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Student Fact Finder Sample Trip

Dec 17, 2019 - Dec 27, 2019
This is a sample program only.
Makor can create a tailor-made program to accommodate any campus goals.
Tuesday
DEPARTURE
  • Departure from the United States
Overnight: In flight
Day 1
Wednesday
ARRIVAL - WELCOME TO ISRAEL
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport, with assistance by a Makor Educational Journeys representative
  • Stop at Mount Scopus or the Mount of Olives for an introduction to and overview of Jerusalem
  • Enter the Old City via Jaffa Gate and ascend to the Rooftops of the Marketplace for a glimpse into the multi-ethnic weave of Jerusalem and a look from above at the Four Quarters of the city
  • Check in to Jerusalem hotel
  • Welcome dinner at hotel
  • Orientation meeting
  • Israel: Where are We and What’s it all About?, with Paul Liptz of Tel Aviv University
Overnight: Jerusalem
Day 2
Thursday
ISRAEL IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Begin the day driving through the outskirts of Jerusalem exploring the story of the land from Biblical times through to today, with a focus on Israel from 1948, including:
    • Har Adar – Radar Hill, for a view towards The Judean Hills, Jerusalem and the Coastal Plain, looking at borders, boundaries and Jewish and Arab towns
    • The Castel, site of one of the most significant battles of Israel’s 1948 War of independence, both to Jews and Arabs – for differing reasons
  • Geopolitical drive around the borders of Jerusalem, concluding at Gush Etzion and the Shorashim – Roots – Judour Center, a project of dialogue and solution-building between Settlers and Palestinians
  • Lunch on your own en route
  • Return to Jerusalem
  • Free time for personal exploration
  • Group processing discussion at Matnas Lev Hair
  • Dinner and beer tasting at Beer Bazaar in the Machane Yehudah Market, followed by a night out as the market stalls are closed and the music, artistic graffiti and great food open up
Overnight: Jerusalem
Day 3
Friday
MEMORIES FOR THE FUTURE
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • The Memory of the Holocaust in Contemporary Society, with Rabbi Ari Israel, at hotel
  • Visit Yad Vashem, the Jewish National Memorial to the Holocaust, including the Avenue of the Righteous, the Historical Museum and the Children’s Memorial
  • Visit Machane Yehudah Open Air Market as Jerusalemites prepare for the Sabbath
  • Free time to explore Jerusalem
  • Welcome in the Sabbath with Jerusalemites at a selection of Jerusalem Synagogues
  • Festive Sabbath dinner with Lone Soldiers, at the hotel
Overnight: Jerusalem
Day 4
Saturday
A SABBATH IN JERUSALEM
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Optional Sabbath services
  • Return to the Old City for a guided walk through the Christian Quarter, beginning with the Via Dolorosa, and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and continuing to the Austrian Hospice for a bird’s eye view of the Muslim & Christian Quarters and the Temple Mount – Harem eh Sharif
  • Return to the hotel for Shabbat Lunch
  • Free time for rest and relaxation
  • Group processing discussion
  • Havdallah, the transition ceremony from the Sabbath to the rest of the week, overlooking the Old City
  • Optional Catholic Mass
  • Guided walk through the Jewish Quarter and the Western Wall Tunnels along the base of the Western Wall of the Temple Mount
Overnight: Jerusalem
Day 5
Sunday
THE DEAD SEA BASIN
  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out
  • Early morning visit to the Temple Mount/Harem eh Sharif or Optional Church Services
  • Depart for the Dead Sea Basin
  • Ascend Masada by cable car, for a guided visit and exploration of some of the questions the Masada story raises vis a vis Jewish life today
  • Float in the Dead Sea, with lunch at the Crowne Plaza Dead Sea hotel
  • Continue to Ein Gedi Nature Reserve and walk through the Nahal David desert oasis to the Ein Gedi waterfall (time permitting)
  • Drive through the Jordan Valley
  • Check in to the Nof Ginnosar Hotel
  • Dinner at Nof Ginnosar
  • Group Session
Overnight: North
Day 6
Monday
SECURITY AND DIVERSITY IN ISRAEL’S NORTH
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Depart for the Tel Dan Nature Reserve for a nature walk along the Dan River
  • Ascend the slopes of the Golan by Jeep, exploring both the natural beauty and the strategic lay of the land
  • Visit the Druze village of Bukhata on the Golan and meet with staff and students for a discussion about some of the challenges of living as a Druze in the Golan, with Naseeba
  • Lunch on your own in Katzrin
  • Visit Capernaum, where Jesus taught and site of the ancient synagogue, Tabgha site of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish, and the Mount of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount
  • Late afternoon visit to the mystical city of Safed (time permitting)
  • Return to the hotel
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Group Workshop
Overnight: North
Day 7
Tuesday
PALESTINIANS AND ISRAELIS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE GREEN LINE
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Depart for Rawabi, the new Palestinian city north of Ramallah, for a glimpse at this unique project, a synthesis between private enterprise and public resources, to create a new urban reality in Palestinian society, and meet with developer Bashar el Masri
  • Visit West Bank settlement of Psagot and hear from the settlers about their lives and their plans, with lunch
  • Visit the current capital of the Palestinian Authority Ramallah and meet with Palestinian Authority leaders
  • Drive to Tel Aviv
  • Check in to hotel, followed by dinner at hotel
  • Putting the Pieces Together?, a meeting with Colonel (Ret) Miri Eisin
Overnight: Tel Aviv
Day 8
Wednesday
BOUNDARIES AND BORDERS: WITHIN AND WITHOUT
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Depart hotel
  • Meet with Shirin Natour Hafi, Principal of the Arabic High School in the mixed Arab-Jewish city of Lod, to hear about her personal story and educational vision
  • Drive to the Gaza Border
  • Visit Moshav Netiv Haasarah for an introduction and overview of the Northern Gaza Strip, including the story of the original founders, who came from Sinai in 1981, and the new Peace Wall with both a protective barrier and environmental art, followed by an overlook into Gaza
  • Visit Sderot for a window into the challenges faced by local residents in the shadow of missile threats from Gaza, including lunch with local activists, students from Sapir College
  • Return to Tel Aviv
  • The United States and Israel – A Snaphot, with a representative of the United States Embassy
  • Dinner at hotel
  • Free time in Tel Aviv
Overnight: Tel Aviv
Day 9
Thursday
THE 24/7 HUB THAT IS TEL AVIV: THE FIRST HEBREW CITY
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Depart hotel
  • A Glimpse at the Start-Up Nation, visit one of Israel’s leading High Tech Companies or the Taglit Innovation Center
  • The Israeli Society, a meeting with Pnina Falego Agenyahu, from the Strategic and Planning Unit of the Jewish Agency for Israel
  • Visit Independence Hall, where the State of Israel was established in 1948
  • Visit the colorful Carmel Market, with its collection of fruit and vegetable, clothing and “everything you can find” stalls, with lunch on your own
  • Guided visit to Rabin Square, Tel Aviv’s central square and the site of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, for an opportunity to remember his legacy for the State of Israel
  • Return to hotel
  • Check out and depart hotel
  • Wrap up discussion, followed by festive Farewell Dinner at Goshen Restaurant
  • Depart for Ben Gurion Airport for return flight to the United States
Overnight: In flight
Day 10
Friday
DEPARTURE
  • Arrive in the United States

Makor will assist in arranging group flights.