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Apr 21, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020

Community Journey to Israel
Led by Rabbi Niles Goldstein
Monday, April 20, 2020
ARRIVAL AND WELCOME TO ISRAEL
  • Various arrivals and individual transfers to Tel Aviv (at own expense) .
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Evening at leisure.
Overnight: Tel Aviv (at own expense)
Day 1
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
TEL AVIV: THE FIRST HEBREW CITY
  • Meet in the morning for trip orientation.
  • Behind the Headlines: Using this day’s newspaper headlines as a guide, social historian Paul Liptz will analyze what is happening in the Israel of April 2020.
  • Guided walk through the origins of Tel Aviv, beginning at the Suzanne Delal Center and meandering through the alleyways of Neve Zedek, with some of Tel Aviv’s greatest founding stories as a guide.
  • From Hebrew City to Hebrew State: Walk the Tel Aviv “Independence Trail” along Rothschild Blvd. that begins with the founding of Tel Aviv in 1909 and ends with the establishment of Israel in 1948.
  • Visit the Nachalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Fair, with its street artists and musicians, followed by lunch on own.
  • Free time for personal exploration.
  • Walking tour along the Tel Aviv Promenade to Jaffa, followed by a guided tour through the Old City of Jaffa, tracing its story from the days of the Bible through the Jaffa Port.
  • Welcome dinner at a Jaffa restaurant.
Overnight: Dan Hotel, Tel Aviv
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
CREATING A STATE
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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 IDF.
  • The State of Israel and Me: Meeting with Israeli Air Force Gen. (Res) Asaf Agmon, born in 1948 along with the State of Israel, awarded the highest IAF decoration and Commander of Operation Moses and Operation Solomon to rescue the Ethiopian Jews.
  • Tasting and walking tour through the Levinsky ethnic Balkin market, with a wide selection of street fare to taste and people to meet, including lunch.
  • Proceed to Jerusalem.
  • Stop at the Haas or Goldman Promenades for an introduction to the city and an opportunity to recite the Shehecheyanu blessing upon entering Jerusalem.
  • 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.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Dinner and evening on own.
Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Thursday, April 23, 2020
JERUSALEM – THE CAPITAL OF ISRAEL
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Jerusalem and Israel – Israel and the World, an introduction to the role Jerusalem plays in the geopolitical sphere as well as in Israel’s relationship with the Diaspora, with David Siegel, former Israeli Consul General, Los Angeles, California.
  • Drive around the Old City to Dung Gate for a guided visit through the Davidson Archaeological Park, exploring Jewish life 2,000 years ago, and continue to the Pluralistic Kotel Platform at Robinson Arch for a discussion on the challenges of Jewish pluralism in Israel, with Rabbi Uri Regev, President and CEO of Hiddush.
  • Continue to the Jewish Quarter for a guided story-telling of today’s Jewish Quarter, as seen through the remnants of its uncovered ancient walls.
  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter.
  • Travel along the route where a wall once stood (1948-1967) dividing Jerusalem between Israel and Jordan and which now divides East and West Jerusalem, while riding the Jerusalem Light Rail – with your guide’s observations along the way.
  • Continue to the Knesset for a guided tour through Israel’s Parliament. (pending confirmation, opening hours and recess)

OR

  • Drive around the boundaries of Jerusalem for a geopolitical hilltop tour and view some of the new Israeli neighborhoods that, subsequent to the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967, became part of the “security belt,” as well as the Jerusalem Envelope Seam Zone Barrier.
  • Return to Jerusalem, with dinner and evening on own.
Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Friday, April 24, 2020
MEMORIES FOR THE FUTURE
  • Breakfast at the hotel and check-out.
  • Jewish Sovereignty and the Memory of the Holocaust, a dialogue with scholar Rachel Korazim.
  • Guided visit through Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center, a national memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, including the Avenue of the Righteous, the Holocaust History Museum and the Children’s Memorial.
    • Options for Returnees: Art Museum, Toy and Game Collection, Archives or Sculpture Garden
  • Guided visit through Mount Herzl, concluding with the Leaders of the Nation section, which contains the graves of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir and others.
  • Free time to explore Jerusalem, with optional visits to:
    • Machane Yehudah market, Bezalel market, Ben Yehudah Street, Mamilla Pedestrian mall
  • Shabbat candle lighting, followed by Kabbalat Shabbat at a local synagogue or at the Kotel.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Shabbat, April 25, 2020
SHABBAT IN JERUSALEM
  • Optional Shabbat morning services or morning on own.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Return to the Old City for a tour of Mount Zion, free time in the Old City Market – the Shuk – and a guided visit through the Christian Quarter, including part of the Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
  • Havdallah overlooking the Old City, followed by dinner and evening on own.

Suggestions include: (prior reservations needed optional at own expense):

  • Night Spectacular Sound and Light Show at David’s Tower
  • Cultural performance and one of Jerusalem’s theaters or music venues
  • Night bike tour through the streets of Jerusalem
Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Sunday, April 26, 2020
THE DEAD SEA BASIN
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Proceed to the Dead Sea and ascend Masada via cable car 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 and Israeli life today.
  • Ride the cable car down and proceed to Ein Gedi, with lunch own own en route.
  • Stop at Ein Gedi for an opportunity to walk to the David Spring Oasis.
  • Continue toward Jerusalem.
  • Stop at Eretz Beresheet, the Biblical encampment for Biblical/Bedouin hospitality and camel rides.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner and evening on own.
Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Monday, April 27, 2020
NORTHERN EXPOSURES
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Travel to the north.
  • The Human Side of War: Guided text study of Siach Lochamim (The Seventh Day), a collection of soldier’s testimonies after the Six Day War.
  • Guided walk through the Tel Dan or Banias Nature Reserves at the base of the Golan Heights.
  • Stop at the village of Buq’ata for a dialogue at the home of Naseeba Samara and a glimpse into the unique and sometimes challenging world of the Golan Heights’ Druze and their relationships to Israel and Syria, with lunch.
  • Ascend Mount Bental for a view into Syria and an understanding of the delicate geopolitical situation on the Israeli-Syrian border and a view of the Hula Valley.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • 8:00 pm Siren marking the beginning of Yom HaZikaron.
  • Erev Yom HaZikaron program, TBD.
Overnight: Pastoral Kfar Blum, North
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
YOM HAZIKARON – MEMORIAL DAY FOR FALLEN SOLDIERS
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Tour the reconstructed Tel Hai Museum, which serves as a memorial to a 1920 decisive battle between the Jewish defenders of this isolated Jewish settlement and Arab forces – in the struggle to stake land claims in Palestine as the Ottoman Empire crumbled.
  • Proceed to Kiryat Shemona.
  • 11:00 am Yom HaZikaron siren.
  • Lunch on own in Kiryat Shemona.
  • Proceed to Safed.
  • Guided tour of Safed, which has been known since the 16th century as a major center of Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism, with its old synagogues, narrow alleyways and artists’ studios. Learn about the part Safed played in the 1948 Independence War.
  • Special program with the Ethiopian community in Safed.
  • Dinner with Chef Ronen Bar-El in Safed.
  • Participate in Yom Ha’Atzma’ut festivities in Safed or at the Kibbutz.
Overnight: Pastoral Kfar Blum, North
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
YOM HA’ATZMA’UT AND DEPARTURE
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check-out of the hotel.
  • Proceed to the Mediterranean Coast.
  • Visit the port city of Akko, a city of intrigue, and walk through the labyrinthine alleys and streets to explore the remains of Crusader, Muslim and Ottoman construction and visit the famous prison where those fighting for Israel’s independence were imprisoned before 1948. Walk along the massive city walls; explore the subterranean Crusader city; explore the Ottoman fortress.
  • Proceed to Haifa.
  • Walk along the Haifa Louis Promenade for a view of the Bahai Gardens from above.
  • Guided visit through the German Colony, with lunch on own.
  • Drive to Caesarea and check in to the day-use rooms to freshen up.
  • Festive Yom Ha’atzma’ut BBQ celebrating Israel’s Independence and the conclusion of the trip to Israel.
  • Depart for Ben Gurion Airport for return flight to the United States.
Overnight: In flight
Thursday, April 30, 2020
ARRIVE IN THE US

*Program is subject to change, pending confirmations.

$4,355
Price per person, based on double occupancy
$5,795
Single occupancy

* Based on 20 full-paying participants.  Prices do not include flights.

Hotels:

1 night Dan Hotel, Tel Aviv
5 nights Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
2 nights Pastoral Kfar Blum, North
Dan Caesarea, day-use room

 

Land Price Includes:

  • Group assistance upon arrival and departure at Ben Gurion Airport
  • One group transfer from and one group transfer to Ben Gurion Airport
  • Licensed Israeli Government Tour Educator and trained by Makor – 9 days
  • All group Transportation in Israel on a private luxury bus – 8 days
  • Hotel Accommodations per above ** or similar, pending confirmation
  • All Site Admissions and programs as per the itinerary
  • Meals
    • Breakfast daily
    • 2 lunches
    • 5 dinners
  • Source Materials, Hat, Map
  • Water on bus daily – 3 bottles per person per day
  • Porterage at hotels

Not Included:

  •    Tips for Guide 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

January 1, 2020 — 50% of Total Payment

February 15, 2020 — Full Payment

 

Refund Schedule

Cancel Before January 1, 2020 — Full Refund

Cancel between January 1 and February 15, 2020 — 50% Refund

Cancel between February 15 and April 1, 2020 — 25% Refund

Cancel after April 1, 2020 — 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.