Price range
From $4950 per person
Upcoming Date
10-18 May 2022
Tour Time
9 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Our tour leaders:

Shirel Horovitz:

Through sculpting, drawing and sound, Shirel Horovitz’s installations and performances explore the relations between cities and communities. She earned her BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, her MA from the Interdisciplinary Art Program at Tel Aviv University, and has been studying and practicing Zen-Buddhist inquiry meditation since 2007. Her works have been exhibited in museums and galleries across Israel and the US. She is currently working on new sculptures and etchings in her studio in Tel Aviv Museum of Ar

t in September 2021.

 

Rabbi Jill Borodin:

One of the first female senior rabbis in the Conservative Movement and native of Toronto, Canada, Rabbi Jill Borodin has served as the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattle, Washington since 2005.   She is a graduate of McGill University and received her Masters in Jewish education and rabbinical ordination from the Jewish  Theological Seminary in 2001.  Rabbi Borodin is fascinated by the expression of Judaism in the public sphere in Israel, the expression of Judaism in the arts and new emerging expressions of Judaism in Israel. In her free time, Rabbi Borodin loves to do art, roller blade, paddle board and cross-country ski.

Highlights

Limited time offer - Early bird special - $4950 per person in a double room (ends on September 30, 2021)
Tour Israel's art scene with a artist and educator - Shirel Horovitz
Dive in to the complexity of Israeli society through art and culture
Meet artists in their studios and galleries
Go beyond art to other cultural expressions to tell the unique story of modern Israel
Single supplement - $1500

Itinerary

1 - Tuesday (May 10) : Welcome to the Art-Up Nation

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Activities:

  • Pick up at Ben Gurion Airport

  • Pick up at Zichron Yaakov Train Station

  • Optional afternoon walk in the area

  • Festive Opening Dinner

  • Tour the hotel's galleries with Shirel Horovitz

  • Elma Hotel

Overnight: Elma Hotel
Meal Plan: dinner

2 - Wednesday (May 11) : Art and Community

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Mishkan LeOmanut, Ein Harod - Mishkan Museum of Art started out in 1937 as an “Art Corner” in a small wooden shack used as the atelier of Kibbutz Ein Harod member, the painter Haim Atar (1902-1953) – the museum’s visionary and founder. In 1948, the first section of the permanent building now called Mishkan or Home for Art was opened.

  • Time for lunch in Afula Market

  • Meet with representatives from the Culture Movement- Tnu'at Tarbut - The Culture Movement is a group of young artists and educators from across Israel devoted to social change, community revival and the creation of local and original culture. They hope to reduce social gaps, renewal of local solidarity and making Israel a better place – one brushstroke at a time. The young artists promote cultural "during-school" and "after-school" activities for youth, local art groups for adults and seniors and many other unique projects in the social and geographical periphery of Israel.

  • Wine tasting and dinner at Bat Shlomo Winery - Taste wine and hear the incredible story of the Bat Shlomo Winery and settlement, founded by Baron Edmund de Rothschild.

  • Elma Hotel - Elma Hotel

Overnight: Elma Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

3 - Thursday (May 12) : Israel's Cultural Mosaic

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Elma Hotel

  • Meet director Saeed Abu Shakra at the Umm El Fahm Art Gallery - The Umm el-Fahem Art Gallery was founded in 1996 on the initiative of local resdients and artists who wanted to bring quality contemporary art to the city and to exhibit original Arab and Palestinian art. The gallery has become an important social and cultural meeting place and has been established as an important center in the local and international culture scene.

  • Lunch at the gallery from the women of the Al Saba initiative - The El Sabar Association works to establish cultural bridge between the Arab and Jewish populations in Israel. The association promotes issues of art and culture specifically within the Arab sector but also nation wide and outside of Israel.

  • Continue to the Pyramida Art Center in Haifa - Visit Pyramida art center in Wadi Nisnas and meet with some of the leading artists - based on availability we’ll meet: Samach Shahada, Hamody Gannam, Nitzan Satt and David Behar Perahia.

  • Haifa Film Festival - Meeting with founders of the International Haifa Film Festival, the first film festival in Israel, founded in 1983. See one of the festival's films and meet a director/actor (pending availability.)

  • Dinner with local creators

Overnight: Dinner with local creators
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

4 - Friday (May 13) : What is Israeli Art?

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Tel Aviv Museum tour with Shirel Horovitz and meeting with Curator of Israeli Art - Dalit Matityahu or with museum curator Mira Lapidot - In this dynamic tour we'll figure out what makes Israeli art into what it is, and what’s it relationship with the Zionist narrative as well as the international art world. This tour through the extensive Israeli collection at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art is an amazing way to visually explore the Israeli narrative from the early 20th century until today. What is the story the Arts Establishment tells about Israeli Art?

  • Lunch on your own and time at the Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market - Visit 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.

  • Check into hotel and time to rest

  • Shivyoni Minyan for prayer or parallel text and discussion activity - Drive (prior to Shabbat entrance)

  • Shabbat Dinner at the hotel with guests

  • Rothschild 71

Overnight: Rothschild 71
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

5 - Saturday (May 14) : A Very Tel Avivi Shabbat

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Late start to the morning

  • Optional Walking tour- Art and Architecture - Tel Aviv has more Bauhaus buildings that any other city in the world, so many that it is designated by Unesco as a World Heritage Site. The buildings were designed by Bauhaus architects who immigrated to Israel from Europe in the 1930s and were influenced by the work of Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius.Some 4000 Bauhaus buildings were built in the 1930s – a development which turned the city center into a quasi "open air Bauhaus museum" and earned Tel Aviv the nickname “White City.”

  • Lunch at the hotel or in the city on your own - Guests will join lunch at the hotel

  • Havdalah on the beach

  • Walk to Jaffa for dinner at Beit kandinof - Mediterranean cuisine with unique Jaffa touches while focusing on bringing the best and the freshest products that Israel has to offer.

  • Evening walking tour of Jaffa - In Jaffa discover the ancient and modern situated side-by-side. Stroll through the alleyways of the Old City filled with artist studios as well as archaeological discoveries. Discover which Jewish and Christian stories took place in the city.

  • Rothschild 71

Overnight: Rothschild 71
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

6 - Sunday (May 15) : Design, Fashion, Technology

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Design and fashion tour with Sarah Peguine - Modern Art Tour in Tel Aviv with Sarah Peguine
    Sarah Peguine is the founder of the international art tours platform "Oh So Arty" and the co-founder of “Art Source”, the only platform of its kind giving you exclusive access to collect the best contemporary Israeli art.

  • Lunch on own in one of the cafe’s in the area of the Gan Hachashmal and Levontin neighborhood of Tel Aviv

  • Visit the Design Museum Holon - Design Museum Holon is the first museum in Israel dedicated to Design. The building of the museum was planned and designed by Israeli architect and industrial designer Ron Arad in cooperation with Bruno Asa.

  • The Israeli Center for Digital Art and meet with curators and artists - The Center for Digital Art creates a contact point between art, society, and technology. It examines the boundaries and the interrelationships between these domains – and reformulates them. It is a non-profit organization and is supported by the Municipality of Holon. As a space for public art, it constantly questions the place of art institutions in the society in which they act, and tirelessly examines the linkage between art and society, and the political and social issues emerging from the encounter between them.

  • Dinner and music at 416 Vegan Restaurant - Join Kobi Farhi for an introduction to Israeli culture through music. Enjoy dinner and live music.

  • Rothschild 71

Overnight: Rothschild 71
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

7 - Monday (May 16) : Art and the Marketplace

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Meet with Tel Aviv prize winning poet Noam Partom for a morning energizing writing workshop and a talk about her work - Winner of the Tel Aviv Prize, poet, translator and performance artist, Noam Partom is a graduate of Tel Aviv University's creative writing program, the Helicon Poetry School and the Rimon Academy for Jazz and Contemporary Music. She is the recipient of the 2015 Israeli Culture Ministry Award for Emerging Poets and the 2014 Ramat Gan Award for a debut poetry book.

  • Gallery tour with Shirel at Kiryat Ham'lacha - Kiryat Ham'lacha is a former industrial zone. Since the factories closed or moved out, many artists, designers, musicians, dancers, street artists and small business are now the heart of the neighborhood.

  • Lunch on your own at Levinsky Market - The Levinsky Market specializes in spices and Mediterranean delicacies. It is, in many ways, the best market in Tel Aviv, for its variety, freshness and special atmosphere. Whether you are looking for a rare Indian spice or some good quality saffron - this is the place. Shops offer a cornucopia of excellent cheeses, smoked fish, wines and other delicacies. Tour the market and have "tastings" throughout.

  • Afternoon studio visits, including Shirel's studio

  • Drive to Jerusalem

  • Dinner at Hatzot - Hatzot is a part of Jerusalem’s history. Two brothers, Abraham and Michael Ajami founded this landmark family restaurant in 1970. Located in one of the older neighborhoods in Jerusalem. Legend has it that Meurav Yerushalmi - the favorite Israeli mixed grill dish - was born at Hatzot Restaurant.

  • Night tour of the shuk - In the heart of Jerusalem, a bustling multi-ethnic market bursting with life, art, and flavor, a tasting tour through Machane Yehuda market is an adventure for your taste buds. Enjoy the hustle and bustle with all the rich fragrances, colors and sounds this iconic Jerusalem market offers.

  • Bezalel Hotel

Overnight: Bezalel Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner, Tasting tour

8 - Tuesday (May 17) : The Canvas of Jerusalem

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Morning Gallery tour including meeting founders, curators and artists - Galleries to be visited: Barbur Gallery, Koresh 14 Gallery, Ha’Mifal project and gallery, and the Jerusalem Artist House

  • Lunch on your own

  • Take the Jerusalem Light Rail to the next stop

  • Visit the Museum On The Seam - The Museum on the Seam is a socio-political contemporary art museum, located on the geographic seam line between East and West of Jerusalem, in the meeting point of the three religions. The Museum, in its unique way, presents art as a language with no boundaries in order to raise diverse social issues for public discussion and bridge the gaps.

  • Meet founders and directors of Mekudeshet at one of Jerusalem's rooftops or hidden gems the festival highlights or in their new space - Mekudeshet is an award-winning, cultural organization that creates original art and music to reimagine Jerusalem from a center of conflict into a laboratory for connection between people of all kinds. Meet the founder of the organization, Karen Brunwasser, and experience a taste of the work of Mekudeshet.

  • Hansen House - In 2013, Hansen house, a former leper hospital, becomes a cultural center for  Design, Media and Technology. We'll meet Yonatan Amir, co-editor of Erev Rav, located in Hansen house. The independent web journal of art, culture and society  that has been running since 2010 promoting art and art discussion, and supporting multi-cultural, democratic, pluralistic and equal discourse. With him we'll also meet Porat Solomon, founder and director of Pardes Academy - the first religious fine arts academy. We'll hear from them about art in Jerusalem and specifically about connections between the contemporary art scene and orthodox

  • Dinner on your own

  • Bezalel Hotel

Overnight: Bezalel Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast

9 - Wednesday (May 18) : Art Throughout the Ages

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Tour the Israel museum with Shirel - 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.

  • Options: - Additional time to go on own to Shrine of the Book and/or the second temple model and/or other exhibitions and/or gift shop. Or - drop off at the hotel for lunch on own in that area and shopping in the city.

  • Time to refresh and check out

  • Festive closing dinner and conversation with Rama t Rama's Kitchen - “Rama’s Kitchen” was founded by Rama Ben Zvi 22 years ago, as a unique restaurant in the Jerusalem hills. Over the years Rama’s Kitchen has become a thriving culinary landmark and is consistently ranked as one of Israel’s leading restaurants. The magnificent surroundings enhance a total and uniquely special culinary experience. The menu constitutes a confluence of contemporary western cooking techniques and traditional Arab and Mediterranean cuisine.

  • Transfer to the airport or other depending on plans

Overnight: Transfer to the airport or other depending on plans
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

FAQ

What is the situation with regard to COVID-19 in Israel?

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As COVID-19 subsides in Israel, rules for entering the country are rapidly changing. Currently, only Israeli citizens, first-degree relatives of Israeli citizens, and a limited number of tour groups are allowed into the country. The hope is that this will change as of July 1, and all those who have been vaccinated will be permitted to enter. As of now, in order to enter Israel, one must present a negative PCR test that was taken within 72 hours prior to your flight. Upon arrival in Israel, you must take another PCR test at the airport. In order to avoid the need to quarantine, if you have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 outside of Israel, you must take a serological test to determine that you have antibodies. Via Sabra can help arrange this test for you. Once the Ministry of Health receives the results of that test, you will be released from quarantine.  All of our tours are planned in accordance with the Ministry of Health guidelines. Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest updates on travel policies.

Are medical and travel insurance necessary? Where do I buy 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.

How many people are on this tour?

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Maximum of 30 guests will be allowed on this trip.

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 by December 1, 2021, with a full refund.

Full refunds or changes will be possible for cancellations made as a result of force majeure circumstances, or due to Israel-imposed governmental or air flight restrictions related to COVID-19.

Cancellations up to 45 days prior to departure, the deposit per person will be charged (non-refundable).
Cancellations between 45 to 30 days prior to departure, entail a cancellation fee of 50% of the tour cost per person.
Cancellations between 29 to 8 days prior to departure, entail a cancellation fee of 75% of the tour cost per person.
For 7 to 0 days prior to departure entail a cancellation fee of 100% of the cost of the trip
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
Laundry services once during the trip v
Maximum of 10 pounds per person
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Transportation throughout the trip to all programmed activities v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Group transfer to the airport on departure v
Hotels throughout the trip v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Airfare v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v
Testimonials
“Not only was the experience reflective of top-notch quality and superb attention to detail, you were treated like family. ”
Elizabeth
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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