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Temple Emeth Journey in Israel

Mar 11, 2024 - Mar 21, 2024

Israel: Culture, Art and Cuisine

Led by Rabbi Steven Sirbu
Monday, March 11, 2024
  • Depart USA for Israel.
Overnight: In-flight
Tuesday, March 12, 2024
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport, with assistance from a Makor Educational Journeys representative.
  • Visit the Ilana Goor Museum in Old Jaffa, an architectural gem which is both the home of -and a major exhibition space for-  freewheeling Israeli artist Ilana Goor.
  • Check-in to your hotel on Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean Coast.
  • Welcome dinner at Goshen Restaurant.
Overnight: Tel Aviv, Carlton Hotel
Wednesday, March 13, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Guided walking tour of Neve Tzedek, the first Jewish neighborhood built outside Jaffa’s walls and once home to Zionist cultural pioneers such as Eliezer Ben Yehuda, S. Y. Agnon and Nahum Gutman.
  • The Faces tell the Story, special program with photographic artist Adi Nes at the Nahum Gutman Museum.
  • See artist Nahum Gutman’s mosaic fountain City of Sea and Sand, depicting the history of Tel Aviv, then continue to see his massive mosaic mural of Little Tel Aviv in the Shalom Towers; enroute view Louis (TIM) Mitelberg’s statue of Hommage au Captain Dreyfus.
  • Stop at the Founders’ Monument on Rothschild Boulevard to learn about the establishment of Tel Aviv and view the Bauhaus architecture for which central Tel Aviv’s ‘White City’ was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Tasting tour in the Levinsky Balkan Market, with lunch on own, if still hungry
  • An Animated Forger:Visit to the Joseph Bau House, hosted by his daughters or granddaughter. Joseph Bau was a Holocaust survivor, the father of Israeli animation and a master forger for the Mossad, whose wedding appears in the film Schindler’s List.
  • Free evening
  • Dinner on own
Overnight: Tel Aviv, Carlton Hotel
Thursday, March 14, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Gallery Tour in the Ein Hod Artist Colony led by a local artist.
  • Druze cooking workshop and lunch at Nora’s Kitchen in the village of Dalyat El Carmel on Carmel and opportunity to hear a local Druze woman speak about her community.
  • Guided tour of Tzippori to see its exquisite ancient mosaics, including Mona Lisa of the Galilee, Nile Flood Festival, Orpheus and Synagogue Pavement.
  • Visit the Resh LaQish Olive Oil Press in Moshav Tzippori, for an interactive workshop on olive oil production.
  • Drive to Tiberias on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
  • Check-in to hotel.
  • Dinner on own
Overnight: Tiberias, Scots Hotel
Friday, March 15, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Guided exploration of the ruins of Beit Shean, once a splendid city of the Roman Decapolis.
  • Guided tour of Bio Bee on Kibbutz Sde Eliahu, a world leader in organic agriculture and biological pest control to see how they are using ‘natural solutions’ instead of toxic pesticides.
  • Lunch on Kibbutz Sde Eliahu.
  • Travel south through the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem.
  • Check-in to hotel in Jerusalem.
  • Friday evening Shabbat services at a local Reform congregation.
  • Home hospitality dinner with members of a local Reform congregation.
Overnight: Jerusalem, Inbal Hotel
Saturday, March 16, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Shabbat morning Torah Study at hotel, followed by Kiddush.
  • Visit nearby Ketef Hinnom, where archaeologists discovered what is the oldest biblical text ever found, the ‘Priestly Blessing’, now on display at the Israel Museum.
  • Lunch on own.
  • An Afternoon guided and informative walk in one of Jerusalem’s neighborhoods will be offered by your journey educator (optional)
  • Return to hotel.
  • Free evening
  • Dinner on own.
Overnight: Jerusalem, Inbal Hotel
Sunday, March 17, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Synagogues in the Jewish Quarter: Guided tour including visits to the Four Sephardic Synagogues, the restored Hurva Synagogue and the Karaite Museum, concluding with a discussion about the remarkable discoveries under the Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue.
  • Guided visit to the Israelite Tower, an ordinarily closed archaeological site which will be opened especially for your group, where the Bible, history, archaeological discoveries and modern science come together ‘like a puzzle’ to recreate an event in Jerusalem’s past.
  • The Flavors of the Old City, a guided journey to explore the great variety of culinary traditions in the Old City Marketplaces, with tastings and baking demonstrations.
  • Lunch on own, if still hungry.
  • Free time to shop and explore on own.
  • In depth tour of new excavations beneath the Western Wall Plaza which has not yet been opened to the public guided by a leading archaeologist.
  • Free evening with dinner on own.
Overnight: Jerusalem, Inbal Hotel
Monday, March 18, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit Khan Shaar Hagai – Bab El Wad National Memorial Site, a new visitors center dedicated to the struggle for the Road to Jerusalem during Israel’s War of Independence.
  • Travel to the Izza Paziza Goat Farm in the Judean Lowlands and take part in a goat cheese making workshop, followed by lunch and hear about the tremendous growth of cheese-making and farm-to-table ventures in Israel over the past decade.
  • Wine tasting at the Barkan Winery on Kibbutz Hulda.
  • Digestif: Stop at the Hollander Distillery on Moshav Beit Meir in the Judean Hills for liqueur tasting and a conversation with the Hollander family.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner on own
  • Dance performance –  –>Pending publication of schedules by dance companies, specific evening may change. 
Overnight: Jerusalem, Inbal Hotel
Tuesday, March 19, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Seam Lines and Pens: A literary walk led by Rachel Korazim along social and political seam lines in Jerusalem’s Musrara neighborhood and along the former cease fire lines (Green Line), which still demarcate east and west Jerusalem.
  • Lunch on own
  • Crossing the line: Tour of an Ultra-Orthodox neighborhood and discussion about the religious spectrum in Israel with Moti Bar Lev, who was born in Jerusalem’s Meah Shearim neighborhood and left the Haredi world to become secular.
  • Return to hotel with free time to relax and explore Jerusalem on own.
  • Dinner on own
Overnight: Jerusalem, Inbal Hotel
Wednesday, March 20, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Guided visit to the Holocaust Art Museum at Yad Vashem to explore art as a method of documenting and memorializing the Holocaust.
  • Continue to the Ein Kerem artists village for visits to selected studios and galleries of local artists.
  • Remainder of the afternoon free to pack, explore on own and get in last minute shopping.
  • Late check out.
  • Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Depart for Ben Gurion International Airport for return flight home.
Overnight: In-Flight
Thursday, March 21, 2024

“Next Year in Jerusalem!”

Per person, in Double-occupancy room
Single-occupancy supplement

*Price is based on a minimum of 20 paying participants.

If the group reaches 30 participants by December 31, 2023,
all participants will receive a rebate of $360

Price does not include airfare.


2 nights in Tel Aviv: The Carlton Hotel**
1 nights in the Galilee: Scots Hotel**
5 nights in Jerusalem: Inbal Hotel** + Late check-out on final day

**pending final confirmations

Land Price Includes:

  • Assistance upon arrival and departure at Ben Gurion Airport
  • One Transfer from and one transfer to Ben Gurion Airport per bus
  • Licensed Israeli Government Tour Educator and trained by Makor – 9 Days
  • All group Transportation in Israel on a private luxury bus – 8 Days
  • Hotel Accommodations** per above (including porterage) ** or similar, pending confirmation
  • All Site Admissions and programs as per the itinerary
  • Meals
    • Daily Breakfast
    • 3 Lunches
    • 3 Dinners
  • Source Materials, Hat, Bag, Map
  • Water on bus daily – 3 bottles/person/day
  • All Programming as per the itinerary.

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)
  • Expenses incurred in case of required Covid testing during the trip or before departure
  • VAT for Israeli Citizens


Payment and Refund Schedule

Payment Schedule

Upon Registration — Deposit of $500 per participant

January 15, 2023 — 50% of Total Payment

February 15, 2024 — Full Payment

Refund Schedule

Cancel Before January 15, 2024 — Full Refund of deposit

Cancel between January 15 and February 15, 2024 — 50% Refund

Cancel between February 15 and March 1, 2024 — 25% Refund

Cancel after March 1, 2024 — No Refund

Please Note: This cancellation policy is based on supplier refund parameters. Makor Educational Journeys will make every effort to refund as much of the monies paid as possible, no matter when cancellation takes place.


Rabbi Steven Sirbu, Temple Emeth, [email protected] or
Rabbi Misha Zinkow, Makor Educational Journeys North American Representative, [email protected],



  • 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 (see below for contact information)

–> Please note regarding the purchase of travel insurance:

  • most insurance policies require purchase within 21 days of your first payment (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 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 is no reserved block of seats for this journey; kindly make your own flight plans with a travel agent or on the Internet. However, Rabbi Steve and Rebecca Sirbu will be flying on the United itinerary below, but you are free to choose your own carrier. If you choose another carrier/itinerary, Makor will meet everyone who arrives at Ben Gurion Airport within an hour after the arrival of the United flight. 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]

Newark (EWR) to Tel Aviv (TLV)
Tel Aviv (TLV) to Newark (EWR)

March 11

United Airlines
UA 90, departs EWR at 11:00 PM, arrives arrives Tel Aviv (TLV) at 3:20 PM, next day (March 12)

March 20

United Airlines
UA 91, departs TLV at 11:10 PM, arrives Newark (EWR) at 5:25 AM, next day, March 21.

Tel Aviv (TLV) to Newark (EWR)

March 20

United Airlines
UA 91, departs TLV at 11:10 PM, arrives Newark (EWR) at 5:25 AM, next day, March 21.