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Temple Emunah – Family Journey to Israel & the UAE

Feb 15, 2022 - Feb 27, 2022

Led by Rabbi David Lerner & Director of Congregational Learning Me’ir Sherer
Registration will re-open on March 1, 2021
Join us for the extension to the United Arab Emirates !!!
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
  • Departure from the U.S. to Israel.
Overnight: In flight
Day 1
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport, with assistance from a Makor Educational Journeys representative.
    • Opportunity to change money
    • Collect pre-ordered SIM card
  • Drive to Tel Aviv.
  • Festive welcome on the Tel Aviv Beach.
  • Check in to hotel. 
  • Welcome dinner at the hotel. 
  • Opportunity to explore Tel Aviv by night.
Overnight: David InterContinental Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 2
Thursday, February 17, 2022
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional run



  • Family Rowathon along the Yarkon River (row boating).


  • Graffiti tour in Florentine.


  • Bike along the Tel Aviv Promenade.


  • Visit the Israeli Olympic Experience


  • Depart for the Judean Lowlands and board jeeps for a ride through the Lowlands, following in the footsteps of pre-state Palmach fighters in their quest to keep Jerusalem connected to the coastal plain during the War of Independence.
  • Return to Tel Aviv.
  • Free time and dinner on own.
    • Evening options – cultural program or optional Tel Aviv by Night tour


Overnight: David InterContinental Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 3
Friday, February 18, 2022
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out and depart the hotel.
  • Family Photo Safari in Neve Zedek.
  • Visit Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market and outdoor Carmel Fruit and Vegetable Market, with lunch on own.


  • Visit the newly re-opened Museum of the Jewish People (formerly the Diaspora Museum)
  • Depart north.
  • Visit Zichron Yaakov, including a guided visit to the Aaronson House – Nili pre-WWI Spy Museum.
  • Continue to Haifa.
  • Check in to the hotel and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Shabbat candle lighting at 5:00 pm with group photo.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat with Kehilat Moriah and Rabbi David Arias Weill.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner with Kehilat Moriah.
Overnight: Dan Carmel Hotel, Haifa
Day 4
Shabbat (Saturday) February 19, 2022
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Opportunity for morning massage, morning run, yoga, meditation (7:00-10:00 am)
  • Creative Shabbat Morning Tfilah on Mount Carmel.
  • Kiddush.
  • Festive Shabbat lunch at the hotel.
  • Free time — optional walking tour of Haifa, including Baha’i Gardens.
  • Afternoon learning session with Rabbi Lerner and Me’ir Sherer.
  • Havdalah at 6:080 pm.
  • Melavah Malka with invited Partnership guests.
Overnight: Dan Carmel Hotel, Haifa
Day 5
Sunday, February 20, 2021
  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Full morning partnership program with the Boston Haifa Connection – TBD.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Guided visit through the once-thriving city of Zippori, where Jews and non-Jews lived side by side and where the Mishna was codified some 1700 years ago, with parallel programming for adults and kids/youth (including mosaic making and pottery repair for kids/youth)
  • Drive to Kibbutz Ginosar.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Group evening activity in the hotel // speaker for adults.
Overnight: Nof Ginosar, Sea of Galilee
Day 6
Monday, February 21, 2022
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive to the northern Galilee.
    • Adults: Visit Zarit for a geopolitical briefing overlooking Lebanon, and a conversation on Israel’s relationship with Lebanon.
    • Kids and Youth: Orienteering program at Mount Adir.
    • Possible IDF Base visit.
  • Visit the Adir Winery and cheese farm.
  • Drive across the Galil to Safed.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Guided visit through Safed—the alleyways, ancient synagogues, market, and artist colony, using the stories of the mystics as a guide, followed by
  • Adults: Visit the grave of the great mystic Rabbi Isaac Luria (The Ari)
  • Youth: The Israel Lens 1 — an exploration of Safed with camera/smartphone in hand as the kick-off of the Jewish Lens Photographic Program
  • Return to hotel to relax and change.
  • Boat ride and dinner at Decks on the Kinneret.
  • Return to hotel.
Overnight: Nof Ginosar, Sea of Galilee
Day 7
Tuesday, February, 22, 2022
  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.

OPTION 1: Out and About in the Land of Israel 

  • Hike down the Arbel Cliff, which overlooks the Sea of Galilee and was a Jewish stronghold before being conquered by the Roman armies 2,000 years ago.
  • Stop at Kibbutz Degania, the first Kibbutz, and visit the Galita Chocolate Factory for a glimpse into the lives of the early Zionist pioneers and a chocolate-making workshop.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Continue to Gan HaShlosha National Park, also called Sachne, named by Time Magazine as one of the world’s 20 most beautiful parks, and consider a swim in the natural waters of a site that some say is the original “Garden of Eden.”

OPTION 2: The Zionist Dream and Environmental Tikun Olam

  • Full day program in the Ramot Menashe BioSphere, including hiking, biking and and a true engagement with environmental reclamation.


  • Drive to Jerusalem.
  • Shehecheyanu atop the Haas Promenade overlooking the lights of Old City of Jerusalem, with an overview of Jerusalem and a welcome ceremony.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Dinner and evening on own.
Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 8
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
  • Breakfast at hotel.

OPTION I – The Dead Sea and Masada 

  • Ascend Masada (by cable car or the snake path), once Herod’s Mountain Fortress and later a stronghold of Jewish Zealots who fought the Romans 2000 years ago, for an exploration of its meaning in modern Israel, as well as some of the outstanding efforts in recent years to renew the Roman mosaics and frescos, with a historo-drama by the youth and children.
  • Descend Masada and drive to Ein Bokek for an opportunity to float in the Dead Sea and use the spa facilities, with lunch.
  • On the way back to Jerusalem, stop at Eretz Beresheet (Genesis Land), with the mountains of Jordan as the backdrop, and be invited into Abraham’s tent for a chance to “catch up,” followed by a camel ride through the desert.

OPTION II – The Caves of Beit Guvrin 

  • Drive to Beit Guvrin in the Judean Lowlands.
  • Take part in an active dig in Tel Maresha, excavating remains from the days of the Greeks 2,300 years ago and the Hasmonean Maccabees who came after them, followed by an opportunity for spelunking through the caves. (alternate large cave visit possible for those who prefer)
  • Lunch en route back to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner and evening on own.
Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 9
Thursday, February 24, 2022
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Tfilat Shaharit and B’nai Mitzvah service at the Egalitarian Kotel – Robinson’s Arch, followed by a guided visit through the Davidson Archaeological Garden, led by the B’nai Mitzvah.
  • Stop at the Kotel (Western Wall) for a reflection by Rabbi Lerner, followed by time for meditation and prayer.
  • Guided visit through the Western Wall Tunnel, including the as yet unopened Roman Theater that was covered for almost 2000 years.
  • Lunch on own.


  • Special family program at the Israel Museum, focusing on the Jewish Life, Archaeology and Contemporary Design exhibits, in conjunction with the chief curator and the youth wing.


  • Visit the Jerusalem YMCA and participate in a Jewish-Christian-Muslim Youth Chorus workshop.


  • Drive to the Modiin region for a short nature hike and rappelling down the Shilat Cliff.


  • Return to the hotel with free time for rest and relaxation.
  • Special program at Beit Alliance, innovation and creativity hub next to the shuk (Machane Yehuda), followed by dinner on own in the shuk.
Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 10
Friday, February 25, 2022
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Adults: The Memory of the Holocaust in contemporary State of Israel, dialogue with Rachel Korazim.
    • Youth: The Israeli Lens II, in the vicinity of the hotel.
  • Visit Yad Vashem, the national memorial to the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust, including the Avenue of the Righteous, with parallel programming for adults and youth, as well as an opportunity for return visitors to visit the Archives, Art Museum, Room of Great Questions and Not Child’s Play.
  • Children: Special program at the Israel Museum Youth Wing.


  • Visit the Mount Herzl Military Cemetery and interactive museum.


  • Visit the Ein Kerem Artists Colony.


  • Continue to Machane Yehudah open air market as Jerusalemites prepare for Shabbat, with Israel Lens III, followed by a walk through Israel’s most pluralistic neighborhood, Nachlaot, with lunch on own.
  • Shabbat candle lighting at 4:49 p.m.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat overlooking the Kotel in the Old City.
  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Orient Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 11
Shabbat, February 26, 2022
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Shabbat morning services.
  • Lunch at the hotel.
  • Depart for the Old City of Jerusalem for a guided walk from Jaffa Gate along the rooftops of the Old City for a bird’s eye view of the Temple Mount and continue into the Jewish Quarter for a scavenger hunt through Hurva Square, exploring Jewish life 2000 years ago and today, followed by      an optional tour of the Christian Quarter.

Additional Adult Options:

  • Agnon in Jerusalem – Walk through the streets of central Jerusalem, using the writings of Shmuel Yosef Agnon, Israel’s first Nobel Laureate as a guide, exploring the Jerusalem of over 100 years ago, its differences and similarities to today.
  • The Poet and the Windmill – Guided walk through Yemin Moshe with the poetry of Yehudah Amichai.
  • 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.
  • The German Colony of Jerusalem – Walk through the German Colony, built by the German Templars in the late 1800’s, with their unique buildings and stories that have become part of Jerusalem’s lore.
  • Christian Jerusalem – Guided visit through the Christian Quarter, including part of the Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
  • Guided walk to the Hill of Mistaken Identities, where nothing is what it seems – at Mount Zion.

 Youth Option

  •  Shabbat treasure hunt in the Old City.

 Entire Group

  • Free time for rest and relaxation.
  • Concluding program and sharing: What this Experience has Meant to Me.
  • Havdalah overlooking the Old City (6:04 pm).
  • Festive Farewell Dinner.
  • Depart for Ben Gurion Airport or return to hotel for those departing for the UAE the following day.
Overnight: In flight // Orient Hotel, Jerusalem
Flight // UAE Extension - Day 1
Sunday, February 27, 2022
  • For those returning to Boston, arrive in the United States.



  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Depart for Ben Gurion Airport for a mid-day flight to Dubai.
  • Arrive in Dubai and transfer to Dubai hotel.
  • Welcome dinner at Ellies Kosher Kitchen – Kosherati, with members of the Dubai Jewish community.
Overnight: Dubai
UAE Extension - Day 2
Monday, February 28, 2022
  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • The Abraham Accords – The View from the UAE:, a conversation with Minister of Youth Shamma al Mazrui.
  • Guided visit through Dubai, including:
    • A visit to the Bourj Khalifa, once the highest tower in the world, for a viewing of Dubai and beyond from the VIP terrace on the 124th.
    •  The Al Fahidi Quarter of wind tower houses, including a meeting with one of the architects.
    • Cross the Dubai Creek by water taxi and visit the famed markets of Dubai.
  • Lunch en route.
  • Afternoon drive to Ras el Khiama for a Jeep Desert Safari through the Arabian Desert Dunes, concluding with a Bedouin Dinner extravaganza,
  • Return to Dubai.
Overnight: Dubai
UAE Extension - Day 3
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Morning Options, possibilities include unique Emirate opportunities in Dubai:
    • Falcon Training.
    • Emirate Culinary Workshop.
    • Self Drive on road (Lamborghini, Ferrari) or off road (Razor buggy on the sand dunes).
    • Free time for Shopping in some of Dubai’s most exclusive shops.
  • Depart for Abu Dhabi.
  • Guided visit through Abu Dhabi including:
    • The Observation Deck at the Etihad Tower for a view of Abu Dhabi and beyond.
    • The Date Market.
  • Check in to Abu Dhabi hotel.
  • Cocktails and dinner  at the Qasr Al Watan Palace, which tells the story of the Emirati People, with a representative of the Abrahamic Family House, today’s leading global interfaith initiative, sponsored by the UAE Royal Family, with the possibility of a private event with a member of the Royal Family.
Overnight: Abu Dhabi
UAE Extension - Day 4
Wednesday, March 2, 2022
  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • The towering Grand Sheikh Zayed Mosque
  • Visit the NYU Abu Dhabi Campus, for a special program on the trilateral connection between Israel, the UAE and the United States, with leading academics from the faculty of NYU Abu Dhabi.
  • Free time for personal exploration.
  • Wrap up conversation, followed by a festive Farewell dinner, with Israeli Ambassador, Eitan Naeh. 
  • Depart for the Dubai or Abu Dhabi airport for return flight to Boston.
Overnight: In Flight

*Program is subject to change, pending confirmations.

Price per person, Israel Only, based on double-occupancy
Single supplement


2 nights David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv
2 nights Dan Carmel Hotel, Haifa
2 nights Nof Ginosar, North
5 nights Orient Hotel, Jerusalem


Land Price Includes:

  • Assistance upon arrival and departure at Ben Gurion Airport for group flight
  • One group transfer from and one transfer to Ben Gurion Airport
  • Licensed Israeli Government Tour Educator and trained by Makor – 11 days
  • Makor Youth Counsellor – 11 days
  • All group Transportation in Israel on a private luxury bus – 10 days
  • Hotel Accommodations per above ** or similar, pending confirmation
  • All Site Admissions and programs as per the itinerary.
  • Meals
    • Breakfast daily
    • 4 lunches
    • 7 dinners
  • Source Materials, Hat, Map
  • Water on bus daily – 3 bottles per person per day
  • Porterage at hotels

Not Included:

  • Tips for Guide, Youth Counsellor, Field Coordinator and Driver
  • Meals on own and out of pocket expenses
  • Travel and Medical Insurance
  • Flights


Payment and Refund Schedule

Payment Schedule

Upon Registration — $350 Deposit per participant

June 1, 2021 — 50% of Total Payment

November 1, 2021 — Full Payment


Refund Schedule

Although we do see a light at the end of the tunnel, the Covid 19 pandemic is still with us and thus, all payments at this stage are fully refundable. We will update the refund policy as the world emerges from the pandemic.

For more information, please contact Yaara at yaara@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

Stay tuned for information on the group flights