Price range
From 6500$ per person
Upcoming Date
15-24 February 2022
Tour Time
10 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)
Shefa is a trip just for women - a journey that combines the special energy generated within a group of women and the abundance of Israel - spiritual abundance, culinary abundance, creative abundance, and natural abundance. Led by Chef Shawna Goodman, this trip has become a legacy for women all over the world and fosters a a unique connection to Israel.

Highlights

Famous renowned SHEFA journey - led by Chef Shawna Goodman
Women-only trip!
Meet inspiring women from all industries, religions, and cities
Single Supplement - $1600

Itinerary

1 - Tuesday (February 15) : The Journey Begins!

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Activities:

  • 2:00 p.m. Meet at the Royal Beach Hotel in Tel Aviv - Welcome to Shefa 2022! We'll gather and start off on our way.

  • Getting to know you at Bat Shlomo Winery - Taste an array of wines and meet the founder, Elie Wurtman, who revitalized the winery and named it honor of the matriarch Betty of the Rothschild dynasty. Tour the grounds of the vineyard on the southern slopes of Mount Carmel and learn how about the social model where high school from Regavim work in the fields and develop a strong sense of responsibility of what it means to be a citizen.

  • Drive north to hotel and check in

  • Time to refresh before dinner

  • Chef's dinner in the private home of Chef Gadi and Adi Elias - Nestled in the moshav Yesod Hamaaleah celebrate the local fare and experience a decadent farm to table meal with their family. Devour an array of grilled and roasted aged meat served with variety of salads. A feast of Gadi’s is not complete without a wide variety of local wines from Golan Heights and Naftali Hills.

  • Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel

Overnight: Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel
Meal Plan: dinner

2 - Wednesday (February 16) : Inspiring Women

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Morning Stretch Yoga with Merav Hoffman

  • Meet Naama Szterenlicht, local tonic brewer and artisanal forager

  • Continue to Goats with the Wind - At Goats with the Wind, have a magical lunch at this family-owned goat cheese farm and restaurant. Everything you will eat comes from the farm. Meet the goats and enjoy the special touches of the place.

  • Put yourself in the scene on a bike or golf cart! - Afternoon bike/golf cart ride thru the HULA valley. This lush lake region is the scene of migration for over 500 million birds-this wetland paradise in the perfect stopover for small waterfalls, cormorants, heron, pelicans, raptors, storks and cranes.

  • Leisure time at the hotel

  • Dinner at the vegetarian restaurant in the hotel

  • Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel

Overnight: Mitzpe Hayamim Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

3 - Thursday (February 17) : Come Together

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Drive to Akko

  • Market Tour and Cooking Workshop with local Arab women - Meet Cathy Raff at Beit Elfarasha and be inspired by Cathy’s vision to empower local women to teach their traditional cooking to others. Learn how to market like a local and turn the produce into culinary delights.

  • Drive south and 'up' to Jerusalem and check into hotel

  • Mahane Yehuda Market Dinner Tasting Tour - Otherwise known as the SHUK meander thru the winding roads and taste the multiple flavours and savour the stories of each stall-Continue with an unforgettable culinary tour.

  • 'Shtisel' Tour - Later in the evening, we will walk thru the ultra-orthodox neighborhoods from the hit series SHTISEL in anticipation of shabbat-the smells of challah baking and feel the buzz of preparation for the weekly sabbath.

  • Isrotel Orient Jerusalem

Overnight: Isrotel Orient Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

4 - Friday (February 18) : Wonder Women

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Inspirational speaker-Kylie Eisman Lifschitz - Meet Kylie Eisman Lifschitz, an Aussie by birth is the chairwoman of Mavoi Satum, an Israeli not for profit that fights Gett abuse and advocates for the freedom of human rights of Jewish women. In her spare time Kyle is the mother of 5 children and founder CEO of a management consulting firm called Workwell.

  • Art workshop with Kol HaOt - Let’s tap into our right side of the brain and explore what Israel means to us using colors and symbols with the team at Kol HaOt in the enchanting Hutzot HaYotzer Artists colony in Jerusalem.

  • You'll have time for lunch on your own

  • Rest and optional spa services before Shabbat

  • Shabbat dinner in a private home - Friday night is the time to unwind and to reflect on the past week. The city siren will welcome all to the celebrate this weekly ritual and the communal call for quiet and for a break. Every home carries its own heritage and recipes and together we will be hosted in the comfort of a local to feel a new kind of Shabbat.

  • Isrotel Orient Jerusalem

Overnight: Isrotel Orient Jerusalem
Meal Plan: lunch, dinner

5 - Saturday (February 19) : Shabbat Shalom

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • 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. My greatest thrill at partnering with individuals and teams in realizing their potential." Leah is a Torontonian by birth but made aliya with her family over 20 years ago and lives in Har Adar with her three kids.

  • Walking tour of the Old City - While you walk the maze of streets of the Old City, hear the story of women throughout history who have left their mark on Jerusalem's Old City. "Meet" women like Naomi Shemer who wrote song "Jerusalem of Gold." Observe the Al-Aqsa Mosque that tells of Aisha, Muhammad's third wife- also called "Mother of Believers." Visit a women-owned bakery in the Muslim Quarter. Hear the story of Mary, mother of Jesus, Learn about Esther Arditi the "Angel in White" who was a nurse caring for troops in battles for the Old City during the War of Independence. Digest the unique flavours and contributions of these female heroines who left their mark on this city.

  • Evening on your own with option for concert

  • Isrotel Orient Jerusalem

Overnight: Isrotel Orient Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

6 - Sunday (February 20) : Making Dreams Come True

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Shalva National Center - Tour Shalva, a Jerusalem based not for profit organization that provides an all encompassing range of services for hundreds of people with disabilities from infancy to adulthood and their families. Lets roll up our sleeves and spend time working side by side with these amazing kids in a social business project.(TBD)

  • Forage and cook with Nura - In the February lushness of Mate Yehuda, meet Nurit Hertz in her natural habitat- the Jerusalem Hills. Nura will teach us identify edible plants nd how to maximize their flavors in a farm to table experience..

  • Drive south

  • Wine Time at Nana Winery - In the heart of desert, between ancient stone terraces and barren golden sand hills, wine vineyards appear. The powerful site is hard to describe in words. Stretch and Savour the desert with a gorgeous glass of wine and be inspired by the vision of Eran Raz, a Pioneer Viticulturist who mined the desert's unique terroir.

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • Beresheet

Overnight: Beresheet
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

7 - Monday (February 21) : Desert Serenity

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Jeep guiding through the Makhtesh - Makhetesh Ramon is a type of geological formation called a crater that is found only in Israel and in Northern Sinai. The Ramon crater is the largest of the three craters in Israel located in the Negev desert. Together we will ride the varied landscape and discover the awesomeness of this natural formation.

  • Breaking and Making Bread at Lasha Bakery - Meet Hadas Meir of the Lasha Desert Bakery who will guide you in a bread baking workshop. “For Meir, baking is a spiritual thing. ‘I think bread is a blessed food. It is the most moving interpretation of combining matter and spirit. Even physically, bread is spiritual in essence. As a group, we will roll and stretch a variety of doughs sprinkled with an array of toppings to be devoured at lunch in the garden.

  • Afternoon relaxation in the desert at the hotel

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • Beresheet

Overnight: Beresheet
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

8 - Tuesday (February 22) : It Takes a Village

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel - Beresheet

  • Depart Beresheet and head north

  • Naot Farm - Naot Desert Farm is one of the many Lone farms (Chavot Bodedim) built by modern day pioneers Lea and Gadi Nahimov who together are fulfilling David Ben Gurions dream to bloom the desert! Tour the farm and meet Lea and Gadi.

  • SodaStream Factory Tour - The SodaStream Visitor Center introduces audiences to the company’s extraordinary vision of cultivating an island of peace by bringing all tribes together to work side by side. SodaStream unites environmental values with significant contributions to Israel’s development and the general health and wellness of its consumers.

  • Lunch in Beer Sheva

  • Working Out with Bedouin Mothers in the Negev - Budo For Peace (BFP) is an educational non-profit which uses traditional martial arts to connect and bring together children and youth from diverse social, economic and cultural backgrounds in Israel. Led by the dynamic Hanan Abu Quidar we will be joined by other Bedoiun women in an interactive Exercise followed by traditional Bedouin hospitality . Sports for social change is an educational not for profit which uses sport as an educational platform to promote social change, mental health and physical health.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv and check into the hotel

  • Dinner at restaurant TBD

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

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

9 - Wednesday (February 23) : Urban Renewal with Flair

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Fashion tour by Liri - A fashion tour is a unique interactive way to introducing 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 best technology. We will walk, talk and shop.

  • Tour will include workshop at KitePride - KitePride is an Israeli, Tel Aviv based fashion social enterprise. They create functional, one-of-a-kind BAGS from upcycled kitesurfing kites, sails, parachutes, and wetsuits in order to provide jobs to survivors of human trafficking and prostitution. Through each bag sold, continuous jobs are created and fabric is saved from landfill.

  • Hatikva Market - Hatikvah Market is a lesser-known gem. Since the market's renovation it has become a joyful, colorful place. Many say this is Tel Aviv's best market for variety, price, people-watching, and authenticity. The Hatikva Market was built in the mid-1930s as a response to the Arab Revolt, when residents of the village of Salama stopped coming to the neighborhood to sell their goods. What began with a few produce stalls put up by local residents of Iraqi, Yemeni, Syrian and Iranian background grew into a sprawling market spread out along the triangle of Ha’Etzel, Hahagana and Hatikva Streets.

  • Free time

  • Tishrey Bar - 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- we'll make reservations at a few restaurants and you can choose

  • Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv

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

10 - Thursday (February 24) : Taking it Home

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Social Space aka the Former Pussycat Club- - Before becoming a center for social change, the former Pussycat Club a Tel Aviv upscale strip club for the rich and famous. In 2016 the club was closed down and after a legal fight had a radical transformation into a hub for Jewish learning and social activism. The building that allegedly was a venue for prostitution and sex trafficking will now serve as a center for activism aimed at, among other things, empowering women from troubled backgrounds. Learn about the center and meet its founder Yakir Segev who is a social entrepreneur bringing new life and possibility into old buildings.

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

  • Street-food lunch

  • Gaga Workshop - Gaga is the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin, Artistic Director of the Bat Sheva Dance Company. Explore new ways to move through this intense experience with the circle of women who form this tour.

  • Final dinner

  • Group transfer to airport included

Overnight: Group transfer to airport included
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

FAQ

What's the weather like in Israel?

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It is always best to check the weather forecast beforehand as the weather during Spring and Fall seasons can be unexpectedly warm or cold.

Spring (late March – May): Daytime temperatures are generally very pleasant - around 65-70°F, though it can still be hot in some areas (such as the Dead Sea and Eilat). There is a slight chance of rain, but it doesn't happen often. It can be cooler in the evenings in the North and Jerusalem - approximately 45°F.

Summer (late May - late September): Temperatures are usually in the high 80s-90s. At this time of year, humidity will be highest in Tel Aviv and Tiberias. Other areas such as Jerusalem are drier and cooler, particularly at night. The desert, Masada and Eilat are extremely hot, but dry. It will almost never rain in the summer in Israel!

Fall (late September – November): Same as Spring, but the rain can begin towards the end of the season.

Winter (December - early March): Winter can be mild and sunny, or severe and overcast. There's often heavy rain and, in January and February, even snow at times! Temperatures will be in the 50s-60s most places, but in the 40s in Jerusalem and the Galilee hills, and cold at night. Pack layers and be prepared for anything!

Weekly weather forecast

What clothes should I bring?

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Israel is a very informal country and the most formal you'll have to be is "business casual". Religious sites require long pants for the men and clothing that covers the knees and shoulders for the women. Men and women may be requested to cover their heads at Jewish and Muslim religious sites, while at Christian sites men are usually required to remove their hats. It's important to have comfortable walking shoes for the touring days. Summer in Israel is hot and during the peak months of July - September, it is very humid. Natural fibered clothes are best. We recommend bringing layered clothing as the night and day temperatures can vary greatly, regardless of season. The winter can be cold and wet, in particular in Jerusalem and the Northern part of the country. Bring long-sleeved shirts, sweaters, a warm coat / raincoat, as well as T-shirts - we do have lovely sunny days as well, even in the winter. A hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen is highly recommended for all seasons. Check out our article about Israeli clothing here (link) Also - check out how you can support others by donating your coat at the end of your trip (link)

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.

Will our tour include free time?

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Tour guides try to balance the tour schedule and free time for shopping in certain areas. Many nights are free so you will have the opportunity then to explore on your own as you please.  Check out what you can do on your free time in your current location (link).

What is the situation with regard to COVID-19 in Israel?

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As COVID-19 subsides in Israel, rules for entering the country are rapidly changing. Currently, only Israeli citizens, first-degree relatives of Israeli citizens, and a limited number of tour groups are allowed into the country. The hope is that this will change as of July 1, and all those who have been vaccinated will be permitted to enter. As of now, in order to enter Israel, one must present a negative PCR test that was taken within 72 hours prior to your flight. Upon arrival in Israel, you must take another PCR test at the airport. In order to avoid the need to quarantine, if you have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 outside of Israel, you must take a serological test to determine that you have antibodies. Via Sabra can help arrange this test for you. Once the Ministry of Health receives the results of that test, you will be released from quarantine.  All of our tours are planned in accordance with the Ministry of Health guidelines. Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest updates on travel policies.

Terms of Payment

Deposit is due immediately to secure the booking. All deposits are refundable for 48 hours from the time of booking. After that – the deposit is non refundable.

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.

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.

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, culinary tour guide v
A private, licensed, English speaking, culinary tour guide text
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
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Airfare v
Testimonials
“Trip of a lifetime It was the most interesting, delicious, fun trip that we have ever had to Israel and quite frankly, anyplace! Our tour guide brought everything alive for us and filled our days with so many adventures. Cannot recommend this enough. ”
Ariel P
2019
“An Experience which was Perfection! Via Sabra is an incredible company which we both recommend highly. They created an extraordinary trip for my husband and me. They spent a great deal of time developing a good sense of who we are and our interests. They then planned a trip which was perfectly geared to us. They surpassed all expectations which we had and no request was too much for them. We explored history, culture, religion, politics and Israel’s splendid food and wine all highlighted by exceptional guiding. ”
Debbie
2020
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