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The Temple’s Multigenerational Adventure in Israel

May 26, 2024 - Jun 6, 2024

Led by Rabbi Shana Goldstein Mackler
and Rabbi Michael Shulman
See Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and the Galilee
Connect to the Land, People and State of Israel
Explore your relationship to Israel and the Jewish People
Sunday, May 26, 2024

We are on our way!

  • Depart USA for Israel.
Overnight: In-Flight
Monday, May 27, 2024
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport, with assistance from a Makor Educational Journeys representative.
  • Proceed to Tel Aviv
  • Like so many Jews in the past, while overlooking the Tel Aviv shoreline, recite the traditional Shehecheyanu prayer of thanksgiving upon arrival to the Land of Israel.
  • The Visitors Center of Old Jaffa enables the visitor to experience 5,000 years of history in one the most ancient port cities in the world with a virtual performance that brings past heroes to life.
    • Walking tour of Jaffa, including Biblical vignettes, the role of Jaffa as a gateway to the Middle East, the great return of Jews to Israel’s shores beginning in 1881, and the challenges faced by two peoples living together. (time-permitting, depending on arrivals to TLV)
  • Check-in to the hotel
  • Opening dinner at a local Tel Aviv restaurant
Overnight: Renaissance Hotel, Tel Aviv
Tuesday, May 28, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Guided tour in the Florentine 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.
  • Lunch tasting tour at the Levinsky Balkan Spice Market which specializes in spices and delicatessen products, such as pickles, herring, cheeses, smoked fish, wines, Turkish burekas and many other regional delights from Balkan/Mediterranean countries.
  • Guided visit through the experiential Palmach Museum, covering the Palmach legacy through the stories of individuals and soldiers.
  • Visit the Nachalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market, with its many street artists and entertainers
  • Leisure time on the beach, shopping, or enjoy the “Sounds of Summer, or “Be an Israeli and learn to play “matkot,” Israel’s unofficial national sport, on the beach.
  • Dinner on own
Overnight: Renaissance Hotel, Tel Aviv
Wednesday, May 29, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel and check-out.
  • “The issues behind the headlines:” Social historian, Paul Liptz will discuss Israel Today.
  • Hadera -P2G mitzvah/social justice project
  • Guided visit through Caesarea, with its Roman theater, hippodrome and palace, followed by a walk along the beach to the renovated Crusader city.
  • Lunch on own en route
  • Dor HaBonim Beach Nature Reserve including a sandy beach, walking trails on the kurkar (calcareous sandstone) ridge and the remains of an ancient city and harbor at Tel Dor


  • A za’atar-making workshop at the Spicy Way Farm Visitor Center in Bethlehem of the Galilee, with over 700 different types of spices and herbs along with dried fruits.
  • Check-in to the hotel
  • Dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Pastoral Kfar Blum, Galilee
Thursday, May 30, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Enjoy a 4X4 Jeep Ride through the Golan Heights, with its green fields, farmlands and volcanic mountains, alongside borders and former battlefields.
  • Lunch on own at Kibbutz Ein Zivan
    • Adults: wine-tasting workshop
    • Youth: chocolate -making workshop
  • Join a river adventure, rafting by and under riverside foliage, down the clear Hatzbani stream, later merging with the Banias stream.
  • Dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Pastoral Kfar Blum, Galilee
Friday, May 31, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel and check-out.
  • From the highest point in town, the strategically placed 12th century Crusader Citadel (Metsudah), begin a walking tour of Safed. The descent to the Old City is Interwoven with tales and sites of mysticism and Israel’s War of Independence.
  • (Time permitting) Water Walk through an aqueduct to the lagoon of Nahal Hakibbutzim, which is filled with water all year round.
  • Lunch on own en route
  • Travel to Jerusalem
  • Shabbat services in a Jerusalem Reform synagogue
  • Dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Saturday, June 1, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel (optional Shabbat services at…?)
  • Late morning: Stand at the Haas Promenade overlooking Jerusalem for an introduction to the city – 3000 years ago and today
  • Enter through the Zion Gate to explore the Jewish Quarter and discover the layers of history beneath the surface, including finds from the First and Second Temple Periods, the Byzantine-Crusader Cardo and the Hurva Square.
  • Lunch –Tastes of Jerusalem: Walk through the Old City “suq” (market) to enjoy tastes of authentic coffee blends, local special herbs and spices, sweets such as Halva or kanafe, hummus, falafel and “beigeleh Yerushalmi.
  • (optional) Conclude at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, containing the last 5 Stations of the Cross, traditionally believed where Jesus was crucified.
  • Havdalah
  • Dinner on own
Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Sunday, June 2, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Guided visit through the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center complex, the Jewish National Memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, including:
    • The Avenue of the Righteous
    • The Holocaust History Museum
    • The Children’s Memorial
    • Life—affirming ceremony in the Valley of the Communities.
  • Continue to the Machane Yehudah open air market, and visit the old bastas (stalls) alongside new businesses and hear the story of the market from its inception to the present day. Smell and taste the best of it all.
    • Lunch on own in Machane Yehuda
  • The Boundaries and Borders, Bridges and Connections of Jerusalem: travel on the bus along the “seam-line” path of the wall that separated Jerusalem 1948-1967
  • Ammunition Hill” is more than just a memorial to the soldiers that fell there during the War of Independence and the 6 Day War. It tells stories of bravery, heritage and leadership
  • 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 there in 1967.
  • Dinner on own
Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Monday, June 3, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Proceed to the Dead Sea
  • Ascend Masada via cable car for a guided visit through the site and an exploration of the symbolism and questions that arise from the Masada story and their implications for Jewish life today.
  • Ride the cable car down and continue to Ein Bokek for an opportunity to float in the Dead Sea and swim in the hotel pool, followed by lunch.
  • Hike up to and cool off in the refreshing pools and waterfalls in the Nahal David (David’s Stream) of the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, a unique ecosystem of springs, waterfalls and pools surrounded by lush greenery in a desolate desert setting.
  • Return to Jerusalem
Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Tuesday, June 4, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Descend the City of David for a water walk in Hezekiah’s Tunnel, dug during the reign of the biblical king Hezekiah (2,800 years ago), who, fearful of an Assyrian siege, blocked the spring’s water outside the city and diverted it through a channel .
  • Drive to the Ayalon Institute in Rehovot, a clandestine, underground munitions factory from the War of Independence, for a look into some of the ingenuity used to create the State of Israel.
  • Lunch on own in Rehovot or Ramla.
  • The Pool of the Arches in Ramla was built 1,200 years ago as a roofed water reservoir for the residents of Ramla by Abbasid caliphs. Today, travel in row boats in the underground historical space.
  • Drive to Beit Guvrin to participate in an active dig at Tel Maresha, exploring human-made caves from 2,200 years ago, followed by spelunking through the caves and tunnel system.
  • Return to Jerusalem
  • Dinner on own
  • (Optional)  Chumus-making experience at Abraham Hostel
Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Wednesday, June 5, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Conclude the Israel journey by “Mapping the Journey” with Kol HaOt educators who impart Jewish values, texts and history through a creative synthesis of the visual and performing arts.
  • Lunch on own and rest of the afternoon at leisure. Time for last-minute shopping.
  • Farewell dinner TBD
  • Depart for Ben Gurion International Airport for return flight home
Overnight: In-Flight
Thursday, June 6, 2024

“Next year in Jerusalem!”

Overnight: --
Per person, in Double-occupancy
Single-Occupancy supplement
Child under 13 in Triple with 2 adults

*Price is based on 25 participants
Price does not include airfare


2 nights in Tel Aviv: Renaissance Hotel*
2 nights in Galilee: Pastoral Kfar Blum Hotel*
5 nights in Jerusalem: Inbal Hotel*

*pending final confirmations

Land Price Includes:

  • Assistance upon arrival and departure at Ben Gurion Airport
  • One Transfer from and one transfer to Ben Gurion Airport
  • Licensed Israeli Government Tour Educator and trained by Makor – 10 days
  • All group Transportation in Israel on a private luxury bus – 10 days
  • Credit Card Fees
  • Hotel Accommodations* per above (including porterage) * or similar, pending confirmation
  • All Site Admissions, programs and speakers as per the itinerary


  • Breakfast daily
  • 3 Lunches
  • 5 Dinners
  • Source Materials, Hat, Bag, Map
  • Water on bus daily – 3 bottles/person/day

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



Payment Schedule

Upon Registration — Deposit of $500 per participant

February 15, 2024— 50% of Total Payment

April 15, 2024 — Full Payment


Refund Schedule

Cancel Before February 15, 2024 — Full Refund

Cancel between February 15 and March 15, 2024 — 50% Refund

Cancel between March 15 and April 15, 2024 — 25% Refund

Cancel after April 15, 2024 — No Refund

Please Note: The refund policy will be adjusted with regard to COVID19 developments, to the benefit of the participants. 


For more information, please contact:
Rabbi Michael Shulman ([email protected]), or
Rabbi Misha Zinkow (Makor North American liaison), [email protected], or 1-833-GoMakor (1-833-466-2567, 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 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

No group flight arrangements are planned for this journey; kindly make your own flight plans with a travel agent or on the Internet. We suggest one of these itineraries that have arrival and departure times close to one another. Makor will meet everyone who arrives on one of these flights at Ben Gurion Airport to begin the journey together. If you choose another departure airport and/or itinerary/carrier that arrives within an hour before or after these flights, Makor will meet you as well. All others will be responsible for your own transportation to meet the group at the beginning of the trip. Makor will bring the entire group to Ben Gurion Airport at the conclusion of the journey. With questions, please contact Rabbi Misha Zinkow: [email protected]

Nashville to Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv to Nashville

May 26:

Option 1 (Delta)
DL 2817, departs BNA at 10:25 AM, arrives Atlanta (ATL) at 12:34 PM.  Connect to DL 248, departs ATL at 2:50 PM, arrives Tel Aviv (TLV) at 9:15 AM, next day (May 27)

Option 2 (United Airlines)
UA 334, departs BNA at 9:16 AM, arrives Newark (EWR) at 12:32 PM.  Connect to UA 84, departs EWR at 4:30 PM, arrives Tel Aviv (TLV) at 9:55 AM, next day (May 27)

June 5:

Option 1 (Delta)
DL 235, departs TLV at 11:55 PM, arrives New York (JFK) at 5:00 AM, next day (June 6).  Connect to DL 3775, departs JFK at 8:20 AM, arrives BNA at 10:00 AM

Option 2 (United Airlines)
UA 91, departs TLV at 11:25 PM, arrives Newark (EWR) at 4:20 AM, next day (June 6).  Connect to UA 2245, departs EWR at 6:45 AM, arrives BNA at 8:20 AM

Tel Aviv to Nashville

June 5:

Option 1 (Delta)
DL 235, departs TLV at 11:55 PM, arrives New York (JFK) at 5:00 AM, next day (June 6).  Connect to DL 3775, departs JFK at 8:20 AM, arrives BNA at 10:00 AM

Option 2 (United Airlines)
UA 91, departs TLV at 11:25 PM, arrives Newark (EWR) at 4:20 AM, next day (June 6).  Connect to UA 2245, departs EWR at 6:45 AM, arrives BNA at 8:20 AM