Day 1: Monday, June 24, 2019

Welcome- Bruchim HaBaim

Exploring Roots: Land and People

  • Arrival from the United States.

  • Neot Kedumim, the Biblical Landscape Reserve, is a living museum of Israel's "green archeology” for an interactive introduction to ecological awareness as expressed in Jewish tradition and heritage tied to the Land and the People of Israel.   

  • Proceed to Tel Aviv

  • Check in to hotel.  Time for rest and relaxation.

  • Festive Welcome dinner at a Tel Aviv restaurant.

 

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

 

Day 2: Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Innovation & Ingenuity

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Walking Tour along the Tel Aviv Promenade to Jaffa, followed by a guided tour through the Old City of Jaffa, tracing its story from the days of the Bible through the newly developed Jaffa Port. 

  • Travel to Rehovot

  • Underground Bullet Factory at the Ayalon Institute.  Discover how the Jews who had no weapons and no ammunition found a way to make bullets under the nose of the British who severely punished those caught making weapons.  Hear the story how this helped the Israeli Army (IDF) develop a tradition of creativity, technological innovation, and thinking out of the box.

  • Return to Tel Aviv for lunch on your own.

  • Israel as “Start-Up Country” Tour Independence Hall, where the State of Israel’s Declaration of Independence was signed and a new country was born after 2000 years.

  • Tel Aviv as “Start-Up City”:  Begin exploration of “the Big Orange” in the historic center of little Tel Aviv at the Shalom Tower, with a unique exhibit to uncover the story of the city, illustrating its historic, architectural, and artistic development over 100 years.

  • Explore the Nachalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market, with its many street artists and entertainers. 

  • Dinner at the "Nalaga’at" Center which currently employs some 70 people, most of whom are deaf, blind or deaf-blind.  The center is comprised of the "Nalaga’at" Theater, home to the Deaf-Blind Acting Ensemble; Café Kapish, with its deaf waiters and BlackOut, the pitch-black restaurant with its staff of blind waiters.

 

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

 

Day 3: Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Along the Coast

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Check-out of the hotel and proceed to the Dor Beach.

  • Swim, snorkel and dye genuine tekhelet, the Biblical “blue” of the tallit while learning Torah, chemistry, archeology, biology, Jewish history and more! Find out the secrets of the lost tekhelet dye of the ancients and come face to face with the mysterious sea-snail that started it all. 

  • Lunch at Mataim at Ramat HaNadiv.  As part of the Greater Washington Federation social action agenda, Mataim is a project of the Dualis Social Investment Fund.  Part the Mataim staff is comprised of youth at risk, who are being trained for work in the restaurant business -- paving their way to fruitful careers and successful integration in society

  • Travel to the Western Galilee

  • Ride down the cable car to visit the dramatic white cliffs and grottos at beautiful Rosh Hanikra on the Mediterranean Coast border with Lebanon.

  • Mavrhatey (My Light): In the full-size Ethiopian hut, Yoney Skiba offers guests an insight not only into the aliyah experience of Ethiopian Israelis but also into Ethiopian-Jewish culture.  Taste the traditional injera sourdough flatbread and participate in the preparation of Ethiopian coffee with Ethiopian-Jewish music that heightens the experience.   

  • Check in hotel

  • Dinner at the hotel.

 

Overnight: Nof Ginossar Hotel

 

Day 4: Thursday, June 27, 2019

The Golan

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Nature walk through on the Tel Dan Reserve, along the Dan River,  concluding at Tel Dan itself, one of Israel’s most significant Biblical sites in Israel today

  • Jeep Ride on the slopes of the Golan Heights, ovelooking the Hula Valley.

  • Ascend to Mount Bental for a view into Syria and an understanding of the delicate geo-political situation on the Israeli-Syrian border, followed by a view of the Hula Valley followed by a discussion on various options for an agreement with Syria.

  • Lunch on own en route. 

  • Wine and Chocolate:

    • Adults:  Wine tasting at Bazelet HaGolan Winery

    • Youth: Chocolate workshop at De Karina Boutique Chocolates

  • Join a relaxing and refreshing river adventure, comfortably rafting by and under riverside foliage, down the beautifully clear Hatzbani stream, later merging with the Banias stream to create the Jordan River.

  • Enjoy a “DIY” barbecue lunch at the Baba Yona ranch in Yesod HaMa’aleh.  With a bit of “help” and supervision from professional chefs, the group will divide into smaller groups to prepare local Israel dishes.

Overnight: Nof Ginossar Hotel

Day 5: Friday, June 28, 2019

Preparing for Shabbat

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.

  • Travel along the Trans-Israel Highway to Jerusalem with stops at various observation points to discuss the Jewish-Arab conflict and security issues.

  • Lunch on own en route

  • Stop at Mt. Scopus overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem for an opportunity to recite the traditional Shehecheyanu prayer upon arrival in Jerusalem.  

  • On Friday at Machane Yehuda there is a sense that Shabbat is in the air due to the added urgency to the shopping frenzy as shoppers look for the nicest and freshest in honor of the Sabbath. The group will also buy food items to be used for a seuda shlishit on Shabbat afternoon.

  • Check in hotel and prepare for Shabbat

  • Kabbalat Shabbat at the Haas Promenade.

  • Return to the hotel

  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel in a private room.

 

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

 

Day 6: Saturday, June 29, 2019

A Jerusalem Shabbat

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Shabbat is a day of rest and reflection, and Shabbat morning in Jerusalem is filled with the sounds of Jews praying together in the distinct styles of different communities.  They reflect centuries old ethnic traditions, as well as modern ways of expressing spirituality. 

  • Shabbat lunch on own

  • Shabbat afternoon walk through Yemin Moshe and the Old City with the poetry of Yehudah Amichai in hand.

  • Seudah Shlishit in Yemin Moshe/Bloomfield Garden with food bought the previous day in Machane Yehuda

  • Havdalah

  • Dinner and evening on own

 

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

 

Day 7: Sunday, June 30, 2019

Kol Yisrael Aravim zeh b’zeh

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • The Memory of the Holocaust in the Modern State of Israel with scholar, Dr. Rachel Korazim.

  • Visit Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center including with parallel programming for adults and youth.  Conclude in the Valley of the Communities with a special ceremony.  Alternative programming for children

  • Lunch on own

  •  Drive by the Kirya,( the Government Compound) the seat of the major branches of Israeli sovereignty for a brief stop at the Menorah in front of the Knesset building.

  • Geopolitical drive around the borders of Jerusalem, concluding at Gush Etzion and the Shorashim - Roots - Judour Center, a project of dialogue and solution building between Settlers and Palestinians. (Parallel progamming for youth.)

  • Dinner and evening on own 

 

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

 

Day 8: Monday, July 1, 2019

B’nai Mitzva

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Festive B’nai Mitzvah Ceremony at the Azarat Yisrael Plaza, next to Robinson’s Arch.

  • Visit to the Kotel for private meditation and prayer time.

  • Guided visit through the City of David and Hezekiah’s Tunnel, with Bible in hand, exploring the origins of Jerusalem, guided in part by the B’nai Mitzvah.

  • Lunch on own in the Mamilla Pedestrian Mall / Return to the hotel to change clothes.

  • Hands-on volunteer projects

  • Seudat Mitzva at the Eucalyptus Restaurant

  • Watch the Night Spectacular, the sound and light show projected on to the walls of the Tower of David Museum

 

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 9: Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Questions of Continuity

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Travel to the Dead Sea Region

  • Ascend to the top of Masada for a guided visit through the site and an exploration of the symbolism and questions that arise from the Masada story and their implications for Jewish life today. Separate guided visits for youth and adults, concluding with a Historo-Drama presentation by the youth.

  • Descend Masada via cable car (opportunity to walk down the Snake Path) and continue to a Dead Sea resort for an opportunity to float in the waters of the Dead Sea, followed by lunch. 

  • Walk through the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve to the David Spring.  With Bible in hand hike the paths once traversed by King David and read the psalms attributed to him, likely written in this place.

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  • Ancient Ein Gedi was famed for its fruitful vineyards and as well-known for its "secret".  The secret is still unknown today but the remains of a mosaic floor from the 5th century synagogue at Ein Gedi clearly allude to some important mystery.

  • Proceed to Eretz Beresheit

  • At Eretz Beresheet, “Genesis Land,” mount camels and travel a short distance to the “Tent of Avraham Avinu.” to receive and explanation and demonstration of ancient hospitality customs such as those illustrated in the Bible story of Abraham and the angels, many of which are preserved today in traditional Bedouin life.    

  • Dinner at Eretz Beresheet

 

Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 10: Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The End is Just the Beginning

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • At the JNF Tree Planting Center in the Tzora Forest, plant a tree.  Our tradition teaches: If you are about to plant a tree in Israel and the Messiah arrives, finish planting the tree, and then go out to greet the Messiah.

  • Drive to Beit Guvrin to participate in an active dig at the Tel Maresha exploring person made caves from 2,200 years ago, followed by followed by spelunking through the cave and tunnel system.

  • Conclude your Israel journey by “Mapping the Journey” with Kol HaOt educators who impart Jewish values, texts and history through a creative synthesis of the visual and performing arts. 

  • Afternoon on own

  • Conclude with a wrap up discussion and farewell dinner at a Jerusalem restaurant.

  • Proceed to Ben Gurion International Airport to return to the USA

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