8 days, 7 nights
The rates include:
- Group arrival and departure transfer including assistance
- Porterage at hotels
- 7 nights hotels on half board basis (breakfast and dinner) starting with dinner of day 1 ending with breakfast of day 8
- Deluxe air-conditioned bus and guide for the duration of the tour as per suggested itinerary
- Entrance fees according to what is indicated in the program
- 1 person free (sharing basis) on minimum 20 full paying
- Any meals not mentioned
- Beverages with meals
- Tips to guide, driver restaurant and hotel personnel
Land Rates: (May fluctuate depending upon actual chosen dates)
Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. Meet and greet once you pass security with baggage assistance. Transfer to Ashekelon. Dinner and overnight. Either the Mayor of Ashekelon or Ashdod (or his assistant, depending on the date of the mission arrival) will meet with the group for an update on the various aspects of the situation of Operation Protective Edge.
Visit the Barzilai Hospital in Ashekelon where many of our wounded soldiers were treated. Visit to Netiv Ha’asara a moshav, which is less than 5 kilometers from Gaza. Meet Gil Nir, head of the Moshav’s security and hear about daily life under the threat of the Hamas missiles. Continue to Kibbutz Alumim and meet some members to discuss their situation. Travel to Sderot and meet the Mayor, Alon Davidi, who will describe living and raising 5 children for 14 years under rocket fire. Return to hotel in Ashekelon.
Leave Ashekelon and travel to Beersheba and the Soroka Hospital where many seriously wounded soldiers are treated. Meet the mayor of Beersheba, Rubik Danilovich, who, among others, will brief the group on the difficult financial situation of small businesses in their struggle “to survive”. Learn about the Atidim Association which provides equal education opportunities to talented youth and young adults in the periphery possibility of meeting some students who have been given a helping hand and have now achieved a better future. Drive to Tel Aviv for dinner. Optional lecture with Aluf Benn, diplomatic correspondent and columnist, Ha’aretz Daily Newspaper, or with IDF Intelligence Colonel (retired) Miri Eisen.
Travel to Tel Hashomer Hospital, MADA (Magen Adom David) Station with an option to donate blood. Proceed to Kvutzat Schiller (near the Bilu junction outside of Rehovot) to participate in a volunteer activity benefiting the needy through the “Table to Table” food rescue organization. Through Project Leket, “Table to Table” and its volunteers go into fields to pick and gather fruits and vegetables that were not collected during the commercial harvest. All of the collected produce is distributed by Table to Table to soup kitchens, food pantries, senior citizen centers, homeless shelters and other places serving those in need.
The Table to Table activity can be substituted by a visit to The Museum for the History of Society and Democracy in Israel at the Rabin Center. The Museum presents the annals of Israeli society. Yitzhak Rabin’s life story is interwoven in each and every milestone in the history of Israeli society. The historical presentation focuses on central events in the life of the State and the major trends which characterized its development as well as the changes it has undergone — its successes and failures, the internal relations within Israeli society and its relations with its surroundings. Yitzhak Rabin’s life serves as a “connecting axis”, both chronologically and thematically, between the different sections of the presentation.
Travel to Jerusalem. Set your sights on glorious Jerusalem, the city King David declared the capital of the Israelite kingdom over 3,000 years ago and where David’s son Solomon built the First Temple. Acknowledging the crown of honor that has adorned Jerusalem throughout Jewish history, we recite the Shehecheyanu on Mt. Scopus, the blessing of thanksgiving, upon reaching the city. Together with your group, recite these words of praise and drink l’chaim, to life, to mark this unforgettable place and time in your journey through Israel. Tour the Jewish Quarter of the Old City and uncover the layers of Jewish history from the time of the First Temple until the present day. We will visit the Kotel HaMa’aravi, where we can lay our hands on the Wall and connect to 5,000 years of Jewish struggles and joys. Optional meetings with members of the Knesset can be arranged.
Briefing with Holocaust Educator, Dr. Rachel Korazim: “The Memory of the Holocaust in Contemporary Israeli Society”. See the seam-line with the Palestinian Authorities. Optional: accompanied by Avi Melamed with a wide explanation about the dividing fence. Continue through Jerusalem. Return to your hotel in Jerusalem. Dinner with Lone Soldiers.
Mount Herzl where we will stop at some of the following gravesites: Theodor Herzl, Golda Meir, and Yitzhak Rabin for their contribution to the State of Israel. For those who have not been in Israel for a long time, suggested visit to the Israel Museum with its many exhibits or visit to Givat Ha Tachmoshet (Ammunition Hill, key point in 1967 reclamation of the Kotel and Old City).
Time to relax: If you really want to get the feel for Jerusalem, Mahane Yehuda is the place to go. In this market place you can meet people of all nationalities, religions and ages. You can see foods and fruits of all colors, sizes and shapes. You name it, you can probably find it here, and generally at a price that can’t be beat. Rest of the day at your disposal to get organized for your departure.