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The Christian Century

Oct 21, 2019 - Nov 1, 2019

Monday, October 21, 2019
  • Depart USA on flight to Israel.
Overnight: In flight
Day 1
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

NOTE: The first day’s activities will depend on flight arrival time.

  • Assistance upon arrival and board bus for Jerusalem.
  • Ascend to Jerusalem via the Judean Hills.
  • Welcome ceremony overlooking the Old City.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Festive welcome dinner and program orientation.
Overnight: Mount Zion, Jerusalem
Day 2
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Jerusalem: Political and Spiritual Center, hevruta text study with Marcie Lenk.
  • Morning in the Old City beginning with an introduction to the multi-ethnic weave of the city from atop the Old City Rooftops for a view of Jerusalem’s Four Quarters from above and continuing into the Jewish and Christian Quarters.
  • Afternoon of Interfaith and Interethnic Dialogue, possibilities include:
    • Sharing of ideas with local Theologians and study with students.
    • A visit to the Yad be Yad – Hand in Hand bilingual (Hebrew-Arabic) school.
    • A special program with Kids4Peace, an initiative which develops long term immersive educational experiences for Jewish and Arab children for the ages of 12-18.
  • Return to the hotel for rest and relaxation, followed by dinner on your own in Jerusalem.
Overnight: Mount Zion, Jerusalem
Day 3
Thursday, October 24, 2019
  • Early morning visit to the Temple Mount – Haram al Sharif.
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Orthodox Jewish Communities, text study with Marcie Lenk focused on the differences between haredi (ultra-Orthodox) Jews and dati-leumi (national Orthodox) Jews and how these differences affect Israeli politics.
  • Does Secular Judaism Have Spiritual Meaning?, text study with Rani Jaeger, of the Shalom Hartman Institute and founder of Beit Tfilah Yisraeli.
  • Visit Midreshet Lindenbaum, a women’s Jewish study seminary for a discussion with faculty and students on questions of Orthodox Feminism.
  • Special program with Rabbis for Human Rights.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Meet with Gabi Lev, theater director, and actors in her troupe to experience and discuss contemporary expressions of Jewish themes.
Overnight: Mount Zion, Jerusalem
Day 4
Friday, October 25, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The Memory of the Holocaust in Contemporary Israeli Society, with scholar Rachel Korazim.
  • Visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s national memorial for the Holocaust, including the Avenue of the Righteous, the Holocaust History Museum, and the Children’s Memorial.
  • Conversation with AMCHA, an NGO dedicated to working with the second- and third-generation children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors.
  • Sabbath: Text study with Marcie Lenk.
  • Depart the hotel for Kabbalat Shabbat (welcoming in the Sabbath) at the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Sabbath dinner together at the hotel.
  • Processing at the hotel.
Overnight: Mount Zion, Jerusalem
Day 5
Saturday, October 26, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Free morning for personal exploration.
  • What Does it Mean to be Christian in Israel? with Hana Bendcowsky.
  • Multi-ethnic walking tour in Western Jerusalem, exploring a weave of traditions and cross-cultural bonds and divisions which permeate the neighborhoods of Western Jerusalem.
  • Meet with local Christian leaders.
  • Dinner on your own at Machane Yehudah Market.
Overnight: Mount Zion, Jerusalem
Day 6
Sunday, October 27, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Church service at St. George’s Cathedral.
  • Drive north of Jerusalem to the northern West Bank with guide Rami Nazzal.
  • Drive through the Qalandia checkpoint and Jerusalem Envelope Barrier.
  • Visit the El Amari refugee camp.
  • Discuss issues of the proximity of Jewish settlements and Arab towns while looking at Psagot from El Bireh.
  • Lunch and meet with Christian political activists near Birzeit.
  • Free time in downtown Ramallah.
  • Dinner in
  • Drive to Bethlehem.
  • Check in to Bethlehem hotel.
Overnight: Jacir Palace, Bethlehem
Day 7
Monday, October 28, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Tour of the separation barrier and the Banksy Hotel
  • Meet with Sami Awad of the Holyland Trust.
  • Lunch in Bethlehem.
  • Meet with the Mayor of Bethlehem.
  • Guided tour around Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity.
  • Return to the hotel, free time to explore Bethlehem.
  • Evening discussion with Huda Abu Arquob, representative of Women Wage Peace, with dinner.
Overnight: Jacir Palace, Bethlehem
Day 8
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Continue to Roots – Judour – Shorashim, a project of Settlers and Palestinians, attempting to find a common language for living together with seemingly opposing narratives regarding national and religious rights to the land, with Noor Awad and Hanan Shlesinger.
  • Drive to the Valley of Elah for a short text study on King David and continue to the Trans-Israel Highway.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Continue to Nazareth for a visit to the Church of the Annunciation, followed by a conversation with Muslim and Christian leaders
  • Drive to Kibbutz Ginnosar and check in to guesthouse.
  • Dinner at the guesthouse.
Overnight: Gai Beach, Tiberias
Day 9
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Ascend to the Golan Heights and Mount Bental, which overlooks the Israeli-Syrian border, for a look at the complex relationship between Israel and Syria in the wake of the Syrian civil war.
  • Continue to the Druze village of Buq’ata and visit the home of Naseeba Samara, for a glimpse into life in the Druze community and her standing between Israel and Syria.
  • Visit Capernaum, Tabgha and the Mount of Beatitudes on the northern shores of the Sea of Galilee, considering Jesus and the Apostles as Jews of their time.
  • Drive to Tel Aviv.
  • Check in to the Tel Aviv hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and free time in Tel Aviv.
Overnight: Dan Panorama, Tel Aviv
Day 10
Thursday, October 31, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Dual-narrative walking tour of Jaffa.
  • Guided walk through the first neighborhoods of Tel Aviv, including Neve Zedek and Rothschild Blvd.
  • Israel, Zionism and Jewish Culture, visit Alma on Rothschild Blvd for a text study with Ruth Calderon.
  • Free time for rest, relaxation and shopping.
  • Afternoon concluding processing session.
  • Festive farewell dinner at Goshen restaurant.
  • Depart for Ben Gurion Airport.
Overnight: In flight
Friday, November 1, 2019
  • Return flight to the United States.

*Program is subject to change, pending confirmations.

Price per person, based on double-occupancy
Single supplement

* prices do not include flights



5 nights Mount Zion, Jerusalem
2 nights jacir Palace, Bethlehem
1 night at Gai Beach, Tiberias
1 night Dan Panorama, Tel Aviv (including late check out on the final day)


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 – 10 days
  • All group Transportation in Israel on a private luxury bus – 10 days
  • Hotel Accommodations per above ** or similar, pending confirmation
  • All Site Admissions and programs as per the itinerary
  • Meals
    • Breakfast daily
    • 2 lunches
      • Lunch near Birzeit
      • Lunch in Bethlehem
    • 7 dinners
      • Welcome dinner
      • Dinner at Jerusalem hotel
      • Shabbat dinner
      • Dinner in Ramallah
      • Dinner with Huda Abu Arquob
      • Dinner at north hotel
      • Farewell dinner
  • 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

June 25, 2019 — 50% of Total Payment

September 24, 2019 — Full Payment


Refund Schedule

Cancel before June 25, 2019 — Full Refund

Cancel between June 25 and August 26, 2019 — 50% Refund

Cancel between August 26 and September 24, 2019 — 25% Refund

Cancel after September 24, 2019 — 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

There are no group flights organized for this tour.

Please be sure to book flights that leave the US on Oct 21 and arrive in Israel on Oct 22, in order to arrive in time for the first day of the tour.