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Kehillat Ma’arav Solidarity Mission

Jun 16, 2024 - Jun 24, 2024

Bearing Witness: Resilience and Solidarity
Led by Rabbi Michael Gotlieb
Sunday, June 16
  • Depart from the United States to Israel.
Overnight: In flight
Day 2
Monday, June 17
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport, with assistance.
  • Shehekhiyanu ceremony at Aliyah Bet Memorial at London Square overlooking seashore.
  • Check-in to hotel on Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean Coast.
  • Welcome dinner with guest speaker: Col (res.) Grisha Yaakobovitch, formerly of the IDF Civil Administration in Gaza on October 7: Israel and the Palestinians at hotel.
  • Optional after dinner walk on beach.
Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 3
Tuesday, June 18
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Travel to the Western Negev (Gaza Envelope).
  • Volunteer agricultural work in the Western Negev.
  • Visit the site of the Nova Festival
  • Lunch at a local restaurant – TBD.
  • Visit a Kibbutz in the Western Negev (Gaza Envelope), on the frontline facing the Gaza Strip and hear testimony from a kibbutz member about their experiences on October 7, 2023.
  • Why are you coming back? Conversation at nearby kibbutz with residents who were evacuated and by the army and are now returning to rebuild their communities.
  • Return to Tel Aviv
  • Dinner on own
Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 4
Wednesday, June 19
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Volunteer at Galgal Hozer in Netivot which provides hundreds of food parcels to needy families in the Western Negev every month.
  • Lunch in Netivot.
  • Geopolitical Vista: Look out from Sderot at the northern Gaza Strip.
  • Drive through Sderot to see the town which has been the target of Hamas rocket attacks for nearly 20 years and see the site of the former demolished Police Station, where a fierce battle with terrorists took place on October 7.
  • Hear testimony from a survivor of the October 7th attack in Sderot.
  • Visit the Municipal Operations Center in Sderot, where emergency services are coordinated, including on October 7.
  • Return to Tel Aviv
  • Free time to shop and explore Tel Aviv on own or swim in the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy beachside promenade.
  • Free evening, dinner on own
Overnight: Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 5
Thursday, June 20
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Volunteering at Eran’s Angels in Tel Aviv packing provisions and equipment for IDF soldiers.
  • Lunch on own
  • Clal Yisrael: Jewish Unity and Peoplehood – A guided tour of the October 7th Exhibit at Anu – The Museum of the Jewish People on the campus of Tel Aviv University.
  • Visit Hostage Square, formerly Tel Aviv Art Museum Plaza, which has been the focal point of families and public campaigns to BRING THEM HOME!
  • Travel to Jerusalem.
  • Look out over the Temple Mount and Old City of Jerusalem from Haas Promenade.
  • Check-in to the hotel in Jerusalem.
  • Speaker: Where are we now:  Israel@June 2024 with Haviv Rettig Gur, Strategic Analyst and Political Correspondent at the Times of Israel.
  • Free evening, dinner on own
Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 6
Friday, June 21
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Special Program with
  • The Silver Platter – Visit graves of soldiers who fell in the 2023-2024 Gaza War at Mount Herzl Military Cemetery.
  • Free time to shop and explore in the Jewish Quarter.
  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter.
  • Free time to relax and get ready for Shabbat.
  • Friday night/Kabbalat Shabbat options:
  • Light Shabbat candles at hotel.
  • Attend the “Israeli Kabbalat Shabbat” service at the First Station Compound.
  • OR: Join hundreds of other Jews from around the world to Greet the Sabbath at the Western Wall. Option to pray together as a congregation at the “Masorti Kotel”, where men and women can stand together.
  • OR: Attend Friday night services at a local Jerusalem synagogue.
  • Festive Shabbat Dinner at hotel.
Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 7
Saturday, June 22
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Shabbat morning services – TBD with Rabbi Gotlieb.
  • Shabbat Lunch at hotel.
  • Free time to relax, explore the city on own and enjoy hotel pool.
  • Walking tour to the historic Montefiore Windmill to discover the first neighborhood built outside the walls of the Old City. Then continue to nearby Ketef Hinnom, a First Temple period burial site where archaeologists discovered the oldest biblical text ever found.
  • AND/OR: Walking tour of the German Colony to discover little known chapters in modern history of Jerusalem.
  • OR: Explore the Old City’s Christian Quarter, including Jaffa Gate, a section of the Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
  • Havdalah with Rabbi Gotlieb.
  • Free evening
  • Dinner on own
  • Recommendation for the evening: Check out the First Station Compound – Jerusalem’s old Ottoman Train Station which has been converted into a restaurant- café area.  It’s a short walk from your hotel.
Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 8
Sunday, June 23
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Guided tour of Yad Lakashish, a unique employment program serving elderly poor Jerusalemites, followed by time to browse in its gift shop, where shopping is a mitzvah.
  • Volunteer at Pantry Packers or Yad Ezra Veshulamit preparing food parcel for some of Israel neediest people.
  • Lunch at Schecter Institute or at a local restaurant.
  • Study Session at the Schecter Institute in Jerusalem.
  • Remainder of afternoon free to pack, relax and get in last minute shopping.
  • Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for U.S. bound flight.
Overnight: In Flight
Monday, June 24

Program is subject to change, pending confirmations.

Price per person, based on double occupancy
Single-occupancy supplement

* Based on 10 full-paying participants.  Prices do not include flights.


3 nights Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv
3 nights Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem


Land Price Includes:

  • Group assistance upon arrival and departure at Ben Gurion Airport
  • One group transfer from and one group transfer to Ben Gurion Airport
  • Licensed Israeli Government Tour Educator and trained by Makor – 7 days
  • All group Transportation in Israel on a private luxury bus – 6 days
  • Hotel Accommodations per above ** or similar, pending confirmation
  • All Site Admissions and programs as per the itinerary
  • Meals
    • Breakfast daily
    • 2 lunches
    • 3 dinners
  • Source Materials, Hat, Map
  • Porterage at hotels

Not Included:

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

May 15, 2024 — Full Payment


Refund Schedule

Cancel before May 15, 2024 — Full Refund

Cancel after May 15, 2024 — No Refund


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.

Important information about timing for purchase of travel insurance:

  • most insurance policies require purchase within 21 days of your first payment* in order to receive maximum coverage (pre-existing conditions, bankruptcy insurance, etc).  (*your $500 deposit)
  • 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, you 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

No group flights are organized for this journey.