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B’nai Israel Boca Raton

Jun 11, 2023 - Jun 22, 2023

A Lifetime’s Journey: Experience Israel for Yourself
Led by Rabbi Rony Keller
Sunday, June 11, 2023
DEPARTURE
  • Departure from the United States
Overnight: In flight
Day 1
Monday, June 12, 2023
ARRIVAL AND WELCOME TO ISRAEL
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport, with assistance by a Makor Educational Journeys representative.
  • Snack and “munchies”
  • Neot Kedumim, first stop is this Biblical Landscape Reserve, a living outdoor museum of Israel’s “green archeology” and an expression of the heritage tied to the Land and the People of Israel; test your skills at the biblical art of shepherding!
  • Plant a tree in the Land of Israel
  • Proceed to Tel Aviv
  • Check-in to the hotel
  • Late afternoon/early evening Walking Tour along the Tel Aviv Promenade to Jaffa.
  • From the Four Corners of the Earth, a welcome program from the Jaffa overlook, taking in the Mediterranean and absorbing an understanding of Jaffa as the gateway to the Land of Israel for centuries.  Following, a brief guided tour through the village of Jaffa, tracing its story from the prophet Jonah until now.
  • Welcome dinner in a Jaffa restaurant.
Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 2
Tuesday, June 13, 2023
THE INGENUITY OF A MODERN CITY AND STATE
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Travel to Rehovot to visit the Ayalon Institute, a pre-state clandestine munitions factory, for a glimpse at the resourcefulness and creativity of Israel’s early armed forces.
  • Return to Tel Aviv and walk along Bialik Street through part of the “White City” UNESCO Heritage Bauhaus collection and take a glimpse into the lives of some of Tel Aviv’s most significant residents of years gone by, such as author Chaim Nachman Bialik and artist Reuven Rubin.
  • Explore the multi-ethnic Jewish weave of Tel Aviv, beginning at the Levinsky Market with its numerous tastes and scents from the Balkans and Greek Isles, with tastings and lunch on own.
  • From Declaration to Reality: visit Independence Hall (or the Independence Hall Visitors Center), site of the signing of Israel’s Declaration of Independence
  • Visit the Nachalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market, with its many street artists and entertainers
  • Evening and dinner on own.
Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 3
Wednesday, June 14, 2023
JEWISH INGATHERING AND ROMAN REMNANTSS
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Check-out of the hotel
  • Visit the Anu Museum, the newest and most comprehensive museum of the Jewish People, which tells the story of our people through the ages
  • Travel to Caesarea*
  • Guided tour in Caesarea, where both the Romans and Crusaders built large and significant cities, explore the vast reconstructions and artistic interpretations of original archaeology
  • Lunch on own in the Caesarea Port

*Alternative to Caesaria: Proceed to Zichron Ya’acov for a brief tour of Wine Road (Derekh HaYayin), a re-creation of the Moshava’s early days; and/or a sister-city people-to-people program.  Lunch on own or with Zichron residents.

  • Proceed north
  • Enjoy a view of the Kinneret/Sea of Galilee and beyond, to the Golan Heights from Mount Arbel. Carved into the side of the Arbel cliff is a fortress where Galilean Jewish Zealots held out against the Romans in their first attempt at revolt against the mightiest empire of the ancient world.
  • Check-in to the hotel
  • Dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Pastoral Kfar Blum, North
Day 4
Thursday, June 15, 2023
NORTHERN EXPOSURES
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Stop at the Neot Mordecai Shoe Factory
  • Proceed to the Tel Dan Reserve for a nature walk along the Dan River, concluding at Tel Dan itself, one of Israel’s most significant Biblical sites
  • Ascend the Golan Heights, traveling in Jeeps/4×4’s to Mount Bental, overlooking Syria, to gain a better understanding of the geographical and political issues confronting Israel on its northern boundaries
  • Lunch on own in Katzrin
  • Wine and Chocolate*
  • Adults: Wine tasting in a Golan Heights boutique winery
  • Youth: Chocolate making workshop at DeKarina

*Alternative: Raft down the beautifully clear Hatzbani stream, which merges downstream with the Banias to create the Jordan River.

  • Return to the hotel

Dinner at the hotel

Overnight: Pastoral Kfar Blum, North
Day 5
Friday, June 16, 2023
GOING UP TO JERUSALEM
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Check-out of the hotel
  • Proceed to Safed, one of the Land of Israel’s 4 Holy Cities, known for its 16th century synagogues, narrow alleys and artists. It was the center of the second millennium’s Jewish mystical movement.
  • Lunch on own
  • Continue through the Great Rift Valley
  • Ascend to Jerusalem via the Eastern Gate and stop at Mount Scopus for an introduction to the city, beginning with the Shehecheyanu prayer, traditionally recited upon entering Jerusalem
  • Join Jerusalemites as they shop for Shabbat at Machane Yehuda, the outdoor produce market.
  • Afternoon to prepare for Shabbat
  • Musical Kabbalat Shabbat at the First Station and Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel; or join the Reform community of Shir Chadash in Tzur Hadassah for Shabbat services and home hospitality for dinner* (*pending availability)
Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 6
Shabbat, June 17, 2023
A JERUSALEM SHABBAT
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Morning at leisure or at services
  • Lunch at the hotel
  • A Walking Tour of the Old City along the Rooftops of the Marketplace for an introduction to the city and a glimpse at the unique weave of various religious and ethnic groups in its one square kilometer. Then walk through the Jewish, Christian and Muslim Quarters, including the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and take in a view of the Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif and the Mount of Olives.
  • Late afternoon for leisure, swimming, or a Shabbat schluff.
  • Havdalah
  • Dinner and evening on own
Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 7
Sunday, June 18, 2023
REMEMBERING THE PAST
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The Memory of the Holocaust in Contemporary Israeli Society, with scholar Rachel Korazim, at the hotel.
  • For kids: Photo Safari in the vicinity of the hotel
  • Visit the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center, including the Avenue of the Righteous, the Historical Museum and the Children’s Memorial, concluding with a special ceremony in the Valley of the Communities.
  • Alternative programming for kids either at the Biblical Zoo or on the grounds of Yad Vashem.
  • Lunch on your own en route.
  • Proceed to Tel Maresha.
  • Become an archaeologist for a day and take part in the ongoing digs at the caves of Beit Guvrin, where hundreds of underground caves date back to the time of the Phoenicians.
  • Dinner and evening on own.
Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 8
Monday, June 19, 2023
HONORING THE B'NAI MITZVAH
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Optional: Early morning tour of the Western Wall Tunnel, the extension of the retaining wall built 2,000 years ago by Herod the Great to support the massive Temple compound.
  • Join the B’nai Mitzvah at Robinson’s Arch for a special B’nai Mitzvah service and ceremony.
  • Guided exploration of the Jerusalem Archaeological Park bordering the southern wall of the Temple Mount, which contains many remains from the First Temple and later periods
  • (Note: It is possible to prepare the B’nai Mitzvah to be the “guides.”)
  • Festive lunch at a Jerusalem restaurant
  • Tour the City of David, with its new archeological discoveries, tunnels and passageways, concluding with a water walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel*

*Alternative: visit with Kids4Peace, an interfaith program which brings together Jewish, Christian and Muslim children from all over Jerusalem.

  • Afternoon and evening at leisure.
Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 9
Tuesday, June 20, 2023
MASADA AND THE DEAD SEA
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Proceed to the Dead Sea
  • 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 life today.
  • Ride the cable car down and continue to Ein Bokek for an opportunity to float in the Dead Sea and swim in the hotel pool, followed by lunch.
  • Hike up to and cool off in the refreshing pools and waterfalls in the Nahal David (David’s Stream) of the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, a unique ecosystem of springs, waterfalls and pools surrounded by lush greenery in a desolate desert setting.
  • Proceed to Eretz Beresheit
  • Mount camels and travel a short distance to the “Tent of Avraham Avinu” at Eretz Beresheit, for an explanation and demonstration of ancient hospitality customs, many of which are preserved today in traditional Bedouin life.
  • Return to Jerusalem
  • Dinner on own
Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 10
Wednesday, June 21, 2023
DIGGING THE PAST; LIVING THE FUTURE
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Conclude this Israel journey by “Mapping the Journey” with Kol HaOt art educators. Make a personalized family/community map of the week’s experience, followed by a discussion on insights gained and takeaways for the future.
  • Lunch on own and remainder of the day at leisure to explore downtown Jerusalem or another Jerusalem neighborhood, visit the Jewish Quarter in the Old City, go shopping, visit the Israel Museum or other sites. Makor will provide guidance depending on personal preference.
  • Farewell Dinner at a Jerusalem restaurant.
  • Depart for Ben Gurion Airport for return flight(s) home.
Overnight: In flight
Thursday, June 22, 2023
ARRIVAL BACK HOME
  • Arrival in the United States

*Program is subject to change, pending confirmations

$5,795
Per person, based on double occupancy
$2,050
Single occupancy supplement
TBD
Third person sharing, child 12 and under
TBD
Third person sharing, child 13-17 years old

 

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

Hotels:

2 nights Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv
2 nights Pastoral Kfar Blum, North
5 nights Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

 

Land Price Includes:

  • Assistance upon arrival and departure at Ben Gurion Airport for group flight
  • One group transfer from and one transfer to Ben Gurion Airport
  • Licensed Israeli Government Tour Educator and trained by Makor – 10 days
  • All group Transportation in Israel on a private luxury bus – 9 days
  • Hotel Accommodations per above ** or similar, pending confirmation
  • All Site Admissions and programs as per the itinerary
  • Meals
    • Breakfast daily
    • 4 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
  • Potential costs stemming from Covid-19-related regulations at the time of travel (ex. PCR or serological tests)

 

Payment and Refund Schedule

Payment Schedule

Upon registration — Deposit of $500 per participant

March 1, 2023 — 50% of total payment

April 15, 2023 — Full payment

 

Refund Schedule

Cancel before March 1, 2023 — Full refund

Cancel between March 1 and April 15, 2023 — 50% refund

Cancel between April 15 and May 15, 2023 — 25% refund

Cancel after May 15, 2023 — No refund

 

For more information, please contact Jael at jael@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 at this time.