Itinerary

Overview:

The trip is ten days long and tours from the north to the south of Israel. We visit Tiberias, Safed, the Galilee region, the Lebanese border, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Dead Sea, Masada, and the Negev Desert. The trip may also visit the Golan Heights. We tour Yad Vashem (the world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust), Independence Hall, the Western Wall and the Old City of Jerusalem, and other important sites. We socialize at the beaches and nightclubs of Tel Aviv, on hikes through Israel’s valleys and mountains, and during free time in Israel’s most popular markets and bazaars.

We meet with scholars and policymakers to discuss complex issues and learn about the State of Israel, its peoples, Jewish history and culture, Judaism, the land, and the Middle East region in general. We also meet with liberal arts college alumni, who live in Israel as professors, businesswomen, activists, and political advisers. And of course, we meet with Israelis: young and old, across the political spectrum.

 

Sample Itinerary:

 

Day 1

  • Welcome to Israel!
  • Opening activity

 

Day 2

  • Travel up north
  • Hike Mt. Bental, which has amazing panoramic views of the Golan and Syria
  • Head to Katzrin
  • Hear an Israel update with Miri Eisen

 

Day 3

  • Jeep riding
  • Head to the Lebanon border to Kibbutz Misgav Am
  • Leisure night in Tiberias

 

Day 4

  • Old city tour of  mystical Tzfat
  • Speak with Kabbalistic artist Avraham Leventhal
  • Drive to Jerusalem
  • Meet with Zohar Raviv

 

Day 5

  • Politics tour with Professor Kimhi
  • Machene Yehuda Market
  • Prep for Shabbat
  • Leave to the Old City
  • Shabbat services at the Kotel
  • Dinner in the Jewish Quarter

 

Day 6

  • Group Shabbat
  • Kiddush and group activities
  • Shabbat lunch at local families
  • Shopping on Ben Yehuda

 

Day 7

  • Jewish Quarter tour in the Old City
  • Kotel tunnel tour
  • Meet with Fursan Hussian

 

Day 8

  • Travel to Yad Vesham
  • Meet with Aliza Tennenbaum, a Holocaust survivor
  • Mt. Herztel
  • Leisure night in Tel Aviv

 

Day 9

  • Azrieli Mall
  • Independence Hall
  • Army base
  • Bedouin Hospitality
  • Bon Fire

 

Day 10

  • Camel riding
  • Masada
  • Dead Sea
  • Good bye dinner in Jerusalem restaurant

 

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