Price range
From $ per person
Upcoming Date
05-12 June 2023
Tour Time
8 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)
Canadian leaders in disability services, advocates, political leaders and those with lived experience will explore Israeli disability services, sharing knowledge ,finding common learnings and bringing home new partnerships and ideas. From policy to practice, the mission will be an intense exploration of the possible through an international lens.

Itinerary

1 - Monday (June 5) : Welcome to Israel

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Activities:

  • 13:00 Gather at the hotel for the opening of the program

  • Orientation and Opening program - Review the history of the region, Disability rights in Israel, and Tel Aviv as a smart city

  • Meet and greet with Israel lead partners setting the stage

  • Sunset dinner

  • Dan Panorama Tel Aviv

Overnight: Dan Panorama Tel Aviv

2 - Tuesday (June 6) : Setting the Stage- Disability Advocacy in Context

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • "The State of the Nation" - Together with David Horovitz, a British-born Israeli journalist, author and speaker and founding editor of The Times of Israel, put disability work into the context of greater national issues.

  • Or with B'zchut- The Association for Civil Rights in Israel

  • Meet faculty for people with disabilities at Bar Ilan university

  • Sarona-short tour, shopping, lunch on own - Sarona is a renovated complex in the heart of Tel Aviv, originally a German Templar Colony, the site sits at the heart of what is a new central business district of the city, with offices and apartments surrounding the beautifully landscaped complex, in which 33 original Templar buildings dating up to more than 140 years, have been painstakingly restored, and today house boutique stores, artist galleries, quaint cafes, and some of the city’s hottest restaurants and bars.

  • Roundtable on Innovation at the Azrieli Center

  • Canadian Consulate Reception

  • Dinner at a restaurant

  • Dan Panorama Tel Aviv

Overnight: Dan Panorama Tel Aviv

3 - Wednesday (June 7) : Best Practices

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Israel Innovation Authority - Assistive Technology for the Disabled Incentive Program encourages R&D of assistive technologies for the disabled and contributes to their quality of life while easing their integration into society, the community and the labor market. These developments benefit the disabled and enable significant financial saving on social and national levels.

  • Meet Abbass Abbass at Caesarea - Abbass Abbass is founder and CEO of AlManarah, The Association for the Advancement of Persons with Disabilities in Arab Society, was established in 2005 with the aim of empowering people with disabilities

  • Caesarea National Park - Thanks to technology, Caesarea National Park is the first national park in Israel to be accessible to the blind. The Caesarea Development Company has launched an application that allows the blind to enjoy the variety of attractions located at the archeological site, as part of improving and upgrading accessibility in the port of Caesarea

  • Site visit: Beit Issie Shapiro - Beit Issie Shapiro is Israel’s leading developer and provider of innovative therapies and state-of-the-art services for children and adults across the entire range of disabilities impacting on over half a million people annually.

  • Site visit: AKIM Israel - AKIM Israel is the Israeli national organization for people with intellectual disabilities and their families, operating as a person-centered organization.

  • Dinner in small groups with Roim Rachok - Ro'im Rachok is a program designed to train young adults with high-functioning autism in professions by the Israel Defense Forces. Qualified young adults, who want to volunteer for service in the IDF or integrate into the job market, are taught professions for which they have a comparative advantage.

  • Dan Panorama Tel Aviv

Overnight: Dan Panorama Tel Aviv

4 - Thursday (June 8) : Living on the Edge

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel - Check out and depart towards the south

  • Coffee at Gvanim b’café, a coffee shop, event center, and culinary service provider in Ashkelon that employs adults with mental illness - Meet the following professionals:
    -Ada Azuz- head of the accessible community in Ashkelon
    -Michal Ben Dov- Israel Unlimited- how people with disabilities deal with the emergency situations
    -Michal Topaz, Founder of Kelim Shloovim & Gvanim B'café Michal is the Executive Director of Shikum Acher (providing people challenged by mental disorders with tools to realize their potential) and Rehabilitative Manager at Gvanim.

  • Stop at the Peace Wall at Moshav Netiv HaAsara - Meet Tsamaret Zamir, an artist and the creator of the project who will talk about life in the moshav in the shadow of the ongoing security situation – and about the hope of a good and peaceful future. Choose a colorful optimistic tile on which to write a personal wish and later glue to the border wall.

  • Lunch TBD

  • Continue to Aleh Negev - The ADI Negev-Nahalat Eran Rehabilitation Village was named in memory of Eran Almog, the late son of Didi and Major General (Res.) Doron Almog. Fueled by his love for Eran, who was born with severe autism and intellectual disabilities, Doron Almog guided the creation of an expansive residential and rehabilitative complex in Israel’s south that has become a home and family for more than 150 children and young adults with severe disabilities and complex medical conditions, and provides a host of rehabilitative solutions for individuals from all backgrounds and levels of need.

  • Beer Sheva Autism Research Center

  • Dinner on the way to Jerusalem

  • Inbal Hotel

Overnight: Inbal Hotel

5 - Friday (June 9) : Jerusalem-Holy to All

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Old City Walking Tours - 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 Sepulchre. View the Temple Mount. Throughout the tour explore the complexity of a city that is holy to these three major religions.

  • Shabbat Dinner at the hotel

  • Roundtable with Israeli advocates and service partners

  • Inbal Hotel

Overnight: Inbal Hotel

6 - Saturday (June 10) : Shabbat Shalom

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Optional: Israel museum - Visit the unique collections and expansive grounds of the Israel Museum, the country’s national museum. Linger over the renowned international and Israeli art, the world’s most complete Judaica collections and the charming Billy Rose Sculpture Garden. You can also visit the Shrine of the Book, home to the exceptional archaeological finds of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other rare ancient manuscripts.

  • Optional: Neighborhood Walking Tours

  • Shabbat lunch TBD

  • Host visits with peers in small groups- through Present Tense

  • Havdalah

  • Dinner on your own

  • Inbal Hotel

Overnight: Inbal Hotel

7 - Sunday (June 11)

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Inbal Hotel

Overnight: Inbal Hotel

8 - Monday (June 12)

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

Overnight: Breakfast at the hotel

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.

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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