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Temple Emanuel, Greensboro

Feb 19, 2023 - Mar 2, 2023

Connecting to Israel in Mind, Body, and Soul
Led by Rabbi Andy Koren
Sunday, February 19, 2023
  • Departure from the United States to Israel.
Overnight: In Flight
Monday, February 20, 2023

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


“For Your servants take pleasure in her stones and love her dust.” 

[(Tehillim)Psalms 102:15]

…. The hotter the sun got, and the more rocky and bare, repulsive and dreary the landscape became… hardly a tree or a shrub anywhere. Even the olive and the cactus, …fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country.” 

[Mark Twain, Innocents Abroad]


  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport, with assistance from a Makor Educational Journeys representative.


  • Proceed to Jerusalem and stop for a panoramic view of the city, with a moment to recite “shehecheyanu” upon arriving to Israel’s ancient and modern capital city.


  • Check-in to the hotel


  • Dinner at the hotel or a restaurant with guest speaker Rabbi Gilad Kariv: What It Means to Be a Progressive Jew and a Zionist.
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Tuesday, February 21, 2023 (Rosh Hodesh Adar)
  • Early breakfast at the hotel
  • 7:30 am Together at the Wall: Celebrate Rosh Chodesh (the New Moon) Adar with a prayer service at the Kotel (Western Wall).  Join Women of the Wall, leaders in the struggle for religious pluralism and egalitarianism in Israel, to welcome the new month with a service of joy and togetherness.
  • Descend to the City of David for a guided visit through some of the newest archaeological finds in Jerusalem and explore the complex realities of contemporary geopolitical challenges interwoven with ancient archeological finds.  Gain an understanding of the many regimes under which Jerusalemites have lived throughout the centuries. Conclude with a walk through the new tunnel from the City of David to the Jerusalem Archaeological Park.
  • Lunch with Dr. Rabbi Rani Jaeger, Research Fellow of the Kogod Research Center and head of the Tanakh Initiative at the Shalom Hartman Institute, and a co-founder of SHI’s Be’eri Program for Pluralistic Jewish-Israeli Identity Education:  A Song for Many Voices: The Soul of Secular Israel.
  • Symbols of Sovereignty at Givat Ram, the site of the “Government Hill complex,” which includes many of Israel’s most important national institutions,  such as the Knesset, the Israel Museum,  the Supreme Court, Bank of Israel, Academy of the Hebrew Language, National Library, a campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and many government ministries’ offices.
  • Group processing session
  • Dinner on own
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Wednesday, February 22, 2023

The air over Jerusalem is saturated with prayers and dreams/like the air over cities with heavy industry. /It’s hard to breathe. /And from time to time a new shipment of history arrives.//Houses and towers serve as packing materials
later thrown away and piled in heaps.

[from Ecology of Jerusalem, Yehuda Amichai

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • The Memory of the Holocaust in the Contemporary State of Israel, a dialogue with Sharon Kangisser Cohen, Editor in Chief, Yad Vashem Studies.
  • Walk through the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center complex, including a guided visit to the Museum and the Sculpture Garden, exploring the various messages conveyed by the exhibits and sculptures as they relate to contemporary Israel.
  • Tasting tour of world Jewish foods in the Machane Yehuda open-air market.
  • Diverse Jewish Ethnicity: Rashut Ha’Rabim –conducted tour of the Jerusalem Kiryat Yovel neighborhood (Rashut Ha’Rabim is an umbrella organization that connects Jews from diverse denominations, backgrounds, and traditions to build bridges and confront challenges that world Jewry at large — and Jews in Jerusalem in particular — are facing today)
  • A Window on Mt. ZionMount Zion is a microcosm of Jerusalem – sacred, complex and multicultural.  While there are other structures and areas that are holy to Jews, Christians and Muslems, today’s in-depth visit to Mount Zion will concentrate on a single building that houses King David’s Tomb / the Room of the Last Supper/ Nabi Daud – sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims.
  • Group processing session
  • Dinner on own
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Thursday, February 23, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Proceed to the Judean Desert
  • The guided visit to Tel Arad will center on the temple and horned altar found inside this fortress, from the time of the Divided Monarchy.  Though worship centers outside of Jerusalem were forbidden, other high places did exist.  Modern and ancient texts will guide a discussion about whether there can be more than one “center” for Jewish people.
  • Continue to Ein Bokek for an opportunity to float in the Dead Sea and swim in the hotel pool, followed by lunch.
  • 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.   Group processing session atop Masada.
  • Return to Jerusalem
  • Dinner on own.
  • Optional: Late night visit to a Jerusalem bakery preparing Challah for Shabbat
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Friday, February 24, 2023

You don’t make peace with friends. You make it with very unsavory enemies.

 (Shimon Peres)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Visit the Gush Etzion Heritage Center, which tells the story of the establishment of Gush Etzion -a cluster of communities in the Judean Hills south of Jerusalem- from its early beginnings to the fall of “The Gush” during the War of Independence and its rebirth following the 1967 war.
  • Visit the Shorashim – Roots Dialogue Center, the only joint Israeli-Palestinian community center in the West Bank/Judea & Samaria, which is dedicated to bringing Palestinians and Israelis together for dialogue and reconciliation.  Meet with founders Ali Abu Awwad, a former Palestinian militant, who served a number of years in Israeli jails, and Shaul Judelman, a settler from Bat Ayin.
  • Enter Bethlehem with a guided walk along the graffiti-covered walls of the Seam Zone Barrier, with Palestinian guide, Noor Awad.
  • Lunch on own in Bethlehem
  • Return to Jerusalem
  • Group processing session
  • Friday evening services and Shabbat dinner home hospitality at a Reform congregation
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Shabbat/Saturday, February 25, 2023

….: “Speak to the Israelites, that they take Me a donation from every person, as his heart may urge you shall take My donation … And they shall make Me a Tabernacle, that I may abide in their midst.

[Ex. 25:1-2]


If on the mountain you quarry stone/to erect a new building, /my brother – you have not quarried in vain/for that new building./Because from these stones/The Temple will be built./if you have not yet sung a song to me,
sing me a new psalm,/which is older than wine/and sweeter than honey.
A song older than wine,/And sweeter than honey,/A song two-thousand years old/And new every day

[Shiro shel Abba (Father’s Song), Naomi Shemer)

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check-out
  • Morning at leisure with time for Shabbat services
  • Kiddush with Anna Kislanski, CEO, IMPJ: The Reform Movement in Israel Today
  • Proceed north
  • Meet Dr. Moti Zeira from HaMidrasha (the Educational Center for Pluralistic Jewish Studies, Oranim) and take “A Journey to the Jezreel Valley,” a combined tour-text study at  milestone-sites in the history of Jewish spiritual life.   Journey to Kibbutz Yifat or Kibbutz Ein Shemer where the pioneers who founded the kibbutz movement strove to realize their dream of a new Jewish way of life in the Land of Israel a century ago.   Tour Beit Shearim, where Jewish life crystallized following the destruction of the Second Temple.
  • Check-in hotel
  • Group processing session
  • Havdalah at the Yefe Nof panoramic observation point.
  • Dinner on own
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Haifa
Sunday, February 26, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Beit HaGefen Jewish-Arab Cultural Center works to creatively bring together the various religions, cultures and nationalities living in Israel.   As part of the “Art of Shared Society” project, trace the Wadi Nisnas (a mixed Jewish and Arab neighborhood)   art route – the Beit HaGefen “Museum Without Walls,” an open display venue with an emphasis on the messages of understanding, tolerance, pluralism and mutual respect.
  • Proceed to Akko (Acre)
  • Guided visit in Akko, including massive Crusader structures and:
  • The Tunisian Synagogue (Or Torah), known as the “Jariya,” is a one of a kind in the world as it is literally covered in mosaics – both inside and out that depict the history of the Jewish people and of the Land of Israel
  • The Treasures in the Wall Museum, located in the inner eastern wall of Akko and one of the thickest walls in the world, displays rare collections and traditional handicrafts from the 19th century that illustrate the folklore of all the religions and communities that have existed in this region of the Galilee.
  • Lunch on own in Akko.
  • Continue to Hurfeish
  • The Hurfeish Women’s Center for Traditional Arts & Crafts.  35 religious housewives assemble here for social gathering and cultural engagement in their common hobby of embroidery and knitting, passed down from one mother to the next. The meeting is a cultural and social initiative, designed to promote the status of Druze women and integrate them in the workforce while preserving their traditional handicrafts and enabling them to help in the household economy.
  • Participate in an authentic Druze cooking workshop/dinner in Hurfeish that affords a hands-on, true-to-life cultural immersion that’s not just about good eating but also about exploring foreign cultures through taste, smell and experience.
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Haifa
Monday, February 27, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel and check-out
  • Programming with the Leo Baeck Education Center, an Israeli Reform organization, which provides children with a first-class education, rich in humanistic values and embedded within a Progressive Jewish framework. It also provides a variety of services to religious, immigrant, special needs and low-income populations with a commitment to Arab-Jewish co-existence.
  • Drive to Tulip Winery at Kfar Tikvah (Village of Hope), an inclusive kibbutz community that is home to over 200 adults with special needs, some of whom staff this superb winery, which offers tastes and treats.
  • Meet with Mohammed Darawshe Director of Planning, Equality and Shared Society, Givat Haviva Educational Center: The Maturation of Arab-Jewish Relations in the State of Israel.
  • Lunch meeting with P2K counterparts in Hadera
  • Visit Kuchinate, a collective of African asylum-seeking women in vulnerable situations who design and create crocheted products for the home, and enjoy a traditional Eritrean/Ethiopian coffee ceremony.
  • Check-in hotel
  • Group processing session
  • Dinner on own
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv
Tuesday, February 28, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Visit ANU, Museum of the Jewish People, which connects Jewish people to their roots and strengthens their personal and collective Jewish identity.  The museum presents the fascinating narrative of the Jewish people and the essence of Jewish culture, faith, purpose and deed while presenting the contribution of world Jewry to humanity.
  • Meet with Prof. Hizki Shoham,  The Interdisciplinary Program for Hermeneutics and Cultural Studies,  Bar Ilan University: A Tale of Two Cultures: Comparative Cultural Analysis of Israeli and North American Jewry
  • Using poetry and song texts, continue on a guided walk through Neve Zedek, one of the first neighborhoods outside Jaffa and home to author S.Y. Agnon, Israel’s first Nobel Laureate, including a visit to the Nachman Gutman Museum, with art from Tel Aviv’s artist laureate.
  • Lunch on own – “Tel Aviv style” – in one of Tel Aviv’s “café culture” restaurants.
  • Meeting with students from the Telem Mechina, the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism’s gap year program for young Israelis graduating from high school and before entering military service.
  • Dinner on own
Overnight: Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv
Wednesday, March 1, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Visit the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, which promotes peacebuilding between Israel and its neighbors (particularly between Israelis and Palestinians), as well as between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel and presents the journey from the early days of the State to the Startup Nation of today and beyond.
  • Guided walking Tel Aviv “Rainbow Tour:” Explore the home of the largest LGBTQ community in Israel (and the Middle East) by visiting sites and learning about the events that shaped this community


  • Guided tour in the Florentin neighborhood, Tel Aviv’s most bohemian and upbeat neighborhood and learn about contemporary Israeli culture through urban art: writing on the wall, graffiti, bumper stickers and even painted garbage bins.
  • Lunch and the rest of the afternoon at leisure
  • Group summation session
  • Farewell dinner at a Tel Aviv restaurant.
  • Depart for Ben Gurion International Airport for return flight home.
Overnight: In Flight
Wednesday, March 2, 2023


*Program is subject to change, pending confirmations.

per person, double-occupancy
supplement for single-occupancy
per person, double occupancy

*Price based on a minimum of 25 paying participants.  Price does not include airfare.
**for registrations after November 3, 2022



5 nights Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
2 nights Dan Panorama Hotel, Haifa
2 nights Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv


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 – 10 days
  • All group Transportation in Israel on a private luxury bus – 10 days
  • Hotel Accommodations per above**Or similar, pending confirmation
  • All Site Admissions/programs/speakers as per the itinerary
  • Meals
    • Breakfast daily
    • 4 lunches
      • Lunch in Jerusalem
      • Tasting tour in Machane Yehuda Market
      • Lunch and Swim at a Dead Sea hotel
      • Lunch in Hadera
    • 4 dinners
      • Welcome dinner
      • Home hospitality Shabbat dinner
      • Druze cooking workshop and dinner
      • Farewell dinner
  • Source Materials, Hat, Bag, Map
  • Water on bus daily
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Credit card fees

Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Tips for Guide and Driver; 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 regulations at the time of travel (ex. PCR or antigen tests)


Payment and Refund Schedules

Payment Schedule

Upon Registration — Deposit of $500 per participant

November 15, 2022 — 50% of Total Payment

January 5, 2023 — Full Payment

Refund Schedule

Cancel Before November 1, 2022 — Full Refund

Cancel between November 15, 2022 and January 5, 2023 — 50% Refund

Cancel between January 5, 2023 and January 25, 2023 — 25% Refund

Cancel after January 25, 2023 — 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 Robin at [email protected], or Rabbi Misha Zinkow (Makor North American liaison), [email protected]


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

No group flight arrangements are planned for this journey; kindly make your own flight plans. 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 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.

Greensboro (GSO) to Israel (TLV)
Israel (TLV) to Greensboro (GSO)

February 19: United Airlines Flight 3571 (UA3571), departs GSO at 7:01 PM, arrives to EWR (Newark) at 8:33 PM.

Connect to UA90, departs EWR at 11:00 PM, arrives to Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) at 4:20 PM next day (February 20).

March 1: UA91, departs TLV at 11:10 PM, arrives to EWR at 4:25 AM next day (March 2).

Connect to UA3569, departs EWR at 9:00 AM, arrives to GSO at 10:45 AM.

Israel (TLV) to Greensboro (GSO)

March 1: UA91, departs TLV at 11:10 PM, arrives to EWR at 4:25 AM next day (March 2).

Connect to UA3569, departs EWR at 9:00 AM, arrives to GSO at 10:45 AM.

Raleigh (RDU) to Israel (TLV)
Israel (TLV) to Raleigh (RDU)

February 19: Delta Flight 4882 (DL4882), departs RDU at 6:40 PM, arrives to JFK (Kennedy) at 8:34 PM.

(or) Delta Flight 4631 (DL4631) departs RDU at 4:45 PM, arrives to JFK at 6:38 PM.

Connect to DL234, departs JFK at 11:45 PM, arrives Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) at 5:20 PM, next day (February 20).

March 1: DL235, departs TLV at 11:55PM, arrives to JFK at 5:30 AM, next day (March 2)

Connect to DL5078, departs JFK at 8:10 AM, arrives to RDU at 10:01 AM.

Israel (TLV) to Raleigh (RDU)

March 1: DL235, departs TLV at 11:55PM, arrives to JFK at 5:30 AM, next day (March 2)

Connect to DL5078, departs JFK at 8:10 AM, arrives to RDU at 10:01 AM.

Charlotte (CLT) to Israel TLV)
Israel (TLV) to Charlotte (CLT)

February 19: American Airlines Flight 657 (AA657) departs Charlotte (CLT) at 6:00 PM, arrives to JFK (Kennedy) at 8:00 PM

(or) AA1727, departs CLT at 8:10 PM, arrives JFK at 10:00 PM

Connect to AA146, departs JFK at 11:35 PM, arrives to Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) at 5:15 PM, next day (February 20).

March 2 (note flight departs on Thursday morning at 12:45 AM): AA145, departs TLV at 0:45 AM, arrives to JFK at 6:20 AM, March 2.

Connect to AA1444, departs JFK at 7:59 AM, arrives to CLT at 10:20 AM.

(or) Connect to AA311, departs JFK at 9:45 AM, arrives to CLT at 11:58 AM.

Israel (TLV) to Charlotte (CLT)

March 2 (note flight departs on Thursday morning at 12:45 AM): AA145, departs TLV at 0:45 AM, arrives to JFK at 6:20 AM, March 2.

Connect to AA1444, departs JFK at 7:59 AM, arrives to CLT at 10:20 AM.

(or) Connect to AA311, departs JFK at 9:45 AM, arrives to CLT at 11:58 AM.