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Shir Tikvah

Mar 23, 2019 - Apr 1, 2019
Shir Tikvah Congregation
Israel-Palestine: In Pursuit of Peace & Justice
Led by Rabbi Michael Adam Latz
Sunday March 24, 2019
Bruchim HaBaim! Welcome!

Note: The programming on Day 1 may change depending on time of arrival

  • Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport.  Meet your guide and proceed to Tel Aviv.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Walking Tour along the Tel Aviv Promenade to Jaffa, finishing with an overlook from the Jaffa Promontory: The Zionist Infancy.
  • Opening dinner at a Jaffa restaurant.
Overnight: Olympia Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 2
Monday, March 25, 2019
70 Years of Statehood
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Addressing Public Space in Israel, with Shirel Horowitz or Abraham Silver.
  • Writings on the Walls:Urban Art Tour in the Florentine neighborhood
  • Lunch on own in Nahalat Binyamin open-air Arts and Crafts Market.
  • The Israeli Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin Center explores the development of the State of Israel as a young democracy.  The Museum presents two parallel stories:  the history of the State and Israeli society, and the biography of Yitzhak Rabin.
  • Brief stop at Rabin Square, the site where Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated Nov. 4, 1995
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Evening Cultural Event focused on social justice issues, possibly at the Arab Hebrew Theater in Jaffa.
Overnight: Olympia Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 3
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Tzedek, Tzedek Tirdof: Justice, Justice you Shall Seek
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • With BINA, the Jewish movement for social change, tour the Neve Shananan neighborhood: meet with asylum-seekers; visit businesses & important landmarks of the African community in south Tel Aviv to shed light on the lives and the stories of this community. Learn how their presence has affected the neighborhoods of southern Tel Aviv and how the State of Israel is dealing with the African community. (Including a meeting with Julie Fisher)
  • Lunch on your own on Rothschild Blvd.
  • Meet with LGBTQ activists followed by an LGBTQ Rainbow Tour through central Tel Aviv, in conjunction with the Aguda, the Israeli LGBTQ umbrella organization.
    • Alternative Program with Tel Aviv Municipality LGBTQ Community Center in Gan Meir to learn about the challenges and legislation involving Israel’s LGBTQ community
  • Leadership of the future: Moderated by former US Ambassador to Israel, Daniel Shapiro, listen to the visions and dreams; challenges and solutions of young Israelis and Palestinians in the political and international arena.
    • MK Stav Shaffir will be invited.
  • Dinner on your own, followed by a free evening.
Overnight: Olympia Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 4
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Shared Society
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Visit the Jaffa Yad b’Yad (Hand in Hand) nursery school where Jewish and Arab children learn together.
  • Proceed to Lod
  • Tour Lod, a mixed Arab-Jewish city.  Meet with Shirin Natur Hafi, principal of the Arab “ORT School for Science and Engineering “Creating Pride with Tolerance
  • Lunch on own in a Lod “chumusiya”.
  • Proceed to Rahat, a Bedouin city in the northern Negev to meet with Jamal Alkirnawiof  “A New Dawn in the Negev”.  New Dawn is a Bedouin-Jewish co-existence NGO that provides programming for Bedouin youth-at-risk.
  • Drive to Jerusalem.
  • Check in to hotel.
  • Dinner and evening on own.
Overnight: IBIS City Center, Jerusalem
Day 5
Thursday, March 28, 2019
The Challenges of Power I
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Paul Liptz, Hebrew Union College and Tel Aviv University:Understanding the Six Day War and Its Aftermath: Conscientious Politics and Moral Dilemmas
  • Depart for Hevron.
  • Guided walk through Hebron with members of Breaking the Silence in conjunction with T’ruah.
  • Proceed to Gush Etzion, with lunch on your own in Efrat.
  • Meet with Mayor Oded Revivi: Balancing Realities
  • Conclude the day with Jewish and Palestinian co-existence activists at Shorashim – Roots – Judour Center, a project of dialogue and solution building between settlers and Palestinians.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner on own, followed by a processing discussion.
Overnight: IBIS City Center, Jerusalem
Day 6
Friday, March 29, 2019
The Challenges of Power II
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Drive north of Jerusalem to Ramallah with journalist, Rami Nazzal, to discuss Palestinian suffering, the effect of occupation on Palestinian West Bank communities….as well as Palestinian culture and society.
  • Continue to the town of Taibe, for a visit to the Taibe Brewery, a family run brewery established by a Palestinian family who returned to Taibe after the 1994 Oslo Accords, with lunch.
  • Tour the Neve Ya’akov neighborhood, bordering on the Palestine Authority. Accompanied by  Herschel Katz, urban planner, participants will see the security barrier and its effect on the neighborhood as well as the invisible social, economic and religious barriers between the 4 main population groups in the neighborhood.
  • Free time to enjoy Jerusalem as residents prepare for Shabbat.
  • Light Shabbat candles
  • Shabbat home hospitality dinner (small groups) with local Jerusalemites and Shabbat of Lifetime.  
  • Dinner and evening on own
Overnight: IBIS City Center, Jerusalem
Day 7
Shabbat, March 30, 2019
Shabbat in Jerusalem
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Morning at leisure or attend Shabbat morning services.
  • Optional afternoon walking tour, possibilities include The German Colony, Rehavia, Mount Zion, the Christian Quarter of the Old City.
  • The Challenges of Power, a group processing discussion.
  • Havdalah
  • Dinner on your own and free evening in Jerusalem.
Overnight: IBIS City Center, Jerusalem
Day 8
Sunday, March 31, 2019
Conclusions and Hope For the Future
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Meet with Rabbanit Racheli Frenkel, whose son, Naftali, was murdered by terrorists in 2014, at the hotel.
  • Visit the headquarters of Kids4Peace, an interfaith youth movement for a special program with participants and staff on the challenges and triumphs of creating a community of communication and understanding in Jerusalem.
  • Free time for personal exploration.
  • Wrap up conversation.
  • Farewell Dinner with “Chefs4Peace” at Eucalyptus restaurant
  • Depart for Ben Gurion Airport.
Overnight: Flight
Monday, April 1, 2019
Arrive in the US

*Program is subject to change, pending confirmations.

Price per person (in double-occupancy)
Single Supplement

*Prices do not include flights



3 nights Olympia Hotel, Tel Aviv

4 nights IBIS City Center, Jerusalem (including late check out on final day)


Land Price Includes:

  • Arrival and Departure Assistance at Ben Gurion International Airport for group flight
  • One Group Transfer from and to Ben Gurion International Airport
  • All group Transportation in Israel on a private luxury bus –  7 days
  • Licensed Israeli Government Tour Educator – Trained by Makor
  • Hotel Accommodations per above
  • All site admissions and programs as per the itinerary
  • Meals
    • Breakfast daily
    • 3 dinners
      • Opening dinner
      • Shabbat Dinner (hotel or home hospitality)
      • Farewell dinner
    • 1 lunch
      • Taibe Brewery
  • Source Materials, Hat, Map
  • Water on bus daily
  • 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

December 15, 2018 — 50% of Total Payment

February 1, 2019 — Full Payment


Refund Schedule

Cancel Before January 1, 2019 — Full Refund

Cancel between January 1 and February 1, 2019 — 50% Refund

Cancel between February 1 and March 1, 2019 — 25% Refund

Cancel after March 1, 2019 — 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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There are no group flights organized for this tour.