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Emanu-El Women in Israel

Mar 8, 2020 - Mar 16, 2020

An Exploration of Emerging Culture and Cuisine
Led by Rabbi Beth Singer
Sunday, March 8, 2020
  • Depart US on flight to Israel.
Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 1
Monday, March 9, 2020

Women’s history is women’s right––an essential, indispensable heritage from which we can draw pride, comfort, courage, and long-range vision.” (Gerda Lerner, Jewish Founder of Women’s History Month)

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Policy and Theory of the Arts, with Prof. Eva Ilouz (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva_Illouz).
  • Behind the Scenes in Machane Yehuda Market, a Chef’s Walk, which includes a walk through the market exploring the stalls and choosing produce for the chef’s lunch fare.
  • Visit the studio of multidisciplinary artist, Andi Arnowitz, who combines a search for identities with cutting-edge art.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Late afternoon: Travel to Ein Karem and meet with one of the “Women of Ein Karem” and participate in a singing/dancing/folklore/cooking workshop in Yemenite/Moroccan/Kurdish and/or East European tradition.
  • Ethnic dinner in Ein Karem.
Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 2
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

“……we’ve brought our understanding of gender to our texts in the past and how we can have a fresh view with a new understanding of gender and women’s experience” (Rabbi Mary Zamore, Executive Director of the Women’s Rabbinic Network)

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart for the Jerusalem Hills.
  • MakorWalks – Nature walk along Har Haruach – The Wind Hill, overlooking Nahal Yitlah – the Yitlah Riverbed. (approximately 45 minutes – can be longer if desired)
  • Continue to Nataf.
  • Rama Ben Zvi, owner of Rama’s Kitchen and Anomarel Ogen, one of Israel’s leading bread bakers and researchers, will lead you in an exploration of fine ingredients, the environment and the earth, presenting a slice of the culinary worldview that has developed around bread and wheat; learn about various kinds of bread and pastries by baking them in a “tabun” oven. Finish with an excellent meal prepared by Rama, with local ingredients provided by culinary artists from the nearby communities.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Free time for rest and relaxation.
  • Visit the Beit Avichai Cultural Center, a cultural center that addresses major issues and fields of thought and creativity in Jewish and Israeli society, for a special program on Purim in contemporary Israeli society.
  • Purim-themed dinner at a to-be-named restaurant in or near Machane Yehudah market, followed by a group Purim spiel.
  • Explore Machane Yehuda as it turns into the Central Purim Shuk (market) of Jerusalem.
Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 3
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

“The Rift Valley is a natural object created by physical forces but when we look at it, we don’t see just the physical object. We see stories and ideas and our own histories.”  (Haim Watzman, journalist, author, translator)

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check-out.
  • Proceed north by way of the Jordan Rift Valley.
  • MakorWalks – Flower hike through the Gilboa Nature Reserve, which is covered in carpets of flowers of a variety of colors from the lily, iris and narcissus families, as well as several arrays of orchids, anemones, tulips, Persian buttercups and Aleppo Adonis that all flower in early spring.
  • Guided tour of Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu. Learn about its cutting-edge ecological business in biologically-based integrated pest management and natural pollination. The kibbutz spreads ecological awareness and uses nature to foster good relations with Palestinian and Jordanian farmers.
  • Drive to Beit She’an.
  • Lunch on your own at one of Beit She’an’s well known falafel/sabich stands.
  • Stop at the Galita Chocolatarie in Kibbutz Degania, Israel’s first kibbutz, for a special chocolate workshop designed for chocolate aficionados.
  • Drive to the Upper Galilee.
  • Wine workshop at Adir Winery. This experience includes a tour of the vineyards, an introduction into the world of the vintner, the different types of terroirs and their effect on the quality of the wine, various grape cultivars (red, white), and information regarding the specific terroirs of the plateau region of Kerem ben Zimra.  Use all five senses to taste and note the differences among the wines of Adir.
  • Drive to Hagoshrim.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Amirei Hagalil, North
Day 4
Thursday, March 12, 2020
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Guided tour of Ein Camonim Goat Farm and Dairy, including a tour of the farm, an understanding of the cheese-making process, and tastings of the various cheeses.
  • Proceed to Tefen Industrial Park.
  • Visit the Open Museum at Tefen Industrial Park which merges nature, art and industry with culture and education and explore how Tefen has become a symbol of Israeli art, creativity and innovation.
  • “Street lunch” on own in Ma’alot-Tarshicha with a short stop at Buza, a Jewish-Arab ice cream business that is a sweet symbol of coexistence.
  • MakorWalks – Nature hike on the Mount Meron Peak Trail, part of the National Israel Trail.
  • Druze hospitality and dinner in the village of Beit Jann, in a private home hosted by Amal Dobor.
Overnight: Amirei Hagalil, North
Day 5
Friday, March 13, 2020
  • Breakfast at the hotel and check-out.
  • Visit Sindyanna of the Galilee, a non-profit organization led by a team of Arab and Jewish women working to create social change through the production of high-quality olive oil and other premium food products.
  • MakorWalks – Enter the Bedouin village of Shibli and ascend Tabor by bus, in the vicinity of where the only female judge from the Bible, Devorah, successfully defeated her enemy, Sisera; discuss the 3 very different women who appear in the “Song of Deborah,” using text and poems, while walking along the Mt Tabor Nature Trail, part of the National Israel Trail.
  • Continue to Zichron Yaacov. (time permitting)
  • Stroll down the Zichron Ya’akov Wine Road, “Derekh HaYayin” that has been recreated to bring back to life the character of the Moshava’s early days. Hear the heroic story of Sarah Aarohnson, whose semi-military role she carved for herself in the underground struggle against the Turks, her activism, and her voluntary death that made her an icon and a model of a new “Hebrew” femininity.
  • Continue to Tel Aviv.
  • Check in to the hotel and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Proceed to Modi’in for Kabbalat Shabbat and Friday night services with Kehilat Yozma, followed by home hospitality Shabbat dinner.
Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 6
Saturday, March 14, 2020
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • MakorWalks – Optional morning walk – length can vary from 15 minutes to an hour and a half.
  • Lunch on own at one of Tel Aviv’s culinary “hot spots”.
  • Visit galleries that provide unique experiences and, since art is customarily experienced as a “finished product” in galleries or museums, the experience will also go behind the scenes to visit artists in their studios to see the creative process and to have an intimate conversation about making art and being an artist. Emphasis will be on female artists, gallery owners, curators and themes.
  • Dinner on own.
  • Participate in the Epos International Film Festival.
Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 7
Sunday, March 15, 2020
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The Sounds of Silence: 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.
  • Food Fights: HaAretz tasting tour lunch with food journalist Ronit Vered, highlighting local foods that are part of an ideological identity struggle between Jews and Arabs: falafel, heirloom varieties of grapes, za’atar, and the “assimilation” of Jewish ethnic foods.

Afternoon Options

  • Option I: Beer Tasting at the Dancing Camel Brewery
  • Option II: Drive into the Judean Lowlands and the Ella Valley for a walk along the Elah section of the Israel Trail, concluding at the Elah Winery for wine and cheese tasting, part of the National Israel Trail.


  • Dinner at Malka, a restaurant of celebrity chef Eyal Shani with Ori Elon, who has written a number of popular Israeli television series that deal with religious communities in Israel: e.g., Srugim, Shtisel, Autonomies.
Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 8
Monday, March 16, 2020
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Guided walk along the Tel Aviv Promenade.
  • Guided tour of Old Jaffa, whose social history will be sampled through its street foods, as explained by Janna Gur, food writer, editor and cookbook author: shawarma, falafel, sabich, hummus, shakshuka, malabi, bourekas, kyurtosh.
    • Tastings lunch with Janna
  • Free afternoon for personal exploration of Tel Aviv: participants’ pre-trip requests will be translated into individualized recommendations for self-exploration.
  • Return to the hotel for rest, relaxation and packing.
  • Farewell dinner at Kitchen Market.
  • Depart for Ben Gurion Airport for return flights home.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

*Program is subject to change, pending confirmations.

Price per person, based on double-occupancy
Single supplement

* Based on 12 full-paying participants.  Prices do not include flights


3 nights Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
2 nights Amirei Hagalil Hotel, North
3 nights Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv (+ late check out on the final day)


Land Price Includes:

  • 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 – 8 days
  • All group Transportation in Israel on a private luxury bus – 8 days
  • Hotel Accommodations per above ** or similar, pending confirmation
  • All Site Admissions and programs as per the itinerary
  • Meals
    • Breakfast daily
    • 4 lunches
      • “A Chef’s Walk”
      • Rama’s Kitchen workshop
      • Ronit Vered tasting tour
      • Tel Aviv tasting tour
    • 7 dinners
      • Welcome ethnic dinner
      • Dinner at Machane Yehuda
      • Dinner at hotel in north
      • Druze hospitality
      • Home hospitality Shabbat dinner
      • Dinner at Malka in Tel Aviv
      • Farewell dinner at Kitchen Market
  • Source Materials and Map
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Tips for Guide and Driver

Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Meals on own and out of pocket expenses
  • Travel and Medical Insurance


Payment and Refund Schedule

Payment Schedule

Upon Registration — Deposit of $500 per participant

December 1, 2019 — 50% of Total Payment

January 15, 2020 — Full Payment


Refund Schedule

Cancel Before December 1, 2019 — Full Refund

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

Cancel between January 15 and February 15, 2020 — 25% Refund

Cancel after February 15, 2020 — No Refund


For more information, please contact Adam at alandau@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

Recommended flights

Flight to Israel
Flight to USA

Depart San Francisco Airport on March 7, 2020 at 9:40 pm on flight UA 954 to Ben Gurion Airport.

Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport on March 8, 2020 at 9:40 pm.

No recommendations; at your leisure.

* This flight is a suggested flight and not included in the package price.

Anyone arriving early before the tour begins and is not already in Jerusalem can meet the bus at Ben Gurion at the proper time for the transfer to Jerusalem.

Flight to USA

No recommendations; at your leisure.

* This flight is a suggested flight and not included in the package price.

Anyone arriving early before the tour begins and is not already in Jerusalem can meet the bus at Ben Gurion at the proper time for the transfer to Jerusalem.