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Shir Ami Multigenerational Adventure in Israel

Dec 20, 2023 - Dec 31, 2023

Led by Rabbi Chuck Briskin
See Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and the Galilee
Connect to the Land, People and State of Israel
Explore your relationship to Israel and the Jewish People
Wednesday, December 20, 2023
  • Departure from the United States.
Overnight: In-Flight
Thursday, December 21, 2023
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport, with assistance from a Makor Educational Journeys representative.
  • Proceed to Tel Aviv
  • From atop the Azrieli Tower, see how the dream and vision of a Jewish State has developed physically.
  • Check-in to the hotel
  • Opening dinner and introduction to the program
Overnight: Tel Aviv, Crowne Plaza Hotel
December 22, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Depart hotel
  • Adults: Israel Today, with social historian, Paul Liptz – a look at today’s headlines for a peek into Israeli society.
  • Youth: The Visitors Center of Old Jaffa enables the visitor to experience 5000 years of history in one the most ancient port cities in the world with a virtual performance that brings past heroes to life.
  • Visit the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, which promotes peacebuilding between Israel and its neighbors (particularly between Israelis and Palestinians) as well as between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel and presents the journey from the early days of the State to the Startup Nation of today and beyond.
  • Lunch on own in the Nachalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts market.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat at Beit Tefilah Yisraeli
  • Shabbat dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Tel Aviv, Crowne Plaza Hotel
Saturday/Shabbat, December 23, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Shabbat services, morning at leisure, or Shabbat Torah Study: Questions of Identity in Parshat Vayigash
  • ANU – the Museum of the Jewish People – conveys the fascinating narrative of the Jewish people and the essence of Jewish culture, faith, purpose and deed.
  • Lunch Tel Aviv style at open air cafes
  • Walk through the trendy neighborhood of Florentine to explore new and daring Israeli graffiti art.
  • Continue to the “Tiny, Tiny” Art Gallery, where a professional graffiti artist will demonstrate and teach the creative techniques and secrets behind graffiti art — paint a T-shirt or canvas to take home
  • Havdalah
  • Evening and dinner on own
Overnight: Tel Aviv, Crowne Plaza Hotel
Sunday, December 24, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel and check-out
  • Participate in a volunteer activity with the LEKET Project, Israel’s National Food Bank that “rescues” healthy, surplus food and delivers it to those in need through partner nonprofit organizations.
  • Continue to Kibbutz Ein Shemer
  • At the Old Courtyard at Kibbutz Ein Shemer, get a sense of what kibbutz life was like years ago. Experience being a pioneer – wear traditional pioneer’s clothes to create your own kibbutz: build tents, do the laundry, guard the old guard tower, bake fresh rolls in a brick oven and plow the field. Continue with a tractor ride of the kibbutz to visit a number of different thematic stations

o          Pioneer’s lunch is served in authentic tin dishes with a taste of the old days.


  • Special program at the Ein Shemer Ecological Greenhouse, a mainstay of shared society and dialogue in Israel for close to 40 years, hosted by Avital Geva
  • Check-in to the hotel
  • Dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Galilee, Kibbutz Ginosar Hotel
Monday, December 25, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Travel to Safed
  • Guided walking tour of Safed -starting at the highest point in town, the strategically placed 12th c. Crusader Citadel. With tales of the Israeli War of Independence, Kabbalists and mysticism, descend by foot to the Old City to explore the old synagogues of Safed, the center of Jewish mysticism since the 16th century.
  • Lunch and time on own in Safed
  • Ascend to the Golan Heights and travel by Jeeps along the Golan Volcanic Way down a route with some spectacular results of geological activity. Conclude at Mount Bental, a dormant volcano from whose vantage point one has magnificent views of Mount Hermon, the Syrian side of the Golan Heights and the mountains of southern Lebanon.
  • Discuss the current Middle East geopolitical situation from atop Mt. Bental.
  • Continue to Kibbutz Ein Zivan for a  chocolate-making workshop
Overnight: Galilee, Kibbutz Ginosar Hotel
Tuesday, December 26, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel and check-out
  • Proceed to Jerusalem
  • Visit Sindyanna of the Galilee, an organization led by a team of Arab and Jewish women which works to create social change through Arab-Jewish cooperation. It promotes fair trade and economic opportunities for both Arab and Jewish communities.
  • Continue along the Trans-Israel Highway with selected overlooks into the Palestinian Authority and discussion on the Seam Zone Barrier.
  • Guided visit through Caesarea, including the Roman Theater, Hippodrome, Promenade and Palace, and concluding at the remains of the Crusader City, exploring the relationship between Romans and Jews.
  • Lunch on own in Caesarea
  • Continue to Jerusalem
  • Stop at the Goldman Promenade, overlooking the Old City, for an opportunity to recite the traditional Shehecheyanu blessing upon arrival in Jerusalem, followed by a short introduction to the city.
  • Check-in to the hotel
  • Dinner and evening on own in one of Jerusalem’s “restaurant neighborhoods.”
Overnight: Jerusalem, Herbert Samuel Hotel
Wednesday, December 27, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Visit the workshops of Yad Lakashish, which provide meaningful, creative, and serious artistic and craft expression to Jerusalem’s elderly.
  • Explore the Jewish Quarter to discover the layers of history beneath the surface, including visits to the First Temple era Broad Wall, the Herodian Mansions of the Second Temple period and the 500-year-old 4 Sephardic synagogues complex.
  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter
  • From Yemin Moshe along the Jerusalem Seam Zone: A guided walking and bus tour starting in Yemin Moshe, the first Jewish neighborhood outside the Old City to some of the civilian neighborhoods that after the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967 became part of the “security belt,” as well as the Jerusalem Envelope Seam Zone Barrier for a discussion of Jerusalem geopolitics
  • Dinner on own in the Mamilla Pedestrian Mall
  • Guided visit through the Western Wall Tunnel, followed by a visit to the Kotel (Western Wall).
  • Return to hotel


Overnight: Jerusalem, Herbert Samuel Hotel
Thursday, December 28, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Proceed to the Dead Sea region
  • Option 1: Ascend Masada on foot or by the 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.
  • Option 2:  Ecotourism at the Dead Sea: Learn about the environmental dangers to this natural wonder. [Depending on group size] Sail on the only exploration boat on the Dead Sea or paddle in a double kayak excursion.  Capture images of the magical salt formations, salt treasures and sinkholes as they constantly transform, uncovering new geological phenomena
  • Continue to Ein Bokek for an opportunity to float in the Dead Sea and swim in the hotel pool, with lunch.
  • Return to Jerusalem
  • Dinner on own
  • Meet with an organization composed of Israelis and Palestinians seeking an end to bloodshed through dialogue.
Overnight: Jerusalem, Herbert Samuel Hotel
Friday, December 29, 2023
  • Guided visit through the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center complex, the Jewish National Memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, including:

▪           The Avenue of the Righteous

▪           The Holocaust History Museum

▪           The Children’s Memorial

▪           Returnees: Tour the Art Museum and Sculpture Garden

  • Concluding ceremony in the Valley of the Communities
  • Age-appropriate program for children or alternate programming elsewhere.
  • Explore Machane Yehuda open-air market where one can see Jerusalem’s human tapestry: people of all nationalities, religions and ages crowding the market’s streets. Lunch on own in the market with “Shuk Bite” meal tickets.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat TBD
  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Jerusalem, Herbert Samuel Hotel
Saturday/Shabbat, December 30, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Morning at leisure or
  • Option 1: Guided walk through the Quarters of Jerusalem, exploring the multi-ethnic weave of the city, including views from within rooftop the Jewish Quarter, a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Christian Quarter and concluding at the Austrian Hospice on the edge of the Muslim Quarter
  • Option 2: Guided walking tour through some of the early neighborhoods of Jerusalem’s “New City:” Yemin Moshe, German Colony, Talbieh, Rehavia
  • Lunch on own
  • Visit the Israel Museum “Route of Passage” exhibit, the Shrine of the Book and/or the Sculpture Garden.
  • Havdalah & Farewell Dinner
  • Depart for Ben Gurion International Airport for return flights home.
Overnight: En-route
Sunday, December 31, 2023

“Next Year in Jerusalem!”

per person in double-occupancy
single-occupancy supplement
3rd person -12 and under - in parents' room
3rd person -13-17- in parents' room


*Price is based on a minimum of 20 paying participants.

Price does not include airfare.



3 nights in Tel Aviv: Crowne Plaza Hotel
2 nights in Upper Galilee: Kibbutz Nof Ginosar Hotel
4 nights in Jerusalem: Herbert Samuel Hotel


Land Price includes:

  • Assistance upon arrival and departure at Ben Gurion Airport for one group flight
  • One Transfer from and one transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for one group flight
  • Licensed Israeli Government Tour Educator and trained by Makor – 10 days
  • All group Transportation in Israel on a private luxury bus – 10 days
  • Hotel Accommodations as above or similar, pending confirmation
  • All Site Admissions and programs as per the itinerary
  • Meals
    • Breakfast daily
    • 3 Lunches
    • 5 Dinners
  • Source Materials, Makor Educational Journeys Hat, Bag, Map
  • Water on bus daily
  • Special Programming:
  • Graffiti Tour and Workshop
  • Azrieli Tower
  • Peres Center
  • LEKET Project
  • Kibbutz Ein Shemer Program
  • Jeeps in the North
  • Sindyanna of the Galilee
  • Chocolate Making Workshop
  • Yad Lakashish Workshop
  • Meeting with Paul Liptz
  • Palestinian/Israeli Speakers
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Credit card fees

Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Tips for Guide and Driver (recommended $8 per day for guide, $4 per day for driver)
  • Meals on own and out of pocket expenses
  • Travel and Medical Insurance
  • Option 2 on Dead Sea Day
  • Potential costs stemming from Covid-19 regulations at the time of travel (eg, PCR testing)



Payment Schedule

Upon Registration — Deposit of $500 per participant

September 1, 2023 — 50% of Total Payment

November 15, 2023 — Full Payment


Refund Schedule

Cancel Before September 1, 2023 — Full Refund

Cancel between September 1 and November 15, 2023 — 75% Refund

Cancel between November 15 and December 3, 2023 — 50% Refund

Cancel after December 3, 2023 — No Refund



Rabbi Chuck Briskin, rabbibriskin@shiramipa.org
Rabbi Misha Zinkow, misha@makorjourneys.com; 833-GoMakor (Eastern Time Zone)



  • 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. Consult your insurance agent, or,
  • 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 regarding the 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).
  • 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, the insurance premium can be amended.
  • 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

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