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Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom

May 4, 2024 - May 14, 2024

Israel: Off the Beaten Track
A Special Journey crafted by Rabbi Lisa Grushcow
and Tour Educator Noam Rumack
-> For folks who have been to Israel before and
those seeking an unconventional, immersive encounter
with the Land, People and State of Israel
-> Experience Holocaust Remembrance Day, Memorial Day
and the eve of Independence Day
Saturday, 4 May 2024
  • Depart Canada for Israel.
Overnight: In-Flight
Sunday, 5 May 2024
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport, with assistance from a Makor Educational Journeys repres
  • Tour Old Jaffa, the ancient port city once known as Zion Gate from which Jonah tried to flee and where Solomon brought the Cedars of Lebanon on the way to Jerusalem. Today paintings and sculptures have been installed in its ancient alleys.
  • Shehecheyanu Welcome ceremony on top of Tel Jaffa, overlooking modern Tel Aviv.
  • Lunch on own
  • Guided visit to the Joseph Bau House. Joseph Bau was a Holocaust survivor, the father of Israeli animation and a master forger for the Mossad.  His wedding appears in the film Schindler’s List.  The visit will be hosted by Cilila and Hadas Bau or Libby Cohen, Joseph Bau’s daughters and granddaughter.
  • Check in to hotel in Tel Aviv.
  • Erev Yom HaShoa: Opening dinner and orientation at hotel.
Overnight: Market House Hotel, Tel Aviv-Jaffa
Monday, 6 May 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Speaker: Rachel Korazim (pending availability) The Memory of the Holocaust in the Contemporary State of Israel
  • 10:00 am: Stand in solemn silence as sirens will sound marking Holocaust Remembrance Day.
  • Visit London Square, site of the “Aliyah Bet” Memorial to hear the story of the illegal immigration operations which rescued Jewish refugees and Holocaust survivors before the founding of the State of Israel.
  • Walking tour of historic “Little Tel Aviv” – Discover the quaint Neve Tzedek neighborhood that gave birth to the “first Hebrew city in 2,000 years,” once home to Zionist cultural pioneers Eliezer Ben Yehuda, S. Y. Agnon and Nahum Gutman.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Join participants of Bina: The Jewish Movement for Social Changeon a walking tour of Tel Aviv’s Neve Sha’anan neighborhood, called The Strangers Among Us: Immigration, Refugees and & Jewish Values in a Jewish State
  • Free time and Dinner on own
Overnight: Market House Hotel, Tel Aviv
Tuesday, 7 May 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel and check-out
  • Travel north along the Mediterranean Coast.
  • Guided visit through Caesarea, one of the most important cities in the Land of Israel during the Roman Period, to explore its Roman Theater, Promontory Palace and Hippodrome cum Amphitheater.
  • Proceed to Pardes Hana and Noam’s bee-hive!
  • Lunch en route on own
  • Visit the Beit HaGefen Cultural Center in Wadi Nisnas in Haifa. Meet with Ulfat Haider, an Arab female professional athlete who is one of the leaders of social change in Israel.
  • Check-in hotel
  • Dinner: Abu Christo Restaurant on Old Akko’s waterfront.
Overnight: Akkotel, Akko
Wednesday, 8 May 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Tour Akko including meeting with artist, Walid Ashash, who specializes in street and urban art.
  • Lunch on own in Akko.
  • Meet residents and staff at Kishorit, a community for special needs adults which is integrated into Kibbutz Kishor in the Upper Galilee.
  • Conclude the day at the Lotem Organic Winery on Kibbutz Lotem for wine tasting and dinner overlooking the Sea of Galilee.
Overnight: Akkotel, Akko
Thursday, 9 May 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel and check-out.
  • Travel across the Jezreel Valley, which is steeped in biblical history and was the cradle of the kibbutz movement and modern Zionist settlement. (Sites to be determined).
  • Lunch and meeting with a settler at the Rotem Café in eastern Samaria.
  • Continue along the Allon Road, constructed to implementing of the Allon Plan, one of the earliest Israeli initiatives to deal with the territory formerly held by Jordan that was occupied in the 1967 Six-Day War.
  • Proceed to Jerusalem
  • Introduction to Jerusalem from the Mt. Scopus overlook
  • Check-in to the hotel
  • Thursday night, there is already the feeling of Shabbat in Machane Yehuda with the frenzied shopping for Sabbath-related delicacies among the overcrowded throng. Tour Machane Yehuda and taste the potpourri of foods from all across the Jewish world.
Overnight: Harmony Hotel, Jerusalem
Friday, 10 May 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel with representatives of the Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance, a community center serving people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
  • Enter the David’s Tower Museum, for an interactive journey into the history of Jerusalem.
  • Visit the traditional prayer area of the KotelWestern Wall with time for introspection, as well as Azarat Yisrael – the egalitarian prayer plaza near Robinson’s Arch.
  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter.
  • Continue to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  • Return to hotel to relax and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Friday night services at Kol HaNeshama, a local Reform synagogue.
  • Shabbat dinner with members of Kol Haneshama (pending confirmation from synagogue leadership).
Overnight: Harmony Hotel, Jerusalem
Saturday, 11 May 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the East Jerusalem Women Beekeepers, in conjunction with Muslala.
  • Free time for leisure and/or return to the Old City.
  • Lunch on own
  • Optional guided walk through Yemin Moshe neighborhood, using the poetry of Yehudah Amichai as your guide
  • The “Jerusalem Mosaic,” with journalist, Sarah Tuttle Singer.
  • Havdalah with Rabbi Grushcow.
  • Free evening and dinner on own.
Overnight: Harmony Hotel, Jerusalem
Sunday, 12 May 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Visit the workshops of Yad Lakashish, which provide meaningful, creative, and serious artistic and craft expression to Jerusalem’s elderly and special needs populations.
  • Visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s national Holocaust memorial and museum, including Avenue of the Righteous, Holocaust History Museum and Children’s Memorial
  • Lunch on own en route
  • Guided walk through the Mea Shearim Ultra-Orthodox neighborhood and meet with a Haredi woman in her home.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • 8:00 pm Siren marking the beginning of Yom HaZikaron
  • Shirim BaKikar – Join Jerusalemites for an evening of singing Memorial Day songs, in the presence of Mayor Moshe Leon and Israeli performing artists at Safra Square.
Overnight: Harmony Hotel, Jerusalem
Monday, 13 May 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Travel across the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea
  • Ascend Masada by cable car for a guided visit through the ruins of Herod’s Palace and the last outpost of Jewish independence 2,000 years ago, followed by a discussion about Masada in contemporary Israel society.
    • 11:00 am Siren marking Yom HaZikaron
  • Lunch and swim at Kalia Beach on the Dead Sea
  • Return to Jerusalem
  • Dinner on own

8:00 pm Witness the transition from the solemn memorial of Yom Hazikaron to the celebration of Yom Ha’atzma’ut: join the festivities in the streets of downtown Jerusalem.

  • Program TBD
Overnight: Harmony Hotel, Jerusalem
Tuesday, 14 May 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport
  • Arrival in Canada
USD $4,830
Per Person, Double-Occupancy
USD $1,175
Single-Occupancy Supplement
USD $4,220
Child under 13 in Triple with 2 adults


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


2 nights in Tel Aviv-Jaffa: Market House Hotel
2 nights in Northern Israel: Akkotel Hotel
5 nights in Jerusalem: Harmony Hotel

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
  • All group Transportation in Israel on a private luxury bus
  • Hotel Accommodations as above or similar, pending confirmation
  • All Site Admissions and programs as per the itinerary
  • Meals
    • Breakfast daily
    • 2 Lunches
    • 6 Dinners
  • Source Materials, Makor Educational Journeys Hat, Bag, Map
  • Field Coordinator
  • Water on bus daily
  • All Site and Program fees
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Credit card fees

Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Tips for Guide and Driver (recommended $8 per day for guide, $4 per day for driver)
  • Meals on own and out of pocket expenses
  • Travel and Medical Insurance
  • Potential costs stemming from Covid-19 regulations at the time of travel (ex: PCR)



Payment Schedule

Upon Registration — Deposit of $500 per participant

January 15, 2024 — 50% of Total Payment

April 5, 2024 — Full Payment


Refund Schedule

Cancel Before January 15, 2024 — Full Refund

Cancel between January 15 and March 1, 2024 — 75% Refund

Cancel between March 1 and April 5, 2024 — 50% Refund

Cancel after April 5, 2024 — No Refund



Rabbi Lisa Grushcow, [email protected]
Rabbi Misha Zinkow, [email protected]; 833-GoMakor (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. Consult your insurance agent.

Please note regarding the purchase of 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)

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]

Montreal to Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv to Montreal

May 4:

Option 1 (Delta)
DL 1526, departs YUL at 6:50 AM, arrives Atlanta (ATL) at 9:47 AM.  Connect to DL 248, departs ATL at 2:50 PM, arrives Tel Aviv (TLV) at 9:15 AM, next day (May 5)

Option 2 (United Airlines)
UA 3451, departs YUL at 11:04 AM, arrives Newark (EWR) at 12:43 PM.  Connect to UA 84, departs EWR at 4:30 PM, arrives Tel Aviv (TLV) at 9:55 AM, next day (May 5)

Option 3 (Air Canada)
AC 411, departs YUL at 12:00 PM, arrives to YYZ at 1:23 PM.  Connect to AC 80, departs YYZ at 4:15 PM, arrives Tel Aviv (TLV) at 10:05 AM, next day (May 5).

May 14:

Option 1 (Delta)
DL 249, departs TLV at 11:30 AM, arrives Atlanta (ATL) at 5:55 PM.  Connect to DL 2416, departs ATL at 9:00 PM, arrives YUL at 11:35 PM

Option 2 (United Airlines)
UA 85, departs TLV at 12:00 PM, arrives Newark (EWR) at 4:55 PM.  Connect to UA 3630, departs EWR at 7:50 PM, arrives YUL at 9:30 PM

Option 3 (Air Canada)
AC 81, departs TLV at 11:55 AM, arrives to YYZ at 4:45 PM.  Connect to AC 426, departs YYZ at 8:00 PM, arrives YUL at 9:26 PM

Tel Aviv to Montreal

May 14:

Option 1 (Delta)
DL 249, departs TLV at 11:30 AM, arrives Atlanta (ATL) at 5:55 PM.  Connect to DL 2416, departs ATL at 9:00 PM, arrives YUL at 11:35 PM

Option 2 (United Airlines)
UA 85, departs TLV at 12:00 PM, arrives Newark (EWR) at 4:55 PM.  Connect to UA 3630, departs EWR at 7:50 PM, arrives YUL at 9:30 PM

Option 3 (Air Canada)
AC 81, departs TLV at 11:55 AM, arrives to YYZ at 4:45 PM.  Connect to AC 426, departs YYZ at 8:00 PM, arrives YUL at 9:26 PM