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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
DEPARTURE
  • Departure from the United States.
Overnight: Flight
Day 2
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
ARRIVAL - ברוכים הבאים
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport, with assistance by a Makor Educational Journeys representative.
  • Ascend to Jerusalem via the Judean Hills.
  • Stop at the Haas Promenade overlooking the Old City to recite the traditional Shehecheyanu blessing.
  • Behind-the-scenes guided tasting tour of Mahane Yehuda Market with culinary expert, Avigail Kuperman, comparing and contrasting Jewish culture and customs through the foods, the people and the life of the market.
  • Check in to the 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 multiethnic life in Israel with the Tour Educator.
  • Depart the hotel.
  • Azarat Yisrael: What Now?, with Yizhar Hess, Executive Director of the Masorti Movement.
  • Short 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.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Visit the Bilal fabric shop in the Old City, which sells imported Syrian fabrics to Hasidic Jews, Christian clergymen and Muslim imams.
  • 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 own in Jerusalem.
Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 4
Friday, December 28, 2018
CARING FOR OTHERS
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Jewish Responsibility in a Jewish State, meet with Elan Ezrachi, community activist and the author of “Awakened Dream – 50 Years of Complex Unification of Jerusalem” (in Hebrew).
  • 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 Alzheimer’s patients and their families.
  • Free afternoon to explore Jerusalem as residents prepare for Shabbat, with lunch on own.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat with the Conservative Yeshiva.
  • Home hospitality Shabbat dinner at families’ homes 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, Stephen Arnoff.
  • The Poet and the Windmill, a guided walk through Yemin Moshe using the poetry of Yehudah Amichai as a guide.
  • Havdallah overlooking over the Old City.
  • Dinner on own and a free evening in Jerusalem.
Overnight: Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 6
Sunday, December 30, 2018
ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS @2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive north 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 Judean and Samarian Heartland, followed by 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.
  • Return to Jerusalem for a processing session at the hotel.
  • Dinner and evening on own.
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, the community center director, and staff for a glimpse into the challenging relationships between Jews and Arabs 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 high tech arena.
  • Depart for northern Israel via the Trans-Israel Highway, with lunch on own en route.
  • Visit the Yemin Orde Youth Village in the Carmel Mountains, which has become home to both new immigrant child Israelis and children of asylum seekers.
  • Continue to Tiberias.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel, 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 visits to:
    • the Poriah Hospital
    • special partnership projects
    • 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 at the hotel.
Overnight: Kibbutz Ein Gev Resort
Day 9
Wednesday, January 2 , 2019
JEWISH CREATIVITY IN THE LOWER GALILEE: YESTERDAY AND TODAY
  • Breakfast at the hotel with Mayor of Tiberias, Yosef Ben David.
  • Drive through the Lower Galilee to Kibbutz Hanaton.
  • Leadership and Commitment in the Jewish World: Israel 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 where the great Rabbi Yehudah Hanassi led the codification of the Mishna.
  • Continue to Tel Aviv.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own, followed by a free evening in Tel Aviv.
Overnight: Prima City Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 10
Thursday, January 3, 2019
TEL AVIV: THE HEBREW CITY
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Guided walk through Neve Zedek, exploring some of the origins of Tel Aviv while walking through the gentrified neighborhood with its stories and galleries, concluding at the Neve Shechter 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 for children of asylum seekers, and 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 global innovation hubs – all along Rothschild Blvd.
  • Return to the hotel
  • Dinner on own and a free evening in Tel Aviv.
Overnight: Prima City Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 11
Friday, January 4, 2019
ISRAELI IDENTITIES
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Defining Identity in Israeli Society—The Israeli and the Jew: Who Are We?, a discussion with scholar Rachel Korazim, 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, 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 a local Tel Aviv synagogue.
  • Optional Shabbat lunch at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure or 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, 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 BACK IN THE UNITED STATES
  • Return flight to the United States.

*Program is subject to change, pending confirmations.

$2,995
Price per person (in double-occupancy)
$895
Single Supplement

*Prices do not include flights

 

HOTELS

5 nights Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem

2 nights Hotel, Ein Gev

3 nights Prima Tel Aviv Hotel, Tel Aviv (including late check out on the final day)

 

LAND PRICE INCLUDES

  • 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
  • All site admissions and programs as per the itinerary.
  • Meals:

       o  Breakfast daily

       o  4 lunches

       o  6 dinners

  • 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
  • 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

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

 

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

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.

$1,826 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.

$1,826 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.