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“We Love Israel” Journey

Sep 7, 2024 - Sep 15, 2024

For members of small congregations throughout the US
A time to learn and a time to love
Led by Rabbi Neal Katz, Congregation Beth El - Tyler, Texas
Your opportunity to bond with the Land, People and State of Israel
Saturday, September 7, 2024
  • Depart USA for Israel.
Overnight: En route to Israel
Sunday, September 8, 2024
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport, with VIP assistance by a Makor Educational Journeys representative.
  • Proceed to Tel Aviv.
  • Drive to Jaffa for an opportunity to recite the traditional Shehecheyanu prayer upon arrival, with an outlook from the Jaffa Slope Park over Tel-Aviv’s shoreline, the Promenade and hotels located along the beach.
  • Check in to hotel.
  • Israel Post October 7: Where Do We Stand?opening dinner at the hotel with journalist Haviv Rettig Gur of the Times of Israel.
Overnight: Tel Aviv, Renaissance Hotel
Monday, September 9, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Tel Aviv: The First Hebrew City, a guided walk through the streets of Tel Aviv exploring the origins of Tel Aviv as the first Hebrew City in 2000 years, including a walk along Rothschild Blvd and the original neighborhood of Tel Aviv, Ahuzat Bayit, and a glimpse at part of the White City, the UNESCO World Heritage collection of Bauhaus buildings.
  • Lunch en route on own.
  • Drive along the Trans-Israel Highway.
  • Visit Caesarea, a large city built by the Romans 2000 years ago, including visits to the remains of the Theater, Hippodrome and Palace, continuing to the renovated Crusader city with its galleries and restaurants concluding with a visit to the remains of the Ancient Roman Aqueduct, just north of the city.
  • Return to Tel Aviv.
  • Free time to walk the beach, the Tel Aviv Promenade, and to take in the sights and sounds of one of the liveliest cities in the world.
  • Free evening with dinner on own in the Sarona Market.
Overnight: Tel Aviv, Renaissance Hotel
Tuesday, September 10, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart hotel for the South.
  • Drive to the site of the Nova Festival, located next to Kibbutz Reim, where close to 400 people were killed and many were taken hostage on October 7.
  • Continue to the Tekuma Car Cemetery, where many of the destroyed vehicles were brought after October 7.
  • Drive to Sderot.
  • Lunch on own at local restaurant in
  • Drive through the town of Sderot, a symbol of Israel’ s longstanding conflict with Hamas, stopping at the once-famous now demolished police station.
  • Stop at one of the lookouts in the area, Assaf Siboni or The Black Arrow Memorial, which are clear vantage points into the Gaza Strip and hear the story of fallen soldiers and various IDF operations.
  • Drive to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner and A Spiritual Break – Sharing, Music, Torah and Togetherness, with local Jerusalemite with Nissimi Naim Naor at his house.

Please Note: Sites will be added or removed depending on the security situation.

Overnight: Jerusalem, Cassia Hotel
Wednesday, September 11, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Enter the Jaffa Gate.
  • Visit the Tower of David Museum, where Jerusalem’s history city is retold with interactive exhibits.
  • Continue to the Jewish Quarter for a guided tour, including the Cardo, Hurva Square, the 4 Sephardi synagogues and the Broad Wall.
  • Lunch on own in the Jewish Quarter.
  • Special guided walk through the Western Wall Tunnels, along the base of the Temple Mount.
  • Visit to the National Library of Israel.
  • Return to hotel.
  • Free evening with dinner on own.
Overnight: Jerusalem, Cassia Hotel
Thursday, September 12, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive to the Dead Sea.
  • 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.
  • Ride the cable car down and continue to Ein Bokek for an opportunity to float in the Dead Sea, followed by lunch.
  • Guided visit to Qumran, site of a Jewish community in the days of the Second Temple, which might have been the Essenes sect and where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, exploring the complex relationship between the scrolls and modern Jewish life and their influence on interfaith dialogue in contemporary society.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Free evening with dinner on own.
Overnight: Jerusalem, Cassia Hotel
Friday, September 13, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel followed by a meeting with Paul Liptz – What Matters Now.
  • Guided tour of Yad Vashem, Israel’s national Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Holocaust History Museum, Avenue of the Righteous and Children’s Memorial.
  • Visit the new Memorial to Israel’s fallen and some of the new graves at the Mount Herzl National Cemetery, including the graves of those killed in the current war.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Visit the bustling open-air Machane Yehuda Market to take in a slice of local life as Jerusalemites prepare for Shabbat.
  • Free time to relax and explore Jerusalem.
  • Friday evening/Kabbalat Shabbat program at Kehilat Shira Hadasha.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner with Shabbat of a Lifetime.
Overnight: Jerusalem, Cassia Hotel
Saturday, September 14, 2024
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • One of the following Walking Tour options:
  • Guided walk through the Quarters of Jerusalem, exploring the multi-ethnic weave of the city, including views from within rooftop the Jewish Quarter, a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Christian Quarter and concluding at the Austrian Hospice on the edge of the Muslim Quarter.
  • Guided walk through Yemin Moshe while learning about the history of the beautiful neighborhoods of Mishkenot Sha’ananim and Yemin Moshe.
  • Guided walk through Nachlaot, a collection of 32 small neighborhoods, which form the heart of the city, meandering though courtyards and alleyways with stories of Jews from all over the world.
  • Guided walk through Rehavia, one of Jerusalem’s oldest neighborhoods and home to many of Israel’s greatest leaders, with stories and gossip from the 1950’s and 1960’s.
  • Guided walk through the old Templar Colony – German Colony, established in 1873, and learn the history of the Templars of Jerusalem, near and around Emek Refaim Street.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Guided visit of the Israel Museum, with 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.
  • Return to hotel.
  • Check-out of hotel.
  • Wrap-up conversation and farewell dinner at a Jerusalem restaurant.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport for U.S. bound flight
Overnight: En route to USA
Sunday, September 15, 2024
  • Arrive in USA.
  • “Next Year in Jerusalem!”
per person in double-occupancy room
single-occupancy supplement


*Price based on 10 participants
Price does not include flights


  • 2 nights, Renaissance Hotel, Tel Aviv
  • 4 nights, Cassia Hotel, Jerusalem



  • 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 trained by Makor – 7 days
  • All group Transportation in Israel on a private luxury bus – 7 days
  • Hotel Accommodations per above
  • Source Materials, Hat, Bag, Map
  • Water on bus daily – 3 bottles per person per day
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Field Coordinator at hotel check in’s
  • All Site Admissions as per the itinerary
  • Meals:
    • Daily Breakfast
    • Lunch on September 12
    • Dinners:
    • Opening dinner on September 8
    • Dinner on September 10
    • Festive shabbat dinner on September 13
    • Farewell dinner on September 14


  • Flights
  • Tips for Guide and Driver
  • Meals on own and out of pocket expenses
  • Travel and Medical Insurance



Payment Schedule:

Upon Registration — $500 Deposit per participant

June 7, 2024 — 50% of Total Payment

August 8, 2024 — Full Payment

Refund Schedule:

Cancel before June 7, 2023 — Full Refund

Cancel between June 7, 2024 and August 8, 2024 — 75% Refund

Cancel between August 8, 2024 and August 23, 2024 — 50% Refund

Cancel after August 23, 2024 — No Refund

–>Cancellations due to war in the region or Covid-19 will be fully refundable, except for a $150 per person processing fee.


Rabbi Neal Katz, [email protected]
Rabbi Misha Zinkow [email protected]; 833-GoMakor (Eastern Time Zone)


We urge you to check with your provider about your medical coverage while traveling oversees, and to purchase medical insurance & supplemental medical coverage if necessary (which covers pre-existing conditions).

We also urge you to purchase trip cancellation insurance . This is a smart way to safeguard against life’s uncertainties.  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, 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 single "group flight" for this journey. You are invited to purchase tickets through a travel agent or on the Internet. Once the trip registration approaches 10 participants, we will recommend itineraries from American airports that provide non-stop flights to Tel Aviv. The group will board our bus together after bags are claimed. If you arrive more than 2 hours after the last arrival of the recommended flights, you will be responsible for your own transportation to meet the group in Tel Aviv. Upon the conclusion of the journey, the group will be taken together by Makor to Ben Gurion Airport.