Join Rabbi Devorah for Temple Emanu-El’s Trip to Israel
June 22 – July 5, 2020

Proposed Itinerary:

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Day One: Monday, June 22, 2020
▪ Depart the USA. (Optional group flight is available)
Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Tuesday, June 23, 2020
▪ Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport. Our representative will be on hand to assist with all formalities and ensure your journey has the smoothest of starts.
▪ Meet your tour educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
▪ Enter Tel Aviv, also known as “the city that never sleeps,” with its centers of culture, recreation and national history, great beaches and fine stores.
▪ Check into the hotel.
▪ Enjoy a Middle-Eastern-style dinner at Maganda, serving a varied menu of traditional salads and grilled meats in Tel Aviv’s Yemenite Quarter.
Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Three: Wednesday, June 24, 2020
▪ Breakfast at an Israeli hotel is an experience in itself. Start the day with a bounteous buffet before departing the hotel.
▪ Visit the Old City of Jaffa and ascend from the old port through the renovated alleyways to the Jaffa Overlook for an introduction to Tel Aviv at the place where it all began.
▪ LaDa’at EthnicTasting Tour: walk through Tel Aviv’s famous Levinsky Market, where you’ll find a combination of foods and sweets from all over the Mediterranean and hear the unique stories of the individuals who sell them. Lunch on own if still hungry!
▪ Walk through the museum at the Rabin Center, dedicated to the history of society and democracy in Israel. The life of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin serves as a time-thread connecting the faces and events of modern Israeli history.
▪ LGBTQ Israelis: Between Civil and Jewish Law: Enter the Gan Meir Gay Center of Tel Aviv for tour a panel discussion regarding the progress and challenges of the LGBT rights movement, with activists and members of various LGBTQ organizations.
▪ Dinner on own in the renovated Old Port of Tel Aviv, with its wonderful restaurants, cafés and shops, right on the water’s edge; OR at the Tachana, Jaffa’s Old Railway Station, renovated and restored as a great pedestrian complex, with restaurants, shops and open spaces for people-watching.
Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Four: Thursday, June 25, 2020
▪ Breakfast at the hotel.
▪ Drive South towards the Negev Desert.
▪ Keeping up the Spirit While Living on the Edge: Visit Shaar Hanegev, located on Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip, for an insight into the complex security implications of Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza while trying to create a thriving home. Dialogue with a local resident. Shaar Hanegev is partners with San Diego.
▪ Living on the Edge: Visit Moshav Netiv Ha’asarah, located on Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip, for an insight into the complex security implications of Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza while trying to create a thriving home, including a dialogue with a resident.
▪ The Culinary Queens of Yeruham: Enjoy a home hospitality lunch, prepared by the Culinary Queens, a social justice community that empowers women to take their phenomenal cooking skills to the next level and start small businesses in the culinary world.
▪ Visit the Lakiya Weaving Project of the Association for the Improvement of women’s Status and dialogue with local women.
▪ Building Identity and Strengthening Heritage: Arrive in the town of Kiryat Gat and meet with members of the Atachlit Farm, a community empowerment program that helps Ethiopian Israelis connect to their agricultural heritage, and at the same time provides a platform for the broader community to learn about Ethiopian culture.
▪ Return to Tel Aviv.
▪ Optional visit to the Nalaga’at Theater to view a production of Lo Al HaLechem Levado – Not by Bread Alone OR Luna Park, performed by a deaf/blind theater group. (Cost not included.)
Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Five: Friday, June 26, 2020
▪ Breakfast at the hotel.
▪ Israel in the Mid-East Arena: Meet with Brig. Gen. (Res) Nitzan Nuriel, former Director of Counter-Terrorism Bureau and a veteran field commander on the northern border.
▪ Drive to the Ayalon Institute near Rehovot for an eye-opening tour of a clandestine munitions’ factory used during the British Mandate.
▪ Stroll down the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, with its bi-weekly craft fair and eateries. Alongside is the colorful Carmel open-air market. Lunch on own.
▪ Walk through colorful Neve Zedek, one of Tel Aviv’s earliest neighborhoods, nowadays a cultural mecca hosting small boutiques, galleries, and the Suzanne Dellal dance and theater center.
▪ Foundations of a City and a State, Ahad Ha’Am to Bialik: Zionist ideology and the revival of the Hebrew language come alive as you walk down Bialik Street and through the Trumpeldor Cemetery.
▪ Return to the hotel.
▪ Free time to freshen up before Shabbat.
▪ Kabbalat Shabbat services with Beit Tefilah Yisraeli at Tel Aviv Port, including music, prayer, dance and poetry.
▪ Shabbat services at a local reform community, followed by Home Hospitality Shabbat dinner/communal Shabbat dinner with local congregants OR festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Six: Saturday, June 27, 2020
▪ Breakfast at the hotel.
▪ Free Day in Tel Aviv for an opportunity to:
▪ Take in the grand art collection at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
▪ Meander through the Old City of Jaffa, including the newly renovated and famous Jaffa Flea Market – Shuk Hapishpishim.
▪ Explore the newly gentrified Neve Zedek neighborhood.
▪ Visit some of Tel Aviv’s legendary Art Galleries.
▪ Enjoy the Ganei Yehoshua Park on the Yarkon River.
▪ Crash the waves of the Mediterranean Sea.
▪ Wander through the Tachana, Tel Aviv’s newly renovated old train station, now a center of boutiques and good food, and one of Tel Aviv’s blooming hot spots.
▪ Walk or bike the Blue Route in Tel Aviv, with its beautiful coastline and Mediterranean atmosphere, from the Jaffa Ridge in the south to Tel Aviv Port in the north, OR take the
▪ Green Route, passing through Ganei Yehoshua along the Yarkon River.
▪ Walk through the trendy Tel Aviv Port.
▪ Havdalah by the beach followed by free evening.
Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Seven: Sunday, June 28, 2020
▪ Breakfast at the hotel.
▪ Check out of the hotel.
▪ Drive along the coast to Caesarea, one of the Land of Israel’s most important landmarks, built during the Roman Period. Explore the Herodian Theater and the excavations along the Mediterranean shore, concluding with the ruined 900-year-old Crusader town.
▪ Lunch on own.
▪ Proceed to Sindyanna of Galilee, a unique nonprofit organization led by a team of Arab and Jewish women working to create social change from the ground up, including a spice workshop.
▪ Drive to Nahariya and session at the Medical Center of the Galilee, and meet with the hospital’s director Dr. Masaad Barhum, who happens to be the only non-Jewish hospital director in Israel. Discuss the role of the medical centre as the main hospital in the area and hear stories from Dr. Barhum about his career.
▪ The Balance of Power on Israel’s Northern Border: Field Seminar along the Lebanese border with Lt. Col. (Res) Sarit Zehavi, a former senior intelligence officer.
▪ Continue to your hotel and check in.
▪ Dinner at the hotel followed by group conversation.
Overnight: Upper Galilee

Day Eight: Monday, June 29, 2020
▪ Breakfast at the hotel.
▪ Walk through the Tel Dan Nature Reserve, located on the largest tributary of the Jordan River, and explore the ruins of the great Biblical city of Dan.
▪ Take a Jeep tour off-road up the Golan Heights in the footsteps of Israeli soldiers and their battles in the Six-Day War. Enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and gain an insight into the strategic complexity of the Golan.
▪ Visit a Druze village in the Golan Heights for a window into the unique world of the Israeli Druze community, with home-hospitality lunch
▪ The panoramic views from Mt. Bental (overlooking the abandoned Syrian town of Kuneitra) give sharp insights into Israel’s security situation on the Golan Heights, and the enormous challenges it faced in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and the new threat from the north, ISIS.
▪ Visit the award-winning Golan Heights Winery, located in Katzrin, which launched its first wines in 1984 and has since become world renowned; wine tasting is included.
▪ Return to the hotel.
▪ Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Upper Galilee

Day Nine: Tuesday, June 30, 2020
▪ Breakfast at the hotel.
▪ Visit the Metzudat Koach Monument which commemorates the 28 soldiers who were killed during Israel’s War of Independence in the attempts to conquer this strategically important fort overlooking the Hula Valley.
▪ Explore Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism for hundreds of years and a contemporary artists’ colony, including:
▪ Guided visit to the Ari, Caro or Abuhav Synagogues, each with its great stories and mystical messages.
▪ A stroll through the quaint Artists’ Colony, shop in the galleries and crafts shops and engage in dialogues with local artisans inspired by the messages of Kabbalah.
▪ Dialogue with David Friedman, a Tsfat artist inspired by Kabbalah.
▪ Lunch on your own, en route.
▪ Lada’at Kinneret Cemetery – הו כנרת שלי : Enter the world of early Zionist pioneers and learn about their hopes andKinneret Cemetery dreams, their trials and tribulations and their ultimate success. Pause at the graves of legendary personalities such as Rachel the Poetess, Zionist philosopher Ber Borochov and national songwriter Naomi Shemer.
▪ Drive southwards along the Jordan Valley, part of the enormous Syrian-African Rift.
▪ Stop at Mount Scopus for an overlook of the Old and New City of Jerusalem and to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
▪ Check into the hotel.
▪ Dinner the Ofaimme Café at the Hansen compound and meet owner Hedai Ofaim, food columnist at “Haaretz” and author of A Book about Food. Learn more about their organic and eco-friendly farming process and taste some of their produce.
Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Ten: Wednesday, July 1, 2020
▪ Breakfast at the hotel.
▪ The Labyrinth of Israeli Politics: Dialogue with Prof. Reuven Hazan of the Political Science Department at Hebrew University.
▪ Depart the hotel toward the Old City of Jerusalem.
▪ Explore the excavations at the City of David, the very core of ancient Jerusalem, followed by a walk through the recently opened Second Temple-period tunnel under the walls of the Old City, emerging in the Jerusalem Archaeological Park.
▪ Explore the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, including the Davidson Center, Robinson’s Arch and the Southern Wall steps where Jewish pilgrims entered the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago.
▪ Visit the Kotel (Western Wall) and experience the special atmosphere of this holy site.
▪ Lunch on your own, in the Jewish Quarter.
▪ Walking tour through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, for visits to archaeological treasures and other highlights, among them:
▪ A walk along the Rooftops of the Old City for a behind-the-scenes look at the various communities in Jerusalem and how they live alongside each other.
▪ The four Sephardi synagogues, which reflect the richness and diversity of Diaspora Jewish traditions.
▪ The Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem in the 6th century.
▪ King Hezekiah’s First Temple-period “Broad Wall”.
▪ Hurva Square, the central square of the Jewish Quarter.
▪ Drive through the Israeli ‘Capitol Hill’ – along the Knesset – Israel’s Parliament; the famous Menorah; the Supreme Court building; the Prime Minister’s Office; the Israeli National Bank and the future site of the Israel National Library.
▪ Return to the hotel.
▪ Hustle & Bustle Around the Clock: Enjoy the bars, restaurants and tastes of Jerusalem at night, while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market, with dinner on own.
Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Eleven: Thursday, July 2, 2020
▪ Breakfast at the hotel.
▪ The Memory of the Holocaust in Contemporary Israeli Society: Dialogue with Holocaust scholar, Dr. Rachel Korazim.
▪ Visit the Yad Vashem complex, the Jewish National Memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, including:
▪ The Avenue of the Righteous
▪ The Historical Museum
▪ The Children’s Memorial
▪ A concluding Memorial Service
▪ Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Jerusalem while walking through the Machaneh Yehuda open-air market, with lunch on own.
▪ Giving Back with Pantry Packers: Participate in Tikkun Olam by packing commodity food staples for Israel’s poorest families; after a brief orientation session, don gloves, aprons and caps in order to fill bags of rice, beans and other commodities.
▪ Return to the hotel.
▪ Free time in the Mamilla pedestrian arcade, a contemporary shopping area with a touch of the past, located outside the Jaffa Gate of the Old City; dinner on own.
▪ Watch the Night Spectacular at the Tower of David Museum: The walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for a night-time show – a celebration of sight and sound depicting the story of Jerusalem.
Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Twelve: Friday, July 3, 2020
▪ Early breakfast at the hotel.
▪ Descend to the Dead Sea basin.
▪ Ascend by cable-car or walk up the Snake Path to Masada, Herod’s mountain palace and the site of the Jewish Zealots’ last stand against the Roman Legionnaires. Discuss Masada’s role as a symbol of Jewish defence and its current significance in modern Israel.
▪ Float in the Dead Sea, use the spa facilities of one of the Dead Sea hotels and enjoy a buffet lunch.
▪ Return to the hotel with time to prepare for shabbat.
▪ Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehillat Kol Haneshema, led by Rabbi Yael Karie (pending confirmation).
▪ Shabbat dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Thirteen: Saturday, July 4, 2020 | Happy 4th of July!
▪ Breakfast at the hotel.
▪ Optional morning services.
▪ Shabbat Walk through unexpected paths to Mt. Zion, the Temple Mount Overlook and King David’s Tomb.
▪ “The Best Falafel in the World! Right here in the Old City.” The competition for the best street food in the Old City is tough. The Christian quarter swears by the hummus at “Lina” and “Abu Shakri” (on own account).
▪ Return to the hotel or stay to explore the old city on own.
▪ Wrap up session followed by farewell dinner and Havdallah.
Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Fourteen: Sunday, July 5, 2020
▪ Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
▪ Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your return flight to the USA.

Current Proposal:

Click here to download a copy of our proposal from Da’at.  Note: these are not final figures.  We are still negotiating with them and refining our itinerary.  This is just to give you ball park numbers.

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