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Temple Beth Hillel

Jun 18, 2023 - Jun 29, 2023

TBH Family Journey to Israel!
Led by Rabbi Sarah Hronsky
Day 1
Sunday, June 18, 2023
  • Departure from the United States.
Overnight: In flight
Day 2
Monday, June 19, 2023
Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport, with assistance from a Makor Educational Journeys representative.
  • Travel to Tel Aviv
  • Check-in to hotel
  • Opening dinner and Journey briefing in a Tel Aviv restaurant.
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 3
Tuesday, June 20, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • With a virtual performance that brings past heroes to life, the Visitors Center of Old Jaffa enables the visitor to experience 5,000 years of regional history in one of the most ancient port cities in the world
  • Visit the “Nalaga’at” Center, which is a meeting place for deaf-blind, deaf and blind individuals and the broad public.  The Center facilitates dialogue promoting the needs and aspirations of every person.  Here, participate in a chocolate-tasting workshop to learn about different types of chocolates and preparation methods while in complete darkness; the workshop is conducted by a professional chocolatier in cooperation with a blind instructor.
  • Lunch on own Nachalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts market
  • Visit the Palmach Museum, an interactive experience, which traces the story of the pre-state Palmach unit and its efforts in creating the State of Israel.
  • Leisure time for shopping, browsing and the beach!
  • Sounds of Summer: Be an Israeli and learn how to play “matkot,” Israel’s unofficial national sport, on the beach.
  • Dinner on own


Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 4
Wednesday, June 21, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel and check-out
  • Begin the day with a short tour in the trendy neighborhood of Florentin to explore new and daring Israeli graffiti artists.  Continue to the private backyard of the smallest gallery in the world to choose from a wide variety of graffiti stencils. A professional graffiti artist will teach the creative techniques and secrets behind graffiti art.  Enjoy the experience of making personalized graffiti art on a T-shirt or canvas to take home.
  • Continue north, and visit Caesaria for a guided visit through the remains of the Roman era city, followed by a walk along the beach to the newly-renovated Crusader city and port.
  • Visit Zichron Ya’akov, established in 1882, which was one of the first modern Jewish settlements in the country. It became known for its fine wine cellars, which produce high-quality vintages to this day.   Free time to wander around the reconstructed “Wine Road” and pedestrian mall, with lunch on your own.
  • Adults: Wine-tasting
  • Youth: Tut-Niyar papermaking workshop or NILI Museum.
  • Travel along the Mediterranean coast to Kibbutz Evron
  • Enjoy the Mavrhatey (My Light) experience.  In a full-sized Ethiopian hut, Yoney Skiba offers guests an insight not only into the aliyah experience of Ethiopian Israelis but also into Ethiopian-Jewish culture.  Taste the traditional injera sourdough flatbread and participate in the preparation of Ethiopian coffee with Ethiopian-Jewish music that heightens the experience.
  • Proceed to the hotel
  • Check-in hotel and relax on the Kinneret/Sea of Galilee
  • Dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Ein Gev Holiday Village, Galilee
Day 5
Thursday, June 22, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Travel by jeeps along the Golan Volcanic Way down a route with some spectacular results of geological activity.  Visit:

o   Mount Bental, a dormant volcano from whose vantage point one has magnificent views of Mount Hermon, the Syrian side of the Golan Heights and the mountains of southern Lebanon.

o   Paleomagnetic site, the puzzling phenomenon of rocks that incorporate magnetic fields.

o   The Great Juba, a crater in the basalt terrain.

  • Visit the Druze village of Buq’ata and the home of Naseeba Samara for a glimpse into the world of the Druze community on the Golan with home hospitality coffee and cake and an authentic Druze meal.
  • Option 1: Nature walk along the Banias River and the Hanging Bridge over the Banias Canyon
  • Option 2: Rafting  by and under riverside foliage, down the clear Hatzbani stream, later merging with the Banias stream.
  • Travel to Tzfat/Safed for a guided visit through its alleyways and synagogues, using the stories of the mystics as a guide, including a special exploration of the Kabbalat Shabbat poem, Lecha Dodi, which was composed here in the 16th century.
  • Dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Ein Gev Holiday Village, Galilee
Day 6
Friday, June 23, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel and check-out
  • Guided visit to Beit Shearim with its catacombed-necropolis of Jewish families from around the world who requested to be buried close to Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi (author of the Mishna), whose tomb is located here.
  • Walk through the waters Mei Kedem, which was part of an ancient water system that operated during the Roman and Byzantine periods.
  • Lunch on own en route
  • Become an archaeologist for a day and take part in the ongoing dig at Beit Guvrin, where hundreds of caves served as storerooms, burial crypts and safe havens that date back to the time of the Phoenicians.
  • Proceed to Jerusalem
  • Stop at Mount Scopus, overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem, for an opportunity to recite the traditional Shehecheyanu prayer upon arrival in Jerusalem, and an opportunity to take in the Holy City in the late afternoon.
  • Check-in
  • Kabbalat Shabbat at the Kotel/the Azrat Yisrael egalitarian prayer space, or at a Jerusalem synagogue, or on own as a Temple Beth Hillel community.
  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel or home hospitality
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 7
Saturday/Shabbat, June 24, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Morning at leisure or time for meditation and prayer
  • Kiddush at the hotel with text study/demonstration: Buds, Flowers, and Fruits: Significance of the Almond.
  • Walk to Jaffa Gate. Take a guided walk upon rooftops in the Old City for a glimpse at the multi-ethnic weave of the walled city.   Walk along the Ramparts of the Old City Walls and then explore Mount Zion, the Hill of Three Religions, with poetry and Midrashic prose.
  • TBH Havdalah
  • Dinner and evening on own
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 8
Sunday, June 25, 2023
  • 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

  • Concluding program in the Valley of the Communities.

         *Programming for children

  • The Shuk and Cook experience: a colorful and fragrant experiential tour of the Machane Yehuda market. Smell and taste the best of it all. Continue in a Jerusalem cooking workshop from an Arab and Israeli kitchen.**Requires additional fee
  • The Boundaries and Borders, Bridges and Connections of Jerusalem: ride the light rail  from the Machane Yehuda market through the northern Jewish and Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem, alighting at different stops to meet individuals who represent the mosaic of Jerusalem.
  • Regroup for a guided visit at Ammunition Hill, the site of one of the most decisive battles for Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War.
  • 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 and evening on own
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 9
Monday , June 26, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Begin at the top of the Mt. of Olives, overlooking modern and ancient Jerusalem.   A Palestinian and a Jewish guide will each present a narrative of his/her people’s feelings about Jerusalem.
  • Proceed down the Mt. of Olives, passing the oldest extant Jewish cemetery and several churches commemorating events in the life of Jesus.
  • Continue the dual narrative discussion at the Western Wall/Haram al Sharif plaza.
  • Walk up to the Jewish Quarter for a guided exploration and lunch on own.
  • Continue through the suq and meet the Palestinian guide in the Moslem quarter
  • Debriefing from social historian, Paul Liptz.
  • Dinner on own
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 10
Tuesday, June 27, 2023
  • 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.
  • Proceed to Eretz Beresheit
  • Mount camels and travel a short distance to the “Tent of Avraham Avinu” at Eretz Beresheet for an explanation and demonstration of ancient Biblical hospitality customs, many of which are preserved today in traditional Bedouin life.
  • Return to Jerusalem
  • Dinner on own
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 11
Wednesday, June 28, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Volunteer project, TBD
  • Conclude your Israel journey by “Mapping the Journey” with Kol HaOt educators who impart Jewish values, texts and history through a creative, participatory synthesis of the visual and performing arts.
  • Lunch and afternoon on own
  • Check out of the hotel and proceed to Neot Kedumim
  • Step back in time with an interactive Neot Kedumim ecological tour at the Biblical Landscape Reserve, a living museum of Israel’s “green archeology” that illustrates Jewish heritage tied to the Land and the People of Israel. Draw water from a 2000-year-old cistern.
  • Before you depart, plant a tree in the soil of the Land of Israel.
  • Farewell dinner at a restaurant TBD
  • Depart for Ben Gurion International Airport for return flight home.
Overnight: In-flight
Day 12
Thursday , June 29, 2023

*Program is subject to change, pending confirmations.

Price per person, based on double-occupancy
Single-occupancy supplement
Third person sharing, 17 years old and under

* Prices based on 25 full-paying participants.
At 35 full-paying participants, price will decrease.
Prices do not include flights.



2 nights, Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv
2 nights, Ein Gev Holiday Village, Galilee
5 nights, Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem


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 for one group flight
  • Licensed Israeli Government Tour Educator and trained by Makor – 10 days
  • All group Transportation in Israel on a private luxury bus – 9 days
  • Hotel Accommodations per above ** or similar, pending confirmation
  • All Site Admissions and Programs as per the itinerary
  • Meals
    • Breakfast daily
    • 2 Lunches
      • Druze lunch in Buqata
      • Lunch and Swim at a Dead Sea hotel
    • 4 Dinners
      • Welcome dinner
      • Dinner at north hotel (x2)
      • Shabbat dinner
      • Farewell dinner
  • Source Materials, Hat, Bag, Map
  • Water– 3 bottles per person per day
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Credit Card Fees


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 about insurance)
  • Potential costs related to Covid-19 regulations at the time of travel

Payment and Refund Schedule

Please Note: Refunds will be applicable depending on the global pandemic status.

Payment Schedule

Upon Registration — Deposit of $500 per participant

March 1, 2023— 50% of Total Payment

May 15, 2023 — Full Payment


Refund Schedule

Cancel Before March 1, 2023 — Full Refund

Cancel between March 1 and April 15, 2023 — 50% Refund

Cancel between April 15 and May 15, 2023 — 25% Refund

Cancel after May 15, 2023 — No Refund


For more information, please contact Rabbi Sarah Hronsky, rabbisarah@tbhla.org, or Rabbi Misha Zinkow, misha@makorjourneys.com


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 toward the trip (including 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 adjusted.
  • 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