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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
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport, with assistance by a Makor Educational Journeys representative.
  • Proceed to Tel Aviv.
  • Check in to the hotel after 3:00 pm.
  • Day at leisure, on own.
Overnight: Lighthouse Hotel, Tel Aviv (at own expense)
Day 1
Sunday, November 10, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Free morning.
  • 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.
    • Women artisans: Visit the Ilana Goor Museum for a tour, which follows the female identity and its complexity, as manifested in Ilana Goor’s work and in the works of other artists in the fascinating collection Goor has collected over the years.
    • 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.
    • Stories/stops about pioneer women in Jaffa from the First and Second Aliya, who lived/worked in Jaffa.
  • Festive welcome dinner and trip orientation.
Overnight: Lighthouse Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 2
Monday, November 11, 2019
  • Optional: Yoga on the beach.
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  •  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.
  • 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 with Michal Avera, CEO of Fidel, an organization dedicated to assisting the integration of Ethiopian Israelis into Israeli society through high-impact initiatives that educate, empower, and nurture leadership.
  • 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.
  • Dinner and evening on own.
Overnight: Lighthouse Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 3
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
  • Optional: Bike ride on the promenade.
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Tour the Tel Aviv urban art scene with Murielle Cohen, who draws colorful collages made up of short sentences that describe the hidden secrets of each soul that she draws – a woman artist in a generally male-dominated art and street art world.
  • 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.
  • The Nachalat Binyamin market has become synonymous with quality Israeli crafts and folk art.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Participate in a guided walking Rainbow Tour of Tel Aviv to discover the secrets of the largest LGBT community in Israel.
  • Mindful Wine Tasting, with pioneering female vintner Roni Saslove, at the hotel.
  • Dinner and evening on own.
Overnight: Lighthouse Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 4
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
  • Optional: Yoga on the beach.
  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Proceed to the Bedouin village Tel Sheva to the Desert Daughter farm for a unique visit, including an inside view of how Desert Daughter health products and cosmetics are produced, which are based on Bedouin family traditions dating back over 400 years.
  • Proceed to Moshav Zekharia.
  • Kurdish 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 prayer.
  • 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 in Machane Yehudah market.
  • Tour of Machane Yehuda after hours.
Overnight: Leonardo Boutique Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 5
Thursday, November 14, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Survivor Testimony over Time, a presentation by scholar Sharon Kangisser.
  • 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.
  • 70 Years of Women’s Service in the IDF, lunch with Brigadier-General (Res.) Racheli Tevet-Wiesel.
  • Proceed to Ein Karem.
  • A workshop of baking Yemenite breads, with Efrat Giat.
  • The Ketuba, discuss the Jewish wedding ceremony today and participate in a calligraphy workshop with a female artist, who writes and illuminates ketubot.
  • Dinner and evening on own.
Overnight: Leonardo Boutique Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 6
Friday, November 15, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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
    • Time for reflection at the Kotel (Western Wall)
    • The Ezrat Yisrael section of the Western Wall
    • Ancient mikva’ot in the Jewish Quarter or the Jerusalem Archaeological Park.
    • Meet with Rabbi Noa Sattath, Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), the social justice arm of the Reform movement in Israel.
  • Lunch and afternoon on own.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat with Kamatz, a Progressive congregation in Mevasseret Zion, 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.
  • Participate in a walking tour reminiscent of a different era as every building on Rehov HaNevi’im (the Street of the Prophets) tells a story of Zionist aspirations, European romanticism, African mysteries or Middle Eastern intrigues.
  • Proceed to Damascus Gate, one of the main entrances to the Old City of Jerusalem that, since Biblical times, connects to the main thoroughfare which once lead to the ancient city/capital of Damascus. Continue walking along a seam line that today lacks the physical demarcation of a wall but separates East and West Jerusalem, Israelis and Palestinians, ultra-orthodox and secular neighborhoods.
  • Shabbat lunch on own.
  • Afternoon at leisure.
  • Optional visit to the Israel Museum at own expense (40 minute walk or 10 minute cab ride).
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Havdallah at the hotel.
  • Farewell dinner, including a wrap up conversation.
  • 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.