Art and Design  exhibits and much more.

               - The German Colony of Jerusalem - Walk through the German Colony, built by the German Templars in the late                      1800’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 Delorosa and the                            Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

                - Full day at Masada and the Dead Sea.

                - Free afternoon.

  • Havdallah overlooking the Old City.

  • Dinner on your own on the Mamilla Mall, with its broad collection of cafes and restaurants.

  • View the Jerusalem Night Spectacular at the David Citadel Museum, Jaffa Gate.

  • Free time to enjoy Jerusalem by night.


Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 8: Sunday, October 14, 2018

One Land – Two Peoples

Pending the Security Situation

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Depart the hotel.

  • Getting to Know the Lay of the Land: The West Bank - Judea/Samaria and Jerusalem, en route with the Tour Educator, while taking part in a geopolitical drive along the Seam Zone between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

  • Visit Rawabi, the new Palestinian city north of Ramallah, for a glimpse at this unique project, a synthesis between private enterprise, and public resources, to create a new urban reality in Palestinian society and meet with developer Bashar el Masri.

  • Our Hopes for a Palestinian State, Visit to Ramallah, current capital of the Palestinian Authority Ramallah, and meet with Palestinian entrepreneurs, officials or both.

  • Why I Make my Home in Judea and Samaria, visit the settlement of Psagot for a dialogue with representative of various settlements to hear their settlers about their lives and their plans, with lunch.

  • Return to Jerusalem.

  • Wrap up discussion for the day.

    • It is possible to omit one of the places above (Rawabi, Ramallah or Psagot) and to go to Shorashim instead.  This would allow visiting both the southern and northern West Bank – Judea and Samaria.

      • Option:

                              -Drive South to Gush Etzion for a special program with the Roots Project – Judour/Shorashim, with                                          Palestinian Noor Abu Awad and Settler Hanan Shlesinger

                             - Travel to Bethlehem. Visit the Church of the Nativity, the traditional site of Jesus’ birth.

  • Free time and dinner on your own.


Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem


Day 9: Monday, October 15, 2018

Judaism, Sovereignty and Life in the Global Community

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • National Jewish Sovereignty and Democracy, with Shuki Friedman (or another scholar) from the Israel Democracy Institute.

  • Guided visit to the City of David, exploring the first seat of Jewish sovereignty with Bible and current events newspaper in hand and viewing the City of David, yesterday and today, as a microcosm of many of the issues facing the Jewish People today.

  • Finish with a bit of Food…Tasting tour Between East and West, Walk in the Old City of Jerusalem, multi-ethnic Jewish baking workshop at the

  • Check out of hotel.

  • Free time for personal exploration, rest and packing.

  • Wrap up conversation.

  • Festive Farewell dinner at a Jerusalem restaurant.

  • Return to US or Petra extension


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