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Great Neck Women’s Journey to Israel

Jul 14, 2019 - Jul 25, 2019

Catch the Sparks: Celebrating Our Strength and Bonds as Women in the Homeland of our People
Led by Rabbi Tara Feldman
Sunday, July 14, 2019
  • Depart NY for Tel Aviv
Overnight: Flight
Day 1
Monday, July 15, 2019
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport, with assistance by a Makor Educational Journeys representative.
  • Drive to the Upper Galilee to Kibbutz Kfar Blum, for a luxurious stay at the kibbutz movement’s flagship guest hotel.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Festive Welcome Dinner at the kibbutz.
  • Welcome to Israel, Trip Orientation, and Opening Ceremony.
Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Kfar Blum
Day 2
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
  • Optional early morning Torah Yoga.
  • Breakfast at the kibbutz hotel.
  • Morning hike at the Tel Dan Nature Preserve and walk along one of Tel Dan’s ancient trails, weaving around the waters of the Dan River and nearby bubbling brooks, enjoying the tall treetops, exploring a few of the extraordinary archaeological sites from the time of Abraham through the period of the First Temple.
  • Drive to the magical, mystery city of Tsfat and explore the alleyways, art galleries, ancient synagogues and stories that have made Tsfat the city of secrets.
  • More secrets revealed with a Tsfat Mikvah Experience.
  • Lunch on your own in Tsfat.
  • Ascend to the top of Bental on the Golan Heights for a view into Syria and a short security seminar for an update on the latest developments. Possible meeting with a female intelligence officer in the IDF.
  • Visit the award-winning Golan Winery for wine tasting and a tour of the winery.
  • Dinner at the kibbutz hotel.
Overnight: Kibbutz Hotel, Kfar Blum
Day 3
Wednesday, July 17, 2018
  • Breakfast at the kibbutz hotel and check out.
  • Begin the journey to Jerusalem.
  • Stop at the Kinneret Cemetery to visit the graves of Zionist pioneer and poet laureate Rachel (There are the Golan Hills…) and modern Israel’s Naomi Shemer (Jerusalem of Gold) for a glimpse at the power of the poem in contemporary Israeli life.
  • Drive into the Carmel Mountains.
  • Visit the Druze town of Daliat a Carmel for lunch at Nura’s Kitchen, hosted by Nura Husaisi, who worked at the Carmel Forest Spa with some of Israel’s leading chefs until she opened her home to guests.
  • Continue south to Caesarea, with its excavated Roman Theatre, Hippodrome and Bath House, including a walk on the shores of the Mediterranean to the renovated Crusader city with its cafes and galleries.
  • Ascend to Jerusalem with a stop at the Tayelet for an overview of the city and an opportunity to recite the traditional Shehecheyanu blessing upon arrival in Jerusalem.
  • Dinner on your own at the Tachana, the refurbished Turkish Railroad Station.
  • Free evening in Jerusalem.
Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 4
Thursday, July 18, 2019
  • Optional early morning Torah Yoga.
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Guided walk through the Old City of Jerusalem with a chance to explore the Jewish, Christian, Armenian, and Muslim Quarters. See the archaeological remains that date back 3,000 years to the days of the First Temple, including the Nea Church, the Biblical, Hasmonean, and Roman remains in the open Cardo and the Broad Wall.
  • Western Wall Tunnel Tour
  • Lunch on your own in the Old City.
  • Drive just south of Jerusalem to Kever Rachel in Beit Lechem (Bethlehem), where our mother, Rachel, is buried. Rabbi Tara will share prayers, texts, and insights into the life and impact of Rachel Imaynu.
  • Dinner with Zohar scholar Melila Helner, Rabbi Yael Karrie, and Rabbi Chen Zfoni, who join in conversation on the subject “The Birth of Israeli Judaism.”
  • Optional: Late night visit to a Jerusalem Challah Bakery.
Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 5
Friday, July 19, 2019
  • Optional early morning Torah Yoga.
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust.
  • Hike in the Jerusalem Hills, followed by lunch at one of the wineries that celebrate the return to wine making after a several thousand year pause.
  • Return to the hotel for free time and a chance to get ready for Shabbat.
  • Meet Rabbi Bill Berk, who will help create a transition to Shabbat, teaching The Magic of Jerusalem’s Shabbat Culture.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat, followed by “Shabbat of a Lifetime” for a taste of Jerusalem Shabbat culture in the home of Rabbi Bill and Batya Berk.
Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 6
Shabbat (Saturday), July 20, 2019
  • Optional early morning Torah Yoga.
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • “Trail to Tefilah”—walking meditation, reflection, singing, silence, Torah learning—all in preparation for morning prayer at the Azarat Yisrael Plaza next to the Kotel.
  • Shabbat morning prayers and Torah reading.
  • Shabbat lunch at the hotel.
  • Free time to enjoy Shabbat afternoon.
  • Shabbat afternoon walking tour (possibilities include):
    • Agnon in Jerusalem—Walk the streets of Central Jerusalem, using the writings of Shmuel Yosef Agnon, Israel’s first Nobel Laureate as a guide, exploring the Jerusalem of over 100 years ago, its differences and similarities to today.
    • The Poet and the Windmill—Guided walk through Yemin Moshe using the poetry of Yehudah Amichai as a guide.
    • The German Colony of Jerusalem—Walk through the German Colony, built by the German Templars in the late 1800’s, with their unique buildings and stories that have become part of Jerusalem’s lore.
    • Jerusalem: A City of Many Traditions—Tour of Zion, walk along the ramparts and free time in the Old City Market—the Shuk.
  • Seudah Shlishit—a time for singing and a third Shabbat meal on the balcony of the Feldman’s Jerusalem home.
  • Night time program by Rabbi Tara and Rabbi Chen Zfoni, Understanding Each Other Across the American/Israeli Divide.
Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 7
Sunday, July 21, 2019
  • Optional early morning Torah Yoga.
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Guided walking tour of the ancient City of David, including the story of the women who helped shape ancient Judaism.
  • Lunch on own in the Old City.
  • The View from Inside the Government—meet MK Rachel Azaria of the Kulanu Party.
  • The View from the Other Side of the Mechitza—Orthodox women making waves and fending for a feminist spiritual Judaism—meet two of the following: Mish Kosoy (Pardes), Rachel Berkowitz (Pardes), Racheli Frankel (Matan), Rabbanit Carmit Fientuch (Ramban Shul), Esti Rosenberg (Roshat Midrasha Migdal Oz), Tehila Friedman (Modern Orthodox activist), Yedidah Koren (Hartman Institute).
  • Following a break, meet Racheli Ibenboim, who works for the empowerment of women in her society, The View from the Haredi World.
  • Free evening and dinner on your own.
  • Optional: Night visit to Shuk Macheneh Yehudah, one of the most famous markets in the Middle East, with a bustling night scene capturing the attention of Jerusalem’s younger crowd.
Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 8
Monday, July 22, 2019
  • Optional early morning Torah Yoga.
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive to Ein Karem for a walking tour of beautiful Ein Karem, with its rich history dating back thousands of years and including its most famous son, John the Baptist.
  • Be invited into the homes of Niflaot Ein Karem, a group of women from across the Middle East who take you into their homes and invite you into their stories, their culture, their music, and on tours of the historical houses they call home. Enjoy their coffee and Middle Eastern baked specialties.
  • Lunch with the Niflaot women of Ein Kerem.
  • Afternoon Encounter with New Spirit at Beit Alliance and meet CEO Inbar Weiss for a tour and explanation of the efforts of a new generation to breathe life into the old heart of ancient Jerusalem.
  • Drive to Tel Aviv, the first Hebrew city built in 2,000 years.
  • Late afternoon meeting with Pnina Falego Agenyahu, an Ethiopian woman who shares her immigrant story.
  • Free evening and dinner on your own.
  • Optional evening walks to Rothschild Blvd., Neve Tzedek, the Tachana, old Jaffa, and the promenade along the beach.
Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 9
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
  • Optional early morning pre-breakfast Bike Ride along the Tel Aviv Promenade.
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Encountering Israel’s Toughest IssueThe Settlements. Spend the day in and around Gush Etzion and meet settlers and Palestinians for a chance to hear firsthand the dreams and the frustrations of those caught in the middle of one of the most challenging conflicts in the world.  Meet Rabbinit Hadassah Froman from Tekoa, who has been intimately involved in the effort to bring Muslims and Jews together around spiritual, religious issues, as well as being a pioneer in Jewish/Muslim peacemaking.  Speak with settlers from Efrat.  Meet Ali Abu Awwad and Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, who work in an organization called Shorashim (Roots) and are involved in front line co-existence work.
  • Return to Tel Aviv for rest, free time, and then a chance to process the day with Rabbi Tara.
  • Dinner on your own and free evening in Tel Aviv.
Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 10
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
  • Optional early morning Torah Yoga.
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Short drive to Alma and a chance to meet Ruth Calderon, founder, and former MK: Taking Back Our Holy Texts.
  • At Alma meet Shirel Horovitz, who leads an Art Tour: Art, Jewish Values, and Israeli Public Culture.
  • Lunch on own at Sarona Market.
  • Time to shop and prepare for the return to the U.S.
  • Concluding Dinner—Sharing Impressions, Sharing Dreams
Overnight: Flight
Thursday, July 25, 2019
  • Arrive back in the United States.

*Program is subject to change, pending confirmations.

Price per person (based on double-occupancy)
Single supplement

* Prices do not include flights


2 nights Pastoral Kfar Blum, Kibbutz Kfar Blum
5 nights Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
2 nights Carlton Hotel, 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 – 11 days
  • All group Transportation in Israel on a private luxury bus – 11 days
  • Hotel Accommodations per above ** or similar, pending confirmation
  • All Site Admissions and programs as per the itinerary
  • Meals
    • Breakfast daily
    • Lunch
      • Arrival day lunch
      • Shabbat lunch
      • Nura’s kitchen
      • Niflaot in Ein Karem
    • Dinner
      • Welcome dinner
      • Dinner at kibbutz hotel
      • Dinner in Jerusalem
      • Home hospitality Shabbat dinner
  • Source Materials, Hat, Map
  • Water on bus daily – 3 bottles per person per day
  • Porterage at hotels

Not Included:

  •    Tips for Guide, Hostess and Driver
    • Recommended: $8 a day per person for the guide and $4 per person for the 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

April 14, 2019 — 50% of Total Payment

June 1, 2019 — Full Payment


Refund Schedule

Cancel before April 14, 2019 — Full Refund

Cancel between April 14 and June 1, 2019 — 50% Refund

Cancel between June 1 and July 1, 2019 — 25% Refund

Cancel after July 1, 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 organized group flights for this tour.