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Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple Multigenerational Israel Adventure

Dec 23, 2023 - Jan 3, 2024

Led by Cantor Vladimir Lapin and Rabbi Elle Muhlbaum
See Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and the Galilee
Connect to the Land, People and State of Israel
Explore your relationship to Israel and the Jewish People
Saturday, December 23, 2023
  • Departure from the United States
Overnight: En-route
Sunday, December 24, 2023
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport, with assistance by a Makor Educational Journeys representative.
  • Proceed to Neot Kedumim
  • Step back in time with an interactive visit at Ne’ot Kedumim, the world’s only biblical landscape reserve.  Draw water from a 2000-year-old cistern.
  • Continue to Tel Aviv
  • Check-in to the hotel.
  • Welcome dinner and introduction to the Journey
Overnight: Tel Aviv, Dan Panorama Hotel
Monday, December 25, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • The Visitors Center of Old Jaffa introduces visitors to 5,000 years of history in one of the oldest ports in the world, with a virtual performance that brings past heroes to life.
  • Independence Trail: Accompanied by texts and poetry, the guided walk begins in the heart of Old Tel Aviv with brief stops that recreate the excitement of the project to create a Hebrew-speaking city, and ends with a vision of the future.
  • “Tasting tour/lunch” through the Carmel or the Levinsky markets.
  • Time to explore Tel Aviv on own


  • Tel Aviv = beach – even in the winter!  Be an Israeli and learn to play “matkot,” Israel’s unofficial national beach-sport.
  • Group dinner* at a local Tel Aviv restaurant (*hosted by Fairmount Temple).
Overnight: Tel Aviv, Dan Panorama Hotel
Tuesday, December 26, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel and check-out
  • Adults: “Putting Today’s Headlines in Context” with Prof. Jeremy Leigh, Hebrew Union College
  • Youth: Visit the Palmach Museum and follow the trials and triumphs of the pre-state fighting organization, which, in many ways, formed the standards of the current-day Israel Defense Force.
  • Travel north along the Trans-Israel Highway, with an on-the-bus  security discussion along the
    Seam Zone between Israel and the Palestinian territories.
  • Stop in Haifa for a visit in the Bahai Temple Gardens; Group Lunch* in Haifa (*hosted by Fairmount Temple)
  • Continue to Akko, for a guided tour through its labyrinthine alleys and streets that date to the Crusader, Muslim and Ottoman periods. Stroll along its massive city walls; explore the subterranean Crusader city and the Ottoman fortress.
  • Travel north to the dramatic white cliffs of Rosh Hanikra, on the border near Lebanon, and ride down the cable car to the naturally-hewn grottos by the water.
  • Continue to the hotel and check-in.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Galilee, Kibbutz Nof Ginosar Hotel
Wednesday, December 27, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • In 4×4 vehicles, tour the Golan Heights, a dormant volcanic plateau with spectacular landscapes, green valleys, grazing land. Take a peek into Syria, with a brief orientation to regional geo-political issues.
  • Lunch on own in Kibbutz Ein Zivan
  • Adults: Wine Tasting
  • Youth: De Karina chocolate-making workshop
  • Proceed to Safed
  • Continue to Safed for a guided walking tour of this, one of Israel’s “Four Holy Cities,” starting at its highest point, the strategically placed 12th century Crusader Citadel. Interwoven with tales of the Israeli War of Independence, Kabbalists and mysticism, descend by foot to the Old City to explore Safed’s development as the center of Kabbalah since its 16th century revival in Israel.
  • Dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Galilee, Kibbutz Nof Ginosar Hotel
Thursday, December 28, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel and check-out
  • Visit the Hula Lake Reflooding Project, one of Israel’s most innovative environmental undertakings, for an opportunity to ride bikes around the lake (single, dual, triple, quad and family bikes available)
  • Travel south toward Jerusalem
  • Guided exploration of Tel Beit She’an, archeological site of a large Biblical city and the Byzantine Scythopolis .
  • Partnership Together (P2G) programming in Beit She’an
  • Continue through the Syrian-African Rift Valley to Jerusalem, with a stop for a sneak preview of Jerusalem and a “Shehecheyanu moment” to appreciate your arrival to Jerusalem.
  • Check-in to the hotel
  • Dinner and evening on own in one of Jerusalem’s neighborhoods with “restaurant clusters,” e.g. First Station, Mamilla, downtown.


Overnight: Jerusalem, Dan Panorama Hotel
Friday, December 29, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Proceed to the Dead Sea
  • Ascend Masada via cable car or on foot for a guided visit through the site and an exploration of the symbolism and questions that arise from the Masada story and their implications for Jewish life today.
  • Ride the cable car down and continue to Ein Bokek for an opportunity to float in the Dead Sea and swim in the hotel pool, followed by lunch.
  • (Time permitting) Hike up to the pools and waterfalls in the Nahal David (David’s Stream) of the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, a unique ecosystem of springs, waterfalls and pools surrounded by lush greenery in a desolate desert setting.
  • Return to Jerusalem
  • Shabbat services and dinner with Kamatz, the Reform congregation in Mevasseret Zion.
Overnight: Jerusalem, Dan Panorama Hotel
Shabbat, December 30, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Morning at leisure/Shabbat services
  • Tastes of Jerusalem: Walk through the Old City “suq” (market) to enjoy tastes of authentic coffee blends, local special herbs and spices, sweets such as Halva or kanafe, 4 variations of hummus, falafel and “beigeleh Yerushalmi.”
  • In the Christian Quarter, visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and note the proximity of many faith traditons’ places of worship.
  • Tradition and Identity:  Mount Zion is a microcosm of Jerusalem – sacred, complex and multicultural, with spaces that are holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims.  Exploration and discussion of how tradition can blur or even change historical realities.
  • Afternoon on own.
  • Havdalah, followed by evening and dinner on own.
Overnight: Jerusalem, Dan Panorama Hotel
Sunday, December 31, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Guided visit through the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center complex, the Jewish National Memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, including:

§  The Avenue of the Righteous

§  The Holocaust History Museum

§  The Children’s Memorial

  • Conclude with a memorial and life affirming ceremony in that Valley of the Communities.
  • Participate in a mitzvah project
  • Lunch on own en route to Beit Guvrin.
  • Become an archaeologist for a day and take part in the ongoing dig at Beit Guvrin, where hundreds of caves that served as storerooms, burial crypts and safe havens date back to the time of the Phoenicians and then to the Maccabees.

–>Parallel program for those who do not want to dig

  • Return to Jerusalem
  • Dinner and evening on own.
Overnight: Jerusalem, Dan Panorama Hotel
Monday, January 1, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • B’nai Mitzvah ceremony at HUC/Beit Shmuel/WUPJ complex
  • Enter the Old City through Jaffa Gate and walk along the Rooftops of the Old City for a
    glimpse into the Christian, Jewish and Armenian Quarters.
  • Guided walk and Family Scavenger Hunt through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City, including the Broad Wall from the First Temple, Batei Machase Square with its Memorial to the War of Independence, and the Hurva Synagogue
  • Celebratory lunch at the Culinarium
  • Guided visit through the Western Wall Tunnel, followed by a visit to the Kotel (Western Wall)
  • Dinner on own in the Mamilla Pedestrian Mall
  • View the Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum
Overnight: Jerusalem, Dan Panorama Hotel
Tuesday January 2, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Guided visit at the Hebrew Music Museum, which houses an impressive collection of musical instruments and interactive exhibits that explore the history of Hebrew music through the ages.
  • “Map the Journey” with Kol HaOt educators, who will creatively guide you through a “visual midrash” of your Israel adventure.
  • Rest of the afternoon on own.
  • Festive Farewell Dinner 
  • Depart for Ben Gurion International Airport for return flight home.
Overnight: En-route
Wednesday January 3, 2024
  • Arrival to United States

“Next year in Jerusalem!”

Overnight: --
per person, double-occupancy
single-occupancy supplement
3rd person sharing with adults, 12 years old & under
3rd person sharing with adults, 13-17 years old

*Price is based on a minimum of 30 paying participants.
Price does not include airfare.



2 nights in Tel Aviv: Dan Panorama Hotel
2 nights in Upper Galilee: Kibbutz Nof Ginosar Hotel
5 nights in Jerusalem + late check-out on January 2: Dan Panorama Hotel


Land Price includes:

  • Assistance upon arrival and departure at Ben Gurion Airport for one group flight
  • One Transfer from and one transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for one group flight
  • Licensed Israeli Government Tour Educator and trained by Makor – 10 days
  • All group Transportation in Israel on a private luxury bus – 9 days
  • Hotel Accommodations as above or similar, pending confirmation
  • All Site Admissions and programs as per the itinerary
  • Meals
    • Breakfast daily
    • 4 Lunches
    • 4 Dinners
  • Source Materials, Makor Educational Journeys Hat, Bag, Map
  • Water on bus daily
  • All Site and Program fees
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Credit card fees

Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Tips for Guide and Driver (recommended $8 per day for guide, $4 per day for driver)
  • Meals on own and out of pocket expenses
  • P2G programming in Beit She’an
  • Kamatz Home Hospitality Dinner
  • Mitzvah Project
  • Travel and Medical Insurance
  • Potential costs stemming from Covid-19 regulations at the time of travel (ex: PCR)



Payment Schedule

Upon Registration — Deposit of $500 per participant

September 1, 2023 — 50% of Total Payment

November 15, 2023 — Full Payment


Refund Schedule

Cancel Before September 1, 2023 — Full Refund

Cancel between September 1 and November 15, 2023 — 75% Refund

Cancel between November 15 and December 3, 2023 — 50% Refund

Cancel after December 3, 2023 — No Refund



Cantor Vlad Lapin, vlapin@fairmounttemple.org
Rabbi Elle Muhlbaum, emuhlbaum@fairmounttemple.org
Rabbi Misha Zinkow, misha@makorjourneys.com; 833-GoMakor (Eastern Time Zone)



  • 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. Consult your insurance agent, or,
  • 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 regarding the purchase of travel insurance:

  • 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, the insurance premium can be amended.
  • 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

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