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Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom

Feb 27, 2020 - Mar 8, 2020

The Journey of a Lifetime
Led by Rabbi Lisa Grushcow
Thursday, February 27, 2020
  • Departure from Canada.
Day 1
Friday, February 28, 2020

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.
  • Jaffa Port.
  • Group lunch at Jaffa Flea Market.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat at Kehilat Halev.
  • Festive welcome Shabbat dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Tal Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 2
Saturday, February 29, 2020
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning at leisure/Shabbat services.
  • Walking tour of Tel Aviv.
  • Lunch on own in the city center.
  • Guided tour in the Florentine neighborhood, Tel Aviv’s most bohemian and upbeat neighborhood, and learn about contemporary Israeli culture through urban art: writing on the wall, graffiti, bumper stickers and even painted garbage bins, with Shirel Horovitz.
  • Visit Rabin Square and the memorial to assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
  • Dinner and evening on own.
Overnight: Tal Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 3
Sunday, March 1, 2020
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Independence House Visitors Center “We Hereby Declare” for a tour and discussion on the Declaration of Independence and its values and the dramatic events surrounding the establishment of the State, at the Shalom Tower.
  • Travel south to Be’er Sheva.
  • SodaStream visit.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Special program in Be’er Sheva exploring some of the new directions the city is taking, based on the ancient origins, with Gabe Axler of Pnima.
  • Encounter in the Bedouin village of Lakiya, in the home Amal El-Sana.
  • Home hospitality dinner.
Overnight: Lakiya home hospitality
Day 4
Monday, March 2, 2020
  • Breakfast in Lakiya.
  • Drive to Sde Boker and walk through the tiny residence of founding father David Ben Gurion and his wife Paula, and the Ben Gurion Museum to learn about Ben Gurion’s “shopping list” for how to start a country, including what a state needs to defend itself and be secure. Visit the graves of the Ben Gurions and reflect on their mission to focus the nation’s attention toward the Negev.
  • Challah-making workshop at Lasha, with lunch.
  • Wine tasting and tour at Nana Winery.
    • Youth: opportunity for camel riding at Ben Midbar
  • Check in to the kibbutz.
  • Tour of Kibbutz Lotan with a kibbutz resident, including a conversation about the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism and the current state of Reform Judaism in Israel. Kibbutz Lotan was founded by a group of young American and Israeli Reform Jews in 1983 as the second Reform kibbutz in the Arava region of Israel.  They built a profit-sharing community based on pluralistic, egalitarian and creative Jewish values while protecting the environment.  The collective economy derives income from a dairy farm, cheese-making and a date grove, and Lotan is also the home of the Center for Creative Ecology, which engages in eco-tourism and environmental education.  The kibbutz is home to about 200 people.
  • Dinner at the kibbutz.
Overnight: Kibbutz Lotan
Day 5
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Travel to Eilat.
  • Eilat options include:
    • Petra day tour
    • Snorkel at Coral beach
    • Hike with Noam to Mount Tzfachot (2.5 hours)
    • free time in Eilat
  • Lunch on own.
  • Return to kibbutz for dinner.
Overnight: Kibbutz Lotan
Day 6
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Proceed to the Dead Sea basin.
  • 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.
  • Continue to Kalia Beach for a chance to float in the waters of the Dead Sea.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Proceed to Jericho.
  • Tour the city centre of this Palestinian city and take the cable-car up to the Monastery of the Temptation.
  • Experience the desserts at the famous Nablus Knafe bakery.
  • Drive to Jerusalem.
  • Stop at Mount of Olives for an overview of the city and an opportunity to recite the traditional Shehecheyanu prayer said upon entering Jerusalem, with traditional bread and wine.
  • Dinner and evening on own.
Overnight: Harmony Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 7
Thursday, March 5, 2020
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Ascend the Temple Mount through Mugrabi gate.
  • Visit Yad Lakashish, a nonprofit organization that empowers low income elderly through meaningful work opportunities, and essential social and financial benefits. The NGO also promotes positive attitudes towards seniors through inter-generational connections.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Guided visit to the Old City, beginning at Jaffa Gate and walking along the rooftops of the Old City for a glimpse at its multi-ethnic weave, followed by a guided visit through the Jewish Quarter, including the Cardo, Hurva Square and the Herodian mansions.
  • Visit the Western Wall, which has become the focal point of Jewish prayer since the destruction of the Second Temple 2000 years ago, and then continue to the Western Wall Tunnels.
  • Dinner and evening on own.
Overnight: Harmony Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 8
Friday, March 6, 2020
  • Breakfast at the hotel, with Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Reform Movement’s Israel Religious Action Center.
  • Visit Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center
    • First Timers: Guided visit through the Avenue of the Righteous Among the Nations, the Holocaust History Museum and the Children’s Memorial
    • Returnees: Special visit to the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center Archives, with a focus on archival material from Germany, followed by a guided visit through the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center Art Museum
    • Youth: Option for young children to go to the Biblical Zoo instead of Yad Vashem
    • Special concluding program in the Valley of Communities
  • Lunch on own in Beit HaKerem.
  • Explore Machane Yehuda, one of the most colourful and famous markets in the Middle East, with the opportunity to experience first-hand the special energy as Jerusalemites prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat.
  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Harmony Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 9
Saturday, March 7, 2020
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The Poet and the Windmill – Guided walk through Yemin Moshe, with the poetry of Yehudah Amichai as a guide. Amichai, z”l,  is considered to be Israel’s greatest modern poet.
  • Lunch on own in the Old City.
  • Guided visit through the Christian Quarter, including part of the Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
  • Wrap-up discussion and festive farewell dinner at a Jerusalem restaurant.
Overnight: Harmony Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 10
Sunday, March 8, 2020
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Depart for Ben Gurion Airport for return flight home.

*Program is subject to change, pending confirmations.

$3,120 USD
Price per person, based on double-occupancy*
$750 USD
Single supplement
$2,785 USD
Third person sharing, under 18 years old

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



2 nights Tal Hotel, Tel Aviv
1 night Lakiya, Bedouin Village
2 nights Kibbutz Lotan, South
4 nights Harmony Hotel, Jerusalem


Land Price Includes:

  • Assistance upon arrival and departure at Ben Gurion Airport for one group flight
  • One Transfer from and one 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 – 9 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
  • Optional snorkel rentals
  • Optional zoo visit for kids


Payment and Refund Schedule

Payment Schedule

Upon Registration — Deposit of $500 per participant

November 15, 2019 — 50% of Total Payment

January 1, 2020 — Full Payment


Refund Schedule

Cancel Before November 15, 2019 — Full Refund

Cancel between November 15, 2019 and January 1, 2020 — 50% Refund

Cancel between January 1 and February 1, 2020 — 25% Refund

Cancel after February 1, 2020 — 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

Group Flights

Flight to Israel
Flight to Canada

Depart Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport on Feb 27, 2020 at 1:15 pm on flight WS 3527 to Toronto Pearson Airport.

Arrive at Toronto Pearson Airport at 3:00 pm on Feb 27.

Depart Toronto Pearson on Feb 27, 2020 at 7:15 pm on flight LY 032 to Ben Gurion Airport.

Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport on Feb 28, 2020 at 12:50 pm.

Depart Ben Gurion Airport on March 8, 2020 at 11:00 am on flight LY 031 to Toronto Pearson.

Arrive in Toronto Pearsonat 5:15 pm.

Depart Toronto Pearson on March 8, 2020 at 8:00 pm on flight WS 3538 to Montreal.

Arrive at Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport on March 8, 2020 at 9:30 pm.

$1,151 USD per ticket

* Price may fluctuate minimally due to change in taxes

Cancellation between November 15 and January 10 will incur a $250 cancellation fee. Cancellation after January 1 will not be refunded.

Flight to Canada

Depart Ben Gurion Airport on March 8, 2020 at 11:00 am on flight LY 031 to Toronto Pearson.

Arrive in Toronto Pearsonat 5:15 pm.

Depart Toronto Pearson on March 8, 2020 at 8:00 pm on flight WS 3538 to Montreal.

Arrive at Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport on March 8, 2020 at 9:30 pm.

$1,151 USD per ticket

* Price may fluctuate minimally due to change in taxes

Cancellation between November 15 and January 10 will incur a $250 cancellation fee. Cancellation after January 1 will not be refunded.

$465 USD
Per person, minimum 8 participants, with Makor guide
$385 USD
Per person, under 8 participants, without a Makor guide


On Day 4: Monday, March 2, we would endeavor to get the group to Lotan a little earlier – in time for a little tour (instead of Tuesday morning).  This might mean having to skip the hike in the Ramon crater.

On Day 5: Tuesday, March 3 – as an option to Eilat – we can offer a private Petra day-tour on for $465 per person for a minimum of 8 participants. This includes all transportation and entrance fees, an English-speaking Jordanian guide, a Makor guide, lunch in Petra, and border taxes and visas.

Without the Makor guide, we can reduce the cost to $385 per person, which includes the driver and your Jordanian guide, who you’d meet at the crossing point into Jordan.

If less than 8 sign up, we can retain the same price for a Petra tour without a Makor guide ($385) for a non-private tour.  Those interested would travel with other tourists not associated with your tour, for a day tour operated by the same provider.

Everyone would meet back at Lotan from Eilat or Petra for dinner and the evening.