Price range
From $8675 per person
Upcoming Date
24-01 November 2022
Tour Time
9 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)
Join us for this 5-Star VIP experience designed exclusively for Melton’s major donors and board members. We are excited to embark on this exciting and historic journey that takes us to a new Jewish travel destination revealing a Jewish community that until recently, lived quietly under the radar. We’ll begin our journey in Dubai by soaking up the landscape, learning from experts, meeting locals, absorbing the culture, and tasting the fare. From there, we’ll turn our watches back an hour, and head northwest to Tel Aviv on a journey that was unthinkable not too long ago. In Israel, we will experience a novel take on Israeli society with a focus on its Middle Eastern identity and the impact it has had on the Israel we know today. Among other topics, we will focus on nation-state building, identity, and more… while taking a deep dive into the multiple and dynamic layers of Israeli culture, art, and cuisine. We are excited to draw from the expertise of our exceptional destination management partners, Gil Travel Group (UAE) and Via Sabra (Israel), who together will ensure an unforgettable and first-rate travel experience.

Highlights

Single Supplement- $1600
Israel only- $4330 per person in a double room

Itinerary

1 - Monday (October 24) : Welcome to the UAE

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Activities:

  • Meet, Assist and Transfer to your hotel - Arrangements can be made for you to be met by a member of our Gil team who will guide and assist you through the formalities, making your journey much easier and more relaxing including visas, porterage and group arrival.

  • Check into the hotel

  • Vida Downtown - Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Overnight: Vida Downtown - Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

2 - Tuesday (October 25) : Framing the Visit

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Crossroads to Civilization Museum - Starting with an overview of the Jewish community with Ross Kriel, President of the Jewish Council of the UAE, we will explore this museum, dedicated to the importance of universal values, such as tolerance and respect. This is the first ever Holocaust exhibit in the Arab world. Our host will be Ahmed Obaid Al Mansoori, a former member of the UAE Federal National Council and Founder of the museum.

  • Take an Abra, a traditional boat, to cross the Creek towards the Spice Market - Discover new flavors as we follow a recipe of an Emirati Chef and learn about the traditional use of aromas to fend off anything from stress to insomnia. Next, take a plunge into the Gold Souk, where we will meet with a goldsmith whose trade has been passed down from generation to generation.

  • Sheik Muhammad Center for Cultural Understanding - Lunch at the Sheik Muhammad Center for Cultural Understanding along with an Emirati and ask any question that you wish to raise.

  • Visit The Frame, with Dr. Eli Hamadimann, engineer behind the project. - Rising 150 meters from Dubai’s Zabeel Park, the “World’s Largest Picture Frame”, offering up panoramic views of the skyline while framing views of iconic buildings such as the Burj Khalifa.

  • Return to the hotel to refresh for dinner

  • Dinner at (Kosher) Armani Kaf - Located on the ground floor of the award-winning luxury Armani hotel. With members of the Jewish community.

  • Return to the hotel

  • Vida Downtown - Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Overnight: Vida Downtown - Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

3 - Wednesday (October 26) : KOSHER MEETINGS & EATINGS WITH A VIEW TO THE FUTURE

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Activities:

  • Breakfast

  • Visit Mini Miracles Kindergarten - Visit Mini Miracles, hosted by Rabbi Duchman and Abraham Miracles Center of Learning (AMCL), with community leader and co-founder of the Jewish Community, Jean Candiotte, along with Jewish Agency Emissaries and JDC Entwine Intern, Jake Berger.

  • Meet with Rabbi Abadie - Senior Rabbi of the Jewish Council of the Emirates in the United Arab Emirates

  • Lunch at Kosher Arabia - Proof that new Alliances, Partnerships and Innovation are alive and well in 2022.

  • Museum for Future Innovation (MFI) - You will be escorted by the Founder and CEO of The Futurist Company. The MFI is a center of creativity and hope for our shared future, combining immersive theater and themed attractions, and inviting us to look beyond the present to the possible.

  • Tea and Crumpets with Elli Kriel from Kosherati - Elli Kriel is founder of Elli's Kosher Kitchen- to learn about "Kosherati" and the burgeoning emergence of kosher options in the UAE.

  • Dinner on your own

  • Vida Downtown - Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Overnight: Vida Downtown - Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

4 - Thursday (October 27) : Abu Dhabi

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel - Depart for Abu Dhabi at 8:00

  • NYU Campus - Hillel students & Tolerance: Do they go hand in hand?

  • Private tour of the iconic Musee Louvre - This is the first universal museum in the Arab world that translates the spirit of openness towards all cultures.

  • Free for lunch on the Corniche, the famous boardwalk and beach

  • Private tour of Qasr Al Watan - Qasr Al Watan is a unique palace, a testament to the spirit of the UAE and its leadership.

  • Continue to the Grand Mosque - Sheikh Zayed Mosque has minarets over 100 meters tall and 82 domes of white marble, and is awe-inspiring, to say the least.

  • Dinner hosted by Louy and members of Sharaka

  • Return to Dubai

  • Vida Downtown - Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Overnight: Vida Downtown - Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

5 - Friday (October 28) : On to Israel

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel - Check out

  • Transfer to the airport for flight to Israel

  • VIP arrival at Ben Gurion airport - Transfer to the hotel

  • Kabbalat Shabbatish

  • Optional Services

  • Shabbat Dinner and discussion: Looking East: The View from Israel

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Overnight: Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

6 - Saturday (October 29) : Tel Aviv Shabbat

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Shul hopping and tiyul in Neve Tzedek or Kerem HaTeimanim - A central Tel Aviv neighborhood, Kerem HaTeimanim means "Vineyards of the Yemenites". Yemenite pioneers who built the neighborhood and many of their descendants still live here today. The neighborhood underwent refurbishment in the nineties and nowadays is a popular location for both religious and secular residents due to its centrality. There are various types of architectural styles displayed in the neighborhood, from British colonial style to Bauhaus and even modern-day style.

  • In a private setting, indulge in a special Shabbat Brunch & Learn - Enjoy the variety of classic ethnic foods that are part of the Shabbat day meal. These dishes are brought directly from the homes in which the food was cooked by families that share their heritage and flavors. Enjoy a short session on the weekly parasha.

  • Untold Jaffa Walking Tour - Tour Ajami, a predominantly Arab neighborhood in Jaffa. You’ll hear a challenging narrative about the city and its history. Continue your tour through Jaffa, enjoying the beauty of the winding streets and the beautiful port with its biblical references.

  • Israeli Cocktail Workshop and Havdalah - 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.

  • Dinner on your own

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Overnight: Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

7 - Sunday (October 30) : A Mosaic of Cultures

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Two options:

  • 1. Graffiti Tour with Aaron - Enjoy a creative tour in the trendy neighborhood of Florentine, and experience fun and artistic freedom. Discover new and daring Israeli Graffiti Artists that are gaining recognition around the world.

  • 2. Israeli Culture through Fashion - A fashion tour is a unique interactive way to introduce you to Israel and its culture. The tour addresses the relationship Israeli fashion has with the various aspects of living in Israel including identity questions, sub-groups in Israel, immigration to Israel, wars and cultural life, and social entrepreneurship. During the tour, we will meet old and new fashion brands, designers who use ancient crafts and other professionals who use the latest technology. We will walk, talk and shop.

  • Lunch of Israeli Street Food will be part of your morning tour

  • Kfar Qassem- Is there an Israeli Abrahamic Vision? - 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.

  • Meet with former Min. Issawi Freij, MK, or Sheikh Raed Badir - Pending availability

  • Travel to Jerusalem

  • Dinner at Hamotzi - Israeli MasterChef winner Avi Levy combines a North African cooking style with a Jerusalem flare to create a rich kaleidoscopic of flavors using local ingredients from the nearby Machane Yehuda market.

  • Mamilla Hotel

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

8 - Monday (October 31) : VISIONS OF JERUSALEM

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel - Followed by a discussion

  • Two morning options:

  • 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.

  • Jerusalem Art Gallery Tour with Shirel Horovitz - Using drawing, sculpting, video and sound, Tel Aviv based artist Shirel Horovitz, creates performances and installations exploring cities, communities and the relations between people and space. She earned her BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem and her MA (with distinction) from The Interdisciplinary Art program in Tel Aviv University. Shirel exhibited in major galleries and art festivals in Israel and across the US. Alongside her art practice, Shirel lectures, leads art tours, teaches art and is an art consultant to a variety of private groups and institutions among them Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Alma Hebrew college, Classrooms Without Borders, Ashdod Museum of Art, Azrieli LTD, Hartman institute and more.

  • Machane Yehuda Market Tasting Tour - 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.

  • Encounter with Mekudeshet at Feel Beit- with an emphasis on Mizrachi Culture - 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 the conviction that when all else breaks down, art and music must break through." Mekudeshet is an award-winning, cultural organization that creates original art and music to reimagine Jerusalem from being a center of conflict into a laboratory for connections between people of all kinds.

  • Dinner at Shalva Cafe

  • Mamilla Hotel - Mamilla Hotel

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner, Machane Yehuda Tasting Tour

9 - Tuesday (November 1) : Envisioning the Future

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Check out from hotel - After breakfast check out from the hotel. (Luggage may be left at a storage room until your departure later today).

  • Tour of Abu Ghosh - Abu Ghosh is an Israeli-Arab town in the Jerusalem hills that is well known for its hummus, music festival, beautiful churches. and for a history of friendly relations with Jews and Zionism.

  • Meet with Issa Jaber, mayor of Abu Ghosh: How Can We Flourish Together?

  • Hinam Center: Realizing the Vision - Mifgash at The Hinam Center, an organization that promotes social tolerance through significant, in-depth meetings between people from different identities. Meet teen participants in the center’s programs who learn about religious tolerance.

  • Closing lunch with Luiza Catering – Contemporary Israeli Kitchen

  • Bringing it All Back Home: Summary Session over coffee & dessert

  • END OF TRIP, TRANSFER TO AIRPORT

Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

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.

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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