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Beth Chaim Princeton Junction

Nov 9, 2019 - Nov 17, 2019

Led by Rabbi Adena Blum and Anne Berman-Waldorf
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Overnight: Flight
Day 1
Sunday, November 10, 2019

NOTE: The first day’s activities will depend on flight arrival time.

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport, with assistance by a Makor Educational Journeys representative.
  • Proceed to Tel Aviv.
  • Tour the Old City of Jaffa through Jaffa women-related stories, poems and encounters that may include:
    • Andromeda’s Rock, a sea rock formation off the shore of Jaffa, named after a Jaffa-related Greek myth.
    • Basma Café, a coffee shop, named after the daughter of a café owner, who learned her father’s coffee blending skills and passed them on to her daughters and granddaughters.
    • Women artisans: Meet with one or more female artists and hear her/their story.
    • Nine Rooms Club, a membership club for women only.
    • Arous Elbahar (Bride of the Sea) Association for Women, a non-profit women’s organization, which advances the position and the involvement of Jaffa’s Muslim women.
    • Women’s Courtyard, a unique multicultural, stigma-free framework that provides support and assistance for girls and young women dealing with situations of distress and risk.
    • Stories/stops about pioneer women in Jaffa from the First and Second Aliya, who lived/worked in Jaffa.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Shared Society, experience a home-cooked Opening Dinner with the Rana Choir, consisting of Arab and Jewish women
Overnight: Lighthouse Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 2
Monday, November 11, 2019
  • Optional: Yoga on the beach.
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Guided walk and exploration through the Ahuzat Bayit neighborhood, from which the city developed, and Neve Zedek, one of Tel Aviv’s first neighborhoods with its many stories and modern galleries, including time for self-exploration and shopping.
  • Tour the Tel Aviv urban art scene with tattoo and street artist Michal Rubin, who tags her colorful animals, painted to resemble stained glass, simply with MR and/or Murielle Cohen, who draws colorful collages made up of short sentences that describe the hidden secrets of each soul that she draws – 2 women artists in a generally male-dominated art and street art world.
  • Lunch with IDF Major-General (Res.) Orna Barbivai, the former head of the IDF Manpower Directorate and the first woman to achieve the rank of Major-General, and/or presently-serving IDF women soldiers.
  • Women in the Startup Nation, meet with members of the Yazamiyot (Hebrew for “female entrepreneurs”) community, which strives to empower and support women working within the high tech, bio-tech and innovation fields.
  • Dinner on own.
Overnight: Lighthouse Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 3
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
  • Optional: Bike ride on the promenade.
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The Nachalat Binyamin market has become synonymous with quality Israeli crafts and folk art.
  • Visit Kuchinate, a collective of African asylum-seeking women in vulnerable situations—many are survivors of human trafficking, torture, and sexual abuse—who design and create crocheted products for the home, to partake in a traditional Eritrean/Ethiopian coffee ceremony.
  • Maskit, founded to create jobs for new immigrants, is Israel’s first “high” fashion house and its concept was to take modern European patterns combined with ethnic embroidery, creating a uniquely Israeli brand.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Turning the Tables is dedicated to vocational training and economic empowerment of women, who break away from life “on the streets” by building self-worth and achieving livelihood possibilities by offering services of sewing, pattern making and designing for designers and individual clients.
  • Rest of the afternoon at leisure.
  • Dinner on own.
  • Participate in a guided walking Rainbow Tour of Tel Aviv to discover the secrets of the largest LGBT community in Israel.
Overnight: Lighthouse Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 4
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
  • Optional: Yoga on the beach.
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Proceed to the Bedouin village Lakiya to meet with representatives of the Sidreh–Lakiya Weaving Project at their complex and learn about their ideology of the Independence Movement for Bedouin women and participate in weaving/dyeing in the traditional manner.
  • Proceed to Moshav Zekharia.
  • Kurdish/Yemenite/Moroccan Cooking Workshop and lunch with local women in the Mateh Yehuda region, who are part of a women’s empowerment initiative that provides professional mentoring and instruction in operating catering businesses that serve the tourism industry.
  • Continue to the Haas Promenade overlooking Jerusalem for an introduction to Jerusalem’s historical importance and centrality to the Jewish people, including the chance to recite the traditional Shehcheyanu
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Workshop with Theatre Company Jerusalem that gives contemporary theatrical expression to ancient Jewish sources by merging traditional Jewish text study with theatrical and musical performance, with particular attention given to the voice of the woman.
  • Dinner on own at the Tachana Rishonah (First Train Station).
Overnight: Leonardo Boutique Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 5
Thursday, November 14, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The Memory of the Holocaust in Israeli Society Today, a presentation by scholar Rachel Korazim, followed by a guided visit through Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center, including the Avenue of the Righteous, the Holocaust History Museum and the Children’s Memorial, concluding with a special ceremony in the Valley of the Communities—with emphasis on women in the Holocaust.
  • Lunch with MK Rachel Azaria and a discussion on Women in Politics.
  • The Ketuba, meet female rabbis and/or scholars to discuss the Jewish wedding ceremony today, as well as female artists, who write and illuminate ketubot, including a calligraphy workshop.
  • Mindful Wine Tasting, with pioneering female vintner Roni Saslove, including savory snacks.
  • Dinner on own for those who wish to go out for dinner and/or dessert.
Overnight: Leonardo Boutique Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 6
Friday, November 15, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Proceed to Ein Kerem.
  • A workshop of Baking Yemenite Shabbat breads, with Efrat Giat.
  • Jerusalem as a Woman, text study session with a female Jewish spiritual leader/educator (or Rabbi Blum).
  • Travel to the Old City of Jerusalem.
  • Women-based Religious Concepts, explore on-site origins of faith-based rituals, such as the mikvah, and discuss the origins and evolution of female head coverings. Sites to be visited include:
    • Guided tour of the Western Wall Tunnel.
    • Ancient mikva’ot in the Jewish Quarter or the Jerusalem Archaeological Park.
    • The Ezrat Yisrael section of the Western Wall and meet with a representative of the Israeli Religious Action Center (IRAC).
  • Lunch and afternoon on own.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat with a Progressive congregation, followed by home hospitality for dinner.
Overnight: Leonardo Boutique Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 7
Saturday, November 16, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Time for meditation or worship.
  • Along the Seam, a guided walk with maps along Jerusalem’s seam zones to better understand the complexities of this united/divided city, including a visit to the Museum on the Seam.
  • Shabbat lunch on own.
  • Afternoon at leisure.
  • Optional visit to the Israel Museum at own expense (40 minute walk or 10 minute cab ride).
  • Wrap up conversation followed by Havdallah at the hotel.
  • Tour of Machane Yehuda after hours.
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Proceed to Ben Gurion Airport for return flight to the United States.
Overnight: Flight to US
Sunday, November 17, 2019
Arrive Home in the United States

*Program is subject to change, pending confirmations.

Cost Per Person (based on double occupancy)
Single Supplement

* Prices do not include flights


3 nights, Lighthouse Hotel, Tel Aviv
3 nights, Leonardo Boutique Hotel, Jerusalem


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 – 7 days
  • All group Transportation in Israel on a private luxury bus – 7 days
  • Hotel Accommodations per above ** or similar, pending confirmation
  • All Site Admissions and programs as per the itinerary
  • Meals
  • Breakfast daily
    • 3 lunches
      • Lunch with IDF Major General
      • Kurdish/Yemenite/Moroccan Cooking Workshop
      • Lunch with MK
    • 3 dinners
      • Home-cooked Opening Dinner at the Arab-Jewish Community Center
      • Shabbat Home Hospitality Dinner
      • Festive Closing Dinner
  • Source Materials, Hat, Map
  • Water on bus daily – 3 bottles per person per day
  • Porterage at hotels

Not Included:

  •    Tips for Guide, Hostess and Driver
    • Recommended: $8 a day per person for the guide and $4 per person for the 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 15, 2019 — 50% of Total Payment

September 26, 2019 — Full Payment


Refund Schedule

Cancel before August 15, 2019 — Full Refund

Cancel between August 15 and September 26, 2019 — 50% Refund

Cancel between September 26 and October 24, 2019 — 25% Refund

Cancel after October 24, 2019 — No Refund


For more information, please contact Adam at alandau@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.