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Krav Maga: Martial Arts Mission to Israel

Nov 16, 2019 - Nov 25, 2019

Led by Rich Fong and Rabbi Jonathan Hausman
Saturday, November 16, 2019
  • Departure from the United States.
Overnight: In Flight
Day 1
Sunday, November 17, 2019
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport, with assistance from a Makor Educational Journeys representative.
  • Meet your Makor tour educator and proceed to Latrun.
  • Guided visit through the Armored Corps Memorial at Latrun for an understanding of the special nature of the Jewish army, including a meeting with IDF soldiers.
  • Proceed to Tel Aviv.
  • Introduction, Welcome, and Opening Ceremony at the Jaffa Promontory.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Creating National Pride the ‘Gentle’ Way with Judo: Opening dinner and introduction to the program.
Overnight: Tel Aviv
Day 2
Monday, November 18, 2019
  • Training session on the beach.
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Travel to Rehovot.
  • Drive to the Ayalon Institute in Rehovot, a clandestine munitions factory from the War of Independence, for a look into some of the ingenuity used to create the State of Israel.
  • Return to Tel Aviv.
  • The Taglit-Birthright State of Mind Innovation Center encapsulates the reasons why Israel is known as the “startup nation” by allowing the visitor to learn about the new advancements Israeli startups are making in different fields.
  • Lunch on own, while exploring the Levinsky or Carmel open-air market.
  • Meet/train with Tzevet Lochamim, a non-profit interdisciplinary pre-army combat leadership training academy led by special forces cadre and combat training experts that focuses on all the necessary attributes to be a warrior in the most elite units of the Israeli army.
  • Dinner on own.
Overnight: Tel Aviv
Day 3
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
  • Training session on the beach.
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Hiking and sandboarding in the Makhtesh HaGadol (the Large Crater).
  • Lunch with the Culinary Queens of Yerucham or Sderot, local women who welcome you into their home as they cook the traditional food of their ethnic origin.
  • Travel to the Black Arrow Overlook into Gaza, focusing on a view of the Sejaia neighborhood, for a briefing on the present state of affairs between Israel and the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
  • Conduct a martial arts workshop for children in Sderot or the kibbutzim/moshavim that lie close to the Gaza Strip.
  • Return to Tel Aviv.
  • Dinner on own.
Overnight: Tel Aviv
Day 4
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
  • Training session on the beach.
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check-out of the hotel.
  • Proceed to the Wingate Institute, Israel’s National Centre for Physical Education and Sport.
  • Training session with the faculty and students of the Wingate Martial Arts Instructors course.
  • Visit Caesarea, where both the Romans and Crusaders built large and significant cities, and explore the vast reconstructions and artistic interpretations of original archaeology.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Stop in Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation.
  • Meet with Danny Hakim, two-time world Karate silver medalist and philanthropist, who is both the Founder and Chairman of Budo for Peace, the translation of his vision to create a society in which socially constructed rivals can conquer their cultural, social and political differences through the universal language of sport.
  • Wine tasting at the Tabor Winery.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: North
Day 5
Thursday, November 21 2019
  • Training session on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive across the Golan Plateau to Bental for an overlook into Syria and up-to-date security briefing on the delicate relationships in the Middle East region.
  • Hand-to-hand combat session with soldiers and veterans from elite IDF units.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Visit the Christian Holy sites on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Stops may include:
    • The Mount of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount
    • Tabgha, site of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish
    • Capernaum, site of Jesus’ teachings
  • Travel to Jerusalem and check in to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own.
  • Attend the Jerusalem Night Spectacular sound and light show at the David Citadel Museum, followed by a night walk along the rooftops of the Old City.
Overnight: Jerusalem
Day 6
Friday, November 22, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Tai Chi session with Dani Kahn at ToraDojo. “Tora” is the Japanese word for “tiger”, and “Dojo” means “school of martial arts” or “gates of learning”, which is also indicative of the system’s Jewish orientation (as in Torah).
  • Travel to the Old City.
  • Descend to the City of David for a guided visit through some of the newest archaeological finds in Jerusalem, including the 2000-year old drainage tunnel, which connects the City of David to Robinson’s Arch.
  • Stop at the Western Wall, a section of the retaining wall that encircled the Temple Court in ancient times and only remnant of the Temple compound built by Herod the Great.
  • Lunch and time on own in the Jewish Quarter.
  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Jerusalem
Day 7
Saturday, November 23, 2019
  • 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.
  • Training session at the southern end of Masada.
  • Descend Masada and continue to Ein Bokek for an opportunity to float in the Dead Sea and swim in the hotel pool, followed by lunch.
  • Hike up to and cool off in the refreshing pools and waterfalls in Nahal David (David’s Stream) of the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, a unique ecosystem of springs, waterfalls and pools surrounded by lush greenery in a desolate desert setting.
  • Havdallah in the desert.
  • Krav Maga session in Ma’aleh Adumim with Moshe Katz, whose philosophy is that the nation of Israel was born in a struggle between Jacob and an angel in the form of a man; modern Krav Maga is but a continuation of this ancient struggle as the people of Israel are still fighting for survival.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner on own.
  • Guided visit through the Western Wall Tunnel.
Overnight: Jerusalem
Day 8
Sunday, November 24, 2019
  • Training session overlooking the Old City Walls.
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center with a guided visit through the Avenue of the Righteous Among the Nations, the Holocaust History Musuem and the Children’s Memorial.
  • Guided tour and lunch on own in the open-air Machane Yehuda
  • Tour of Christian Jerusalem Holy sites that may include:
    • Mount of Olives overlook
    • Basilica of the Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane
    • The Holy Sepulchre
    • The Garden Tomb
  • Martial arts training session with El HaLev, (“To the Heart”), an NGO dedicated to empowering vulnerable populations through martial arts and self-defense training.
  • Dinner on own.
Overnight: Jerusalem
Day 9
Monday, November 25, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Special guided visit to the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, stands as a symbol of both Jewish sovereignty and dedication to democracy.
  • Proceed on the Jerusalem light rail to Ammunition Hill where the wall dividing Jerusalem from 1948-1967 once existed.
  • Guided visit at Ammunition Hill, the site of one of the most decisive battles for Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War.
  • Adjacent to Ammunition Hill is the Jerusalem Ropes Course that includes 3 different stations of varying difficulty, focused on unique themes related to the history of the location and the soldiers who fought there to liberate Jerusalem.
  • Lunch and leisure time.
  • Farewell dinner TBA.
  • Depart for Ben Gurion Airport for return flight to the United States.
Overnight: In flight
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

*Program is subject to change, pending confirmations.

Price per person, based on double-occupancy
Single supplement

* Prices do not include flights


3 nights, Tel Aviv
1 night, North
4 nights, Jerusalem

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 – 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
    • Lunches
      • Boxed lunch on arrival day
      • Culinary Queens
      • Lunch + swim
      • Lunch in Jerusalem
    • Dinners
      • Welcome dinner
      • Dinner at north hotel
      • Shabbat dinner
      • Farewell 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

July 15, 2019 — 50% of Total Payment

September 26, 2019 — Full Payment


Refund Schedule

Cancel before July 15, 2019 — Full Refund

Cancel between July 15 and September 26, 2019 — 50% Refund

Cancel between September 26 and October 24, 2019 — 25% Refund

Cancel after October 24, 2019 — 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

Group Flight Information

Flight to Israel
Flight to USA

Depart JFK on November 16 at 11:50 pm on flight LY 008 to Ben Gurion Airport.

Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport on November 17 at 5:10 pm.

Depart Ben Gurion Airport on November 26 at 12:30 am on flight LY 001 to JFK.

Arrive in JFK on November 26 at 5:50 am. ​​

$1,499.24 per person

* Price may fluctuate minimally due to change in taxes

Cancellation between August 1 and October 1 will incur a $200 cancellation fee. Cancellation after October 1 will not be refunded.

Flight to USA

Depart Ben Gurion Airport on November 26 at 12:30 am on flight LY 001 to JFK.

Arrive in JFK on November 26 at 5:50 am. ​​

$1,499.24 per person

* Price may fluctuate minimally due to change in taxes

Cancellation between August 1 and October 1 will incur a $200 cancellation fee. Cancellation after October 1 will not be refunded.