Price range
From $ per person
Upcoming Date
29-10 July 2022
Tour Time
12 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Emergent Israel Group Tour to Israel

Led by: 

Rabbi Noa Kushner, The Kitchen San Francisco,

Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann, Mishkan Chicago,

Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum, Kavana Cooperative of Seattle

 

 

Highlights

A Journey through Israeli Society: People and Communities, Center and Periphery
Jerusalem Between East and West, Ancient and Renewal, Geopolitical, Social and Cultural
Personal meetings with Knesset members, senior officials and entrepreneurs
Celebrate Shabbat with the Reform and Pluralistic Congregations in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem
Travel along Israel-Palestinian Authority Seam Line. Meet local leaders, businesses and social initiatives for coexistence

Itinerary

1 - Wednesday (June 29) : Welcome to Israel - B'ruchim Haba'im

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“The great journey of transformation begins with the acknowledgment that we need to make it. It is not something we are undertaking for amusement, nor even for the sake of convention; rather, it is a spiritual necessity. And our need to be more conscious—to awaken from the deep dream that has held us in its thrall—is always there”
― Alan A. Lew, This Is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared: The Days of Awe as a Journey of Transformation

Activities:

  • Arrival at Ben Gurion airport - After arrival and collecting your baggage, and doing any required COVID testing, you will be taken to meet your driver. We will coordinate transfers from the airport to Jerusalem based on arrival times.

  • Transfer to Jerusalem hotel

  • Gather to toast the beginning of the trip and to say Shehechiyanu - Take the opportunity to set the stage, get to know one another, and talk about our hopes and goals for this journey.

  • Dinner at Offaime Restaurant at Hansen House - At Offaime Restaurant you are invited to savor the food and take part in the move to flavorful, organic, and environmentally conscious agriculture. The restaurant focuses on handmade produce that is crafted slowly using traditional techniques to create food that is tasty and healthy and packaged with complete respect for the environment and for the people who take part in the creative process. The restaurant's unique setting in Beit Hansen brings another element to the experience - it sits in one of the first hospitals established in Jerusalem in the mid-19th century, by the Joint Anglican-German Protestant Community in Jerusalem.

  • Jerusalem- Harmony Hotel

Overnight: Jerusalem- Harmony Hotel
Meal Plan: dinner

2 - Thursday (June 30) : The Flavors and the Spices of Jerusalem

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • From the Haas Promenade take in a wide view of Jerusalem's Old and New Cities - See Jerusalem's complex geography, strategic setting, and beauty and begin the conversation about Jerusalem's centrality to Islam, Christianity, and Islam.

  • Walk the Ramparts of the Old City beginning at the Jaffa Gate and walk north around the Christian and Muslim Quarters, descending at the Damascus gate. - The Rampart Walls were built in the 16th century for patrolling by the Turkish. After viewing the city from afar, begin to zoom in by getting a bird's eye view.

  • Descend the Ramparts into the Muslim Quarter - The Muslim Quarter is the largest of the Old City’s quarters and has been home to Palestinian Arabs for centuries. Here you’ll find the Temple Mount, revered by three faiths; a bustling Arab souk in the Byzantine-era roofed alleys; and numerous cathedrals, churches, and mosques.

  • Together with a Muslim guide, visit the Temple Mount - The Temple Mount, also known to Muslims as the Haram esh-Sharif and the Al Aqsa Compound is a hill located in the Old City of Jerusalem that for thousands of years has been venerated as a holy site, in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam alike.

  • Tasting tour lunch in the Muslim Quarter - Together with a Palestinian chef, visit family businesses that have been in the old city for generations, taste the unique flavors of the Arab quarter, from tehina to coffee to hummus.

  • Continue to the Jewish Quarter with a stop at the Kotel - The Jewish Quarter is best known for the Western Wall, but there’s a lot more to see and do here. See archaeological finds from First and Second Temple periods, Roman ruins, and vibrant synagogues, learning institutions which jostle for space in these busy stone streets. The central plaza offers an excellent place to contemplate the power this quarter holds for so many.

  • Time for dinner on your own at Machane Yehuda Market - In the heart of Jerusalem, a bustling multi-ethnic market bursting with life, art, and flavor, a tasting tour through Mahane 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.

  • “Outside the Box Encounters” Tours are a part of a unique social venture that facilitates encounters between the secular and the Orthodox societies in Israel and allows access to a close yet distant world - Meet the Ultra-Orthodox world up close-walk the streets of the ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods, get to know the people, the food, and feel the vibrations of this life. On a busy Thursday night, when people are preparing for Shabbat, gain a more complex appreciation for the people by listening to their music, visiting synagogues, various institutions, seeing unique leisure, fashion, and art this world encompasses, and, of course by eating freshly baked challah.

  • Jerusalem-Harmony Hotel

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

3 - Friday (July 1) : Bringing in Shabbat with a Day of Multiple Perspectives

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Morning yoga with Yoga Synagogue ah - Yoga Synagogue Ah followers find themselves all over Jerusalem practicing yoga in inspirational settings. Join the group's founder, Laura Gilinski, for a session to guide you into Shabbat.

  • Text study at Pluralistic Beit Midrash at The Hinam Center - Hinam promotes social tolerance through significant, in-depth meetings between people from different identities. Engage in text study with Jewish, Muslim, and Christian participants in Hinam's Beit Midrash.

  • Lunch at Majda restaurant - Majda is a restaurant in the Jerusalem Hills village of Ein Rafa, famous for its innovative fusion cuisine, beautiful property and views from its rooftop and an appearance on Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. The menu is full of creative local dishes all prepared by Yakub and Michal, the Arab-Jewish couple who own Majda.

  • Afternoon at leisure. Rest, relax and refresh before Shabbat

  • Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Tamar Elad-Applebaum and Kehilat Zion, an Eretz Israeli Community in Jerusalem - Rabbi Tamar Elad Appelbaum is the founder of Kehilat Zion, which is an emerging community of Israeli Jews of all backgrounds, beliefs, customs, and practices, gathering together to re-dream Jerusalem as a meeting point for all. Men and women, Orthodox and secular, Reform and Conservative, Sepharadi and Ashkenazi are all welcome to participate and lead in an egalitarian Eretz-Yisraeli community.

  • Shabbat dinner at hotel or with community

  • Jerusalem-Harmony Hotel

Overnight: Jerusalem-Harmony Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

4 - Saturday (July 2) : Shabbat Yerushalmit

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Once I sat on the steps by a gate at David's Tower,
I placed my two heavy baskets at my side. A group of tourists
was standing around their guide and I became their target marker. "You see
that man with the baskets? Just right of his head there's an arch
from the Roman period. Just right of his head." "But he's moving, he's moving!"
I said to myself: redemption will come only if their guide tells them,
"You see that arch from the Roman period? It's not important: but next to it,
left and down a bit, there sits a man who's bought fruit and vegetables for his family."
From Tourists, by Yehuda Amichai

Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Optional: Shabbat services at various congregations in Jerusalem - A few options for Saturday morning services - we can discuss if the community wishes to daven together.
    - Kehilat Kol HaNeshama (Reform)
    - Shir Hadasha (German colony) (partnership minyan)
    - Kehillat Ma’ayanot (Masorti)

  • Lunch at the hotel

  • "Poetry will go forth from Zion" including Shabbat picnic lunch - Magical and mysterious Jerusalem has always attracted writers, poets, and intellectuals, who in their words made it Jerusalem on Gold. We will join for a walking tour of Yemin Moshe, Mishkenot Sha'ananim and Abu Tor neighborhoods to them through the eyes and poetry of Yehuda Amichai (from Poems of Jerusalem) and Mahmoud Darwish (“In Jerusalem”).

  • Come together for Seudat shlishit picnic

  • Havdallah

  • Evening and dinner on your own

  • Jerusalem - Harmony Hotel

Overnight: Jerusalem - Harmony Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, Seudat Shlishit

5 - Sunday (July 3) : Jerusalem - City on the Seam Line

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FOR THE LOVE OF JERUSALEM - TWO VIEWPOINTS

Let my right hand forget me,
let my beloved's eyes,
my brother and my only friend
all forget me.

If I remember not
that the God of Urushalim
lies heavily on [the chest of]
our land,
squeezing honey and milk
out of drops of our blood,
to live
and hatch out monsters.

- The God of Urushalim2, by Mu'in Bseiso

If I forget thee, Jerusalem,
Then let my right be forgotten.
Let my right be forgotten,
and my left remember
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Should my right forget,
My left shall forgive
I shall forget all water,
I shall forget my mother.

If I forget thee, Jerusalem,
Let my blood be forgotten.
I shall touch your forehead,
Forget my own
My voice change
For the second and last time
To the most terrible of voices -
Or silence.

-If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem, by Yehuda Amichai

Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Today we will be joined by Riman Barakat - Riman holds graduate degrees in the fields of Middle Eastern Studies and International Affairs. In 2011, she completed The Fulbright Program at Marquette University in Wisconsin. Riman aspires to enrich knowledge of Palestine, and to see its real face through visiting the places and meeting its people.

  • Meeting with the New Israel Fund TBD - New Israel Fund has put in motion a plan to ease tensions in Israel and to repair and bridge the divide by working with existing organizations, grassroots movements and regular people to calm tensions, rebuild trust, and reach a brighter shared future.

  • Narrated tour on the Jerusalem Light Rail along the city's urban seam line - The Seam Line is a-7 kilometer route that crossed Jerusalem between 1948 and the Six Day War in 1967. The seam line runs between the north-east part of Jerusalem and the western part. Explore the hidden beauty that is revealed the mixed areas and the contexts of conflict of Jerusalem. We will explore the issues that arise along the way. You'll pass through Jewish and Arab neighborhoods with stops ranging from Shuafat Refugee Camp to Mount Herzl. We will be joined by Riman and will have an opportunity to discuss this tour at the end.

  • Visit 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.

  • Tour of East Jerusalem with Riman Barakat - We will continue our day with Riman Barakat. With a wide spectrum of a network in the Business, Entrepreneurship and Start-Up Fields in Palestine, Riman will take you through East Jerusalem from an insider's point of view.

  • Conversation with Daniel Seidemann and Mahmoud Muna - At Muna's bookstore at the American Colony Hotel, engage in conversation with these two friends about their lives, challenges, and joys in Jerusalem.

  • Dinner at a restaurant TBD

  • Jerusalem - Harmony Hotel

Overnight: Jerusalem - Harmony Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

6 - Monday (July 4) : Jewish Peoplehood and Democratic Israel

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Study session at the Shalom Hartman Institute - The Shalom Hartman Institute is a leading center of Jewish thought and education. The institute aims to strengthen Jewish peoplehood, identity, and pluralism, enhance the Jewish and democratic character of Israel; and to ensure that Judaism is a compelling force for good in the 21st century. Our visit will include meeting with Institute's President, Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, and with senior leadership.Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman is the President of the Shalom Hartman Institute and holds the Kaufman Family Chair in Jewish Philosophy. Dr. Hartman is the founder of some of the most extensive education, training and enrichment programs for scholars, educators, rabbis, and religious and lay leaders in Israel and North America. He is a prominent essayist, blogger and lecturer on issues of Israeli politics, policy, Judaism, and the Jewish community. Hartman has a Ph.D. in Jewish philosophy from Hebrew University, an M.A in political philosophy from New York University, an M.A. in religion from Temple University, and Rabbinic ordination from the Shalom Hartman Institute.

  • Yad Vashem tour guided by Dr. Rachel Korazim - Visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s National Memorial to the Holocaust with scholar, Dr. Rachel Korazim, who will offer us a distinctly Israeli take on the meaning and implications of the Holocaust through the stories she has lived and taught for a lifetime. Dr. Korazim is a Jewish educator and consultant in curriculum development for Israel and Holocaust education.

  • Lunch and touring in Ein Kerem - Tucked into the hills of Jerusalem is the biblical Ein Kerem, whose name means "the spring in the vineyard." Step into another world while you visit this quaint neighborhood.

  • Free time

  • Visit and dinner at Mekudeshet's new space- Feel Beit - 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. Mekudeshet promotes a city for all residents of Jerusalem--Israelis, Palestinians, Christians, Jews, Muslims, religious and secular--to enjoy basic rights, including the right to self-definition and equality.

  • Jerusalem - Harmony Hotel

Overnight: Jerusalem - Harmony Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

7 - Tuesday (July 5) : Things that you see from here, you don't see from there

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • This morning we will begin our day and head to Hebron

  • Spend the day with Breaking the Silence - Breaking the Silence (Shovrim Shtika) is an organization of veteran soldiers who have served in the Israeli military since the start of the Second Intifada and have taken it upon themselves to expose the Israeli public to the reality of everyday life in the West Bank. It endeavors to stimulate public debate about the price paid for a reality in which young soldiers face a civilian population on a daily basis, and are engaged in the control of that population’s everyday life.

  • Dinner on your own

  • Desert and Debrief Session - As we have now been together for nearly a week, this will be a particularly good day and time to come together to talk over coffee and dessert about where we started and where we are now after hearing multiple perspectives in a number of different areas in and around Jerusalem.

  • Jerusalem- Harmony

Overnight: Jerusalem- Harmony
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

8 - Wednesday (July 6) : A Tale of Two Cities: Prosperity, Education and Innovation

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Activities:

  • Breakfast and checkout of the hotel

  • Today you will be joined by a Palestinian Guide - As we make our way from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, today we will have an opportunity to see two cities, hear different perspectives, and understand what life is like in these very different, yet similar, communities.

  • Travel to Kfar Qassem

  • Kfar Qassem- To what extent are we able to articulate the Abrahamic vision in Israel? - Visit the Israeli-Arab town with a difficult history mixed with a desire to be included in the fabric of Israeli society.

  • In the Israeli-Arab city of Kfar Qasem, visit Moona - Space for a Change - Moona - Space for a Change began in 2014 by entrepreneur and former combat pilot, Asaf Brimer, as an extracurricular program where Jewish and Arab Israeli high school students get acquainted while learning technologies related to space exploration –robotics, drones, 3D printing and electronics. Since then, Moona has expanded and added advanced vision and IoT technologies to the curriculum, plus job-specific training for young adults in coordination with high-tech businesses looking to hire. “Moona” means “wish” in Arabic. Visit Moona center in Kfar Qasem to see how together hi-tech industry and the local municipality it makes the change in young adults lives in training them to become leaders in the technological world.

  • Continue to Ariel, known as the Capital of Samaria, including lunch - The city of Ariel was established in 1978 by 40 pioneering families on the Samarian Hills. Since 1978 Ariel’s residents have embodied an authentic pioneering spirit – turning the topographic, geographic and inter-populational challenges of their environment into a breeding ground for innovation and opportunity.
    Today we will have an opportunity to explore Ariel’s businesses, academic and social start-ups and to hear on life side-by-side with Palestinian Arab neighbors creating a positive ecosystem that promotes mutual growth in the region.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv and check into the hotel

  • Tel Aviv-Market House - Check into Market House hotel in Jaffa

  • Dinner on your own

  • Overnight - Market House Hotel

Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

9 - Thursday (July 7) : Let me take you by the hand and take you to the street of Tel Aviv

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Multiple Narratives Tour with Palestinian and Israeli guide in Old Jaffa - Tour Old Jaffa, one of the most ancient port cities in Israel and the Mediterranean basin. This is the port from which prophet Jonah attempted to escape the word of God (Jonah 1:3). For centuries, the port of Jaffa was the gateway to the Land of Israel. Today Jaffa is a mixed city, where Jews and Arabs live alongside each other. Tel Aviv, Jaffa's much younger sister, was established centuries later, in the year 1909, but the two were united into one municipality already in 1949, yet each part kept its unique feel and atmosphere.
    On a walk through 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 Boulevard - Rothschild Boulevard was one of the first streets to be built in the city of Tel Aviv a little over 100 years ago. In the heart of the “White City”, it is lined with Tel Aviv’s iconic architecture, the Bauhaus style, which led to its recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Many of these buildings have been beautifully restored and now house the offices of financial institutions, creative firms, cafes and luxury residences.

  • Time for lunch on your own

  • 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.

  • Dinner at a restaurant with Rani Jaeger - Dr. Rani Jaeger is a Research Fellow of the Kogod Research Center and head of the recently formed Tanakh Initiative at the Shalom Hartman Institute. He was one of the founders of the Institute’s Be’eri Program for Pluralistic Jewish-Israeli Identity Education. We will enjoy a lively dinner with interesting conversation.

  • Tel Aviv-Market House

Overnight: Tel Aviv-Market House
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

10 - Friday (July 8) : The City that Never Sleeps prepares for Shabbat

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Optional: Visit South Tel Aviv with BINA - The Jewish Movement for Social Change - BINA means “Wisdom” in Hebrew. It is also a Hebrew acronym from a poem by Israel’s national poet, Chaim Nachman Bialik, for: Home for the Creation of a Nation’s Soul, meaning a nation which embodies the Jewish values; pluralism, social justice, social solidarity, democracy and peace.
    BINA is an Israeli-born movement at the intersection of Jewish education and social activism. BINA works to advance democracy, pluralism and justice in Israel and the Jewish world through limud (study), ma’ase (action) and kehilla (community), emphasizing Jewish culture and values of tikkun olam (repairing the world).
    Tour South Tel Aviv and Neve Sha'anan neighborhood, a microcosm of Israel. In recent years, Israel has seen a significant rise in non-Jewish immigrants such as migrant workers, asylum-seekers and refugees, presenting new challenges to the Jewish State. With our own eyes we will see how diverse groups have left their impact on Israel and on the neighborhood,

  • Optional: Tour South Tel Aviv with founder of Consortium for Israel and the Asylum Seekers - Tour South Tel Aviv with Julie Fisher, founder of Consortium for Israel and the Asylum Seekers.
    The Consortium for Israel and the Asylum Seekers was created as a response to the humanitarian situation in the asylum-seeking community in Israel and has become a leading voice in the struggle to create a viable and fair resolution both for Israel and for the asylum-seeking population.
    Julie Fisher worked extensively in the field of education as educational consultant, curriculum specialist, and social media educator. Julie arrived in Tel Aviv with her husband, Daniel Shapiro, and their three children in the summer of 2011. In her role as the spouse of the US Ambassador, she engaged with educational, medical, and philanthropic institutions around Israel and supported the programming of the US Embassy in these areas. She took a personal interest in the safety and care of underprivileged children in childcare settings in South Tel Aviv and worked with NGOs and other partners to improve the conditions through fundraisers and hands-on repair projects.

  • Lunch on your own

  • Stroll Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market - Nachalat Binyamin is the most colorful and artistic of the streets of Tel Aviv. Notice the unique architecture that represents the spirit of the 1920’s, and what became of the buildings nearly a century later – deterioration and renovation. The street is a main arena for street art as well, and we will explore some of the key artists and their place in the big city.

  • Beit Tefila Yisraeli - Kabbalat Shabbat - Welcome Shabbat at the Tel Aviv Port with Beit Tefilah Israeli in a prayer that combines the old and the modern, sunset and music.

  • Gather together for Shabbat dinner either at the hotel or with the Beit Tefila community

  • Tel Aviv - Market House

Overnight: Tel Aviv - Market House
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

11 - Saturday (July 9) : Shabbat shel Tel Aviv

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Optional: Morning Shabbat with Minyan Shivyoni TLV - Spend Shabbat morning with Minyan Shivyoni Tel Aviv, an open egalitarian community and minyan in the heart of Tel Aviv

  • Optional: Tel Aviv Synagogues Walking Tour - The First Hebrew city opened its gates in the early 19th century to Jews from all over the world. Many of them maintained religious character of their original countries. Every neighborhood has a synagogue and and in most cases several synagogues - depending on the mix of residents,. Some of these synagogues are still active in the city till today. This morning we will have a special opportunity to peak into synagogues at Kerem Hateimanim, Neve Tzedek and other neighborhoods and to hear their unique stories.

  • Optional: Enjoy Shabbat on the beach

  • Havdallah

  • Drink down a story of Israel! - As our trip comes to its end we 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 Tishrei, 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 TBD

  • Tel Aviv-Market House

Overnight: Tel Aviv-Market House
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner, Arak Effect attached to dinner

12 - Sunday (July 10) : The Culture of Tel Aviv-Jaffa

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Peres Center for Peace and Innovation - The Peres Center for Peace and Innovation is a leading non-profit and non-governmental organization focused on developing and implementing unique and cutting-edge programs. The center presents the incredible story of Israel, the "innovation nation", and showcases the diverse fields and people behind Israeli innovation.

  • When in Tel Aviv, do as the Tel Avivians do! - Explore the Capital of Cool with locals artists, photographers, musicians who will introduce you to their very own Tel-Aviv; their studios, favorite café and their friends.

  • Afternoon at leisure for rest and relax

  • Check out and depart hotel for final dinner

  • Tour and dinner at Asif: Culinary Institute of Israel - Asif is a non-profit organization and culinary center in Tel Aviv dedicated to cultivating and nurturing Israel’s diverse and creative food culture. As food is becoming a new language to talk about Israel, this seems the perfect culmination of our journey through Israel and its many voices.

  • Depart for Ben Gurion airport

  • VIP assistance at the airport - We will offer group transportation to Ben Gurion

Overnight: VIP assistance at the airport
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

FAQ

What happens if I need medical attention in Israel?

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The level of medical care provided in Israel, as well as the facilities available, rank up top with the very best in Europe or the United States. There are excellent hospitals in all the major cities and many hotels have a doctor on call. It is required to purchase insurance that includes coverage for medical emergencies (including COVID-19 coverage). For information about travel insurance, please click here.

How do I access the internet during my trip?

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Most hotels in Israel have free Wi-Fi available for hotel guests and many restaurants offer complimentary Wi-Fi as well. The city of Tel Aviv offers a city wide free Wi-Fi network, providing 80 free "hotspots" across the city. Other than that - please check your roaming services and international plan before using your cellular data abroad. 

General guide for tipping

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Tips are not included in the cost of a tour and are always at your discretion. Having said that, in Israel, it is customary to add a gratuity of 15-20% at a restaurant and to tip your guide and driver. For all groups ranging from 2-6 people, it is suggested that you tip the tour guide $70 -$100 (from the group) per day. For groups larger than 8, it is recommended to tip $8-$12 per person, per day + 50% for your bus driver. Please note! Unless stated otherwise, on our group tours, the hotels, restaurants with meals included and serving staff is being generously tips by our staff - on your behalf. If you are not sure, check with your guide or operator for further details.

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. $200 per person service fee, will not be refunded. 

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. In that case, $200 per person service fee will not be refunded.

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
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide and transportation v
VIP services upon arrival & departure v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Airfare v
PCR testing (when required) v
COVID-19 testing (when required) v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v
Tips for tour guides and drivers 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
“Via Sabra's November 2019 tour "In Search of Israeli Cuisine" was fantastic. It combined learning about the places we visited with learning about and tasting the cuisine of these places. Many of the destinations were unusual; all were fascinating. Our guide Orit Levi's knowledge, enthusiasm, and charm enhanced the experience,”
Joan T
2019

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