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Congregation Emanu-El Family B’nai Mitzvah Journey

Jun 18, 2022 - Jun 29, 2022

Led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer

Registration for this Journey is now closed
Saturday, June 18, 2022
  • Departure from the United States.
Overnight: In flight
Day 1
Sunday, June 19, 2022

Note: The first day’s itinerary is subject to change depending on the flight arrival.

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport, with assistance by a Makor Educational Journeys representative.
  • Proceed to Tel Aviv.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Beverages and a sweet snack upon arrival.
Overnight: InterContinental David Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 2
Monday, June 20, 2022
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Begin an exploration of Tel Aviv, the Big Orange, in the historic center of little Tel Aviv with a large wall mosaic by artist and author Nachum Guttman and a scale model of Tel Aviv as it began to develop.
  • The Roots of the First Hebrew City, a guided walk using music, art and literature through Neve Zedek, one of the first neighborhoods outside Jaffa, home to early Zionist cultural icons and today an eclectic fashion and food destination.
  • Lunch on own, Tel Aviv style, in one of the open-air cafes that line the streets.
  • Visit Independence Hall, site of the signing of Israel’s Declaration of Independence, with a program tracing the story of the State of Israel from 1948-2015.
  • Dance/movement workshop at and with instructors from Mayumana, a multicultural troupe, whose performances combine musical instruments, rhythm and visual effects into a unique humoristic language.
  • Rest of the afternoon, dinner and evening on own.
Overnight: InterContinental David Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 3
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Travel to Rehovot.
  • Guided visit to the Ayalon Institute in Rehovot, a pre-state clandestine munitions factory, for a glimpse at the ingenuity and creativity of Israel’s pre-state armed forces.
  • Continue to Hadera.
  • Hands-on activities that not only teach but also use modern Israeli and international inventions/discoveries at the Technoda, which provides science and technology education for thousands youth drawn from the entire central region of Israel.
  • Lunch on own in the Caesarea Port.
  • Proceed to the remains of the Ancient Roman Aqueduct, just north of the city, and then walk through the waters of Mei Kedem, a restored stretch that was part of the ancient water system that operated during the Roman and Byzantine periods.
  • Continue to the hotel.
  • Check in and relax at the pool.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Hagosherim Guesthouse
Day 4
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive to Kiryat Shemona.
  • Ride the Manara cable car to the highest point on the cliff and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the area, including Lebanon, the Western Galilee and the Golan.
  • After a geopolitical overlook from atop the Manara cliff, drive along the Israel-Lebanon
  • Nature walk through the Tel Dan Reserve, along the Dan River, concluding at Tel Dan itself, one of Israel’s most significant Biblical sites in Israel today.
  • Lunch on own in Kiryat Shemona.
  • Guided tour through the magical, mystical city of Safed: walk the narrow alleyways; peek into ancient synagogues; visit the Artist Colony; hear the stories of the 16th-century rabbis of Safed, who breathed new life into the Jewish people after the expulsion from Spain in 1492 and who are credited by many with igniting the first flames of passion for a return to the land of Israel.
  • Optional:
    • Canaan gallery weaving workshop with textile artist Orna Mor, who uses Kabbalistic themes
    • Candle-making at the Safed Candle Factory
    • Meeting with an artist who uses Kabbalah for inspiration
    • Meeting a scribe
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Hagosherim Guesthouse
Day 5
Thursday, June 23, 2022
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • B’nai Mitzvah ceremony at an ancient synagogue in the Galilee or Golan.
  • Festive BBQ and “cooking competition” with musical entertainment at the Baba Yona ranch.
    • Wine tasting for adults
  • Proceed on a “water walk” in Nahal HaKibbutzim, part of Eretz HaMayanot (Land of the Springs).
  • Continue to Jerusalem through the Great Rift Valley.
  • Stop at Mount Scopus, overlooking Jerusalem, for an introduction to the city and an opportunity to recite the traditional Shehecheyanu prayer upon arrival in Jerusalem.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own.
Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 6
Friday, June 24, 2022
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Adults: Meeting with speaker on “Religion and State in Israel”.
    • Youth: Ramparts Walk from Jaffa Gate to Dung Gate.
  • All: Guided visit through the City of David, with Bible in hand, exploring the origins of Jerusalem, guided in part by the B’nai Mitzvah students, concluding with a water walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel.
  • Time for reflection at the Western Wall.
  • Travel to downtown Jerusalem for exploration and lunch on own in Machane Yehuda market or along one of the pedestrian malls as Jerusalemites prepare for Shabbat.
  • Shabbat candle lighting.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat at a local progressive synagogue in or near Jerusalem.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel or home hospitality.
Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 7
Saturday, June 25, 2022
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning at leisure or time for services.
  • An Historic Weave of Jerusalem Guided walk through the Quarters of Jerusalem, exploring the multiethnic 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 ; a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Christian Quarter and concluding at the Austrian Hospice on the edge of the Muslim Quarter.
  • Lunch on own in the Old City.
  • Havdallah
  • Dinner and evening on own.
Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 8
Sunday, June 26, 2022
  • 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 of Nahal David (David’s Stream) in 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 Beresheet.
  • Mount camels and travel a short distance to the “Tent of Avraham Avinu” at Eretz Beresheet for an explanation and demonstration of ancient Biblical hospitality customs, many of which are preserved today in traditional Bedouin life.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner and evening on own.
Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 9
Monday, June 27, 2022
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Guided visit through Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center, the Jewish national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, including:
    • The Avenue of the Righteous
    • The Holocaust History Museum
    • The Children’s Memorial
    • Special conclusion service in the Valley of Communities
    • Parallel programming for youth.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Visit the unique collections of the Israel Museum, including renowned international and Israeli art and Judaica collections; the Billy Rose Sculpture Garden; the Shrine of the Book, home to the exceptional archaeological finds of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Second Temple Period model that recreates Jerusalem in 66 CE. Special programming for youth.
  • Dinner and evening on own.
Overnight: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 10
Tuesday, June 28, 2022
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Proceed to the Beit Guvrin National Park.
  • Participate in an active archaeological dig at Tel Maresha (Beit Guvrin), while exploring man-made caves from 2,300 years ago.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Sum-up this week’s Israel journey by “Mapping the Journey” with Kol HaOt educators, who impart Jewish values, texts and history through a creative synthesis of the visual and performing arts.
  • Rest of the afternoon on own.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Farewell dinner at a Jerusalem restaurant.
  • Depart for Ben Gurion Airport for return flight home.
Overnight: In flight
Wednesday, June 29, 2022

*Program is subject to change, pending confirmations.

Price per person, based on double occupancy
Single supplement
Third person sharing, child 12 years & under

* Based on 35 full-paying participants.  Prices do not include flights.


2 nights InterContinental David Hotel, Tel Aviv
2 nights Hagoshrim Guesthouse, North
5 nights David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem


Land Price Includes:

  • Assistance upon arrival and departure at Ben Gurion Airport for one flight each way
  • 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
    • 2 lunches
      • BBQ lunch
      • Lunch + swim
    • 4 dinners
      • Dinner at north hotel (x2)
      • Shabbat dinner
      • 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
  • Optional programs in Safed
  • Potential costs stemming from Covid-19-related regulations at the time of travel (PCR or serological tests).


Payment and Refund Schedule

Payment Schedule

Upon Registration — Deposit of $500 per participant

March 1, 2022— 50% of Total Payment

May 1, 2022 — Full Payment


Refund Schedule

Cancel Before March 1, 2022 — Full Refund

Cancel between March 1 and May 1, 2022 — 50% Refund

Cancel between May 1 and June 1, 2022 — 25% Refund

Cancel after June 1, 2022 — No Refund


For more information, please contact Robin at robin@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.