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St. Paul Jewish Federation

Mar 25, 2024 - Apr 4, 2024

St. Paul Jewish Federation 2024 Mission to Israel

•Immerse in the beauty of Israel and enjoy culinary and cultural tours.
•Experience home hospitality in St. Paul's Partnership2Gether (P2G) Sovev Kinneret Region.
•Engage in the significant issues that Israel is facing today.
Monday, March 25, 2024
  • Depart USA for Israel
Overnight: In-Flight
Tuesday, March 26, 2024
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport, with assistance from a Makor Educational Journeys representative.
  • Travel north to Sovev Kinneret, St. Paul Jewish Federation’s P2G Partnership region.
  • Welcome dinner at hotel with P2G representatives.
Overnight: Tiberias, Sofia Sea of Galilee Hotel
Wednesday, March 27, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Jeep tour in the Golan Heights, including an enroute geopolitical briefing for a look at the complex relationships that have formed in the Middle East, Europe and the United States in the wake of the Syrian Civil War.
  • Look out at Syria from strategic Bental and meet Lt. Col. (ret.) Eyal Dror, who commanded “Operation Good Neighbor,” which provides humanitarian aid to Syrians in need.
  • Continue with programming, including visit to new immigrant absorption center, in Partnership region with P2G staff, including lunch.
  • Return to hotel.
  • Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, followed by a lakeside dinner at Decks Restaurant.
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.
  • Dinner at a restaurant in the region.
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 our rabbis and cantors.
  • 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
  • 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.

Possible visit to Walaje, to meet with local residents to discuss their challenges as Palestinians living in a village divided between Jerusalem and Area C in the West Bank.

  • Visit the new Shorashim – Roots dialogue Center in the Etzion Bloc, which brings Palestinians and Settlers together for dialogue and reconciliation, including meeting co-existence activists Belal Arar, a Palestinian from nearby Beit Umar and Rabbi Shaul Yudelman, a settler from Alon Shvut.
  • 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
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Literary exploration of Tel Aviv as the First Hebrew City and the View of Other in Jewish and Arab poetry with Rachel Korazim (in her home).
  • Learn about innovation in the service of social justice at Tikkun Olam Makers, an Israeli, turned global initiative which creates affordable solutions for people living with disabilities.
  • Guided walk along Rothschild Boulevard to hear about the founding of Tel Aviv and to see the Bauhaus architecture for which UNESCO declared central Tel Aviv a World Heritage Site, together with some other major works of art dedicated to the history of Jaffa-Tel Aviv.
  • Lunch on own and opportunity to explore the Nahalat Binyamin Crafts Fair and check out great street food in the nearby Carmel Market.
  • Guided tour of the Israeli Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin Center for a critical look at Israeli society as seen through the life and times of Yitzhak Rabin.
  • Apéritif: Tour and tasting at the Milk and Honey Distillery in Jaffa.
  • Return to hotel.
  • Free evening with dinner on own.
Overnight: Tel Aviv, Dan Panorama Hotel
Wednesday, April 3, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Briefing on the current Israeli political landscape with Aluf Ben, Editor in Chief of Haaretz.
  • 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.
  • Graffiti tour in the upbeat Florentine neighborhood to see Tel Aviv’s remarkable street art and hear about its social commentary.
  • Tasting tour lunch in the lively Levinsky Market to sample traditional delicacies and discover its fusion with the new Tel Aviv culinary scene.
  • 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.
  • Return to hotel.
  • Late check-out.
  • Farewell dinner with Fishman Scholars – Location TBD.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport for U.S. bound flight.
Overnight: In-Flight
Thursday, April 4, 2024

“Next Year in Jerusalem!”

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


Based on 30 participants
Price does not include airfare


3 nights in Tiberias: Sofia Sea of Galilee Hotel**
3 nights in Jerusalem: Dan Panorama Hotel**
3 nights 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
    5 Lunches
    7 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 NON-REFUNDABLE $500 per participant

January 3, 2024 — 50% of Total Payment

February 20 , 2024 — Full Payment

Refund Schedule

Cancel before January 3, 2024 — No refund on $500 deposit

Cancel between January 3, 2024 and January 31, 2024 — 50% Refund

Cancel between January 31 and February 29, 2024 — 25% Refund

Cancel after February 29, 2024 — No Refund

Please Note: 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 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 (see below for contact information)

–> Important note regarding the purchase of travel insurance:

  • most insurance policies require purchase within 21 days of your first payment (your $500 deposit) 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 pre-arranged block of seats planned for this journey, but currently, the only commercial airline flying to Israel is El Al. Please be advised that other airlines DO list flights to Tel Aviv on their websites, but you should inquire with them to verify if they will resume flights before the mission. If you wish to book now, we suggest booking a flight to another city in the US or Europe on your preferred airline and then connect to an El Al flight from there to Tel Aviv (do the same for the return) for your flights. See the itinerary below as an example. Kindly make your own flight plans with a travel agent or on the Internet. El Al codeshares with other airlines, so it is possible to book your entire trip on the El Al website. We ask that you arrive to TLV by 2:30 PM. All arrivals until 2:30 PM will be met by a Makor Educational Journeys representative at Ben Gurion Airport to begin the journey together. If you arrive after 2:30 PM, you will be responsible for your own transportation to meet the group at the beginning of the trip (The Sea of Galilee region). Makor will bring the entire group to Ben Gurion Airport at the conclusion of the journey. With questions, please contact Tom Frishberg ([email protected]) or Rabbi Misha Zinkow: ([email protected])

Minneapolis (MSP) to Tel Aviv (TLV)
Tel Aviv (TLV) to Minneapolis (MSP)

March 25, 2024

Delta / El Al
DL 2798, departs MSP at 1:15 PM, arrives arrives Newark (EWR) at 4:59 PM; connect to LY (El Al) 26 at 10:00 PM, arrives Tel Aviv (TLV) at 2:20 PM, next day (March 26).



April 4, 2024 — NOTE — this flight leaves after midnight: departs on April 4, 2024
El Al / Delta
LY (El Al) 15, departs TLV at 1:05 AM, arrives Boston (BOS) at 5:45 AM (same day, April 4); connect to DL 1138 at 8:00 AM, arrives MSP at 10:30 AM.

Tel Aviv (TLV) to Minneapolis (MSP)

April 4, 2024 — NOTE — this flight leaves after midnight: departs on April 4, 2024
El Al / Delta
LY (El Al) 15, departs TLV at 1:05 AM, arrives Boston (BOS) at 5:45 AM (same day, April 4); connect to DL 1138 at 8:00 AM, arrives MSP at 10:30 AM.