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Temple Kol Ami

Nov 7, 2021 - Nov 18, 2021

Led by Rabbi Brent and Jill Gutmann
Sunday, November 7, 2021
  • Departure from the United States.
Overnight: In flight
Day 1
Monday, November 8, 2021
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport, with assistance by a Makor Educational Journeys representative.
  • The area around Latrun was often the site of biblical battles due to its strategic location; more recently it was the site of a crucial battle in the 1948 War of Independence and was recaptured by Israel in 1967; today it is the site of a memorial to the Armored Tank Corps.
  • Packed lunches.
  • 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.
  • Proceed to Tel Aviv.
  • Walking tour along the Tel Aviv Promenade to Jaffa, followed by a guided tour through the Old City of Jaffa, tracing its story from the days of the Bible through the Jaffa Port.
  • Welcome dinner in Jaffa.
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 2
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The Story of Tel Aviv, a guided walk through the neighborhood of Neve Zedek, one of the first neighborhoods built outside of Jaffa, with its narrow streets, incomparable stories and beautiful gentrification.
  • Guided tour in the Florentine neighborhood, Tel Aviv’s most bohemian and upbeat neighborhood, and learn about contemporary Israeli culture thorough urban art: writing on the wall, graffiti, bumper stickers and even painted garbage bins.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Experience Heichal AtzmautIndependence Hall, the place where, after an exile of 2,000 years, the Jewish people proclaimed sovereignty once again—the place where Israel’s Declaration of Independence was signed.
  • Stroll down Rothschild Blvd, a quasi “open-air Bauhaus museum” lined with many buildings designed by 1930’s European immigrant architects influenced by the work of the architectural “International Style”.
  • Dinner and evening on own.
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 3
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check-out of the hotel.
  • Travel to Jerusalem.
  • Stop at the Haas or Goldman Promenade upon arrival in Jerusalem for an opportunity to recite the traditional Shehecheyanu prayer and introduction to Jerusalem.
  • Explore the Jewish Quarter to discover the layers of history beneath the surface, including possible visits to the Broad Wall from the days of the First Temple, the Burnt House from the days of the Second Temple, and Hurva Square, and the Cardo.
  • Lunch in the Jewish Quarter.
  • Guided visit through the expansive underground City of David for a glimpse at daily life in Jerusalem from the days of the Bible through the end of the Second Temple; go from the Siloam Pool, under the walls of the Old City to the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, followed by a guided visit through the Davidson Center.
  • Visit the Kotel (Western Wall) with time for personal reflection.
  • Head underneath the Old City’s chaotic maze of buildings to the Western Wall Tunnel through the extension of the retaining wall that was built 2,000 years ago by Herod the Great to support the massive compound where the Temple stood.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Dinner and evening on own.
Overnight: Prima Royale Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 4
Thursday, November 11, 2021
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive to the Palestinian town of Husan to meet with Lonnie Baskin and Ziad Sabatin of Path of Hope and Peace, for a glimpse into someo f the unique projects which they have created in order to bring Israwelis and Palestinians together.
  • Proceed to Ein Karem for lunch followed by a Yeminite or Kurdish desert workshop.
  • Return to Jerusalem for free time followed by dinner on your own.
  • Rest of the afternoon and evening on own.
Overnight: Prima Royale Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 5
Friday, November 12, 2021
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center, the national memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, including a guided visit through the Holocaust History Museum, the Art Museum and the Children’s Memorial. Conclude with a special ceremony in the Valley of the Communities.
  • Essen, Mein Kind: Walking through ultra-Orthodox sections of Jerusalem and through Machane Yehuda, tour with Jewish food historian and chef, Shmil Holland, to discover Eastern European cuisine (Ashkenazi), including the famous “Jerusalem kugel”.
  • Rest of the afternoon on own.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat with Navah Tehila or Kol Haneshama.
  • Tzedek, Tzedek Tirdof: Justice, justice, you shall seek, festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel with Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman, President of Rabbis for Human Rights.
Overnight: Prima Royale Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 6
Saturday, November 13, 2021
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning at leisure or for services.
  • Lunch at the hotel.
  • Shabbat walking tour: (possibilities include)
    • Jerusalem: A City of Many Traditions – Return to the Old City for a tour of Mount Zion, walk along the Ramparts; tour the Christian Quarter with a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, followed by free time in the Old City Market – the ‘suq’
    • The Poet and the Windmill – Guided walk through Yemin Moshe using the poetry of Yehuda Amichai as a guide
    • The Israel MuseumVisit the Israel Museum, its model of Jerusalem during the days of the Second Temple and the Dead Sea Scrolls, followed by an opportunity to visit the Jewish Life and Living, Archaeology, Israeli Art and Design exhibits.
    • 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
  • Havdallah.
  • Dinner and evening on own.
Overnight: Prima Royale Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 7
Sunday, November 14, 2021
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check-out of 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.
  • Famed for its fruitful vineyards that covered the mountainsides, ancient Ein Gedi was also well known for its “secret” that is still unknown today but the remains of a mosaic floor from the 5th-century synagogue at Ein Gedi clearly allude to some important mystery.
  • Proceed to the Galilee through the Great Rift Valley.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Maagan Kibbutz Holiday Village
Day 8
Monday, November 15, 2021
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Proceed to Safed.
  • Guided visit through the mystical city of Safed, its alleyways and synagogues, using the stories of the mystics as a guide. Learn new niggunim (melodies) for L’cha Dodi, written in Safed in the 16th century.
  • 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.
  • Ascend the Golan Heights for a jeep ride.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Wine tasting at a boutique winery in the Golan.
  • At the top of Bental, overlook Syria for an up-to-date briefing on the delicate relationships in the Middle East.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Maagan Kibbutz Holiday Village
Day 9
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Explore Tzippori, a spiritual center, seat of the Hebrew academies, and home of Talmudic scholars.
  • Proceed to the Michigan-Central Galilee Partnership.
  • Proceed to Tel Aviv.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Dinner and evening on own.
  • An incredibly vibrant nightlife scene has a lot to do with Tel Aviv’s reputation as the city that never sleeps; the city’s nightlife scene provides a dazzling array of choices to suit almost any taste or desire. Tel Aviv is waiting to be explored.
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 10
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Hesed opportunities: (possibilities include)
    • Elifelet: work with the children; renovate dilapidated or hazardous apartments; perform various types of repair work; drive children to medical treatments; or transport food and equipment.
    • Leket: Sort & pack produce: prepare rescued fruits and vegetables in Ra’anana Logistics Center for distribution to Leket non-profit partners
    • Community Gardens: Make new garden-beds, prepare the land, plant vegetables and join the green community effort
    • General: have an outing or special event with seniors, youth at risk, the mentally or physically disabled
  • Stroll through the Levinsky Balkan Spice Market that specializes in spices and delicatessen products, such as pickles, herring, cheeses, smoked fish, wines, Turkish burrekas and many other regional delights from Balkan/Mediterranean countries.
  • Visit Sarona, which was a flourishing Christian Templar agricultural settlement in the midst of the isolated plains north of Jaffa; today it is the exclusive shopping and international foods market in the heart of Tel Aviv, while at the same time preserving the character of the Sarona neighborhood, its buildings and deep-rooted plants.
  • Farewell dinner in Sarona.
  • Depart for Ben Gurion Airport for return flight to the United States.
Overnight: Flight

*Program is subject to change, pending confirmations.

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

* Based on 15 full-paying participants

* Prices do not include flights


3 nights Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv
4 nights Prima Royale Hotel, Jerusalem
2 nights Maagan Kibbutz Holiday Village, North


Land Price Includes:

  • Assistance upon arrival and departure at Ben Gurion Airport for group flight
  • One group 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
    • 5 lunches
      • Arrival day lunch
      • Shabbat lunch
      • Yemenite/Kurdish cooking workshop
      • Lunch + swim
      • Partnership2Gether lunch
    • 5 dinners
      • Welcome dinner
      • Shabbat dinner
      • Dinner at north hotel (x2)
      • 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
    • 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

August 15, 2021 — 50% of Total Payment

October 1, 2021 — Full Payment


Refund Schedule

Cancel Before August 15, 2021 — Full Refund

Cancel between August 15 and October 1, 2021 — 50% Refund

Cancel between October 1 and November 1, 2021 — 25% Refund

Cancel after November 1, 2021 — 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
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