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American Guild of Judaic Art

Nov 4, 2019 - Nov 14, 2019

Jewish Art and Israel @2019
Israel Study Tour

Registration Deadline: August 4, 2019

This trip is open to Members ($80 fee) and Friends of the AGJA ($50 fee). To become a Member or Friend, go to jewishart.org/join-american-guild-judaic-art.
Sunday, November 3, 2019
DEPARTURE
  • Departure from the United States.
Overnight: Flight
Day 1
Monday, November 4, 2019
BRUCHIM HABAIM – WELCOME!
  • Individual arrivals
  • Late Afternoon: Meet your guide at Ben Gurion Airport and proceed north to the Jezreel Valley.
  • Jewish Art, Israeli Art – Where Do They Connect?: Introduction session.
  • Guided visit with curator Yaniv Shapira of Mishkan Museum of Art, Ein Harod, which houses a rich set of collections of Jewish art, Israeli art, and Judaica. “What is Israeli Art”
  • Drive to the Sea of Galilee and check in to the hotel.
  • Welcome dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: North
Day 2
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
GALILEAN SYNAGOGUES
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Compare and contrast the architecture and art of Galilean synagogues, focusing on the synagogues at Capernaum and Hamat Tiberias to explore how the motifs in both synagogues are manifested in Jewish life during the periods when the synagogues functioned as well as today.
  • Drive to Safed.
  • Lunch on own in Safed.
  • Guided tour of synagogue architecture and art in Safed, including the Abuhav, HaAri and Caro synagogues.
  • Counterparts I: The Artists of Safed – visits to two of the following artists and/or studios:
    • David Friedman: “Kosmic Kabbala Art”, the translation of Kabbalistic concepts into graphic shapes and colors
    • Avraham Lowenthal: focused on universal spiritual concepts of the Kabbalah
    • Canaan Gallery (Orna and Yair Mor): handwoven fabric art, such as tallitot
    • Beit HaKadarThe Potter’s House (Daniel Flatauer): an exploration of Judaism and clay
    • Sheva Chaya: Judaica glass blower
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel followed by an artists’ dialogue with Galilean artist Ruth Kestenbaum Ben Dov, who says about her art: “Painting is a lifetime commitment, a source of inspiration and a continual challenge. Observation of reality keeps me focused, providing a foundation for journeys exploring multilevel identities, histories, and even languages, with text playing a role in many of my works.”
Overnight: North
Day 3
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
ECLECTIC ART
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive across the Galilee to Klil.
  • From Traditional to Trendy: Ethiopian Jewish art transmits a lot of information about their culture and values. Meet with Dorit Katzir and one of the 8 Ethiopian-Israeli artisans Dorit represents at her Klil home gallery: From Traditional to Trendy.
  • Travel to Haifa.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Visit the Pyramida Center in Haifa, which is a combination of artist’s studios and a gallery intended to promote contemporary visual arts and the exchange between Israeli and international artists. Explore the open studios and meet with artists and the center, which currently houses the studios of eleven artists who have the chance to work there for a two-year period.
  • Counterparts II: Drive to the Ein Hod Artists’ Colony, for counterpart visits to artists in their studios (the group will split up into pairs or small groups of three). http://ein-hod.info/artists/artists.htm
  • Drive to Jerusalem.
  • Stop at the Haas Promenade for a welcome ceremony and an opportunity to recite the traditional Shehecheyanu blessing overlooking the Old City.
  • Check in to the hotel, followed by a free evening and dinner on your own.
Overnight: Jerusalem
Day 4
Thursday, November 7, 2019
MEMORIES FOR THE FUTURE
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Yad Vashem: The Holocaust in Art : Guided visit of the art and sculpture garden, featuring works done during the Holocaust, by Holocaust survivors and contemporary artists about the Holocaust. Meet with Eliad Moreh Rosenberg, Curator and Art Department Director at Yad Vashem.
  • Lunch on own
  • Step into another world and visit the quaint neighborhood/artists’ quarter of Ein Kerem,
    tucked into the hills of Jerusalem, and meet with artist and herbalist, Hadar Kleidman, who engages in a variety of ancient crafts and who started the “BeChefetz Kapeha” (Willingly with her Hands) ancient crafts house, with the goal of teaching and preserving ancient knowledge designed in the spirit of bygone days. Enjoy demonstrations using ancient/folk techniques of basketry, wool, weaving, knitting, natural cosmetics, and herbalism.
  • Our Jewish Journeys, a dialogue with artists Dov Abramson and Arik Weiss on their art, their Judaism and the paths they are traveling. https://www.arikweiss.com/ http://www.dovabramsonstudio.com
  • Return to the hotel for free time and dinner on your own.
Overnight: Jerusalem
Day 5
Friday, November 8, 2019
JEWISH CULTURE FROM AROUND THE WORLD
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The Israel Museum: Full morning in-depth visit to the Mandel Wing of Jewish Life that presents the religious and secular material culture of Jewish communities worldwide, spanning from the middle ages to the present day, and explore the open and closed collections, as well as meet with some of the artists involved in re-construction and display.
  • Lunch on own, followed by free time for personal exploration and meeting colleagues and friends.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat at one of Jerusalem’s synagogues or the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel or home hospitality with Judaica Artists.
Overnight: Jerusalem
Day 6
Saturday, November 9, 2019
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM: GOD IS IN THE DETAILS
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Opportunity for Shabbat services at various synagogues, maps and directions will be provided.
  • Lunch on own (lunch will be available at the hotel for an additional cost).
  • Jerusalem is unlike any other city in the world, where many design patterns of diverse national, religious and ethnic cultures blend harmoniously in a cosmopolitan melting pot. Guided walking tour of Jerusalem’s multicultural design motifs in the Old City and west Jerusalem neighborhoods.
  • Havdallah overlooking the Old City.
  • View “King David”, a Tower of David Museum nighttime experience that depicts the story of David—from shepherd to king— who comes to life in a completely new cinematic production projected onto the walls and archaeological excavations of the ancient citadel.
  • Dinner on own, followed by a free evening in Jerusalem.
Overnight: Jerusalem
Day 7
Sunday, November 10, 2019
DAY AT LEISURE
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional tours: (not included in price)
  • Full-day guided visit through the Old City, including both the Christian and Jewish Quarters
  • At the Conegliano Veneto Synagogue and Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art, housed in what used to be The German Catholic Institution, visitors will find a treasure of Italian Jewish art
  • Guided tour at the Jerusalem Artists’ House, situated in the historic building that once housed the Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts, the precursor of the Bezalel Academy for Arts and Design and the basis of the Israel Museum’s collection
  • Nachlaot or Mamilla Art Tour: tour a Jerusalem neighborhood that hosts multicultural and multi-generational populations, a microcosm of Israeli culture.
  • Visit the Wolfson Museum of Jewish Art, located in Heichal Shlomo, the seat of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate. The conceptual narrative of the museum is “the One and the Oneness”, showing Jewish life as a delicate and intricate tapestry of relations between the individual and the community.
  • Day trip to the Dead Sea and Masada, including a dialogue with one of the artists who recently helped reconstruct the frescos atop Masada.
  • Lunch and dinner on own and free time in Jerusalem.
Overnight: Jerusalem
Day 8
Monday, November 11, 2019
CONTEMPORARY JEWISH ART
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Meeting with goldsmith, Janet Berg: Chanukiyah Chinuchit (the Educational Chanukiyah) Workshop with Kol HaOt, which imparts Jewish values, texts and history through a creative synthesis of the visual and performing arts, with David Moss and Matt Berkowitz.
  • Counterparts III: Hutzot HaYotzer: Personal encounters in the studios of Judaica artists working in different media: Is There an Israeli Judaica? http://artistscolony.co.il/category/artists
  • Lunch on own in Machane Yehuda.
  • Meeting with New Spirit (Ruach Hadasha) at Beit Alliance, located right near Machane Yehuda, and meet some of Israel’s future sources of creativity in this home for art, intellect, and ingenuity.
  • Visit the Bezalel School of Art and Design for a special program with faculty and staff on new directions in Israeli and art and art education.
  • Proceed to Tel Aviv.
  • Stop at the Flam Winery en route to Tel Aviv for wine tasting.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Free time in Tel Aviv with dinner on own
  • Israeli artists will be invited to join small groups for dinner.
Overnight: Tel Aviv
Day 9
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
CREATING A HEBREW AESTHETIC
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Guided visit through the Israeli Art wing of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, with the chief curator of the Museum.
  • The Rubin Museum is the former residence of the Israeli painter Reuven Rubin, displaying paintings from the permanent collection representing the different periods in Rubin’s artistic development. The tour will be guided by his daughter-in-law, Carmela Rubin.
  • Lunch on own in Nachalat Binyamin, which, over the past two decades, has become synonymous with quality Israeli crafts and folk art. The market is comprised of over 100 stands representing specialty crafts and folk art in virtually every medium imaginable: wood, stone, sand, glass, ceramics, various metals with most if not all containing materials or themes found only in Israel.
  • Tel Aviv: the First Hebrew City and the Bauhaus Gem, guided walk down Rothschild Blvd, a quasi “open-air Bauhaus museum” lined with many buildings designed by 1930’s European immigrant architects influenced by the work of the architectural “International Style,” overlaid on top of Ahuzat Bayit, the foundations of modern Tel Aviv, with architect and guide Abraham Silver.
  • Dinner on own, with a free evening in Tel Aviv.
Overnight: Tel Aviv
Day 10
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
THE CREATIVE DIVERSITY OF SOUTH TEL AVIV
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Creative Faces of Jaffa, visits to several people/places in Jaffa that show different aspects of its aesthetics. Possible choice :
  • The Jewish Yemenite Art & Culture Museum is part of a whole complex, consisting of a gallery, that exhibits the original, hand-crafted, traditional Yemenite Jewish filigree jewelry and Judaica pieces made by Ben Zion David
  • Serge Tiroche, founder of START, Israel’s art Incubator and, co-founder of Tiroche
  • DeLeon Collection, the first Art Fund modeled on a private collection
  • Gabrieli hand-woven ritual items
  • Adina Plastelina specializes in the design of sterling silver and gold jewelry combined with polymer clay, handcrafted using the ancient technique of ‘Millefiori’, which means ‘a thousand flowers’ in Italian
  • 8 in Jaffa, a gallery for contemporary Israeli ceramics near the Jaffa flea market
  • Farkash Gallery, with rare, original Israeli posters
  • Lunch on own at Beit Kandinof, a new space of creative art and food, followed by a masterclass by one of their many artists in residence (jewelry, ritual art etc).
  • Counterparts IV: preplanned visits to studios throughout Tel Aviv in pairs or small groups, exploring areas of art and creativity of specific interest to participants. Artists to be determined by participant’s interests.
  • Free time and dinner on own.
Overnight: Tel Aviv
Day 11
Thursday, November 14, 2019
INTO THE FUTURE
  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Designing the Future, meet with students and faculty at the Avni Institute of Art and Design or Shenkar School of Design.
  • Art as a Social Force, with artist and art historian, Shirel Horowitz.
  • Lunch on own and free time for personal exploration and meeting colleagues and friends.
  • Farewell cocktail and dinner at the home of world renown Judaica collector Bill Gross and his artist wife, Linda Sperber, with a discussion of Jewish art, Israel and the significance of Judaica in contemporary Jewish life.
  • Proceed to Ben Gurion International Airport for return flight to the United States.
Overnight: Flight
Friday, November 15, 2019
ARRIVE BACK IN THE UNITED STATES
  • Return flight to the United States.
$2,675
Price per person (based on double-occupancy)
$670
Single supplement

* Prices do not include flights

Hotels:

2 nights North
5 nights Jerusalem
3 nights Tel Aviv

 

Land Price Includes:

  • Assistance upon arrival and departure at Ben Gurion Airport
  • One Transfer from and one transfer to Ben Gurion Airport
  • Licensed Israeli Government Tour Educator and trained by Makor – 10 days
  • All group Transportation in Israel on a private luxury bus – 10 days
  • Hotel Accommodations per above ** or similar, pending confirmation
  • All Site Admissions and programs as per the itinerary
  • Meals
    • Breakfast daily
    • 4 dinners
  • Source Materials, Hat, Map
  • Water on bus daily – 3 bottles per person per day
  • Porterage at hotels

Not Included:

  •    Tips for Guide and Driver
  •    Meals on own and out of pocket expenses
  •    Travel and Medical Insurance
  •    Flights

 

Payment and Refund Schedule

Payment Schedule

Upon Registration — Deposit of $500 per participant

August 10, 2019 — 50% of Total Payment

October 1, 2019 — Full Payment

 

Refund Schedule

Cancel before August 10, 2019 — Full Refund

Cancel between August 10 and October 1, 2019 — 50% Refund

Cancel between October 1 and November 1, 2019 — 25% Refund

Cancel after November 1, 2019 — No Refund

 

For more information, please contact Keren at keren@igt.co.il

 

Travel Insurance:
We urge you to purchase cancellation insurance & supplemental medical coverage (which covers pre-existing conditions). This is a smart way to safeguard against life’s surprises.
We have made arrangements with SMS-Travel Insurance Center (Israel) of Omaha, Nebraska. SMS has over 25 years of experience as worldwide insurance brokers and can help you choose the policy that best meets your needs. Yonah Engel is our contact person.

Please note:

  • most insurance policies require purchase within 21 days of your first payment in order to receive maximum coverage (pre-existing conditions, bankruptcy insurance, etc).
  • even if you do not yet know the final trip cost (e.g. flights), write down the amount you do know – and then at a later date, we can amend the insurance premium.
  • trip dates are for the entire period away from home
  • trip costs are all pre-paid expenses (e.g. airfare + land costs)
Phone number: 1-402-404-5205
Mention promo code: IGT-MAKOR

There are no group flights organized for this tour.