Price range
From $5260 per person
Upcoming Date
20-27 October 2022
Tour Time
8 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)
Join the Northern New Jersey Federation for a spiritual, energetic, and colorful trip to Israel. Each day will include at least one culinary activity together with local experiences that will round out your connection to the country. Meet inspiring Israel women and get to know the inspiring women in your group.

Highlights

Explore Israel's rich culinary history
Experience Israel's abundance with a community of women
Meet your Partnership Together community
Visit classic sites and secret destinations
Cost based on a minimum of 15 people. Minimum of 20 people-$4870 per person in a double room. Minimum of 25 people-$4650 per person in a double room
Single Supplement $1550

Itinerary

1 - Thursday (October 20) : Welcome to Israel!

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Activities:

  • 4:00 p.m. Gather at the hotel - Get to know your guide and share your hopes for the journey

  • "Seven Species" of Israeli cuisine in the Levinsky Market - Explore the building blocks of Israeli cuisine through the history of The Levinsky Market - taste the raw ingredients that are so central to "Israeli" cuisine. What exactly is Israeli cuisine?

  • Dinner and Conversation with Ronit Vered at Assif: Culinary Institute of Israel - Assif is a cultural center in Tel Aviv with a library, farm, gallery & cafe that encourages open discourse around local foodways and identity.

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Overnight: Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: dinner

2 - Friday (October 21) : Art and Wine

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Meet Gideon Ben Ami, founder of Pesia’s Kitchen - Pesia’s Kitchen, founded in 2011, focuses on rescuing nutritious, freshly prepared food and delivering it to those who need it most. They believe that no food should go to waste when there are so many people living in chronic hunger. For each person in the group, an additional meal will be purchased and donated through Gideon.

  • ANU Museum of the Jewish People - In June 2021, after ten years of planning and construction, the largest Jewish museum in the world opened its doors. You’re invited to join a fascinating journey that portrays the story of the Jewish people through the generations and up to the present time. The Museum represents all parts of the Jewish people and highlights the creative works and cultural riches of a variety of communities in different periods of history. This story is about all of us and each and every one of us is part of it.

  • "Friday Tradition" at Benhaim Winery - Welcoming the Sabbath with a wine experience that includes tastings and music in our unique and pleasant atmosphere. Seated around barrels or alongside our wine collections, wine is served by the glass or bottle and cheese platters are available with breads and savory spreads to the sounds of the saxophone and background music.

  • Free time

  • Option: Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market - Nachlat Binyamin, an open air market in the heart of Tel-Aviv has become synonymous with quality Israeli crafts and folk art. The market is comprised of over 100 stands representing specialty crafts and folk art in virtually every medium imaginable: wood, stone, sand, glass, ceramics, various metals with most if not all containing materials or themes found only in Israel.

  • Shabbat Dinner in a private venue

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Overnight: Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

3 - Saturday (October 22) : A Tel Aviv Shabbat

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Morning option-The Tel Aviv Museum of Art - Tel Aviv Museum of Art, envisioned and founded in 1932 by the first Mayor of Tel Aviv, Meir Dizengoff, in his private home on Rothschild Boulevard has since changed locations and developed significantly.

  • In a private setting, indulge in a Jewish Shabbat Brunch - Enjoy the variety of classic ethnic foods that are part of the Shabbat day meal. These dishes are brought directly from the homes in which the food was cooked for families that share their heritage and flavors.

  • Explore Florentine through an urban graffiti tour - Who are the people going out at night and changing the face of the neighborhood? What kind of story do these images and words tell us about the people living there? What is unique about graffiti in Israel and in Tel Aviv? We will walk through Florentine, the neighborhood of Tel Aviv best-known for graffiti art to answer these questions and many more in a dynamic and inquisitive tour.

  • Drink down a story of Israel! Cocktail Workshop - Travel the different regions of the country through the drinks. Through local spirits, quality Israeli produce, cultural design, and Israeli innovation, meet the staff of an Israeli cocktail 'start-up' and see how they translate this into amazing cocktails. Cocktails are mixed with Israeli alcohol, fruit in season, and wrapped into the Israeli story. You’ll have a chance to learn to mix the drinks as well.

  • Dinner at Gueta - On Jaffa's Jerusalem Boulevard, across from the Gesher Theater, Gueta restaurant keeps to its traditional Tripoli style of cooking, using old recipes that have been passed through generations.

  • Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Overnight: Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

4 - Sunday (October 23) : Social Innovation and Creativity

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This morning we move the clocks back one hour for Daylight Savings Time

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel with VIBE Israel's Joanna Landau - Start the day with Joanna Landau, founder of Vibe Israel, which aims to change the way Israel is perceived in global public opinion. Vibe, Israel's flagship project offers weeklong trips to Israel to online opinion leaders, generating third party endorsement of Israel's competitive advantages to millions of people worldwide

  • Throughout the morning stop at bakeries along the way

  • Workshop at Kite Pride - KitePride creates functional bags from used high quality upcycled fabrics in order to provide jobs to women and men exiting human trafficking and prostitution. In addition to learning about KitePride’s amazing work, Design your own one-of-a-kind bag and be part of the SOCIAL + ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT.

  • Travel to colorful Kuchinate: African Refugee Women’s Cooperative - Meet Julie Fisher, activist in the Refugee community, for a coffee ceremony and to hear the story of this incredible social start-up. Meet founders Diddy Mymin Kahn and Sister Aziza, who have turned the lives of refugee women around by empowering them to find their voices and regain their dignity after very difficult life circumstances.

  • Stop at Leket Israel - Volunteers go into fields to pick and gather fruits and vegetables that were not collected during the commercial harvest. We will volunteer at the logistics center to help sort and pack the collected produce in preparation for distribution to soup kitchens, food pantries, senior citizen centers, homeless shelters and other places serving those in need.

  • Visit and late lunch at Farma Cultura, an organic farm in coastal plains of Israel - Visit and lunch at Farma Cultura, an organic farm in coastal plains of Israel. The farmland is nurtured by Permaculture methods – a philosophy of agricultural ecosystems that work with nature designed to be sustainable and self-sufficient by looking at plants and animals in all their functions.

  • Michal Bitterman - Meet Michal Bitterman, CEO and founder of The Natural Step Israel which acts to promote strategic sustainability in the Israeli society, using the lens of innovation and quality. Their mission is to catalyze and ensure a systemic change to create a sustainable society in Israel that thrives within its natural surroundings.

  • Drive to the hotel and check in

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • Nea Hotel Nahariya

Overnight: Nea Hotel Nahariya
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

5 - Monday (October 24) : Cultural Tapestry

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Gentle morning hike

  • Naama Szterenlicht - Local Tonic - At the end of the hike meet Naama Szterenlicht, local tonic brewer and artisanal forager.

  • Federation Site Visit in Nahariya - Felafel lunch

  • Stop at the Akko Tunisian Synagogue - The Ohr Torah Tunian synagogue in Akko is unique even in a land of synagogues. Built by a community of Tunisian Jews from Djerba, it offers four stories of glorious mosaics and stained-glass windows both inside and out, showing a varied range of stories, plants, and animals.

  • Akko - The ancient city of Akko, on the Mediterranean, is one of the oldest ports in the world, a city shared by Jews and Muslims. Walk narrow streets past towering ramparts, deep moats, green domes, venerable synagogues, slender Muslim minarets, secret passageways. Discover the subterranean city built in the Middle Ages by the Crusaders beneath Akko. Learn about the city’s ancient history as well as its important role in Israel’s modern history.

  • Drink on the roof of Efendi Hotel with Uri Nahimas aka Uri Buri

  • Cooking Workshop with Partnership at Beit Elfarasha - At Beit Elfarasha meet the true gems of the city, the local women. This program empowers women of Akko through cooking workshops and gives visitors to the Old City of Akko

  • Nea Hotel Nahariya

Overnight: Nea Hotel Nahariya
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

6 - Tuesday (October 25) : Galilean Abundance

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • In Dir Hana join in an Olive Harvest with the women of Sindayanna of the Galilee - Sindyanna of Galilee, a female-led non-profit that actively promotes the concepts of “business for peace” and Fair Trade in Israel. Sindyanna’s premium products are sold in the international marketplace according to Fair Trade principles with the profit being channeled back locally to Arab women’s education.

  • Stop on the way at a Druze village to pick up fresh Kanafe

  • Creativity meets Creativity- The Wine Truck with Nitzan Savarski - Wine tasting and meeting with incredible wine maker Nitzan Savraski of Ahat Winery. Ahat features white wines that are made with passion and detail.

  • Lunch at Goats with the wind - At Goats with the Wind, have a magical lunch at this family-owned goat cheese farm and restaurant. Everything you will eat comes from the farm. Meet the goats and enjoy the special touches of the place.

  • Drive to Jerusalem and check into your hotel

  • Sunset walk on the Old City Ramparts - Discover the Old City on the Rampart Walls which were built in the 16th century for patrolling by the Ottomans. Today you can enjoy a bird's eye view of the old city and the surroundings.

  • Dinner on your own

  • Jerusalem- Mamilla Hotel

Overnight: Jerusalem- Mamilla Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

7 - Wednesday (October 26) : Worlds Within

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Tour Jerusalem's Old City - Tour Jerusalem’s Old City. Meet people and places of the Old City. In the Jewish Quarter uncover the layers of Jewish history from the time of the First Temple until the present day. In the Christian Quarter visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Throughout the tour explore the complexity of a city that is holy to these three major religions.

  • Encounter with Ruth Baks - Ruth is an orthodox American, who moved to Israel in the 1970's. She's a home cook, and avid baker, and is on a lifelong mission to study spices. Ruth's been to India more than 30 times. She’ll welcome us into her home then she'll guide us through the ancient alleyways of the Jewish Quarter.

  • Lunch on your own in the Old City

  • 'Shtisel' Tour- Encounter outside the box - Have a taste of the Ultra-Orthodox world-walk the streets of the ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods, get to know the people, the food, and feel the vibrations of this life. Gain a more complex appreciation for the people by listening to their music, visiting synagogues and others institutions, and seeing the unique leisure, fashion, and art this world encompasses.

  • Dinner at Hamotzi Restaurant - Israeli Master Chef winner Avi Levy combines a North African cooking style with a Jerusalem flare to create a rich kaleidoscopic of flavors using local ingredients from the nearby Machane Yehuda market.

  • Mamilla Hotel

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

8 - Thursday (October 27) : Melting Pot or Tossed Salad?

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On your final day contemplate the metaphor you will use to tell your friends and family about Israeli Cuisine-Melting Pot or Tossed Salad?

Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Speaker-Susan Weiss- "The State of the Nation for Women in Israel" - Susan Weiss, PhD. is the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Women’s Justice (CWJ). Susan has been honored with a number of awards including the Haiti Jewish Refugee Legacy Project Tikkun Olam Award (2016), Jewel Bellush Israeli Feminist Award (2013), Israel Bar Association Women in Law Award (2009), and La’Isha magazine’s “Alternative Torch-Bearer” Award (2007).

  • Explore Ashkenazic Jewish food traditions with Shmil Holland - Shmil is one of Jerusalem’s most well-known chefs whose inspiration comes from his grandmother’s stories and Eastern European recipes. Make Jerusalem Kugel in Shmil’s kitchen and talk about Ashkenazic, Sephardic, Arab, Israeli, and Jewish Food.

  • Lunch at Azura - Lunch at Azura, a family-run institution in the Iraqi section of the market, famous for its Turkish-inspired delicacies that are slow-cooked to perfection atop kerosene burners.

  • Stroll through the Mahane Yehuda Market - If you really want to get the feel for Jerusalem, Machne Yehuda Market is the place to visit. In the colorful market, you will meet people of all nationalities, religions and ages. Listen to the special stories of the stall owners.

  • Creative Reflection of the trip - Now is your opportunity to reflect on the time you’ve spent in Israel and to share the experiences, sites, and people you’ll want to remember most after you’ve returned home. With the "Kol HaOt" team, we will explore the personal meaning of Israel using colors and symbols to give ourselves and our fellow participants a visual picture of what this journey meant to us

  • Final dinner at 02

  • Group Transfer to the airport

Overnight: Group Transfer to the airport
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

FAQ

What's the weather like in Israel?

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It is always best to check the weather forecast beforehand as the weather during Spring and Fall seasons can be unexpectedly warm or cold.

Spring (late March – May): Daytime temperatures are generally very pleasant - around 65-70°F, though it can still be hot in some areas (such as the Dead Sea and Eilat). There is a slight chance of rain, but it doesn't happen often. It can be cooler in the evenings in the North and Jerusalem - approximately 45°F.

Summer (late May - late September): Temperatures are usually in the high 80s-90s. At this time of year, humidity will be highest in Tel Aviv and Tiberias. Other areas such as Jerusalem are drier and cooler, particularly at night. The desert, Masada and Eilat are extremely hot, but dry. It will almost never rain in the summer in Israel!

Fall (late September – November): Same as Spring, but the rain can begin towards the end of the season.

Winter (December - early March): Winter can be mild and sunny, or severe and overcast. There's often heavy rain and, in January and February, even snow at times! Temperatures will be in the 50s-60s most places, but in the 40s in Jerusalem and the Galilee hills, and cold at night. Pack layers and be prepared for anything!

Weekly weather forecast

Are medical and travel insurance necessary? Where can I purchase it?

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Health Insurance

It is a condition of your booking through Via Sabra / Israel4All, as well as the State of Israel, that you obtain travel health insurance which includes coverage for COVID-19.

Travel Insurance

In addition, we strongly recommend that you purchase full travel insurance which includes coverage for ‘cancellation under any circumstances and for any reason’. It is recommended to purchase insurance as soon as the booking is made, as this cover is often dependent on purchasing as close to the time of booking.

You can purchase travel insurance with our partner, Travel Insured, an experienced company and one of the largest in the industry, through this link.

Is it safe to travel in Israel?

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Yes! It is safe for you and your family to travel in Israel. The Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority (PA) have a vested interest in encouraging tourism. As a registered tour operator we receive security updates from the Home Front office and on rare occasions adjust our itineraries on their recommendations

Terms of Payment

Deposit is due immediately to secure the booking.

Balance for the trip is due no later than 45 days prior to first day of trip.

Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions here.

Cancellation Policy

Bookings can be cancelled within 48 hours, with a full refund.

Should it be necessary to cancel or postpone the tour due to force majeure circumstances, or Israeli government-imposed/air flight restrictions related to COVID-19,  a full refund may be possible, minus a $200 per person service fee.

For cancellations made:

  • Up to 45 days prior to departure, any payments made above the deposit towards the tour will be refunded. The deposit is non-refundable
  • 45 to 30 days prior to departure, 50% of the total tour cost per person will be refunded
  • 29 to 8 days prior to departure, 25% of the total tour cost per person will be refunded
  • 7 to 0 days prior to departure, the client will incur 100% of the cost of the tour

Should members of a group booking cancel their participation, their deposits cannot be applied to the balance payment of other group members.

All cancellation requests must be made in writing.

What’s Included
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide v
Transportation throughout the trip to all programmed activities v
Hotels throughout the trip v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Group transfer to the airport on departure v
Airfare v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v
Transfer from the airport on arrival - contact us to arrange info@visabra.com v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Testimonials
“Via Sabra has provided me with exceptional care and arranged creative, fun, educational and innovative tours! I recommend them unconditionally! ”
Moshe K
2019
“Trip of a lifetime It was the most interesting, delicious, fun trip that we have ever had to Israel and quite frankly, anyplace! Our tour guide brought everything alive for us and filled our days with so many adventures. Cannot recommend this enough. ”
Ariel P
2019

Early bird special - $200 off per person.

Available only between October 1-10, 2021!!

Registration for the trip will open on October 1. Fill out this form to be notified when registration for the trip opens, so you can take advantage of early bird special pricing!

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