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Shir Ami

Feb 4, 2023 - Feb 12, 2023

Men's Journey in Israel
Led by Rabbis Chuck Briskin and Eric Goldberg
Saturday, February 4, 2023
  • Departure from the United States.
Overnight: In flight
Day 2
Sunday, February 5, 2023

The first day’s itinerary is subject to change depending on the flight arrival.

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport, with assistance from a Makor Educational Journeys representative.
  • Ascend to Jerusalem via the Judean Hills.
  • Proceed to Armon HaNatziv.   After a brief safety instruction, hop on a Segway and glide to the first stop – an observation of the entire Old City and continue to the second observation overlooking the Judean desert, the mountains of Moab, the Seam Zone Barrier….as well as the first Jewish neighborhood built outside the Old City walls.
  • Check-in to the hotel
  • Dinner at the chef’s restaurant 1868, built in a traditionally Jerusalemite-stone house with high arched roofs and named for the year Jews left the Old City of Jerusalem to establish the new city outside the walls.
Overnight: Harmony Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 3
Monday, February 6, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Mountain bike ride from Jerusalem through the Judean Hills.  See and learn about ancient ruins that tell a story spanning 2000 years of local history.
  • Be where ancient agriculture meets the modern world – making wine, then and today. Lunch and wine-tasting at a winery in the Judean Hills
  • Return to Jerusalem
  • Tu Bishvat, known as the “New Year of the Trees,” is also the day on which Israel’s Parliament- The Knesset- was established. With the Herzl Center, participate in a unique tour in the Nation’s Heroes section at Mount Herzl to hear the vision of the founders, see flora of the area, and commemorate past Zionist leaders .
  • Dinner on own
  • Tour inside the Western Wall Tunnel, the “unseen” portion of the Temple Mount’s retaining wall that extends well-beyond the visible “Kotel Hama’aravi,” The Western (Wailing) Wall
  • Time for reflection at the Kotel.


Overnight: Harmony Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 4
Tuesday, February 7, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Explore the underground City of David, with its new finds, tunnels and passageways
  • Visit the heritage memorial dedicated to the Six-Day War at Ammunition Hill.  Walk around the battle canals, bunkers, armored vehicles from 1948, half-track tank, and listen to stories of victory in the setting of the hardest battle the Israeli army led with the Jordanians.
  • 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 here in 1967.
  • Lunch on own
  • Geopolitical Tour around the city of Jerusalem, exploring some of the recent developments in the city and the ramifications for Israel’s position in world perception
  • Dinner on own in Machane Yehuda followed by beer tasting at Beer Bazaar.
Overnight: Harmony Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 5
Wednesday, February 8, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel and check-out
  • Visit Yad LaKashish, the Lifeline for the Aged, and participate in a hands-on workshop with senior adults to create a personal arts/crafts piece to bring home from Israel.
  • Proceed to Beer Sheva
  • Making the Desert Urban:  From the Negev Brigade Memorial designed by internationally-renowned urban artist Dani Karavan, begin to walk (some of) the 26-mile Beer-Sheva “Ring Trail,” an urban hiking trail with spectacular landscapes.
  • Continue south
  • Negev Wine and Desert Agriculture tour at Carmey Avdat Farms
  • Check-in to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Star gazing activity
Overnight: Ramon Inn, Mitzpe Ramon
Day 6
Thursday, February 9, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel and check-out.
  • Early morning drive to Makhtesh Ramon for Jeep ride through the crater.
  • Field lunch shakshouka” cooking workshop
  • Hike into the unusual-looking, deep, narrow canyon in the soft white chalk of Ein Avdat where the Ein Avdat spring flows all year, attracting many animals, including ibex. Exit by climbing the canyon walls on ladders.
  • The Mitzpe Gvulot story begins in 1943 as the first lookout point in the early struggle for the young State of Israel to hold on to the Negev.  Built entirely of mud bricks, it includes the restoration of systems for collecting rainwater when there were no water pipes.
  • (Time permitting) Stop at an observation point overlooking the Gaza Strip
  • Check-in to the hotel
  • Dinner on own
Overnight: Tal Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 7
Friday, February 10, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Biking tour along the Tel Aviv Promenade to Jaffa.
  • The Peres Center for Peace and Innovation 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.
  • Afternoon at leisure
  • Shabbat services followed by Shabbat Dinner at a Tel Aviv restaurant TBD
Overnight: Tal Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 8
Shabbat/Saturday, February 11, 2023
  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Morning at leisure
  • Lunch on own at the indoor upscale, elegant Sarona Farmer’s Market, which serves the best of gourmet Israeli foods.
  • Guided tour in the Florentin 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.
  • Farewell dinner at Old Man and the Sea
  • Depart for Ben Gurion International Airport for the return flights home.
Overnight: In flight
Sunday, February 12, 2023

*Program is subject to change, pending confirmations.

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

Price based on 20 full-paying participants.  Price does not include flights



3 nights, Harmony Hotel, Jerusalem
1 night, Ramon Inn, Mitzpeh Ramon
2 nights, Tal Hotel, Tel Aviv



  • Assistance upon arrival and departure at Ben Gurion Airport for one group flight
  • 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 – 7 days
  • Hotel Accommodations per above ** or similar, pending confirmation
  • All Site Admissions and programs as per the itinerary
  • Meals
    • Breakfast daily
    • 2 Lunches
    • 4 Dinners
  • Source Materials, Hat, Bag, Map
  • Water on bus daily
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Credit card fees


  • Flights
  • Tips for Guide, Hostess and Drivers
    • Recommended: $8 per day per person for the guide and $4 per person per day for the driver
  • Meals on own and out-of-pocket expenses
  • Travel and Medical Insurance
  • Potential costs stemming from Covid-19-related regulations at the time of travel (ex. PCR or serological tests).


Payment Schedule:

Upon Registration — $500 Deposit per participant

November 15, 2022 — 50% of Total Payment

January 1, 2023 — Full Payment

Refund Schedule:

Cancel before November 15, 2022 — Full Refund

Cancel between November 15 and December 15, 2022 — 75% Refund

Cancel between December 15, 2022 and January 15, 2023 — 50% Refund

Cancel after January 15, 2023 — No Refund

–>Cancellations due to the Covid-19 epidemic will be fully refundable, except for a $150 per person processing fee.


Rabbi Charles Briskin, rabbibriskin@shiramipa.org
Rabbi Eric Goldberg, egoldberg@shirami.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.
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, 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

There is no group flight for this journey. Please contact Rabbi Briskin for recommended itineraries.