Hadassah's Summer Mission to Israel
Led by Stephanie Z. Bonder
July 2 - 14, 2017

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Jul 2, 2017
Hadassah's Summer Mission to Israel
Led by Stephanie Z. Bonder
July 2 - 14, 2017
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Tour Overview:

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6 nights Prima Kings, Jerusalem, Israel
2 nights Kibbutz Hagoshrim Guesthouse, Upper Galilee, Israel
2 nights plus late check out Crowne Plaza, Tel Aviv, Israel
All touring and sightseeing per an agreed upon itinerary in a deluxe
air-conditioned vehicle with an English speaking guide
Breakfast daily
Welcome dinner in Ana Ticho restaurant in Jerusalem
Dinner at Eucalyptus
Shabbat dinner in a private room in Jerusalem
Lunch & swim at the Dead Sea
2 Kibbutz dinners
Farewell dinner
Transfers included if arriving/departing with the main group
Entrance fees as per itinerary

NOT INCLUDED - These prices do not include:

Roundtrip airfare departure taxes and fuel surcharges
(listed separately)
Any border taxes or visas
Tips to guides, driver, and dining room waiters
($20.00 per person, per day-pre-collected)
Any items of a personal nature
Travel Insurance
(Highly recommended)
Tower of David Sound and Light show

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1, Sunday, July 2, 2017: DEPARTURE

• We depart on our afternoon flight and travel overnight to Israel.

Day 2, Monday, July 3, 2017: ARRIVAL IN JERUSALEM

• Early morning arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, with assistance by an Ayelet representative - Welcome Home!
• We start our mission with a stop at Neot Kedumim, the Biblical botanical garden, where we connect to the country, view the ancient olive press, the winery, and enjoy a snack.
• Upon arrival in Jerusalem, we stop atop Mt. Scopus to recite a special “Sh'hekiyanu!” Blessing overlooking the City of Gold.
• We continue to Mt. Scopus Hospital to visit Henrietta Szold's office, the mosaic and the Healing Garden. Take in the view of the Judean desert from there.
• Continue to the Machane Yehuda Market where we tour the market and enjoy tasting in different shops while we take part in the “shuk bites” program.
• Check into our hotel.
• Enjoy a welcome dinner and orientation at the re-opened, Ana Ticho Restaurant.

O/N Jerusalem 

Day 3, Tuesday, July 4, 2017: HADASSAH AND CITY TOUR

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• This morning, we meet with Gil Hoffman, chief political correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, for an in-depth and entertaining look at Israeli current events.
• Visit to Ein Kerem Hadassah Hospital, where we tour the Mother and Child Pavilion. We also visit the new Sarah Wetsman Davidson tower that recently opened, featuring the most modern hospital facilities in the region; including a visit to the beautiful Chagall windows.
• Tour the Jewish Quarter and walk along the Cardo with time to shop at Hurva Square.
• Lunch (on own) in the Jewish Quarter.
• Visit the glass and steel marvel of the Davidson Center, built directly into the stone around the Old City's Southern Wall Excavations. Through mulit-media exhibitions we learn about the construction and history of the Temple Mount area.
• Visit the Ir David Excavations just outside the Old City walls, where we wander through the carefully preserved archeological excavations dating back to the time of King David.
• Continue to Ein Tzurim - a live archaeological site, where we have the opportunity for a hands-on dig. Join us in uncovering the glorious past of the Temple Mount. Sift through rubble that originated in ancient buildings from the Temple Period and learn about findings from archaeologists.
• Dinner and fresh food workshop at Eucalyptus Restaurant.

O/N Jerusalem

Day 4, Wednesday, July 5, 2017: THE OLD CITY

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Explore the bunkers at Ammunition Hill, the official museum symbolizing the liberation and reunification of Jerusalem. Its new multimedia film helps visitors better understand the events and battles of 1967.
• For a different perspective, we enjoy a short walk along the rooftops and ramparts of the Old City.
• Enjoy some time at the Kotel and experience the special atmosphere.
• We enjoy a tour through the famed Western Wall Tunnels.
• We continue our walk and explore the Bazaar/Shuk, the Christian Quarter, the Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
• Jerusalem Startup Hub - Visit the new Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation in Jerusalem. Located in the heart of the city, the Hub opened its doors in March 2013. JSH aims to be the center of start-up development in Jerusalem, a hub for break-through technological ideas from all over the world.
• Participate in a tasting tour of the Machane Yehuda market as it closes for the day and enjoy the unique murals painted on the shutters of the market shops and see how the market changes from day time to the night life.
• Free evening for dinner (on own).

O/N Jerusalem

Day 5, Thursday, July 6, 2017: BEER SHEVA - CYBER CENTER OF ISRAEL

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Visit the JNF/Hadassah project of a park in the desert. Here we will plant a tree, physically connecting us with the land of Israel.
• Drive south to the Eshkol region, bordering Gaza; visit the Regional Center for a security briefing at the Command Center. We visit the unique school built to secure children in the line of fire.
• Enjoy a picnic lunch at the “Salad Trail” in the Eshkol region on the border with Gaza. See how Israeli innovation is literally making the desert bloom - with crops grown out of some of the most inhospitable sands imaginable.
• We end our day with a visit to exquisite blacksmith, Yaron Bob. Struck by the terror of shell attacks, Yaron decided to transform something horrible into something beautiful - and so began “Rockets into Roses”.

O/N Jerusalem

Day 6, Friday, July 7, 2017: WELCOME SHABBAT

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Visit the Yad Vashem complex, the Jewish National Memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, where we explore some of the newly found materials relating to places, people and events connected to the Holocaust, including:
     o The Avenue of the Righteous
     o The new Historical Museum
     o The Children's Memorial
End the visit at Yad Vashem with a group Memorial service at the Valley of the Lost Communities.
• Visit Mt. Herzl, where we visit the gravesites of Theodore Herzl, Golda Meir and Yitzhak Rabin, and Shimon Peres and the military cemetery and hear from our guide, some of the heroic stories of those buried here.
• Visit the Friends of Zion Museum, in the heart of Jerusalem. The museum tells the story of non-Jewish support for the State of Israel and the Jewish people, using ground-breaking technology.
• Time to relax and prepare for Shabbat.
• We welcome Shabbat at the Western Wall with the people of Jerusalem.
• Shabbat dinner together in a private room with Hadassah friends.

O/N Jerusalem

Day 7, Saturday, July 8, 2017: SHABBAT SHALOM

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Free morning for Shabbat services or just to relax.
• Guided walking tour through the historical and charming neighborhood of Yemin Moshe.
• Continue to Nevim Street and follow the story of the protected buildings in Jerusalem, some of which are part of Hadassah history.
• Havdalah with Barbara Goldstein on the rooftop of our hotel overlooking the Old City.
• Free evening in Jerusalem - enjoy a stroll along Ben Yehuda Street, through Emek Refaim Street or visit the Mamilla pedestrian walk, filled with shops and restaurants.
• OPTIONAL: Sound and Light show on the history of Jerusalem at the David Citadel (additional cost)

O/N Jerusalem

Day 8, Sunday, July 9, 2017: MASSADA & THE DESERT

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Check out of our hotel.
• We depart Jerusalem and drive toward the Dead Sea Basin.
• Ascend to the Masada summit by cable car. Here we view the remains of King Herod's palace and fortifications, and hear the story of the Jewish Zealots' last stand against the approaching Roman armies. We descend down the ramp to the West.
• For an authentic desert experience, we visit a Bedouin camp and enjoy a camel ride and Bedouin Hospitality in the wilderness.
• We enjoy lunch, the mud baths and an unsinkable swim in the salty waters of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth in one of the Spa Hotels on the Dead Sea.
• Drive along the Jordan Valley to our Kibbutz in the north.
• Dinner at our kibbutz.

O/N in the Galilee

Day 9, Monday, July 10, 2017: THE GOLAN HEIGHTS

• Breakfast at our kibbutz.
• We enjoy a Jeep tour up to the Golan Heights. Atop the Golan, we take in an amazing view and see the memorial to those soldiers who lost their lives capturing this crucial spot from Syrian forces in 1967 at Mitzpe Gadot.
• Take in the views stretching far into Syria from atop Har Bental.
• We enjoy a chocolate workshop with one of Israel's top chocolatiers at Ein Zivan's Dekarina Chocolate Factory.
• We next cross the Galilee to visit the mystical city of Safed. Here we visit the ancient synagogues and have time to stroll along the shops of the Artists' Quarter, while the artists among us will enjoy a candle making workshop.
• We participate in a Kabbalah workshop and study at the Kabbalah center.
• End our touring day today with a visit to a nearby winery, including wine tasting before returning to our Kibbutz.
• Dinner at our kibbutz followed by a meeting with Kibbutz members and youth.

O/N in the Galilee

Day 10, Tuesday, July 11, 2017: TO TEL AVIV

• Breakfast at our kibbutz.
• Enjoy a drive along the Lebanese border, stopping at Kibbutz Malkia, a strategic overlook, where we will meet with the IDF unit on the border and the kibbutz security personnel to learn about the steps they take to protect a small frontier community.
• We continue with a tour of the Hula Valley Nature Preserve, where millions of migrating birds come to rest and eat each year. Enjoy a surrey or golf cart ride through the heart of this beautiful and bucolic scene.
• Visit Hadassah's Meir Shfeya youth village, where we interact with the kids and staff.
• Visit a Druze village and enjoy the wondeful home hospitality.
• Visit Zichron Yaakov, stroll the streets, browse the shops and visit the Nili Museum amid this European style village's charming shops and cafes. We'll enjoy lunch (on own) along the main promenade.
• Continue to our hotel for check in.

O/N in Tel Aviv

Day 11, Wednesday, July 12, 2017: STARTUP NATION

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Meeting with young entrepreneur Rony Rozen to discuss her story, as well as Hi-Tech innovation in this Start-Up nation.
• The Story of Tel Aviv, guided walk through Neve Zedek and what was Ahuzat Bayit, exploring the origins of the city of Tel Aviv, its people and places.
• Continue to Tel Aviv's White City, one of the largest concentrations of Bauhaus in the world.
• We continue to the library in the city center - Space for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The Library provides a shared-working space and hub facilities for teams dedicated to developing internet startups and technology companies
• Visit the fashion designer studios of Maya Negri. Learn about the way they started a business from nothing in Tel-Aviv into a brand recognized the world over.
• OPTIONAL (not included in price): Evening at the Nalaga'at Center, a meeting place for deaf, blind and deaf-blind and the wider public that through an artistic and cultural experience engage in a dialogue. Dinner at the Blackout Restaurant, which invites you to an exceptional culinary experience that will trigger your senses; followed by a show.

O/N Tel Aviv

Day 12, Thursday, July 13, 2017: TEL AVIV FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE

• Breakfast at our hotel
• We begin our day at the Palmach Museum, where we “join up” with the brave paramilitary unit from Israel's pre-statehood days.
• Uncover the secrets of the Ayalon Institute, where an underground ammunition factory played a pivotal role in Israel's fight for Independence at the end of the British Mandate.
• Visit Nachalat Binyamin, the first and largest open-air craft market in Israel; also one of the most spectacular.
• Enjoy the afternoon at leisure (on own).
• Farewell dinner together this evening at a local restaurant.
• Transfer to the airport for our flight back to the United States.
Day 13, Friday, July 14, 2017: ARRIVE HOME

• We arrive home.

The Memories Last Forever!

*Itinerary subject to change