Tel Aviv • Beer-Sheva • Haifa • Zichron Yaacov • Golan Heights • Tiberias/ Galilee • Jerusalem • Massada/Dead Sea
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- Minimum 2 persons, bookings of one person are on request and subject to written confirmation.
Arrival at airport, assistance and transfer to Beer-Sheva. Visit the Center for Ethiopian Craftsmanship where new immigrant women preserve the ancient handicraft traditions of Ethiopian Jewry as practiced in their home villages, and engage in modeling earthenware, embroidering, sculpting, and straw crafts.
Overnight in Beer Sheva.
Beer-Sheva / Massada / Dead Sea
Visit the Lakiya Negev Bedouin Weaving Center where Bedouin women are provided with an opportunity to develop the traditional skills of spinning and weaving the wool, to acquire new roles and skills in dyeing, production and business management, and to earn incomes through the work. Drive to Massada, a Unesco World Heritage site. Ascend by cable car and visit the famous rock fortress which was the last stronghold of the Zealots in their war against the Romans: Herod’s palaces, the bath-house, warehouses etc. Drive to Mitzpeh Shalem and visit the Ahava Visitors Center for a presentation of the famous Ahava cosmetic products.
Day at leisure in Jerusalem.
Visit the Old City of Jerusalem
Possibility of meeting with a representative of the Israel Association of Gender Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and with a representative of the conservative movement.
Overnight in Jerusalem.
Visit the Knesset and meet a woman Knesset member. Visit the new Holocaust History Museum at Yad Vashem. In the Israeli Museum you can see the restored Model of Jerusalem at the time of the second temple, and visit the Shrine of the Book housing the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Beit Shean / Tiberias/ Galilee
Drive north via the Jordan Valley to Beit Shean, one of the most impressive archeological parks in the country, and visit the huge site of the ancient city of Scythopolis destroyed by an earthquake. Then on to Tiberias, visit the Dona Gracia Museum, which tells the story of Gracia Nasi who used her considerable wealth to save many Jewish refugees of the Spanish Inquisition and build a Jewish city in Tiberias. Stop at the Kineret cemetery to pay tribute to the pioneering poet laureate Rachel, whose passionate verses of Israel’s are some of the best-loved in modern Hebrew literature. Reading them in this tranquil lakeside setting provides fertile ground for exploring women’s experiences as pioneers in this land in the early 20th century.
Continue to one of the Spa hotels in the Galilee, for overnight.
Peki’in / Acre / Haifa
Drive to the village of Pek’in in the Galilee, a village where Christian Arabs, Druze and one ancient Jewish family have lived peacefully together for centuries. Visit Savta Jamila’s olive oil soap factory: Savta Jamila was clever enough to take the traditional knowledge of the peasant families (once, the woman of the house — every house — made soap from olive oil) and turn it into a cosmopolitan empire. You can buy the newly made soaps at the factory store. Drive to Acre, and visit the Old City, now a Unesco World Heritage site with a fascinating historical heritage blending East and West: Al Jazar Mosque, the buildings of the Order of Saint John, the subterranean Crusader city, Khan Al Omdan, the Turkish Baths (which now house the municipal museum). Continue to Haifa, drive up to Mt Carmel for a panoramic view of the Bay, the golden-domed Bahai shrine and its spectacular Persian Gardens.
Dinner with the conservative women in Haifa, and overnight.
Zichron Yaacov / Caesarea / Sdot yam / Tel Aviv
Drive to Zichron Yaacov and visit Beit Aharonson house in Zikhron Ya’akov, commemorating the work of Aharon and Sara Aharonson, who were leaders of the Nili underground movement that provided intelligence to the British during the First World War. Sara commited suicide rather than surrender to the Turks. Continue to Caesarea, visit the amphitheatre, the excavations, and the new inter-active exhibit where you will meet three-dimensional historical figures (King Herod, Saladin, Hana Shenesh) who can even answer your questions. Stop at kibbutz Sdot Yam and visit the Hannah Senesch Museum to hear the moving story of a modern-day heroine. Drive to Tel Aviv for overnight. Attend a cooking workshop at one of the best cooking schools, with active participation and a rewarding meal.
Overnight: Tel Aviv
Visit the Shenkar college of Engineering and Design: among the graduates of the Faculty of Design are designers many of whom have earned an international reputation. Possibility of meeting with delegates from Na’amat, one of Israel’s largerst women’s organizations. See the main sites of Tel Aviv, where Friday is shopping and fun day: Memorial, Sheinkin street with its trendy shops and cafés, the Carmel market, the Nahalat Benyamin Arts and Crafts fair.
Overnight: Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv / Jaffa
Visit the picturesque quarter of Neve Tzedek, Old Jaffa and see typical Bauhaus buildings, which earned Tel Aviv the name of “White City” inscribed in Unesco World Heritage. Tel Aviv has the largest collection of buildings built in the International Style, anywhere in the world. Bauhaus architecture flourished in Tel Aviv (as elsewhere in the country) in the 1930’s due in great part to the fact that 17 former Bauhaus students, worked locally as architects. One of them, a woman, designed Dizengoff Circle.
Overnight: Tel Aviv.
Time free for last minute shopping.
Transfer to airport for departure.