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Price range
From $3,200 per person
Upcoming Date
15 Jul 2024 - 22 Jul 2024
Tour Time
8 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)
Whether you have been to Israel many times before or this is your first time our JCRC Study Tour will be unlike any trip you have ever experienced. Over the course of eight days, we will both bear witness to the devastation unleashed by Hamas and also be inspired by the resilience of the Israeli people. In our travels to Jerusalem, the communities on the Gaza border, Tel Aviv, and up north we will spend time not just touring, but engaging with a diverse array of people, who identify as Jewish, Bedouin, Druze, Christian, and Palestinian. Each of their stories will add a deeper level of complexity and understanding of this most misunderstood region and conflict. Led by Muki Jankelowitz, who has guided the JCRC’s three prior study tours of Israel, we promise that our time in Israel will be one that you never forget and inspire you to engage even deeper upon your return home.

Important Information:

Single Supplement $750
Travel Insurance required- JCRC recommends travelers use Travel Guard- https://www.travelguard.com/

Itinerary

1 - Monday ( July 15 ) : Welcome to Israel - Thank you for coming

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Activities:

  • Arrive by 5:35 p.m. at Ben Gurion Airport

  • Transfer to Jerusalem

  • Orientation and Ice Breakers - Meeting room at the hotel

  • Dinner on your own

  • Ibis Styles Jerusalem City Center

Overnight: Ibis Styles Jerusalem City Center
Meal Plan: No meals included

2 - Tuesday ( July 16 ) : Bearing Witness in the Gaza Envelope

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Depart south to the Gaza Envelope "Otef Aza"

  • Lookout and geo-political brief - Stop at key lookout point for an in-depth discussion of the complexity of the Gaza Border situation.

  • Osi Lankri Culinary Queen Catering Ofakim - Recognized as one of Ofakim's "Culinary Queens," Osi invites you to savor a home-cooked meal in her beautiful home. While enjoying the culinary experience, listen to her personal stories about life in the Envelope, her birthplace and hometown. Gain insights into how the October 7th attack affected her home, family, and neighborhood.

  • Meet soldiers at Shuva Achim Hospitality tent - What started as a field hospital at the beginning of the war in Moshav Shuva, turned into an incredible refreshment spot for soldiers, where they give out clothes, goodies and hot meals to the soldiers serving the in the Gaza Envelope. The name "Shuva Achim" means in Hebrew return brothers (and sisters) - praying that all soldiers will return home peacefully. You will help with what is needed, meet soldiers for a casual talk and show your appreciation.

  • Stop at the Super Nova Festival Memorial Site - At Re'im Forest stop and bear witness to the tragedy of the Nova Festival.

  • At Netiv Ha'asara, visit the Peace Wall - Netiv Ha'asara was one of the hardest hit kibbutz' on October 7. Stop at the Peace Wall facing the Gaza border and talk about what it means to live in the area and promote peace.

  • Return to Jerusalem

  • Dinner on your own

  • Ibis Styles Jerusalem City Center

Overnight: Ibis Styles Jerusalem City Center
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

3 - Wednesday ( July 17 ) : Jerusalem- Holy to All

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Political briefing with Haviv Gur - Haviv Rettig Gur is a veteran Israeli-American journalist and analyst and serves as The Times of Israel’s senior analyst. He has reported from over 20 countries and lectures on Israeli politics, the US-Israel relationship, the peace process, modern Jewish history and identity, and Israel-diaspora relations. Gur is one of the most thought-provoking and detailed analysts of our time.

  • The Mount of Olives - The Mount of Olives offers a panoramic lookout over the city. There are countless Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions about Mt. Olives, including that from here the Messiah will come, and from here the dead will be resurrected in the vision of the End of Days. Enjoy a beautiful lookout of the Holy Basin, the old and new city of Jerusalem.

  • Garden of Gethsemane and Church of All Nations - At the foot of the Mount of Olives, the Church of All Nations, or Basilica of the Agony, is built over the rock where Jesus is believed to have prayed in agony the night before his crucifixion. Inside, the atmospheric church is kept in semi-darkness, to reflect the somber and sobering location.

  • The Temple Mount - Also known to Muslims as al Haram el-Sharif and the Al Aqsa Compound, where you can see the impressive 7th-century oldest extant Islamic monument, the Dome of the Rock. Learn about its religious significance for Jews, Muslims and also Christians, its history, and the sensitive political weight it has today.

  • Lunch on your own in the Old City

  • Tour the Old City - Tour Jerusalem’s Old City and meet the people and places that make this place so unique. 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, and, if conditions permit, visit the one of the holiest Muslim sites, the Temple Mount. Throughout the tour explore the complexity of a city that is holy to these three major religions.

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

  • Ibis Styles Jerusalem City Center

Overnight: Ibis Styles Jerusalem City Center
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

4 - Thursday ( July 18 ) : Leadership in Times of War

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Meet Knesset Members

  • Continue to the Israel Museum- time for lunch on your own - 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.

  • Meet members of Zaka - ZAKA is Israel’s dominant non-governmental rescue and recovery organization, with over 3,000 volunteers deployed around the country, on call 24/7 to respond to any terror attack, disaster or accident immediately, professionally and with the necessary equipment. ZAKA works in close cooperation with all the emergency services and security forces and was critical to the rescue work of October 7.

  • Dinner on your own

  • Ibis Styles Jerusalem City Center

Overnight: Ibis Styles Jerusalem City Center
Meal Plan: breakfast

5 - Friday ( July 19 ) : Memory and History

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Meeting with Parents Circle Family Forum - The Parents Circle-Families Forum is a grassroots organization of Palestinian and Israeli families who have lost immediate family members due to the conflict. The PCFF operates under the principle that a process of reconciliation is a prerequisite for achieving a sustained peace.

  • Visit the museum at Yad Vashem, Israel’s National Memorial to the Holocaust - Tour this memorial to the darkest moment in the world and Jewish history, its children’s memorial, and exquisite gardens. Yad Vashem is an unforgettable place of tribute and remembrance.

  • Continue to Mount Herzl - As Israel’s national cemetery, Mount Herzl is the final resting place of leaders of Zionism and Israel, including Yitzhak Rabin and Herzl himself, and of thousands of soldiers killed defending the State of Israel. At Mount Herzl you will find a moving monument to the 28,000-odd soldiers and civilians killed in combat or by terrorism since the founding of the state.

  • 9/11 Living Memorial Plaza - Visit the memorial monument that takes the form of an American flag transforming into a flame at the tip, with a metal remnant from ground zero embedded at the base. Discuss the U.S.-Israel Relationship.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv - Check into your hotel

  • Optional Kabbalat Shabbat at the Tel Aviv Port - Overlooking the Mediterranean, join the musical pre-Shabbat services that bring together all kinds of Israelis.

  • Shabbat Dinner

  • Tal Hotel, Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tal Hotel, Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

6 - Saturday ( July 20 ) : Tel Aviv- Old-New City

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Old Jaffa - Explore the enchanting charm of Old Jaffa, where ancient and modern are situated side-by-side and where people of all faiths meet. Jaffa is one of the most ancient port cities in the Mediterranean basin. Visit Jaffa Port, which for centuries 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, but the two were united into one municipality already in 1949, yet each part kept its unique feel and atmosphere. visit vibrant artist studios as well as archeological discoveries, while exploring the rich tapestry of cultures and history that defines this timeless Mediterranean gem.

  • Jaffa Stories and Coffee - You're warmly invited into the home of Doris Hiffawi to hear about her life as a Christian Arab living in Jaffa. Over coffee brewed by her family and Arabic sweets, she'll talk about whether the Jewish, Muslim and Christian populations interact or merely live side by side. We'll also find out how female entrepreneurs like Doris are bringing change to this socio-economically deprived neighborhood.

  • Lunch - On your own

  • Free time to enjoy the beach

  • Graffiti Tour - What stories do these images and words tell about the what has happened in Israel since October 7? What social issues are reflected in the art on the walls? What is unique about graffiti in Israel and Tel Aviv specifically? In this dynamic tour through Florentin, Tel Aviv's best-known neighborhood for graffiti, you will answer these questions, share your interpretations, and gain an appreciation for this expressive form of art.

  • Visit to The square of the Kidnapped and Missing in front of the Tel Aviv Art Museum. - See the powerful art created by various artists and meet families of the kidnapped. Show support and shine a spotlight on the importance of rescuing the lives of those abducted to Gaza. (Hopefully, by the time of this mission, all of the hostages will have been released and back home with their families.)

  • Dinner on your own

  • Tal Hotel, Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tal Hotel, Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

7 - Sunday ( July 21 ) : Shared Citizenship

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Visit Minneapolis' Partnership in Rehovot - Including lunch

  • Shared Society- The Bedouin Community - Visit Rahat or another Bedouin Village and meet youth who are part of the Desert Stars Program which is building a generation of Bedouin leaders to promote a thriving Bedouin community and a strong Israeli society. The project empowers mission-driven teens and young adults to realize their individual and collective potential as change-making leaders.

  • Visit Kibbutz Re'im's Tel Aviv urban kibbutz (or Nir Oz near Kiryat Gat) - After October 7, Kibbutz Reim was evacuated to a hotel in Eilat. With the assistant of IsraAID, the kibbutz has created a temporary urban kibbutz in South Tel Aviv. IsrAID is an Israel-based non-governmental organization that responds to emergencies all over the world with targeted humanitarian help. This includes disaster relief, from search and rescue to rebuilding communities and schools, to providing aid packages, medical assistance, and post-psychotrauma care.

  • Dinner on your own

  • Tal Hotel, Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tal Hotel, Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast

8 - Monday ( July 22 ) : The Price of Defense

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Brothers For Life Experience - Brothers for Life is devoted to ensuring that every wounded combat soldier receives the care and support needed to ensure his/her return to a fulfilling and contributive life. Meet staff members and clients and join them for lunch at their center. Brothers for Life was created by and is run by injured Israeli veterans, and gives critical and immediate help to other injured Israeli combat veterans who sacrificed their lives for the safety of the Israel's citizens.

  • Lunch in a Druze Village - Together with your hosts in their private home, prepare traditional Druze Galilean dishes and then enjoy a meal of the foods you learned to cook. Get to know your hosts and their culture and history. Hear about the strong bond between the Druze community to the State of Israel and their contribution to the IDF. Meet Druze soldiers in their homes.

  • The Northern Border- With Sarit Zahavi - Lookout over the Israel-Lebanese border from Metula and hear about the geopolitics of the area with Lieutenant Colonel (Res.) Sarit Zehavi, CEO and founder of Alma, a non-profit independent research and education center specializing in Israel’s security challenges on its northern border.

  • Conditions permitting, tour in the north

  • Final Dinner and wrap-up

  • Transfer to the airport

Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Terms of Payment

Deposit is due immediately to secure the booking.

Balance for the trip is due no later than 60 days prior to the first day of trip. An invoice will be sent 90 days before the trip.

Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions here.

Please note: 

  • The itinerary is subject to change as a result of unforeseen changes from suppliers, weather, etc.
  • This proposal is valid for 1 week for private clients, and 10 days for groups. 

 

Cancellation Policy

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

For cancellations made:

·         Up to 60 days prior to departure, any payments above the deposit towards the trip will be refunded. The deposit is non-refundable.

·         60-30 days prior to departure, 50% of the total tour cost per person will be refunded.

·         29-0 days prior to departure, the client will incur 100% of the cost of the tour.

All cancellation requests must be made in writing.

 

What’s Included
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Group transfers to & from the airport v
Hotel accommodation v
Meals as listed in the meal plan at the end of each day v
Travel Insurance-REQUIRED v
Airfare v
Optional and suggested activities v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v

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