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 met 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 Haderech l'Yerushlayim Memorial - Designed by the sculptress Naomi Henrik, the Portzei Haderech l'Yerushalayim Memorial at Sha'ar Hagai commemorates the breakthrough to Jerusalem during 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 Cafe joins the trend of mobile coffee/food trucks that have become so popular and have popped up all over Israel over the past few years. Have 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 in to 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.

  • Opening speaker - Chaya Gilboa

  • 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.

  • Experience Nightlife in Machane Yehuda Market - In the heart of Jerusalem sits Machane Yehuda Market - a multi-ethnic market bursting with life, art, and flavor. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of the hottest nightlife scene in the city.

  • Ibis Jerusalem City Center Hotel

Overnight: Ibis Jerusalem City Center Hotel

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, combines 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.

  • Group lunch in the Old City

  • Kabbalat Shabbat with Yahala Lachmish at Feel Beit - 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 driven by a conviction that when all else breaks down, art and music must break through." After a Kabbalat Shabbat performance with Yahala Lachmish, you will have a conversation with one of Feel Beit's founders, Riman Barakat, a Palestinian Israeli who studied at Marquette for her Fulbright Scholar program.

  • Go back to the hotel and prepare for Shabbat

  • Optional- Join a local Shabbat service

  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel

  • Ibis Jerusalem City Center Hotel

Overnight: Ibis Jerusalem City Center Hotel

3 - Saturday ( October 29 ) : Shabbat Shalom

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Optional - Yoga

  • Shabbat tefilot at local synagogues

  • Shabbat lunch at the home of Shana and Yonatan Neril - Rabbi Yonatan Neril founded and directs The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development. Raised in California, Yonatan completed an M.A. and B.A. from Stanford University with a focus on global environmental issues, and received rabbinical ordination in Israel. Yonatan is coauthor of the bestselling book Eco Bible, published by ICSD, which shines new light on how the Hebrew Bible and great religious thinkers have urged human care and stewardship of nature for thousands of years as a central message of spiritual wisdom. Hear about Yonatan’s work in sustainability and enjoy lunch with his lovely family.

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

  • Walk along Park Hamesila ending with Havdalah at the Tachana

  • Processing Session - Find a nice place to sit in a quiet Jerusalem neighborhood and have a processing session.

  • Enjoy dinner on your own and nightlife in the center of Jerusalem

  • Optional - Beitar Jerusalem soccer game

  • Ibis Jerusalem City Center Hotel

Overnight: Ibis Jerusalem City Center Hotel

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

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Wake up with Machane Yehuda Market - Continue with an unforgettable culinary tour. If you really want to get the feel for Jerusalem, Machane Yehuda Market is the place to visit. In this colorful market, you will meet people of all nationalities, religions, and ages and listen the special stories of the peddlers. Time for more to eat if you’re still hungry.

  • Borders and Boundaries - Tour the greater Jerusalem area with Colonel Dany 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, followed by lunch at Hummus Eliyahu - 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."

  • Processing session - On the way back to the hotel, stop at a comfortable place to sit outside and reflect on the day.

  • Dinner at Noya - Noya is a chef restaurant located in the heart of Jerusalem, in an ancient and magnificent building with a spectacular and elegant design. The uniqueness of the restaurant lies in offering high-quality kosher food in an elegant and interesting style. The menu combines the flavors of French and Mediterranean cuisine.

  • Ibis Jerusalem City Center Hotel

Overnight: Ibis Jerusalem City Center Hotel

5 - Monday ( October 31 ) : Shared Society

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Activities:

  • Early breakfast at the hotel and check out

  • Drive north towards the Sea of Galilee

  • 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.

  • Rish Lakish - Olive picking followed by a visit to Rish Lakish, a family-owned olive oil press. Meet the family, see the process of making olive oil, and eat a delicious lunch using products of the press and garden.

  • Visit the Absorption Center in Karmiel

  • Drive to your hotel and check in, and prepare for ODT activity

  • Group Process ODT Activity Dinner with Partnership- Home Hospitality

  • Nof Ginosar Hotel

Overnight: Nof Ginosar Hotel

6 - Tuesday ( November 1 ) : Adventures in the North

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Israel's Terroir - Natural and Spiritual - Enjoy a 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.

  • Sustainability tour and hike with Karmit - Begin the tour in Mattat, a small community settlement in northern Israel, where you can witness Karmit casting her vote in the upcoming elections and talk to her about the process. After Mattat, embark on a nature hike near the Lebanon border and Mt. Adir, one of the highest points in the Galilee.

  • Lunch on your own

  • Free time at the hotel or at the Sea of Galilee

  • Dinner at Magdalena Restaurant - Magdalena Restaurant, with a view of Mt. Arbel, offers innovative Galilean cuisine with a Mediterranean touch.

  • Nof Ginosar Hotel

Overnight: Nof Ginosar Hotel

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

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out

  • Visit to Project Ten and Mechinat Kinneret - "Project TEN is an initiative of the Jewish Agency that hosts service-learning experiences in Israel and developing regions around the world, using an integrated curriculum that focuses on Jewish values, community, and action."

  • Drive to Tel Aviv and check in to your hotel

  • Meeting with Haviv Rettig Gur - At the hotel, discuss the elections with Haviv Gur, an Israeli journalist who serves as the political correspondent and analyst for The Times of Israel. Haviv spent some of his life growing up in Milwaukee!

  • Processing session - After the discussion with Haviv, you will continue with a processing session in the Center Chic Hotel meeting room.

  • Street Food dinner hopping - For dinner, explore the seven species of Israeli street food “hopping” between street food restaurants: 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

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. Grisha Yakubovich served in the Israel Defense Forces for 30 years, ending his career as Head of the Civil Coordination Department of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT). He now consults and guides educational tours of the Gaza Border and the West Bank.

  • Stop 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 + JDC visit - The cafe is a JDC supported café operated by people with mental illness. Speak to a member of JDC and learn how trauma can be transformed into positive action.

  • Stop at an absorption center in Kiryat Gat

  • Drive back to Tel Aviv

  • 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 nightlife!

  • Center Chic Hotel

Overnight: Center Chic Hotel

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? - Join in text study with a member of BINA staff, Elliot Glassenberg. 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 - 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.

  • 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 an array of excellent cheeses, smoked fish, wines and other delicacies. Tour the market and have "tastings" throughout.

  • Peres Center tour and meeting 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 the Peres Center's senior advisor for governmental and international affairs and responsible for YaLa Young Leaders.

  • Kabbalat Shabbat at Beit Tefilah Israeli - Welcome Shabbat with Beit Tefilah Israeli in a service that combines the old and the modern, together with music.

  • Gather together for Shabbat dinner hosted by a Tel Aviv local

  • Center Chic Hotel

Overnight: Center Chic Hotel

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

  • Lunch of traditional Shabbat foods on a rooftop in the heart of Tel Aviv - Chamin, Jachnun... try them all!

  • 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.

  • Processing Session - As a group, take some time to reflect and process your unique experience in Israel.

  • Havdalah

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

  • Depart for airport flight UA091 at 11:25 PM

  • L'hitraot! - We look forward to hosting you in Israel again soon!

: L'hitraot!

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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