Shir Tikvah Congregation

Israel-Palestine: In Pursuit of Peace & Justice

Led by Rabbi Michael Adam Latz


Bruchim HaBaim! Welcome!

Day 1: Sunday March 24, 2019

Note: The programming on Day 1 may change once we receive the flight estimated time of arrival

  • Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport.  Meet your guide and proceed to Tel Aviv

  • Check into hotel

  • Walking Tour along the Tel Aviv Promenade to Jaffa finishing with an overlook from the Jaffa Promontory: The Zionist Infancy.

  • Opening dinner: at a Jaffa restaurant: What Will Israel Be When It Grows Up?  with former Member
    of Knesset, Professor Naomi Chazan.


Overnight: Tel Aviv 


Day 2: Monday, March 25

70 Years of Statehood

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Addressing Public Space in Israel, with Shirel Horowitz or Abraham Silver.

  • Writings on the Walls: Urban Art Tour in the Florentine neighborhood

  • Lunch on own in Nahalat Binyamin open-air Arts and Crafts Market.

  • The Israeli Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin Center explores the development of the State of Israel as a young democracy.  The Museum presents two parallel stories:  the history of the State and Israeli society, and the biography of Yitzhak Rabin. Tour the Museum followed by a meeting Dalia Rabin, Yitzchak Rabin’s daughter “The Oslo Legacy and the Death of the Israeli Left”

  • Brief stop at Rabin Square, the site where Yitzchak Rabin was assassinated Nov. 4, 1995

  • Dinner on your own. 

  • Evening Cultural Event focused on social justice issues, possibly at the Arab Hebrew Theater  in Jaffa. 


Overnight:  Tel Aviv



Day 3: Tuesday, March 26

Tzedek, Tzedek Tirdof: Justice, Justice you Shall Seek

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • With BINA, the Jewish movement for social change, tour the Neve Shananan neighborhood: meet with asylum-seekers; visit businesses & important landmarks of the African community in south Tel Aviv to shed light on the lives and the stories of this community. Learn how their presence has affected the neighborhoods of southern Tel Aviv and how the State of Israel is dealing with the African community.  (Including a meeting with Julie Fisher or Rabbi Susan Silverman)

  • Lunch on your own on Rothschild Blvd.

  • Meet with LGBTQ activists (and MK Amir Ohana?) followed by an LGBTQ Rainbow Tour through central Tel Aviv, in conjunction with the Aguda, the Israeli LGBTQ umbrella organization.

    • Alternative Program with Tel Aviv Municipality LGBTQ Community Center in Gan Meir to learn about the challenges and legislation involving Israel’s LGBTQ community

  • Leadership of the future: Moderated by former US Ambassador to Israel, Daniel Shapiro, listen to the visions and dreams; challenges and solutions of young Israelis and Palestinians in the political and international arena.

    • MK Stav Shaffir will be invited.

  • Dinner on your own, followed by a free evening.


Overnight:  Tel Aviv


Day 4: Wednesday, March 27

Shared Society

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Visit the Jaffa Yad b’Yad (Hand in Hand) nursery school where Jewish and Arab children learn together.

  • Proceed to Lod

  • Tour Lod, a mixed Arab-Jewish city.  Meet with Shirin Natur Hafi, principal of the Arab “ORT School for Science and Engineering “Creating Pride with Tolerance

  • Lunch on own in a Lod “chumusiya”.

  • Proceed to Rahat, a Bedouin city in the northern Negev to meet with Jamal Alkirnawi of  "A New Dawn in the Negev”.  New Dawn is a Bedouin-Jewish co-existence NGO that provides programming for Bedouin youth-at-risk.

  • Drive to Jerusalem.

  • Check in to hotel.

  • Dinner and evening on own


Overnight:  Jerusalem



Day 5: Thursday, March 28

The Challenges of Power I

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Paul Liptz, Hebrew Union College and Tel Aviv University:  Understanding the Six Day War and Its Aftermath: Conscientious Politics and Moral Dilemmas

  • Depart for Hevron.

  • Guided walk through Hebron with members of Breaking the Silence in conjunction with T’ruah.

  • Proceed to Gush Etzion, with lunch on your own in Efrat.

  • Meet with Mayor Oded Revivi: Balancing Realities

  • Conclude the day with Jewish and Palestinian co-existence activists at Shorashim – Roots – Judour Center, a project of dialogue and solution building between settlers and Palestinians.

  • Return to Jerusalem.

  • Dinner in a Jerusalem restaurant, followed by a processing discussion.


Overnight:  Jerusalem



Day 6: Friday, March 29

The Challenges of Power II

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Drive north of Jerusalem to Ramallah with journalist, Rami Nazzal, to discuss Palestinian suffering, the effect of occupation on Palestinian West Bank communities….as well as Palestinian culture and society.

  • Continue to the town of Taibe, for a visit to the Taibe Brewery, a family run brewery established by a Palestinian family who returned to Taibe after the 1994 Oslo Accords, with lunch.

  • Tour the Neve Ya’akov neighborhood, bordering on the Palestine Authority. Accompanied by Dr. Herschel Katz, urban planner, participants will see the security barrier and its effect on the neighborhood as well as the invisible social, economic and religious barriers between the 4 main population groups in the neighborhood.

  • Free time to enjoy Jerusalem as residents prepare for Shabbat.

  • Light Shabbat candles

  • Shabbat home hospitality dinner (small groups) with local Jerusalemites and Shabbat of Lifetime.  

  • Dinner and evening on own


Overnight:  Jerusalem.



Day 7: Shabbat, March 30

Shabbat in Jerusalem

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Morning at leisure or attend Shabbat morning services.

  • Optional afternoon Walking Tour, possibilities include The German Colony, Rehavia, Mount Zion, the Christian Quarter of the Old City.

  • The Challenges of Power, a group processing discussion.

  • Havdalah.

  • Dinner on your own and free evening in Jerusalem.


Overnight:  Jerusalem


Day 8: Sunday, March 31

Conclusions and Hope For the Future

  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Meet with Rabbanit Racheli Frenkel whose son, Naftali, was murdered by terrorists in 2014, at the hotel.

  • Visit the headquarters of Kids4Peace an interfaith youth movement for a special program with participants and staff on the challenges and triumphs of creating a community of communication and understanding in Jerusalem.

  • Free time for personal exploration.

  • Wrap up conversation.

  • Farewell Dinner with “Chefs4Peace” at the Eucalyptus restaurant

  • Depart for Ben Gurion Airport.


Overnight:  Jerusalem




Depart on return flight to the United States, arriving the same day.

** program is subject to changes