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Temple Chai Israel Adventure

Dec 22, 2019 - Jan 2, 2020

Sunday, December 22, 2019
  • Departure from the United States.
Overnight: In flight
Monday, December 23, 2019
  • Travel day
Overnight: In flight
Day 1
Tuesday, December 24, 2019
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport with assistance by Makor representatives.
  • Proceed to Tel Aviv.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Time for rest and relaxation.
  • Lunch on own in the Levinsky Balkan Spices Market.
  • Tour in Jaffa, one of the oldest cities in the world, hearing the story of the city from the time of Jonah the Prophet to the great return of Jewish pioneers to the land of Israel in 1881, including the famous Jaffa Flea Market (Shuk HaPishpashim).
  • Light the 3rd Chanukah candle.
  • Dinner and evening on own.
Overnight: Dan Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 2
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel and check-out.
  • Guided visit through the remains of the Roman city of Caesarea, followed by a walk along the beach to the newly-renovated Crusader city and port.
  • Travel north.
  • Possible options include:
    • Option 1: The Nahal HaShofet stream, located in the Ramat Menashe Biosphere Reserve, flows through a landscape of field and forest that imparts a sense of tranquility
    • Option 2: Adventure: Rappel down a cliff, try your luck on a climbing wall or “zip” down the mount on the “Flying Fox” with a panoramic view of the Carmel Mountains at site located in an ancient quarry in Carmel Nature Reserve National Park, an area often called “little Switzerland” due to the lush greenery and beautiful landscape.
    • Option 3: Mavrhatey (My Light): In a full-size Ethiopian hut, get insight into the aliyah experience of Ethiopian Israelis and Ethiopian-Jewish culture through tasting the traditional injera sourdough flatbread and participating in the preparation of Ethiopian coffee with Ethiopian-Jewish music that heightens the experience.
  • Continue to Safed.
  • Guided tour through Safed with stories of the 16th-century rabbis of Safed, who breathed new life into the Jewish people after the expulsion from Spain in 1492 peek into ancient synagogues and visit the Artist Colony.
  • Make and taste “sphinge,” the hot and sweet Moroccan pastry that is typical of Chanukah foods.
  • Light the 4th Chanukah candle in Safed.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Kfar Blum, North
Day 3
Thursday, December 26, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit Christian holy sites that may include:
    • The Mount of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount
    • Tabgha, site of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish
    • Capernaum, site of Jesus’ teachings
  • Walk through the Tel Dan Nature Reserve, along one of the tributaries of the Jordan River, concluding at the Biblical site of Tel Dan, exploring a combination of geopolitics, nature and archaeology.
  • Lunch on own followed by:
    • Adults: Tour of a boutique Golan winery and wine tasting
    • Youth: Chocolate making at De Karina
  • Travel by jeeps to Mt. Bental for a security briefing on the delicate political/military relationship in the Middle East, continuing to the top of Mt. Bental by bus for an overlook into Syria.
  • Light the 5th Chanukah candle in the Golan.
  • Return to the hotel for dinner.
Overnight: Kfar Blum, North
Day 4
Friday, December 27, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel and check-out.
  • Travel south to Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu, one of the bright lights of the religious kibbutz movement and still operating as a traditional kibbutz, for a tour of the first organic farm in Israel and to learn about the business of helping farmers all over the world grow safe food, especially Jordanian and Palestinian farmers to help them plant, grow, and harvest healthy crops.
  • Stop in Zichron Yaakov, for an opportunity to stroll along the main street with its shops and cafes, as residents prepare for Shabbat, with lunch on your own.
  • Continue to Rosh Haayin for a special program with Kehilat Bevat Ayin, including Chanukah Candle Lighting, Kabbalat Shabbat and a festive Shabbat dinner with congregants.
  • Drive to Jerusalem.
  • Check in to the hotel.
Overnight: Mount Zion Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 5
Saturday, December 28, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning for services or relaxation.
  • Late morning Jerusalem experience with Rabbi Chernow and Cantor Wolman.
  • Jerusalem: A City of Many Traditions A 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.
  • Havdallah and light the 7th Chanukah candle in the Old City.
  • Dinner and evening on own.
Overnight: Mount Zion Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 6
Sunday, December 29, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Guided visit through Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center, the Jewish national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, with separate programming for adults and youth/children. Come together at the Valley of the Communities for a special concluding program.
    • Special program for children 10 and under
  • Lunch on own in Machane Yehuda open air market.
  • To really dig deep into the past, become an archaeologist for a day and take part in the ongoing digs at Beit Guvrin, where hundreds of underground caves which served as storerooms, burial crypts and safe havens date back to the time of the Phoenicians.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Light the 8th Chanukah candle.
  • Menorah tour of Jerusalem in Nachlaot.
  • Dinner and evening on own.
Overnight: Mount Zion Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 7
Monday, December 30, 2019
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Celebrating our B’nai Mitzvah with a ceremony at the Goldman or Haas Promenade overlooking the Old City and the Temple Mount.
  • Mitzvah Gorreret Mitzvahone mitzvah leads to another mitzvah – Hesed project TBA.
  • Festive Bar Mitzvah Lunch at Te’enim, located in the historic Zionist Confederation House and offering a stunning view of the Walls of the Old City of Jerusalem.
  • Rest of the afternoon at leisure.
  • Dinner on your own at Machaneh Yehuda to understand the human tapestry of Jerusalem; meet people of all nationalities, religions and ages; see, smell and feel foods of all colors, sizes and shapes.
Overnight: Mount Zion Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 8
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
  • 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.
  • Proceed to Eretz Beresheit.
  • Mount camels and travel a short distance to the “Tent of Avraham Avinu” for an explanation and demonstration of ancient Biblical hospitality customs, many of which are preserved today in traditional Bedouin life.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner and evening on own.
Overnight: Mount Zion Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 9
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Travel to the Judean Hills to hike along the Sataf springs that water the agricultural terraces, reminders of an almost vanished Hebrew culture dating back thousands of years.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Remember your Israel journey by making your family’s own personal map of your week’s experiences with Kol HaOt educators, who impart Jewish values, texts and history through a creative synthesis of the visual and performing arts.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Lunch and afternoon on own.
  • Festive farewell dinner.
Overnight: Mount Zion Hotel, Jerusalem
Thursday, January 2, 2020
  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Depart for Ben Gurion Airport for return flight to the United States.

*Program is subject to change, pending confirmations.

Price per person, based on double-occupancy
Single supplement
Third person sharing, child under 12 years
Third person sharing, over 12 years
Family of 4, both children under 12 years

* Prices do not include flights


2 nights Dan Hotel, Tel Aviv
2 nights Kfar Blum, North
5 nights Mount Zion Hotel, Jerusalem (including late check out on the final day)


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 – 9 days
  • Hotel Accommodations per above ** or similar, pending confirmation
  • All Site Admissions and programs as per the itinerary
  • Meals
    • Breakfast daily
    • 3 lunches
      • Arrival day lunch
      • B’nai Mitzvah lunch
      • Lunch + swim
    • 5 dinners
      • Welcome Chanukah dinner
      • Dinner at hotel in North (2)
      • Shabbat dinner
      • Farewell dinner
  • Source Materials, Hat, Map
  • Water on bus daily – 3 bottles per person per day
  • Porterage at hotels

Not Included:

  •    Tips for Guide and Driver
    • Recommended: $8 a day per person for the guide and $4 per person for the driver
  •    Meals on own and out of pocket expenses
  •    Travel and Medical Insurance
  •    Flights


Payment and Refund Schedule

Payment Schedule

Upon Registration — Deposit of $500 per participant

August 15, 2019 — 50% of Total Payment

November 1, 2019 — Full Payment


Refund Schedule

Cancel before August 15, 2019 — Full Refund

Cancel between August 15 and November 1, 2019 — 50% Refund

Cancel between November 1 and December 1, 2019 — 25% Refund

Cancel after December 1, 2019 — No Refund


For more information, please contact Robin at robin@igt.co.il


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 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, we can amend the insurance premium.
  • 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

Group Flight Information

Flight to Israel
Flight to USA

Depart Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Dec 22, 2019 at 8:45 pm on flight BA 288 to Heathrow Airport.

Arrive at Heathrow at 1:35 pm on Dec 23.

Depart Heathrow on Dec 23, 2019 at 8:45 pm on flight BA 163 to Ben Gurion Airport.

Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport on Dec 24, 2019 at 3:45 am.

Depart Ben Gurion Airport on Jan 2, 2020 at 7:00 am on flight BA 162 to Heathrow.

Arrive in Heathrow at 10:35 am.

Depart Heathrow on Jan 2, 2020 at 2:35 pm on flight BA 289 to Phoenix .

Arrive at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Jan 2, 2020 at 6:35 pm.

For price, please contact Adam at alandau@igt.co.il

Cancellation between September 10 and November 10 will incur a $250 cancellation fee. Cancellation after November 10 will not be refunded.

Flight to USA

Depart Ben Gurion Airport on Jan 2, 2020 at 7:00 am on flight BA 162 to Heathrow.

Arrive in Heathrow at 10:35 am.

Depart Heathrow on Jan 2, 2020 at 2:35 pm on flight BA 289 to Phoenix .

Arrive at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Jan 2, 2020 at 6:35 pm.

For price, please contact Adam at alandau@igt.co.il

Cancellation between September 10 and November 10 will incur a $250 cancellation fee. Cancellation after November 10 will not be refunded.