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Congregation Beth Chaim

Jan 11, 2023 - Jan 22, 2023

Discover Israel: In Body, Mind and Soul
Led by Rabbi Adena Blum and Anne Berman-Waldorf
Wednesday, January 11, 2023
  • Departure from the United States
Overnight: In flight
Day 2
Thursday, January 12, 2023

The first day’s itinerary is subject to change, depending on flight arrival times

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport, with assistance from a Makor Educational Journeys representative.
  • Proceed to hotel and check in.
  • Ride up to the Azrieli Observatory for a 360-degree view of greater Tel Aviv.
  • Welcome dinner at a chef’s restaurant in Jaffa or Tel Aviv
Overnight: Tal Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 3
Friday, January 13, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Meet with educator Dr. Rachel Korazim in her Jaffa home:  Tel Aviv as a microcosm of Israel: Jewish City or Israeli City?
  • Visit the Jaffa Visitors’ Center for a “tour” of the 4000 years of this biblical and modern portal to Israel.
  • Options: Head to the Jaffa Flea Market, a colorful combination of ethnic foods and shopping for treasures, or visit the Nachalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market, with its many street artists and entertainers.
  • Return to hotel to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Join Beit T’fillah Yisraeli for Kabbalat Shabbat/Friday evening Shabbat services.  “BTY” is known for its unique musical and prayerful fusion of progressive-Israeli worship.
  • Shabbat dinner at Old Man and the Sea


Overnight: Tal Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 4
Saturday/Shabbat, January 14, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Shabbat services at local Tel Aviv synagogues / leisure time / Yoga on the beach.
  • Group 1 From Hebrew City to Hebrew State: Begin Neve Zedek and walk along the Independence Trail and embark on a remarkable journey that begins with the founding of Tel Aviv in 1909 and ends with the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.
  • Group 2: Guided visit in ANU the Museum of the Jewish People that connects Jewish people to their roots and strengthens their personal and collective Jewish identity, conveying the fascinating narrative of the Jewish people and the essence of the Jewish culture, faith, purpose and deed.
  • Lunch on own
  • All: Accompanied by artist and educator, Shirel Horowitz at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, discover what makes Israeli art a genre, when it all started and how it expresses a unique relationship with the Zionist narrative, the international art world and contemporary issues in Israeli society.
  • Gather for group Havdalah
  • Dinner on your own


Overnight: Tal Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 5
Sunday, January 15, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Drive along the Trans-Israel Highway, the Seam Zone Barrier between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, with a security discussion about this area between Israel and the Palestinian territories
  • “A Journey to the Jezreel Valley,” accompanied by educators from HaMidrasha (the Educational Center for Pluralistic Jewish Studies). Begin this combined tour-text study at Beit She’arim, the place that Jewish life crystallized following the destruction of the Second Temple. Afterwards, journey to Kibbutz Yifat, where the pioneers who founded the kibbutz movement strove to carry out their dream of a new Jewish way of life in the Land of Israel at the beginning of the twentieth century.
  • Lunch on own in Safed/Tzfat
  • Group 1: Guided tour of the streets and synagogues of Safed/Tzfat, one of Israel’s “Four Holy Cities,” and the center of the 16th century revival of Kabbala -Jewish mysticism, known for its narrow alleyways and artists’ studios.  Meet with an artist who uses Kabbalah as inspiration
  • Group 2: Hands-on Art Workshop with a local artist
  • Check-in hotel
  • Dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Nea Hotel, Shavei Tziyon
Day 6
Monday, January 16, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Meet with Lt. Col. (Res.) Sarit Zehavi, CEO and founder of Alma, which specializes in Israel’s security challenges on its northern border, (or) in 4×4 vehicles along the Blue Line, stop at several key observation points for a better understanding of the history and geopolitics  and security challenges on Israel’s northern border.
  • Explore Akko, an historic walled port-city with continuous settlement from the Phoenician period, with Crusader, Ottoman and Muslim architecture. See the fortified walls, citadel, mosques, khans and baths dating from the 18th and 19th centuries and the remains of the earlier Crusader town, dating from 1104 to 1291.  Akko was also home to a famous British Prison during the Mandatory period in Palestine where many Jewish prisoners were held.
  • Lunch at Uri Buri, with members of the community and then engage in dialogue about Muslim-Jewish challenges and solutions
  • Travel to Haifa. Stop at a high point along the Carmel Mountains for a view of Haifa Bay and the Baha’i Temple and Gardens
  • Beit HaGefen Jewish-Arab Cultural Center works to creatively to bring together the various religions, cultures and nationalities living in Israel.   As part of the “Art of Shared Society” project, participants will trace the art route the Beit HaGefen “Museum Without Walls through the Wadi Nisnas neighborhood.
  • In Druze Daliyat al Karmel village, participate in an authentic Druze meal that affords a hands-on, true to life cultural immersion that’s not just about good eating but also about exploring foreign cultures through taste, smell and experience.
  • Return to the hotel
Overnight: Nea Hotel, Shavei Tziyon
Day 7
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel and check-out
  • The Ramat HaNadiv Nature Park preserves the authentic Carmel Mountain landscape, flora and fauna.   During a visit to the architecturally-striking Visitors Pavilion, which was the first building in Israel to be awarded “green” accreditation, view exhibitions about environmental management and biodiversity in Israel and/or participate in a “sustainability” tour of the gardens.
  • Lunch on own in Zichron Yaakov, one of modern Israel’s first settlements.
  • Visit and wine-tasting at the Bat Shlomo Winery.  Meet with founder, and serial entrepreneur Eli Wurtman, who combines his love of wine with a special project that helps youth at risk.
  • Continue south
  • Encounter impressive agricultural achievements at Kibbutz Magal during a visit to the “Netafim” plant and greenhouse innovation center. Netafim developed drip irrigation and smart irrigation solutions that continue to have an immense impact globally. Included will be a tasting visit to the “Masik” olive oil visitor center. Hear from the experts on the growing process and production.
  • Proceed to Jerusalem
  • Arrive at the Haas or Goldman Promenade overlooking the Old City for an opportunity to recite the traditional Shehecheyanu blessing upon arrival in Jerusalem, with traditional bread and wine, followed by a short overview and introduction to the city.
  • Check-in at hotel
  • Dinner on own at Tachana Rishona (First Station), an Ottoman era train station that has been renovated into a center for restaurants, shopping and public performances.
Overnight: Arthur Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 8
Wednesday, January 18, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Guided the tour of the L.A. Mayer Memorial Museum for Islamic Art which contains hundreds of objects representing the art of Islamic countries throughout the ages.
  • Proceed to the Jaffa Gate
  • An Historic Weave of Jerusalem Guided walk through the Quarters of Jerusalem, exploring the multi-ethnic weave of the city, including rooftop views from within the Jewish Quarter with its archaeological remains that date back 3000 years to the days of the First Temple, the Nea Church, the Biblical and Hasmonean remains in the open Cardo, and the Broad Wall and a a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the Christian Quarter
  • Tastes of Jerusalem”– Lunch will be tastings of foods representing the mosaic of cultures in Jerusalem
  • A Window on Mt. ZionMount Zion is a microcosm of Jerusalem – sacred, complex and multicultural.  Th visit to Mount Zion will concentrate on a single building that houses King David’s Tomb / the Room of the Last Supper/ Nabi Daud –sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims.
  • Tour inside the Western Wall Tunnel, the “unseen” portion of the Temple Mount’s retaining wall that extends well-beyond the visible “Kotel Hama’aravi,” The Western (Wailing) Wall.
  • Continue to Robinson’s Arch and the Egalitarian Prayer Space for a wrap-up discussion and time for personal prayer
  • Dinner on own
Overnight: Arthur Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 9
Thursday, January 19, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Proceed to the Dead Sea Basin.
  • Group 1:  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.
  • Group 2:  Sacred Writings and Ein Gedi: tour and texts from the Song of Songs at the ancient Ein Gedi synagogue, followed by a short hike with the poetry of the Psalms in Nahal David oasis.  Accompanied by scholar Shulie Mishkin.
  • Continue to Ein Bokek for an opportunity to float in the Dead Sea and swim in the hotel pool, followed by lunch.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner and evening on own.
Overnight: Arthur Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 10
Friday, January 20, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Visit the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center.
  • Group 1: the Avenue of the Righteous, the Holocaust History Museum and the Children’s Memorial, concluding with a special ceremony in the Valley of the Communities.
  • Group 2:  Creating in Destruction The Holocaust in Art and Literature:  A guided visit through the Yad Vashem Art Musuem and selected sculptures on the Yad Vashem campus. While exploring the visual art, read and discuss the poetry of modern Israeli poets who have used the “Binding of Isaac” as their theme.
  • Continue through to Machane Yehuda Open Air Market, as Jerusalemites prepare for Shabbat – with all the colors, scents and people that create the unique Jerusalem market atmosphere, with lunch on own.
  • Afternoon at leisure; time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat/Erev Shabbat services at HUC or as a Beth Chaim community at the hotel, or a local Reform congregation.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner with students at HUC or at the hotel.
Overnight: Arthur Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 11
Saturday/Shabbat, January 21, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Morning at leisure or services at HUC (if services at HUC were not available on Friday night)
  • Lunch on own (open restaurant options/suggestions will be provided)
  • Afternoon learning session and seudah shleesheet with Hanoch Piven or Rabbi Or Zohar
  • Rest of the afternoon at leisure, time for packing
  • Havdalah, followed by concluding dinner together in a Jerusalem restaurant
  • Depart for Ben Gurion International Airport for return flight home.
Overnight: In flight
Day 12
Sunday, January 22, 2023

*Program is subject to change, pending confirmations.

Price per person, based on double occupancy
Single occupancy supplement

Price based on 20 full-paying participants. Price does not include flights.



3 nights, Tal Hotel, Tel Aviv
2 nights, Nea Hotel, Shavei Tziyon
4 nights, Arthur Hotel, Jerusalem



  • Assistance upon arrival and departure at Ben Gurion Airport for one group flight
  • One group transfer from and one group 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
    • 3 Lunches
    • 6 Dinners
  • Source Materials, Hat, Bag, Map
  • Water on bus daily
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Credit card fees


  • Flights
  • Tips for Guide, Hostess and Drivers
    • Recommended: $8 per day per person for the guide and $4 per person per day for the driver
  • Meals on own and out of pocket expenses
  • Travel and Medical Insurance
  • Potential costs stemming from Covid-19-related regulations at the time of travel (ex. PCR or serological tests).


Payment Schedule:

Upon Registration — $500 Deposit per participant

November 1, 2022 — 50% of Total Payment

December 15, 2022 — Full Payment

Refund Schedule:

Cancel before November 1, 2022 — Full Refund

Cancel between November 1 and December 15, 2022 — 75% Refund

Cancel between December 15, 2022 and January 1, 2023 — 50% Refund

Cancel after January 1, 2023 — No Refund

–>Cancellations due to the Covid-19 epidemic will be fully refundable, except for a $150 per person processing fee.


Anne Berman-Waldorf, RJE, educator@bethchaim.org
Rabbi Adena Blum, rabbiblum@bethchaim.org
Rabbi Misha Zinkow misha@makorjourneys.com; 833-GoMakor (Eastern Time Zone)


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, the insurance premium can be amended.
  • 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 contact Anne Berman-Waldorf for itinerary recommendations.