Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation and Temple Beth El

Trip to Israel

Led by Rabbis Brett Krichover and Mark Miller

Sunday, December 23, 2018

  • Depart USA


Overnight: In Flight



Day 1: Monday, December 24, 2018

Bruchim HaBaim-Welcome!

  • Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport.  Meet your guide and proceed north

    • Note:  Any programming stops will be determined by the time of arrival

  • Meal en route TBA.

  • Check-in hotel

  • Dinner at hotel


Overnight: Kibbutz HaGoshrim Guesthouse


Day 2: Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Of Mysticism and Mother Nature

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Travel to the restored Hula wetlands (Agamon Hahula Nature Reserve)

  • Ride golf carts or bicycles through the Hula wetlands, an important resting place for migrating birds, which fly over Israel on their way to/from Europe and Africa

  • Drive to Tzfat to explore synagogues of the mystics  set along the alleyways with shops selling Judaica and art galleries.

    • Glassblowing demonstration with Sheva Chaya, an artist inspired by Kabbalah.

    • Visit the Safed Candle Factory….and make Shabbat or Havadalah candles

  • Street lunch on own in the Old City of Safed.

  • Activity with Livnot u’Lihibnot, one of the veteran Israeli programs established to strengthen Jewish identity.

  • Dinner at the hotel


Overnight:  Kibbutz HaGoshrim Guesthouse

Day 3: Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Northern Exposures

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Board jeeps and travel on the Golan Heights to discover first-hand the strategic importance of the area including an overview from the top of Mount Bental to look across the border onto the Syrian Golan.

    • ​Option to visit a Partnership 2Gether site and participate in a service project

  • Lunch on own at Café Anan

  • Taste Bud Tantalizers: Wine and chocolate:

    • Adults: Wine tasting at a boutique winery

    • Youth: Chocolate workshop at De Karina

  • Tour Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu to understand how its cutting edge ecological business in biologically based integrated pest management and natural pollination uses nature to engage with nature which fosters good relations and spread ecological awareness in helping Palestinian and Jordanian farmers.

  • Proceed to Jerusalem

  • Stop at Mt. Scopus for an opportunity to recite the traditional Shehecheyanu blessing upon arrival in Jerusalem.

  • Check in hotel.

  • Dinner on own


Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem


Day 4: Thursday, December 27, 2018

Jerusalem Through the Ages

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Depart the hotel

  • At the City of David have a guided visit through the origins of Jerusalem with Bible in hand.

  • Lunch on own and guided tour plus leisure time in the Jewish Quarter/Cardo

  • Tour the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament

  • Visit the Israel Museum including the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed.

  • Dinner and evening on own at the First Station


Overnight:  Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 5: Friday, December 28, 2018

Preparing for Shabbat

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Visit the nursery school/kindergarten at HUC for a Kabbalat Shabbat

  • Join Jerusalemites from all walks of life as they prepare for Shabbat at the Machane Yehudah open air market, with lunch on your own.

  • Rest of the afternoon at leisure

  • Candle lighting time  4:03 pm

  • Walk to the Kotel for reflection and meditation

  •  Kabbalat Shabbat

    • At the Southern Steps or the Ezrat Yisrael.

  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel


Overnight:  Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 6: Saturday, December 29, 2018

A Jerusalem Shabbat

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Optional: Shabbat morning services at a local Jerusalem synagogue.

  • Lunch on own in the Old City

  • Guided walk along the Ramparts of Jerusalem’s 16th c. walls to Mount Zion, the Hill of Three Religions, with poetry and Midrash.


  • Guided walk into the Christian Quarter of the Old City including the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

  • Havdalah in the Old City

  • Dinner on own in the Mamilla Pedestrian Mall

  • View the Night Spectacular at David’s Tower, which tells the story of Jerusalem with light and music.


Overnight:  Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 7: Sunday, December 30, 2018

The Dead Sea Basin

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Ascend Masada via cable car or by climbing the Snake Path 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.

  • Descend Masada by way of the Roman Ramp

  • Proceed by bus to the Kfar HaNokdim Bedouin Encampment in the Southern Judean Desert with Bedouin hospitality, followed by a camel ride and a traditional Hafla lunch.. 

  • Proceed to the Dead Sea Basin

  • “Float”, relax and refresh at the Dead Sea

  • Return to Jerusalem

  • Dinner on own


Overnight:  Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem


Day 8: Monday, December 31, 2018

From Destruction to Construction

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Guided visit to Yad Vashem, the national Jewish Memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, including the Avenue of the Righteous, the Historical Museum and the Children’s Memorial.

    • Parallel tour for children to inform youth about the Holocaust in a manner that is suited to their age and understanding.

    • Concluding ceremony in the Valley of the Communities

  • Lunch on own   

  • Plant a tree in the Tzora Forest Tree Planting Center

  • To really dig deep into the past, head towards Beit Guvrin, and become an archaeologist for a day in the ongoing digs at the caves that served as storerooms, burial crypts and safe havens.

  •  Proceed to Tel Aviv

  • Check-in 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.

  • Dinner on own in Old Jaffa


Overnight:  Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 9: Tuesday, January 1, 2019

The Big Orange Vibe

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • “The Race for Independence” an interactive way to get to know the history of the first Hebrew city and the story of Israel’s Declaration of Independence.  The game concludes with a guided visit at Independence House, the site of the establishment of the State of Israel.

  • The Taglit-Birthright Innovation Center encapsulates the reasons why Israel is known as the “start-up nation” allows you to learn about the new advancements Israeli Start-Ups are making in different fields, such as science, medicine, security, space and more.

  • The open-air Nachalat Binyamin has become synonymous with quality Israeli crafts and folk art.

  • Lunch and afternoon on own

  • Farewell dinner in a Tel Aviv restaurant. 

  • Proceed to Ben Gurion International Airport for your return flight to the USA

** Itinerary subject to changes