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Beth Jacob of Mendota Heights

Dec 25, 2018 - Jan 5, 2019
Israel: A Journey of Shared Love and Responsibility
Tuesday December 25, 2018
Depart the United States.
Overnight: Flight
Day 2
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Arrival ברוכים הבאים
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, with arrival assistance.

  • Ascend to Jerusalem via the Judean Hills.

  • Stop at the Haas Promenade overlooking the Old City to recite the traditional Shehecianu Blessing.

  • Check in to the Jerusalem hotel.

  • Festive welcome dinner and orientation.

Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 3
Thursday, December 27, 2018
The Long Path Towards Tolerance, Pluralism, Mutual Dependence
  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Overview of the multicultural and multi-ethnic life in Israel with the Tour Educator.

  • Depart Hotel.

  • Azarat Yisrael: What Now? With Yizhar Hess, Executive Director of the Masorti Movement.

  • Short half hour visit to the Kotel Plaza and Azarat Yisrael (Time Permitting)

  • What is a Model for Jewish Leadership? Guided text study while walking through the Davidson Archaeological Park at the base of the Temple Mount.

  • Behind the scenes guided tasting tour of the Mahane Yehuda Market with culinary expert, Avigail Kuperman, to compare and contrast Jewish culture and customs through the foods, the people and the life of the market.

  • Return to the hotel.

  • Meet with Fishman Fellowship recipient Yehuda Greenfield-Gil’at on his vision of how Jews and Arabs will share the future Jerusalem.

  • Dinner on your own in Jerusalem.

Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 4
Friday, December 28, 2018
Caring for Other
  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Jewish Responsibility in a Jewish State: Beit Midrash Program at Kehilat Moreshet Avraham in with

    • Rani Jaeger founder of Beit Tfila Yisraeli and fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute

    • OR

    • Rabbi Tamar Elad Appelbaum, Rabbi at Kehilat Zion

  • Visit the Melabev Center in Givat Masua, for a morning with staff and residents exploring some of the cutting edge methodologies developed and implemented at Melabev for the support of Alzhiemers patients and their families.

  • Free afternoon to explore Jerusalem as residents prepare for Shabbat.

  • Kabbalat Shabbat with the Conservative Yeshiva.

  • Home hospitality Festive Shabbat Dinner at families in the Conservative Community.

Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 5
Saturday (Shabbat) , December 29, 2018
Shabbat in Jerusalem
  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Optional Shabbat services at one of Jerusalem’s synagogues.

  • Lunch at the Fuchsberg Center with Executive Director, Dr. Stephen Hazan Arnoff.

Choose One of the Following for the Group

  • Agnon in Jerusalem – Walk through the streets of Central Jerusalem, using the writings of Shmuel Yosef Agnon, Israel’s first Nobel Laureate as a guide, exploring the Jerusalem of over 100 years ago, its differences and similarities to today,

  • The Poet and the Windmill – Guided walk through Yemin Moshe using the Poetry of Yehudah Amichai as a guide.

  • A Historic Weave of Jerusalem – Walk through the Valley of Hinnom,  using the Bible as guide to the top of Mount Zion and continuing to the Jewish Quarter with its archaeological remains that date back 3000 years ago to the days of the First Temple, including the Nea Church, the Biblical and Hasmonean remains in the open Cardo and the Broad Wall

  • The German Colony of Jerusalem – Walk through the German Colony, built by the German Templars in the late 1800s’s, with their unique buildings and stories that have become part of Jerusalem’s lore.

  • Jerusalem: A City of Many Traditions – Return to the Old City for a tour of Mount Zion, walk along the Ramparts and free time in the Old City Market – The Shuk.

  • Christian Jerusalem – Guided visit through the Christian Quarter, including part of the Via Delorosa and the Church of the Holy Seplechre.

  • Havadallah overlooking over the Old City, followed by a free evening in Jerusalem.

Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 6
Sunday, December 30, 2018
Israelis and Palestinians @2019
  • Breakfast at hotel.

  • Drive north of Jerusalem to the northern West Bank, Samaria.

  • Visit the current capital of the Palestinian Authority, Ramallah and meet with Palestinian political and business leaders as well as local students

  • My Home in Samaria, visit the settlement of Psagot for a discussion with settlement representatives about their lives and dreams in the Judea and Samarian Heartland.  Lunch and wine tasting at Psagot Winery

  • My Home in Palestine, Visit Rawabi, the new Palestinian city north of Ramallah, for a glimpse at this unique project, a synthesis between private enterprise and public resources, to create a new urban reality in Palestinian society and meet with developer Bashar el Masri.

Alternative  Program I

  • Depart for Gush Etzion.

  • Full day program in Gush Etzion with Shorashim, the grass roots project which bring settlers and Palstinians together, including dialgoues with Shorashim Judour activists, a special project on the Shaorashim Farm and visits to settlements and Arab villages.

Alternative  Program II

  • Full day in Jerusalem and parts of the West Bank with Rabbi Arik Asherman, founder and former director of Rabbis for Human Rights, exploring some of the nuances and complications of Israel’s realtinship to the Palestinians.

All Options

  • Return to Jerusalem for a processing session at the hotel.

Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 7
Monday , December 31 , 2018
Lod: Diversity or Disunity?
  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Depart for Lod.

  • Visit the Ramat Eshkol Jewish Arab Community Center for a special program with Faaten el Zinati, Community Center Director and staff for a glimpse into the challenging relationships between Jews and AQrabs in Lod, including home visits Continue to Tech Career, a special program designed to help new immigrant and second generation Ethiopian Israelis enter the innovation and hi tech arena

  • Depart for Northern Israel via the trans Israel Highway.

  • Visit the Yemin Orde Youth Village in the Carmel Ountain, which has becom home to both New Immigrant Child Israelis and children of Asylum Seekers.

  • Continue to Tiberias.

  • Check in to Tiberias hotel.

  • Dinner on your own  followed by a free evening in Tiberias.

Overnight: Kibbutz Ein Gev Resort
Day 8
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Partnership 2Gether
  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Full day visit to the Tiberias Partnership2Gether Region including:

    • A visit to the Poriah Hospital

    • A visit to special partnership projects

    • A visit to one or more of the Arab villages in the region.

  • Lunch at Kinneret College with College President, Professor Shimon Gepstein.

  • A Tale of Two Graves: Visit the graves of Rabbi Meir Baal HaNess in Tiberias and Rachel the Poet in the Kinneret Cemetery for a glimpse into two of Israel’s populations (Ultra-Orthodox and Secular) and how they view Jewish tradition, the Land of Israel and the State of Israel.

  • Return to the hotel.

  • Dinner on your own in Tiberias.

Overnight: Kibbutz Ein Gev Resort
Day 9
Wednesday, January 2 , 2019
Jewish Creativity in the Lower Galilee: Yesterday and Today
  • Breakfast with Mayor of Tiberias, Yosef Ben David.

  • Drive through the Lower Galilee to Kibbutz Hanaton.

  • Leadership and Commitment in the Jewish World: Israe as a Case Study, participate in a Beit Midrash program with the Masorti Mechina (Pre Army Academy) at Kibbutz Hanaton, led by Rabbi Yoav Ende.

  • Visit Zippori for a guided visit through the site, both above and underground, exploring wihere the great Rabbi Yehudah Hanassi led the codification of the Mishna.

  • Drive toward Tel Aviv.

  • Check in to Tel Aviv hotel.

  • Dinner on your own followed by a free evening in Tel Aviv.

  • Return to Tel Aviv.

Overnight: Prima City Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 10
Thursday, January 3, 2019
A Mosaic of Tel Aviv
  • Meet with scholar Rachel Korazim teaching—Defining Identity in Israeli Society—The Israeli and the Jew: Who Are We?, at the hotel.

  • Guided walk through Neve Zedek exploring some of the origins of Tel Aviv while walking through the re-gentrified neighborhood with its stories and galleries, concluding at the Neve Shecter Center and synagogue of Neve Zedek for a discussion on the unique role played by Neve Shechter as a non orthodox center in the heart of Tel Aviv, with Rabbi Roberto Arbiv.

  • Continue to South Tel Aviv for a visit to the Eliphelet Center which cares of children of Asylum Seekers, speak with both staff and parents for a glimpse into the challenges and small triumphs of Israel’s Asylum Seeking Community.

  • Optional guided walk from Ahuzat Bayit where the city of Tel Aviv began through the UNESCO White City and concluding in one of Israel’s central innovation Global Innovation Hubs – all along Rothschild Blvd.

  • Return to the hotel followed by dinner on your own and a free evening in Tel Aviv.

Overnight: Prima City Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 11
Friday, January 4, 2019
Tel Aviv as a Jewish Center
  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Visit Independence Hall, site of the signing of Israel’s Declaration of Independence.

  • A Tel Aviv Shabbat/Weekend, walking tour–Exploring Graffiti in the alleyways of Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv Galleries, Beneath the Surface in Florentine, The American Colony and the people who make it all happen.

  • Free time to enjoy Tel Aviv as residents prepare for Shabbat.

  • Shabbat Candle Lighting Time.

  • Kabbalat Shabbat at one of the Conservative Synagogues in Tel Aviv or on your own as a community at the hotel.

  • Festive Shabbat Dinner at the hotel with special guest, and St. Paul native Jessica Fishman, whose Aliyah experiences she published into the witty novel “Chutzpah and High Heels”.

Overnight: Prima City Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 12
Shabbat, January 5, 2019
A Tel Aviv Shabbat
  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Optional Shabbat services at local Tel Aviv synagogues.

  • Optional Shabbat Lunch at the Hotel.

  • Day at leisure or optional possibilities include:

    • Optional  Walking tour along Bialik St. including a visit to the Reuven Rubin Art Museum and the old Tel Aviv City Hall.

  • Ben Kodesh Lechol Havdallah – Group Havdallah followed by a wrap up discussion.

  • Festive Farewell Dinner at a Tel Aviv restaurant.

  • Depart for Ben Gurion Airport.

Overnight: Flight
Sunday , January 6, 2019
Arrive in the United States.

*Program is subject to change.

Price per person (in double-occupancy)
Single Supplement

*Prices do not include flights



5 nights Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem

2 nights Hotel, Ein Gev

3 nights Prima Tel Aviv Hotel, Tel Aviv (including Late Check Out on final day)



  • One group Airport  Arrival and Departure Assistance at Ben Gurion International Airport
  • One Group Transfer from and to Ben Gurion International Airport
  • All group Transportation in Israel on a private luxury bus –  11 days
  • Licensed Israeli Government Tour Educator – Trained by Makor
  • Hotel Accommodations per above ** pending availability
  • All Site Admissions and programs as per the itinerary.
  • Meals:

       o  Breakfast daily

       o  4 lunches

       o  4 dinners including 2 Shabbat dinners

  • Source Materials, Hat, Map
  • Water on bus daily – 3 bottles per person per day
  • Porterage at hotels



  • Tips for Guide, Hostess and Driver
  • Meals on Own and out of pocket expenses
  • Travel and Medical Insurance
  • Flights
  • Shabbat Lunch in Tel Aviv
  • Security
  • Additional Speakers
  • Synagogue Referred Speakers

               o Avigail Kuperman

               o Yehuda Greenfield Gil’at

               o Jessica Fishman

               o Donations to various organizations


Payment and Refund Schedule

Payment Schedule

Upon Registration — Deposit of $500 per participant

September 25, 2018 — 50% of Total Payment

November 13, 2018 — Full Payment


Refund Schedule

Cancel before September 25, 2018 — Full Refund

Cancel between September 25, 2018 and November 13, 2018 — 50% Refund

Cancel between November 13 and December 11, 2018 — 25% Refund

Cancel after December 11, 2018 — No Refund


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



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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)

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Group Flight Information

Flight to Israel
Flight to USA

Depart Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport on 25th December at 7:15 am on flight UA 3548 to Chicago Airport.

Arrive in Chicago at 8:50 am.

Depart Chicago on 25th December at 10:30 am on flight UA 2297 to Newark Airport.

Arrive in Newark at 1:37 pm.

Depart Newark on 25th December at 4:20 pm on flight UA 84 to Ben Gurion Airport.

Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport on 26th December at 9:35 am.

Depart Ben Gurion Airport on 5th January at 11:10 pm on flight UA 91 to Newark.

Arrive in Newark on 6th January at 4:30 am. ​​

Depart Newark on 6th January at 7:30 am on flight UA 3423 to Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport.

Arrive in Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport on 6th January at 9:50 am.

$1,754 per person ​

* Price may fluctuate minimally due to change in taxes ​

Cancellation between September 19th and November 19th will incur a $200 cancellation fee. Cancellation after November 19th will not be refunded.

Flight to USA

Depart Ben Gurion Airport on 5th January at 11:10 pm on flight UA 91 to Newark.

Arrive in Newark on 6th January at 4:30 am. ​​

Depart Newark on 6th January at 7:30 am on flight UA 3423 to Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport.

Arrive in Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport on 6th January at 9:50 am.

$1,754 per person ​

* Price may fluctuate minimally due to change in taxes ​

Cancellation between September 19th and November 19th will incur a $200 cancellation fee. Cancellation after November 19th will not be refunded.