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Temple B’nai Israel, Clearwater

Jun 8, 2023 - Jun 18, 2023

Temple B'nai Israel
Family Adventure in Israel

Led by Rabbi Joshua Lobel
Thursday, June 8, 2023
  • Departure for Israel
Overnight: En route to Israel
Day 2
Friday, June 9, 2023

Note: The first day’s itinerary is subject to change depending on the flight arrival.

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport, with assistance by a Makor Educational Journeys representative.
  • Proceed to Tel Aviv.
  • Shehecheyanu at the Jaffa Overlook, beginning with reflections on the beach with its extraordinary history from Jonah the Prophet to the wave of Jews coming home after 2,000 years and landing at this place beginning in 1881.
  • (Time permiting) Visit Nahalat Binyamin, Tel Aviv’s semi-weekly street art fair for a brief walk and time to pick up a snack (and some goodies for Shabbat) in Carmel Market .
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Musical Kabbalat Shabbat with Beit T’filah Yisraeli or another congregation of your choice.
  • Festive welcome Shabbat dinner at the hotel or in a Tel Aviv restaurant.
Overnight: Tel Aviv, Dan Panorama
Day 3
Saturday/Shabbat, June 10, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning at leisure/Shabbat services.
  • Guided walk-through Neve Zedek and Rothschild Blvd. to hear stories of Tel Aviv and watch people from all backgrounds intermingle in what have become two of Tel Aviv’s most popular areas in recent years.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Study session at the ALMA Center for Jewish Identity and Hebrew Culture that strives to strengthen Israel as a democratic, pluralistic society, stressing humanist aspects of Jewishness toward a vibrant, relevant Jewish Hebrew culture.
  • Meet with founder Ruth Calderon.
  • Free time to explore on your own, relax by the pool, or zzzz.
  • Return to the hotel for free time and dinner on your own
  • Dinner and evening on own.
Overnight: Tel Aviv, Dan Panorama
Day 4
Sunday, June 11, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of hotel.
  • Proceed to Jaffa for a virtual tour of 4,000 years of history at the Jaffa Visitors’ Center
  • Guided walking tour through the Old City of Jaffa, tracing its story from the days of the Bible through the Jaffa Port.
  • Lunch on own
  • Visit the newly renovated Independence House*, where the Jewish State was declared after 2,000 years of exile (*pending re-opening)


  • *Drive to Tel Aviv University for a visit to ANU, the new interactive Museum of the Jewish People, located in what used to be the Diaspora Museum.
  • Leave Tel Aviv for the North
  • Proceed to the hotel and check in.
  • Dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Galilee, Ein Gev Holiday Village
Day 5
Monday, June 12, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Guided walk through the Tel Dan Nature Reserve at the base of the Golan Heights
  • Travel by Jeeps along the Golan Volcanic Way down a route that reveals some spectacular results of geological activity.
  • Walk in the Great Juba, a crater in the basalt terrain.
  • Stop at the paleomagnetic site, to encounter the puzzling phenomenon of rocks that incorporate out-of-the-ordinary magnetic fields.
  • From atop Mount Bental, a dormant volcano, see magnificent views of Mount Hermon, the Syrian side of the Golan Heights and the mountains of southern Lebanon.
  • Lunch on own in Kiryat Shemona
  • Join a rafting river adventure by and under riverside foliage, down the clear Hatzbani stream, later merging with the Banias stream.
  • Return to the hotel
  • Dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Galilee, Ein Gev Holiday Village
Day 6
Tuesday, June 13, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Check-out, and board bus to Safed.
  • Guided tour of the streets and synagogues of Safed/Tzfat, one of Israel’s “Four Holy Cities,” and the center of the 16th century revival of Kabbala -Jewish mysticism, known for its narrow alleyways and artists’ studios.
  • Lunch on own in Safed/Tzfat
  • Travel to Jerusalem by way of the Great Rift Valley and ascend from the East to Jerusalem
  • Recite the Shehecheyanu  prayer at the City of David platform and then explore the Underground City of David, with its new finds, tunnels and passageways, concluding with a Water Walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel
  • Check in to the hotel
  • Dinner on own
Overnight: Jerusalem, Dan Panorama
Day 7
Wednesday, June 14, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Explore the Jewish Quarter to discover the layers of history beneath the surface, including possible visits to the Cardo, the Broad Wall from the days of the First Temple, the Herodian Mansions from the days of the Second Temple and the Hurva Square, the thriving center of the Jewish Quarter today
  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter
  • Proceed to the Western Wall, traditional site of Jewish prayer, and continue to the Western Wall Tunnels, which extend the entire length of the Temple Mount.
  • Take a Hilltop Tour of Jerusalem to view some of the civilian neighborhoods that after the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967 became part of the “security belt.” Travel along the Jerusalem Envelope Seam Zone Barrier for a discussion of Jerusalem geopolitics.
Overnight: Jerusalem, Dan Panorama
Day 8
Thursday, June 15, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center, including the Avenue of the Righteous, the Holocaust History Museum and the Children’s Memorial, concluding with a special ceremony in the Valley of the Communities.
  • Drive through the Kirya Government Center, with views of the democratic institutions of the State of Israel.
  • Continue through to Machane Yehuda Open Air Market, as Jerusalemites begin to prepare for Shabbat on Thursday afternoon – with all the colors, scents and people that create the unique Jerusalem market atmosphere, with lunch on own.
  • Afternoon on your own
  • Dinner at the Eucalyptus restaurant that boasts “Land of Israel” cuisine, using recipes developed by different ethnic and religious groups that have settled in Jerusalem. The chef chooses wild herbs and plants that grow in the Judean Mountains – hyssop, Jerusalem sage, and just-picked figs, to name just a few.
Overnight: Jerusalem, Dan Panorama
Day 9
Friday, June 16, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Proceed to the Dead Sea
  • Ascend Masada via the 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.
  • 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 to prepare for Shabbat
  • Proceed to a Progressive Congregation for Friday night services and Shabbat dinner home hospitality or at the hotel.
Overnight: Jerusalem, Dan Panorama
Day 10
Saturday/Shabbat, June 17, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Morning at leisure or time for services
  • Lunch on own
  • Shabbat afternoon options
  • The Poet and the Windmill – Guided walk through Yemin Moshe with the poetry of Yehudah Amichai as a guide, or
  • An Historic Weave of Jerusalem – Walk through the Valley of Hinnom, using the Bible as a guide, to the top of Mount Zion and continuing to the Jewish Quarter, with its archaeological remains that date back 3000 years to the days of the First Temple, including the Nea Church, the Biblical and Hasmonean remains in the open Cardo and the Broad Wall, or
  • The Israel Museum – Visit the 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, or
  • Jerusalem: A City of Many Traditions – Return to the Old City for a tour of Mount Zion, and walk along the Ramparts with free time in the Old City Market – the Souq
  • Free time for rest and final glimpses of Jerusalem.
  • Concluding conversation.
  • Havdalah and Festive farewell dinner.
  • Depart for Ben Gurion International Airport for your return flight home.
Overnight: In-Flight
Sunday, June 18, 2023
Overnight: --
Per person, Double-occupancy
Single-Occupancy Supplement
Third-person sharing, 17 & under

*Price is based on a minimum of 20 participants.  Price does not include airfare.


2 nights, Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv
2 nights, The Villas at Ein Gev Holiday Village, Galilee
4 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
  • Licensed Israeli Government Tour Educator and trained by Makor – 9 days
  • All group Transportation in Israel on a private luxury bus – 7 days
  • Hotel Accommodations per above ** or similar, pending confirmation
  • All Site Admissions and programs as per the itinerary
  • Meals
    • Breakfast daily
    • 1 Lunch
    • 6 Dinners
  • Source Materials, Hat, Bag, Map
  • Water on bus daily
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Credit card fees


Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Tips for Guide, Hostess and Drivers
    • Recommended: $8 per day per person for the guide and $4 per person per day for the driver
  • Meals on own and out-of-pocket expenses
  • Travel and Medical Insurance
  • Potential costs stemming from Covid-19-related regulations at the time of travel (ex. PCR or serological tests).



Payment Schedule

Upon registration — Deposit of $500 per participant

February 15, 2023 — 50% of total payment

April 15, 2023 — Full payment


Refund Schedule

Cancel before February 15, 2023 — Full refund

Cancel between February 15 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 about the trip, please contact Rabbi Josh Lobel. For administrative matters related to the trip, contact Robin at robin@igt.co.il, or for general questions, contact Rabbi Misha Zinkow (Makor Educational Journeys) North American representative), or call Rabbi Zinkow at 833-GoMakor (EST).


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.

More on Travel Insurance:

  • most insurance policies require purchase within 21 days of your first payment 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 are no organized group flights for this journey. Kindly make your own flight arrangements. Rabbi Lobel suggests one of the itineraries below that have arrival and departure times close to one another. Makor will meet everyone who arrives on one of these arrival flights at the Tel Aviv Airport to begin the journey together on June 9. Regarding ARRIVAL to Israel on June 9: If you choose another 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 group to the Tel Aviv Airport at the conclusion of the trip.

Tampa (TPA) to Tel Aviv, Israel (TLV)
Tel Aviv, Israel (TLV) to Tampa (TPA)

Thursday, June 8: Delta Airlines Flight 2365 (DL 2365), departs TPA at 11:30 AM, arrives to BOS (Boston) at 2:35 PM.

Connect to DL 242, departs BOS at 3:50 PM, arrives to Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) at 9:15 AM next day (June 9)


(you can book the following itinerary on the El Al website)


Thursday, June 8: Jet Blue Flight 426 (B6 426), departs TPA at 11:45 AM, arrives to JFK (New York) at 12:24 PM.

Connect to El Al Flight 2 (LY 2), departs JFK at 5:30 PM, arrives to Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) at 11:00 AM next day (June 9)

Saturday, June 17: Delta Airlines Flight 235 (DL 235), departs TLV at 11:55 PM, arrives to JFK (New York) at 4:50 AM, next day (Sunday, June 18)

Connect to DL 1419, departs JFK at 8:30 AM, arrives to Tampa (TPA) at 11:23 AM




Sunday, June 18
*Note — this flight departs after midnight on Saturday night; it leaves on Sunday:
El Al Flight 15 (LY 15), departs TLV at 1:05 AM, arrives to BOS (Boston) at 5:45 AM

Connect to Jet Blue Flight 591 (B6 591), departs BOS at 11:00 AM, arrives to Tampa (TPA) at 2:20 PM

Tel Aviv, Israel (TLV) to Tampa (TPA)

Saturday, June 17: Delta Airlines Flight 235 (DL 235), departs TLV at 11:55 PM, arrives to JFK (New York) at 4:50 AM, next day (Sunday, June 18)

Connect to DL 1419, departs JFK at 8:30 AM, arrives to Tampa (TPA) at 11:23 AM




Sunday, June 18
*Note — this flight departs after midnight on Saturday night; it leaves on Sunday:
El Al Flight 15 (LY 15), departs TLV at 1:05 AM, arrives to BOS (Boston) at 5:45 AM

Connect to Jet Blue Flight 591 (B6 591), departs BOS at 11:00 AM, arrives to Tampa (TPA) at 2:20 PM