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St. Paul Jewish Federation

Mar 25, 2024 - Apr 3, 2024

St. Paul Jewish Federation 2024 Mission to Israel

Join the 2024 St. Paul Solidarity Mission to Israel! Our mission now focuses on urgent support for Israelis in the Sovev Kinneret region. This is your opportunity to stand in solidarity. Don't wait! The mission is from March 25 to April 3, with volunteering, school visits, and meaningful experiences—your presence and commitment matter. Join us in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Israel. Register today!
Monday, March 25, 2024
  • Depart USA for Israel
Overnight: In-Flight
Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Please note that the itinerary will be adjusted based on
the reality on the ground prior to the mission.


  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport (by 4:30 PM), with assistance from a Makor Educational Journeys representative.
  • Travel north to Sovev Kinneret, St. Paul Jewish Federation’s P2G Partnership region.
  • Late evening Welcome dinner at hotel with P2G representatives.
Overnight: Tiberias, Sofia Sea of Galilee Hotel
Wednesday, March 27, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit Jordan River Village, a camp that provides free programs to foster fun, independence, resilience, and personal growth to children living with serious illnesses.  The camp is affiliated with Paul Newman’s “Serious Fun” network of camps.
  • Visit Shikun Aleph, a community center that is providing services to internally displaced Israelis from the north.
  • Continue with programming, including visit to “Youth Futures” and an Absorption Center that serves primarily Jews who have immigrated from Ethiopia, with a taste of Ethiopian Culture and Food.
  • Return to hotel.
  • Dinner
Overnight: Tiberias, Sofia Sea of Galilee Hotel
Thursday, March 28, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Full day of programming in Partnership region with P2G staff, including lunch: Volunteer time at Kibbutz Hukok (sustainable farming) /or/ food packaging, visit a school where evacuee children are attending, meet with Rabbi Yaya for a unique Jewish study experience at Kibbutz Degania (considered to be Israel’s first); visit the Peace Room at Beit Gabriel, one of Israel’s most beautiful buildings.
  • Meet with the Mayor of Tiberias
  • Dinner at Decks.
Overnight: Tiberias, Sofia Sea of Galilee Hotel
Friday, March 29, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Travel south to Jerusalem.
  • Shehekheyanu/Welcome ceremony overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem.
  • Visit the bustling Machane Yehuda Market and take in a slice of local life, rubbing elbows with Jerusalemites shopping for Shabbat.
  • Check-in to hotel in Jerusalem.
  • Free time to relax and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Friday evening/Kabbalat Shabbat program – TBD with clergy.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at hotel.
Overnight: Jerusalem, Dan Panorama Hotel
Saturday/Shabbat, March 30, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat morning services or morning at leisure.
  • Traditional Shabbat lunch at hotel.
  • “The Poet and the Windmill” – Guided walk to the Montefiore Windmill and Yemin Moshe, using the Poetry of Yehudah Amichai as a guide to explore the first neighborhood built outside the Old City’s walls.

Afternoon Options

  • First timers: Old City Ramble – Guided walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem to explore its multi-cultural character, while winding through its alleys from the Jaffa Gate to the rooftops of the marketplaces, then down to the Western Wall and on to the roof of the Austrian Hospice for a bird’s eye view of the Muslim and Christian Quarters, Temple Mount and Mount of Olives.
  • Returnees: West Jerusalem Ramble – Set out from hotel for a walk across West Jerusalem to explore the multi-ethnic mosaic of the city through its synagogues, churches and ethnically diverse neighborhoods, including Rechavia, Nachlaot, the Machane Yehuda Market (stalls closed on Shabbat), the Street of the Prophets and the Russian Compound.
  • Independent option: The New Israel Museum – Visit the newly renovated 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.


  • Free time for rest and relaxation.
  • Havdalah overlooking the Old City.
  • Dinner on your own, recommendations and directions to be provided.
Overnight: Jerusalem, Dan Panorama Hotel
Sunday, March 31, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Meeting with MK Gilad Kariv about Religious Pluralism in Israel at hotel.
  • Specially arranged visit to Supreme Court Building to learn about Israel’s legal system which functions without a written constitution, hear about the status of the courts against the background of attempt at judicial reform and view its fascinating architecture.
  • Lunch on own
  • Guided tour of the Jewish Quarter, followed by free time to shop and explore on own.
  • Visit the Western Wall with time for prayer and contemplation.
  • Return to hotel.
  • Dinner at Touro Restaurant.
  • Israelis and Palestinians: A Glimpse into a Complex History with Haviv Rettig-Gur, political correspondent and Senior Analyst at The Times of Israel, at the restaurant.
Overnight: Jerusalem, Dan Panorama Hotel
Monday, April 1, 2024
Borders and Defense: October 7
  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Geopolitical tour of Jerusalem, beginning with a drive along the former pre-67 cease-fire lines and continuing across the city from north to south to examine several key geopolitical issues impacting on the city, including borders, building and settlement (Jewish and Arab) and the Seam Zone Barrier and facts on the ground security.
  • Depart for the Western Negev and visit Kibbutz Kfar Azza/Alumim/Netiv Ha’asara, which was brutally attacked in the Hamas onslaught, in conjunction with the IDF and residents. TBD
  • Continue to the site of the NOVA Festival, where close to 400 people were killed and many were taken hostage.
  • Continue to Sderot, which has become a symbol of Israel’ s longstanding conflict with Hamas – drive through the town, stopping at the once famous police station, which was demolished in the aftermath of the attack.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Travel to Jaffa-Tel Aviv.
  • Walking tour in Old Jaffa, the ancient port city on Tel Aviv’s southern flank, where artwork has been installed in its alleys. View modern Tel Aviv from the top of ancient Tel Jaffa.
  • Check-in to hotel in Tel Aviv.
  • Visit the Batae Center for Ethiopian Jewish Heritage for a multi-sensory experience with Ethiopian Israeli community activist Ashager Arraro, including a taste of traditional Ethiopian cooking and dinner.
Overnight: Tel Aviv, Dan Panorama Hotel
Tuesday, April 2, 2024
Jewish Peoplehood in the Middle East
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Israel Post October 7, How do we Move Forward? with scholar Rachel Korazim (at her home).
  • Guided tour of the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation in Jaffa to learn about Israel as the Start-Up Nation and late President Shimon Peres’ vision for a new Middle East.
  • The Graffiti of October 7th, guided walk exploring the Graffiti Art that reflects Tel Aviv’ famed graffiti artists response to the events of October 7th and their aftermath (in Kiryat Hamelacha or Florentine).
  • Lunch on own and opportunity to explore the Nahalat Binyamin Crafts Fair and check out great street food in the nearby Carmel Market.
  • Visit ANU – the new Museum of the Jewish People on the campus of Tel Aviv University for a special mission program: using the creativity of the present, explore the story of the Jewish People, with our past as a map toward the future.
  • Continue to the Tel Aviv Museum Plaza, now re-named as Hostage Square, which is the focal point of the family’s efforts to BRING THEM HOME.
  • Return to hotel.
  • Farewell dinner with Fischman Scholars – Location TBD.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport for U.S. bound flights.
Overnight: In flight
Wednesday, April 3, 2024

“Next Year in Jerusalem!”

Per person, in Double-Occupancy room
Single-Occupancy supplement

*(includes $1,000 subsidy provided by the Harry Kay Foundation) 

Based on 18 participants
Price does not include airfare


3 nights in Tiberias: Sofia Sea of Galilee Hotel**
3 nights in Jerusalem: Dan Panorama Hotel**
1 night in Tel Aviv + Late check-out on final day: Dan Panorama Hotel**

**pending final confirmations

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
  • Licensed Israeli Government Tour Educator and trained by Makor
  • All group Transportation in Israel on a private luxury bus
  • Hotel Accommodations per above ** or similar, pending confirmation
  • Source Materials, Hat, Bag, Map
  • Water on bus daily 3 bottles per person per day
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Field Coordinator
  • All Site Admissions and programs as per the itinerary
  • Meals
    Breakfast daily
    4 Lunches
    6 Dinners

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Tips for Guide and Driver
  • Meals on own and out of pocket expenses
  • Travel and Medical Insurance (see below for more information)
  • Expenses incurred in case of required Covid testing during the trip or before departure
  • VAT for Israeli Citizens
  • Outside Guests for Meals or Programs


Payment and Refund Schedule

Payment Schedule

Upon Registration — Deposit of $500 per participant

February 15, 2024 — 50% of Total Payment

March 7, 2024 — Full Payment

Refund Schedule

Cancel by February 15 — 50% Refund of deposit

Cancel between February 15 and February 29, 2024 — 25% Refund of amounts paid

Cancel after March 7, 2024 — No Refund

Please Note: We are sensitive and responsive to the reality of war.  This cancellation policy is based on supplier refund parameters. Makor Educational Journeys will make every effort to refund as much of the monies paid as possible, no matter when cancellation takes place.


Tom Frishberg, St. Paul Jewish Federation, [email protected]


Rabbi Misha Zinkow, Makor Educational Journeys North American Representative, [email protected]


  • We urge you to check with your provider about your medical coverage while traveling oversees, and to purchase medical insurance & supplemental medical coverage if necessary (which covers pre-existing conditions). This is a smart way to safeguard against life’s surprises.

We recommend that you wait until the mission is confirmed by the St. Paul Federation on February 7 before booking flights. There is no pre-arranged block of seats planned for this journey; kindly make your own flight plans. Please arrive to Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) by 4:30 PM. Arrivals by 4:30 PM will be met by a Makor Educational Journeys representative. If you arrive after 4:30 PM, you will be responsible for your own transportation to the hotel in Tiberias. Makor will bring the entire group to Ben Gurion Airport following dinner at the conclusion of the journey on April 3. Choose a flight from Ben Gurion that departs in the 10:30 PM - 11:59PM window on April 2, or shortly after midnight (12:01 AM and after on April 3). Currently, the only commercial airlines servicing Tel Aviv are El Al and United. However, Delta Airlines is partnering with El Al, so you can book a Delta/El Al itinerary on the Delta website. With questions, please contact Tom Frishberg ([email protected]) or Rabbi Misha Zinkow: ([email protected]).