Price range
From $ per person
Upcoming Date
27-05 November 2022
Tour Time
10 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)

Itinerary

1 - Thursday (October 27) : Welcome to Israel

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Activities:

  • 09:55 AM Arrival at Ben Gurion airport - You will be meet by arrival assistance and your guide will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall.

  • Depart the airport and make your way to Jerusalem

  • Stop at Portzei Yerushlayim Memorial - Designed by the sculptress Naomi Henrik, the Portzei Haderech memorial at Shaar Hagai commemorates the breakthrough to Jerusalem in the War of Independence. The story behind this memorial is also one of the most fascinating of all Israeli monuments and has much to teach about acts of commemoration and preserving a sense of continuity.

  • Lunch stop at Drive Cafe - The Drive Caffe is part of a hot trend of coffee and food trucks that have popped up all over Israel in the past few years. Have a lunch and begin to talk about your trip, each person will have a chance to share her/his first encounter with Israel and expectations for the trip.

  • Ascend to Jerusalem, check into your hotel, and get settled

  • Untold Jerusalem-Neighborhood Walking Tour-Musrara and Hanevi'im Neighborhoods - The Musrara neighborhood is a hidden gem off the beaten path in Jerusalem's center, near the Old City. The serene nineteenth century homes and prevalence of art galleries and artists belie the turbulent history of the neighborhood, which was once located "on the seam" between Israeli and Jordanian-occupied Jerusalem. It was here where, in the 1970s, the Black Panthers roared for social justice. In the 1980s renewal, gentrification, and ultra-orthodoxy began and now, Musrara is in high demand.

  • Cocktail and talk at Thinkers Distillery - Thinkers Distillery

  • Opening speaker-Chaya Gilboa - To be confirmed

  • 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 life in 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.

  • Ibis City Center

Overnight: Ibis City Center
Meal Plan: lunch, dinner

2 - Friday (October 28) : Perspectives of Jerusalem

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • To see Jerusalem in depth and close up, tour Jerusalem's Old City with photographer and guide Simon Beni - The tour combines visits to historical sites with a workshop in photography. Walk down the alleys and explore hidden corners while learning to create good compositions with the ambient light. See all Quarters of the city including the Temple Mount (conditions permitting), the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and the Jewish Quarter and Kotel.

  • Along the way, have tastes of the Old City - Have a “taste of history” that interweaves stories and anecdotes, historical information and, of course, combine the senses of smell, taste, and sound

  • Personal time at the Western Wall - Proceed to the Kotel, (The Western Wall), sacred because it is the last remnant of the Second Temple that was destroyed by the Romans. Feel the stones that have witnessed so much in the history of the Jews. Place your special and personal prayer in the cracks of the stones.

  • Ease into Shabbat at Feel Beit (including a light lunch) - Feel Beit is a cultural home for creating art, expanding perspectives, and imagining new ways forward for Jerusalem. "We are a group of Israelis and Palestinians who create art and music to bridge divides in Jerusalem. Everything we present is rooted in love for the diverse people of this place. We are drive by a conviction that when all else breaks down, art and music must break through." Conversation with Feel Beit's founder, Karen Brunwasser, and Riman Barakat, Palestinian Israeli who studied at Marquette for her Fulbright Scholar program.

  • Prepare for Shabbat

  • Kabbalat Shabbat with Yahala Lachmish

  • Shabbat Dinner at the hotel - Or other, to be discussed

  • Ibis City Center

Overnight: Ibis City Center
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

3 - Saturday (October 29) : Shabbat Shalom

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Optional-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.

  • Shabbat tefilot at local synagogues

  • Lunch at the Weinstein Home - An idea- of course we will put this gathering anywhere you would like.

  • If you really want to feel like a local, take an afternoon nap.

  • Mindfulness and Compassion Workshop with Leah Beinhaker - Leah says about herself- "I am a lifelong learner driven by a love of people and a desire to help make this world a little better. I delight and excel in communicating and relationship-building on behalf of mission-driven entities. I thrill at partnering with individuals and teams in realizing their potential. And I am motivated and moved by working with others to create cultures of inclusivity, collaboration and excellence."

  • Walk along Park Hamesila ending with Havdalah at the Tachana

  • Enjoy dinner on your own and night life in the center of Jerusalem.

  • Ibis City Center

Overnight: Ibis City Center
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

4 - Sunday (October 30) : Good Fences Make Good Neighbors?

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Borders and Boundaries - Tour the greater Jerusalem area with Colonel Danny Tirza, Security Expert and architect of the Security Barrier. View the city from many angles and engage in a conversation about the complexity of the barrier.

  • Visit the Roots Tent (including lunch) - Roots envisions a social and political reality that is founded on dignity, trust, and a mutual recognition and respect for both peoples' historic belonging to the entire Land. Founded by Rabbi Menachem Froman and members of the politically-prominent Abu Awwad Family, Roots believes that human interaction is the first agent of transformation and creates the spaces and activities for such personal engagement.

  • Workshop with Encounter - "Encounter is an educational organization committed to informed, courageous, and resilient Jewish communal leadership on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We educate and equip Jewish communal and civil society leaders with the experiences, networks, and resources they need to proactively and positively shape their constituents’ engagement with Israel as it relates to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Our work addresses distinctly political subject matter, but we are resolutely nonpartisan; we do not promote any specific policies or political positions regarding the conflict. Rather, as an educational organization, we support Jewish leaders and communities in serving as a positive force in the pursuit of a durable resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that upholds the dignity, security, and rights of all parties."

  • Dinner at Jerusalem's legendary Tmol Shilshom - Tmol Shilshom
    Tmol Shilsom is more than just a restaurant that takes pride in its culinary excellence. Since its establishment in 1994, Tmol Shilshom has been a cultural institution that hosts the top authors and poets, among them: Yehuda Amichai, Amos Oz, A. B. Yehoshua, David Grossman, Orly Castel-Bloom, Batya Gur, and many more. Young writers, musicians and artists are also often hosted at Tmol Shilshom.

  • Ibis City Center

Overnight: Ibis City Center
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

5 - Monday (October 31) : Shared Society

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Wake up with 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.

  • Meet Metzilot Mazon, the Jerusalem Food Rescuers - Metzilot Mazon aims to create a more Just and sustainable urban food system with less waste. Working with the wholesale market, they divert surplus produce that would have otherwise gone to waste and support communities that don’t have equitable access to food, engage in food literacy focused activities such as lectures and workshops with kids and adults, and run a sustainable catering business.

  • Mifgash at The Hinam Center - a different kind of Beit Midreash - Hinam is an organization that promotes social tolerance through significant, in-depth meetings between people from different identities. Meet teen participants in the center’s programs and learn about Religious tolerance. The guiding principle of the center is the promotion of tolerance by really getting to know those different from you. The center is not about short, superficial meetings between different peoples, meetings that generally do not promote tolerance and can even result in the opposite effect. Each side typically tries to fortify its own position and beat the other side over some argument.

  • Drive north

  • Druze cooking workshop and lunch - Together with your hosts in their private home, prepare traditional Druze Galilean dishes and then enjoy the feast you create. Learn about Druze culture and history from your hosts and from the food you eat.

  • As you approach Sovev Kinneret, stop at Mitzpe Adi - This stunning overlook of the Kinneret was established in memory of three Israeli soldiers were abducted by the Hezbollah terror organization on October 7, 2000. The three Israelis were Sgt. Adi Avitan, Staff Sgt. Benyamin Avraham and Staff Sgt. Omar Sawaid. They were abducted while patroling the southern (Israeli) side of the Israeli-Lebanese border.

  • Dinner with Partnership- Home Hospitality or other

  • Nof Ginosar Hotel

Overnight: Nof Ginosar Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

6 - Tuesday (November 1) : Partnership

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Activities:

  • Nof Ginosar Hotel - Nof Ginosar Hotel

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Morning hike at Nahal Amud-National Park - Nahal Amud has it all- gorgeous scenery, a beautiful trail, water, and history. Hike this trail and take part in the national pastime of Israel!

  • Partnership Visits- Activities - To be planned with Partnership

  • ODT Group Bonding and Processing-Dinner

  • Nof Ginosar Hotel

Overnight: Nof Ginosar Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

7 - Wednesday (November 2) : Connecting to the Land

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Conversation with Hashomer Hachadash - Visit a project of HaShomer HaHadash, which takes responsibility for safeguarding Israel’s lands through agriculture, forestry, and education.

  • Olive picking followed by a visit to Reish Lakish, a family-owned olive oil press - Meet the family, see the process of making olive oil, and taste the oils of the place.

  • Talk and lunch with Uri Mayer Chizzik - Get to know local, wild food from nature– and dishes prepared today from food that has grown here throughout history with Dr. Uri Mayer-Chissick, an expert on the history of local food and nutrition in the Middle-East and author of the Israeli guide to foraging wild edible plants, hike and cook outdoors.

  • Israel's Terroir- Natural and Spiritual - Wine Tasting at Kishor Winery located in Kishorit, a village for adults with special needs. The members of the community enjoy a full life, including meaningful employment. In conjunction with the professional staff, the members take an active part in the grape cultivation, bottling, and marketing of the wines. The Visitors’ Center also employs Kishorit members who host guests, interact with members of the general community, and give guided tours.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv and check into your hotel

  • Meeting with MK Tamar Zandberg, Environmental Protection Minister - Discuss Israel's Environmental challenges, successes, and approach to facing the challenges of Global Warming

  • Street Food dinner hopping - For dinner, in small groups explore the seven species of Israeli street food “hopping” between street food resturants: Enjoy favorites such as sabich, at Sabich Tchernichovsky, Chef Eyal Shani’s Miznon with fresh gourmet cuisine stuffed in light and fluffy pitas, signature roasted cauliflower, and taste falafel at HaKosem, which in recent years has developed a serious cult following in Israel.

  • Center Chic Hotel

Overnight: Center Chic Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

8 - Thursday (November 3) : All Quiet on the Western Front

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Tour the Gaza border with a security expert - Stop at key lookout points for an in-depth discussion of the complexity of the Gaza Border situation.

  • One of the stops will be at Moshav Netiv HaAsara - Striving for Peace at Netiv Haasarah, a moshav on the western border of Israel with the Gaza Strip. Visit the Peace Wall on the border. 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 at Gvanim BaCafe - The cafe is a JDC supported café operated by people with mental illness. Speak to the manager and head chef and learn how trauma can be transformed into positive action

  • JDC or JAFI Visit - Merkaz Klita or other

  • Processing session

  • Jaffa Tour - Walk through this ancient port which has a history spanning over three millennia, including Biblical times. Still functional as a small fishing port, it is currently a recreational zone featuring restaurants, cafés, galleries, boutique shops and performing art venues with the deep blue Mediterranean serving as a background.

  • Dinner on your own in the Jaffa Flea Market Area

  • Enjoy the Tel Aviv Weekend night life!

  • Center Chic Hotel

Overnight: Center Chic Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

9 - Friday (November 4) : A Light Unto the Nations

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Should Israel be a Light Unto the Nations? - With Bina staff, join in text study and then tour south Tel Aviv which has become a center for African and other Asylum Seekers. Discuss Israel's policies and treatment of refugees and how the recent Ukraine-Russia War has impacted the already delicate situation. 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.

  • Meet the women of Kuchinate with Julie Fisher - Travel to colorful Kuchinate: African Refugee Women’s Cooperative, 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. Iulie Fisher created the Consortium for Israel and the Asylum Seekers in order to bring attention to the issue of supporting the asylum seeking community in Israel and to facilitate the involvement of volunteers, donors, and communities in Israel and abroad

  • Tasting tour in the 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.

  • YaLa Younger Leaders Mifgash with Nadav Tamir and members of YaLa - YaLa Young Leaders is a movement of young people across the Middle East and North Africa who are breaking down divisions and barriers to form a shared community. It connects regional change-makers, allowing them to build their capacities as tomorrow’s leaders, while emphasizing core issues such as peacebuilding, human rights, gender equality, higher education, and economic development through online advocacy campaigns and face-to-face activities. Nadav Tamir is Nadav Tamir is The Peres Center's senior advisor for governmental and international affairs and responsible for YaLa Young Leaders.

  • Kabbalat Shabbat at Beit Tefila Yisraeli - Beit Shalom Aleichem

  • Shabbat Dinner in a private home - Gather together for Shabbat dinner in a private home

  • Center Chic Hotel

Overnight: Center Chic Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner, Tasting tour Levinsky Market

10 - Saturday (November 5) : Bringing it Home

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Morning options- yoga, shabbat services, folk dancing on the beach

  • Picnic lunch of traditional Shabbat Foods - Chamin, Jacnun... try them all!

  • Processing Session

  • Drink down a story of Israel! 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.

  • Havdalah - Shabbat ends 5:35 p.m.

  • Final dinner at Ewa Safi - Ewa Safi features Moroccan Soul Food

  • Depart for airport for 23:35 flight UA91

Overnight: Depart for airport for 23:35 flight UA91
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 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
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 itinerary v
Transportation throughout the trip to all programmed activities v
Airfare v
COVID-19 health insurance coverage (required) v
COVID-19 testing (when required) v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v

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