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Congregation L’Dor V’Dor & Temple Beth Torah

Dec 21, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019

Multi-Generational Journey to Israel
Led by Rabbi Steven Moskowitz and
Rabbi Susie Heneson Moskowitz
Saturday, December 21, 2019
  • Departure from the United States.
Overnight: Flight
Day 1
Sunday, December 22, 2019
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport with assistance by a Makor Educational Journeys representatives and a light meal.
  • Proceed to Tel Aviv.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Light the 1st Chanukah candle.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 2
Monday, December 23, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Guided walk along the Tel Aviv Promenade.
  • Tour in Jaffa, one of the oldest cities in the world, hearing the story of the city from the time of Jonah the Prophet to the great return of Jewish pioneers to the land of Israel in 1881.
  • Travel to the Bat Yam.
  • Chanukah party with Amigour’s Bat Yam Housing Project for Seniors’ exemplary choir, consisting of 15 singers and instrumentalists with a rich repertoire of popular songs and classics in Russian, Yiddish, French and Hebrew.
  • Lunch on own.
  • The Writing on the Wall as a Teacher of Culture and Language: graffiti tour and Hebrew lesson with Guy Sharett.
  • Light the 2nd Chanukah candle.
  • Dinner and evening on own.
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 3
Tuesday, December 24, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check-out of the hotel and proceed to Neot Kedumim.
  • At Neot Kedumim Biblical Nature Reserve (located within the Land of the Maccabees, the ancient city of Modi’in), picking olives, pressing them in an ancient olive press and witnessing the oil seeping out of them—the meaning of the “festival of light” comes to life.
    • Tree planting
  • Proceed to the Ben Gurion Institute in Sde Boker.
  • Lunch in Sde Boker Desert Research Institute.
  • Overlook from the gravesite of the first prime minister of the State of Israel, David Ben Gurion, on to Tzin Valley that the children of Israel had come through on their way to the Promised Land.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Light the 3rd Chanukah candle.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Ramon Inn, Mitzpe Ramon
Day 4
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning Desert Walk along the rim of the Ramon Mahktesh (crater).
  • Jeep ride through the Ramon Mahktesh with geological formations unparalleled elsewhere in the world, with the magnificent panorama and its fascinating story of geomorphologic evolution.
  • Lunch on own in Mitzpe Ramon.
  • Return to the hotel for rest, relaxation and spa.
  • Bedouin hospitality, followed by a Hafla dinner and drummers circle.
  • Light the 4th Chanukah candle in the desert.
Overnight: Ramon Inn, Mitzpe Ramon
Day 5
Thursday, December 26, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check-out of the hotel.
  • Art and Agriculture: Visit Moshav Neot HaKikar in the northern Arava, where local artisans produce jewelry, pottery and metal sculptures as the moshav’s farmers offer tours of their fields that include an introduction to desert agriculture.
  • Proceed to Ein Bokek for an opportunity to float in the Dead Sea, followed by lunch.
  • Ascend Masada 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.
  • Continue to Jerusalem’s Mount Scopus for an overview and welcome to the city with traditional bread and wine.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Light the 5th Chanukah candle.
  • Participate in “latke making” with members of Shutaf, an NGO that offers year-round activities for children, teens, and young adults, with and without disabilities.
  • Dinner and evening on own.
Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 6
Friday, December 27, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend to the City of David and follow the footsteps of the architects and builders of the city some 3,000 years ago.
  • 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 on own in the Jewish Quarter.
  • Walk through the Old City to today’s Jewish Quarter for a guided visit through the Upper City of 2000 years ago.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Light the 6th Chanukah candle at a Jerusalem synagogue.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat at a Jerusalem synagogue.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel or home hospitality.
Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 7
Saturday, December 28, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning for services or relaxation.
  • Shabbat walking tour (possibilities include):
    • 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 and much more
    • 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 – Return to the Old City for a walk along the Ramparts and free time in the Old City Market – the Shuk
  • Havdallah
  • Light the 7th Chanukah candle.
  • Dinner and evening on own.
Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 8
Sunday, December 29, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Guided visit through Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center, the Jewish national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, with separate programming for adults and youth/children. Come together at the Valley of the Communities for a special concluding program.
  • Lunch on own in Machane Yehuda open air market.
  • Travel to the Jerusalem hills.
  • Near Kibbutz Tzuba, tour an ancient winepress from 2000 years ago, followed by one of these activities:
    • tour of Tzuba Winery and wine tasting
    • chocolate making at Galita Tzuba
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Light the 8th Chanukah candle.
  • Menorah tour of Jerusalem.
  • Dinner on own.
Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 9
Monday, December 30, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Leaving the Old City Walls: Guided walk through Mishkenot Sha’ananim/Yemin Moshe, among the first Jewish neighborhoods established outside the Old City in the 19th, using the poetry of Yehuda Amichai as a guide.
  • Travel on the Jerusalem Light Rail, which follows the route where the wall dividing Jerusalem between 1948 and 1967 once existed.
  • Walls You See; Walls You Don’t See: With urban planner, Hersch Katz, tour the Neve Ya’akov neighborhood, a microcosm of the Jerusalem macrocosm, to understand the security, political, sociological and economic urban processes of modern Jerusalem.
  • Lunch and afternoon on own.
  • Festive farewell dinner.
  • Depart for Ben Gurion Airport for return flight to the United States.
Overnight: Flight
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

*Program is subject to change, pending confirmations.

Price per person, based on double occupancy
Single supplement
Third person sharing, child under 12 years
Third person sharing, child 12-17 years
Family of 4, 2 adults + 2 children under 12 years

* Prices do not include flights

If you would like assistance in calculating the price for your family, please contact Robin: robin@igt.co.il.


2 nights Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv
2 nights Ramon Inn, Mitzpe Ramon
4 nights Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem (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 – 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
    • 2 lunches
      • Sde Boker
      • Lunch + swim
    • 5 dinners
      • Welcome Chanukah dinner
      • Dinner at south hotel
      • Hafla dinner
      • 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

August 15, 2019 — 50% of Total Payment

November 1, 2019 — Full Payment


Refund Schedule

Cancel before August 15, 2019 — Full Refund

Cancel between August 15 and November 1, 2019 — 50% Refund

Cancel between November 1 and December 1, 2019 — 25% Refund

Cancel after December 1, 2019 — No Refund


For more information, please contact Robin at robin@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 group flights organized for this tour.