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Temple Menorah

Jun 22, 2022 - Jul 3, 2022

Discover Israel
Led by Rabbi Leah Lewis
Explore our collective past, present & future in the Land & State of Israel
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
  • Departure from the United States.
Day 1
Thursday, June 23, 2022
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport, with assistance by a Makor Educational Journeys representative.
  • Travel to Tel Aviv.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Festive Welcome Dinner at Maganda, followed by a program orientation led by Rabbi Lewis and your tour educator.
Overnight: Crowne Plaza Beach, Tel Aviv
Day 2
Friday, June 24, 2022
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Beginnings: Modern Tel Aviv grew out of ancient Jaffa. Gaze out over the Mediterranean Sea and learn about Jaffa’s biblical and historical importance. See how its Old City embodies the present as well as the past.
  • From Hebrew City to Hebrew State: Walk along the Independence Trail and embark on a remarkable journey that begins with the founding of Tel Aviv in 1909 and ends with the establishment of the State of  Israel in 1948.
  • Munching in the Market: Carmel Market is where Tel Aviv comes to shop and to eat. This tasting tour will prove that when it comes to food in Israel, variety is the spice of life. We’ll sample the tastes of the Middle East and the Mediterranean, wander the market’s hidden alleyways and surprising stores, and feel the hustle and bustle of the shuk.
  • Browse your way through Nahalat Binyamin –  Tel Aviv’s arts and crafts market.
  • Return to the hotel and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services with Beit Tefilah Israeli. As the sun sets over the Mediterranean Sea, join Israelis from diverse backgrounds welcoming Shabbat with prayer, song, and joy.
  • Shabbat dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Crowne Plaza Beach, Tel Aviv
Day 3
Saturday, June 25, 2022
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Bohemian Tel Aviv: Join an expert on Tel Aviv’s alternative scene for an urban adventure and graffiti tour. Explore the latest street art and find out what it reveals about life, ideas, and ideology in Israel’s cultural capital.
  • Enjoy lunch on your own at the Sarona Market. Through the smells, flavors, and tastes of this renovated historical Templars town, explore the range of cuisine – from local street food to fine dining by world-renowned Israeli chefs.
  • Arming for Independence: Visit the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot and uncover its role in the establishment of the State of Israel. This secret munitions factory produced millions of bullets for Jewish forces fighting for a Jewish state and the end of British rule over Palestine.
  • Return to the hotel and enjoy free time by the beach and at the hotel’s swimming pool.
  • At nightfall, mark the end of a special Shabbat with Havdallah overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Enjoy Tel Aviv’s exciting night life, with dinner on your own at one of the city’s boardwalk cafe’s or many restaurants within walking distance.
Overnight: Crowne Plaza Beach, Tel Aviv
Day 4
Sunday, June 26, 2022
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Coasting along: drive to Caesarea, one of Israel’s most important cities during the Roman Period. Explore its 2,000 year-old amphitheaters, palaces, and bathhouses.
  • The Druze of Israel – Visit a village on Mount Carmel for a glimpse into the lives of Israel’s Druze community. Meet a member of this minority group which, despite being famed for its contribution to the Israeli Defense Forces, remains largely unknown to many Israelis. Explore their background and beliefs and learn about their complex but close relationship with the State of Israel. The Druze kitchen: enjoy a home hospitality lunch.
  • Battling for the Holy Land: Encounter the Christian Crusaders and their Muslim rivals at Akko (Acre). This UNESCO Heritage Site was a stronghold of Crusader power in the Holy Land but was also an important center of Muslim Ottoman rule. Today, it exemplifies the multi-culturalism of northern Israel. Highlights of our visit will include:
  • The restored Crusaders’ Fortress where we’ll look into the lives of the Hospitaller knights –  the Christian warrior-monks based here from the 12th century who fought to control the Holy Land.
  • The el-Jazzar Mosque, one of Israel’s largest and most important mosques and an illustration of the Muslim influence in the country, then and now. The mosque is named after its designer, the talented but brutal Ottoman governor Ahmad Pasha el-Jazzar.
  • From the Sky to the Sea: At Rosh Hanikra, the steepest cable car ride in the world will take us down to beautiful sea grottos (caves) formed by countless waves hitting the soft chalk rock.
  • Check into the hotel and enjoy dinner.
Overnight: Nof Ginosar Hotel, Sea of Galilee
Day 5
Monday, June 27, 2022
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Tel Dan Nature Reserve. Tour the remains of a 5,000-year-old city and understand the value of water in the parched Middle East.
  • Climb into Jeeps for a climb up the Golan Heights – one of Israel’s most strategically important areas – that will combine natural beauty with security insights. Retrace the experiences of Israeli soldiers in their battles during the Six-Day War of 1967 and the 1973 Yom Kippur War and talk with your jeep drivers about their personal experiences and feelings about the Golan.
  • Option 1: Wine tasting: Sample some of the Golan’s best at the Pelter Winery. Nir and Tal Pelter grew their winery out of the backyard of their family farm and it maintains its family-run feel.  Along with the wine, you are invited to treat yourself to Pelter’s Israeli gin.
  • Option 2: Enjoy the sweetness of a chocolate workshop at the De Karina Chocolate Factory on Kibbutz Ein Zivan. Chocolatier Karina Chepelinski continues her family’s tradition of creating handmade premium chocolate. During this tour and workshop, taste various chocolates and learn what makes it so delicious. Then, experiment with quality ingredients to create your own chocolate masterpiece.
  • Northern Exposure: We’ll gaze across the Golan and into Syria from the top of Mount Bental and gain an understanding of Israel’s geopolitical and security situation. Analyze the current challenges Israel faces on its northern border, examine the impact of the tragic civil war in Syria, and hunker down in bunkers from the vital battles that took place here during the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
  • Return to the hotel and enjoy dinner.
  • Israeli Society Through Dance – Rokdim Israel: Participate in an invigorating and fun dance session with Dance Israel, a unique initiative that offers exciting educational encounters and multi-faceted experiences through Jewish and Israeli folk dance.
Overnight: Nof Ginosar Hotel, Sea of Galilee
Day 6
Tuesday, June 28, 2022
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Wind your way up to Israel’s highest city: entering Tsfat, there is a sense of something uniquely Jewish but not quite of this world. Here, you’ll:
  • Visit the Ari synagogue and learn what inspired Rabbi Isaac Luria (the Holy Ari) and his fellow mystics. In Tsfat they developed the Kabbalah, the esoteric insights of Judaism and created Kabbalat Shabbat, the prayers sung on Friday evenings to welcome the arrival of the Sabbath.
  • Walk through the cobbled streets and alleyways to the Artists’ Colony with its galleries, shops, and studios. Time for shopping and lunch on your own.
  • Meet with artist Sheva Chaya in her studio for an interactive window into the world of Kabbalah, glass blowing, and questions of identity and Judaism.
  • The Jordan River: Relax and cool off while rafting or kayaking down the Jordan River. The current is mainly calm and suitable for ages five and up. Water shoes are recommended.
  • Drive via Tiberias, an ancient/modern city located on the shores of Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). One of Israel’s “four holy Jewish cities,” this is where the Jerusalem Talmud was codified and where Maimonides is buried.
  • Drive south through the Jordan Valley, and discuss the strategic and political situation in this area and consider how Israeli control over it is viewed by some as vital to national security but by others as an impediment to any future agreement with the Palestinians.
  • Arrival to Jerusalem: Over the centuries, many have been moved and awed by their first sight of Jerusalem. Stop at Mount Scopus for a stunning overview of the city and celebrate with a special ceremony and the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing of thanksgiving.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Jerusalem at night: Check out how where Jerusalemites go in their city during a free evening and explore Jerusalem nightlife at  various places in the city, including The Mamilla Mall (an upscale, open-air food and shopping area located outside the Old City’s Jaffa Gate), The First Station (Jerusalem’s rail link from the late 19th century has been transformed into a center of restaurants, shops, and culture), or join the crowds strolling through the Ben Yehuda and Nahalat Shiva Pedestrian Malls.
Overnight: Leonardo Plaza, Jerusalem
Day 7
Wednesday, June 29, 2022
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The Art of Tikkun Olam: Meet elderly, often impoverished, immigrants who are finding a sense of purpose and creating beautiful artwork at Yad LaKashish (Lifeline for the Elderly). We’ll hear personal stories and see the artisans in action, talk with those running this inspirational organization, and check out the products of their labor of love.
  • Walk through Jerusalem’s Old City and the Jewish Quarter and experience the center of Jewish life, history, and holiness. Among the highlights will be:
  • A walk along the rooftops that provides an extraordinary scene of multi-faith Jerusalem. From one spot, we will see the domes of three great religious landmarks: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Hurva synagogue; and the Dome of the Rock.
  • The Cardo, the main street of Roman-controlled Jerusalem and its spectacular Byzantine-era columns.
  • King Hezekiah’s “Broad Wall,” a massive wall built to protect Jerusalem from invasion 2,700 years ago.
  • Hurva Square, the center of modern-day life in the Jewish Quarter.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Walk to The City of David, the core of ancient Jerusalem, and learn how the city was administered during the First Temple period. Our visit will include:
    • Archaeological discoveries illustrating how the wealthy and powerful lived in ancient Jerusalem.
    • The Gihon Spring, the source of Jerusalem’s water, which was integral to its survival and religious ceremonies.
    • Wading through the 2,700-year-old water tunnels (there’s an optional dry exit), an architectural wonder of King Hezekiah’s.
    • Walk in ancient drainage channels from the City of David to the Western Wall’s massive foundation stones at the foot of the Temple Moun
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Educating for Peace & Coexistence: Dialogue with Kids4Peace educators. Founded in Jerusalem in 2002, Kids4Peace is a global movement of Jewish, Christian and Muslim youth, dedicated to ending conflict and inspiring hope in divided societies around the world. Tour the Jerusalem campus and gain insight into their successes and the challenges they face.
  • Following dinner on our own, enjoy the Jerusalem Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum. The walls of the Citadel serve as the stage for this cinematic celebration of sight and sound depicting the story of Jerusalem.
Overnight: Leonardo Plaza, Jerusalem
Day 8
Thursday, June 30, 2022
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Together at the Wall: Celebrate Rosh Chodesh with a prayer service at the Kotel (Western Wall). We’ll join Women of the Wall, leaders in the struggle for religious freedom in Israel, in  welcoming  the arrival  of the new month with a service of joy and togetherness.
  • Celebrate with pride and togetherness a B’nai Mitzvah ceremony in a beautiful, historic Old City location. Mazal Tov!
  • Going Under, Going Deeper: Explore the Western Wall Tunnel, the underground continuation of the Kotel (The Western Wall), and examine important archaeological discoveries that are  revising  our  understanding of daily life in ancient Jerusalem.
  • At the end of the Via Dolorosa is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Jesus is believed to have been crucified.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Diggin’ for Roots: Take part in an  archaeological dig at the Beit Guvrin Caves. Get  your  hands  dirty uncovering  pottery from  the  Hellenistic  period, 2300  years  ago, and then crawl through the Maresha Cave Labyrinth (non-crawling options are available) in this  UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Following dinner on your own: Israeli Politics: Join Professor Reuven Hazan, of the Political Science Department at Hebrew University for a peek into Israel’s fascinating political scene, in which coalition governments and powerful ideological divisions are a fact of life.
Overnight: Leonardo Plaza, Jerusalem
Day 9
Friday, July 1, 2022
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Option 1: Visit Yad Vashem, the national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Including:
    • The Avenue of the Righteous, where trees symbolic of the renewal of life have been planted along with plaques honoring brave non-Jews who saved Jews during the Shoah.
    • The Historical Museum, a state-of-the-art interactive display reflecting decades of research and educational expertise. The story of the Holocaust, with an emphasis on individual victims, is told through survivor testimonies, original artifacts, and personal possessions saved from the ghettos and concentration camps.
    • The Children’s Memorial, commemorating the 1.5 million children killed during the Holocaust.
    • Conclude the visit with a special memorial service to pay tribute to those who were lost.
  • Option 2:  The Biblical Zoo is one of Jerusalem’s loveliest places. It has a great collection of animals with a special focus on creatures mentioned in the Bible. It includes 62 acres of open areas where the animals live, a zoo train if you don’t feel like walking, a petting zoo, and plenty of other activities to keep all ages engaged.
  • All: Visit the National Military Cemetery on Mount Herzl to recall landmark events in modern Israeli history for which thousands gave their lives. Follow with a visit to the graves of Theodor Herzl, Yitzhak Rabin, and Shimon Peres in the adjacent section for Leaders of the Nation.
  • Plant a tree at the Jerusalem Bird Observatory and gain insight into the urban wildlife of Jerusalem through birdwatching and bird-banding.
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Mahane Yehuda open- air market. (opportunity to shop for food and a gift for your Shabbat hosts as well as grab lunch).
  • Return to the hotel and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Drive to Mevasseret Zion and join the congregation for Kabbalat Shabbat, followed by home hospitality dinner. Return to Jerusalem.
Overnight: Leonardo Plaza, Jerusalem
Day 10
Saturday, July 2, 2022
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • As Low as It Goes: We’ll drive to the Dead Sea Basin, 1412 feet below sea level and the lowest place on earth.
  • Ride the cable car to the top of Masada with its extraordinary views and fascinating archaeological remains from the Roman period. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is where Jewish rebels are believed to have made their final attempt to resist Roman invaders (c 74 CE). We’ll learn about Masada’s importance as a symbol of Jewish defense and discuss its influence on modern Israel and how the events that took place there are viewed today.
  • Float in Dead Sea. Not much can live or swim in what is the saltiest body of water in the world, nine times saltier than the ocean, but the weightless feeling of floating is great fun.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Return to Jerusalem for some free time. Late check out of the hotel.
  • Conclude Shabbat together with Havdallah  overlooking the Old City.
  • Farewell dinner in Abu Ghosh’s pastoral wadi, enjoy typical Israeli-Arab cuisine at Neora, with its favorable dishes and warm Middle Eastern hospitality.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your return flight to the USA.
Overnight: In flight
Sunday, July 3, 2022

*Program is subject to change, pending confirmations.

Price per person, based on double occupancy
Single occupancy
Third person sharing, child 12 years & under
Third person sharing, child 13-17 years old

* Based on 20 full-paying participants.  Prices do not include flights.


3 nights Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel Aviv
2 nights Nof Ginosar, North
4 nights Leonardo Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem


Land Price Includes:

  • Group assistance upon arrival and departure at Ben Gurion Airport for one flight
  • One group transfer from and one group 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 and programs as per the itinerary
  • Meals
    • Breakfast daily
    • 1 lunch
    • 6 dinners
  • Source Materials, Hat, Map
  • Water on bus daily – 3 bottles per person per day
  • Porterage at hotels

Not Included:

  • Tips for Guide and Driver
  • Meals on own and out of pocket expenses
  • Travel and Medical Insurance
  • Flights
  • Potential costs stemming from Covid-19-related regulations at the time of travel (ex. PCR tests).
  • Entrance to Jerusalem Zoo for those not going to Yad Vashem.


Payment and Refund Schedule

Please Note: A full refund will be applicable depending on the global pandemic status.

Payment Schedule

Upon Registration — Deposit of $500 per participant

March 1, 2022— 50% of Total Payment

May 1, 2022 — Full Payment


Refund Schedule

Cancel Before March 1, 2022 — Full Refund

Cancel between March 1 and April 15, 2022 — 50% Refund

Cancel between April 15 and June 1, 2022 — 25% Refund

Cancel after June 1, 2022 — No Refund


For more information, please contact Robin, robin@igt.co.il or Rabbi Misha Zinkow, misha@makorjourneys.com


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


Los Angeles to Israel; Israel to Los Angeles

Going to Israel

Wednesday, June 22:  Depart Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at 11:30 AM on El Al Flight #6 (LY6), non-stop to Israel

Thursday, June 23: Arrive Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV) at 11:25 AM


Returning from Israel

Sunday, July 3:  Depart Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV) at 1:05 AM on El Al Flight #5 (LY5), non-stop to Los Angeles

Sunday, July 3: Arrive Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at 6:00 AM

*$1490 per person
Includes standard seats based on availability
Price includes one checked bag per person

*Price may fluctuate minimally due to change in taxes

If you plan to travel on these group flights, please check the “Land and Air” box on the registration form when registering for the Temple Menorah Journey.

You will be billed for the full Land and Air package on future invoices.

Cancellation of your seat(s) between March 1 and April 30 will incur a $150 per seat penalty.

Cancellation of your seat(s) after May 1: no refund

If you do not plan to travel on these flights, you may be responsible for your own transportation from TLV to your hotel in Tel Aviv, depending on your arrival time.

*$1490 per person
Includes standard seats based on availability
Price includes one checked bag per person

*Price may fluctuate minimally due to change in taxes

If you plan to travel on these group flights, please check the “Land and Air” box on the registration form when registering for the Temple Menorah Journey.

You will be billed for the full Land and Air package on future invoices.

Cancellation of your seat(s) between March 1 and April 30 will incur a $150 per seat penalty.

Cancellation of your seat(s) after May 1: no refund

If you do not plan to travel on these flights, you may be responsible for your own transportation from TLV to your hotel in Tel Aviv, depending on your arrival time.