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THE ISRAEL CULINARY TRIP

May 19-29, 2022


From the ancient to the modern…

From the hills to the desert and the sea…


From haute cuisine to street food…

 

 

 

Co-Chaired by Carole Bernstein & Lynda DeLott

Cook with top chefs, including Adeena Sussman, Erez Komarovski and Benny Briga!

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Wander hidden alleyways

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Discover cutting-edge bakers, farmers and vintners

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Eat your way through exotic markets

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Thrill at Jerusalem, Haifa, Tel Aviv, Safed,
Caesarea and the Negev

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Luxuriate at 5-star hotels

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Celebrate friendships, both old and new

Dates & Pricing

May 19-29, 2022

$10,750 per person (double occupancy)
$3,000 (single occupancy supplement)
$1,000 per person non Temple Emanu-El member fee

A $2,000 deposit is due upon registration (fully refundable until March 1, 2022)

  • Balance due by March 1, 2022
  • No refunds after March 1, 2022
  • The minimum age of participation is 21. 

This is an ALL-INCLUSIVE trip, covering:

  • VIP transfer from Ben-Gurion International Airport to hotel
  • All accommodations (5-star hotels)
  • All experiences, meals, activities
  • Luxury bus + private tour guide 
  • All tips
  • A souvenir photo book

Not included:

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance 

Accommodations

Itinerary

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Day 1 |  Thursday, May 19

  • VIP services on arrival: fast-track customs and immigration
  • Private car/bus to hotel
  • 5:00 PM: Group meets in hotel lobby
  • Short opening talk over a cocktail or glass of wine
  • Dinner at Tzemah, new vegetarian restaurant from award-winning chef Asaf Granit
  • Optional Shtisel Night Tour or Bar Crawl

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem

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Day 2 | Friday, May 20

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Yad Vashem visit with private guide
  • Taste our way through Machane Yehuda market
  • Explore the Jewish Quarter and the Western Wall Tunnels
  • Lunch in the Old City
  • Kabbalat Shabbat at the Kotel
  • Shabbat dinner at Majda

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem

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Day 3 | Saturday, May 21 

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Optional: Easy hike in Sataf in the Judean hills
  • Forage for medicinal and edible plants with Nura, in the tradition of our ancestors
  • Lunch under the strawberry tree by Nahal Katlav, with live music
  • Dinner at the buzzy fusion restaurant Focaccia Bar
  • Optional: Sound and Light Show at Tower of David

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem

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Day 4 | Sunday, May 22

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Learn about life on the Arab Street with Channel 12 reporter Ohad Hemo
  • Descend from the hills to the sea
  • Wander the ancient city of Caesarea.
  • Optional: Snorkeling / diving at King Herod’s old port (great for beginners)
  • Grab a bite in Wadi Nisnas, Haifa’s picturesque Arab neighborhood of
    stone houses, narrow streets and a fantastic market
  • Private guided tour of the Bahai Gardens, UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Treat yourself to a massage, facial or mud wrap…or relax by the pool
  • Drinks with Naama Szterenlicht, creator of artisanal vermouth, tonic and
    fermented drinks infused with foraged herbs
  • Dinner by Choice: Druze home hospitality 

Overnight:  Carmel Forest Spa Resort, Haifa

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Day 5 | Monday, May 23

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Optional morning hike
  • The roots of Israeli cuisine, at home with chef, baker and author Erez Komarovski
  • Cook-your-own-lunch workshop with Komarovski, godfather of Israeli baking
  • Roam the cobbled alleys of Safed, a mystical city and artists’ haven
  • Dinner at hotel

Overnight:  Carmel Forest Spa Resort, Haifa

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Day 6 | Tuesday, May 24

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Rediscover bread at the boutique bakery Elhanan with owner / chef Eldad Shmuely
  • Drive from the sea to the Negev
  • Visit the grave of David Ben-Gurion at Kibbutz Sde Boker
  • Stop by Naot to meet Gadi and Lea, urban refugees who carved a farm out of the desert,
    for a light lunch with their own cheeses
  • Get up close and personal…goat-milking
  • Cocktails overlooking the Ramon crater with cookbook author Adeena Sussman
  • Dinner at hotel

Overnight:  Beresheet Hotel, Mitzpe Ramon

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Day 7 | Wednesday, May 25 

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Optional morning hike through the Ramon crater
  • Tour the desert vineyard of Nana, a unique winery on the Zin River
  • Learn the secrets of challah-making in a workshop with Hadas Lasha Meir
  • Your turn in the kitchen with Adeena Sussman
  • Spectacular dinner under the stars

Overnight: Beresheet Hotel, Mitzpe Ramon

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Day 8 | Thursday, May 26

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Tahini-making with Adeena Sussman
  • Explore ancient farming methods and sample the biblical Seven Species at
    Eshkolot Orchard
  • Discover the story of the ancient Ethiopian Jewish community and its
    extraordinary journey to Israel with Naftali Aklum
  • Private tour of the spectacular interactive and multimedia displays that
    tell our story at new ANU Museum of the Jewish People
  • Dinner on the roof of ANU
  • Late night treat at Anita’s world-famous ice cream shop in Neve Zedek

Overnight: The Jaffa Hotel, Tel Aviv  

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Day 9 | Friday, May 27 

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Encounter the real Jaffa, with a delicious stop at Abu Hassan for
    Israel’s best hummus
  • An Urban Culinary Experience through the spices, bourekas and
    roasted nuts of Levinsky Market
  • All about seltzer with Benny Briga, the guru of Gazoz
  • Untold Tel Aviv, exploring the city’s hidden treasures, including
    Nacahlat Benjamin Art Market
  • Shabbat dinner at Beit Kandinof, where contemporary art meets culinary delight

Overnight: The Jaffa Hotel, Tel Aviv 

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Day 10 | Saturday, May 28

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Hit the beach, get a massage, wander or relax by the pool 
  • Private beach cocktail hour
  • Closing dinner at Asif, the restaurant of the Culinary Institute of Israel

Overnight: Jaffa Hotel, Tel Aviv 

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Day 11 | Sunday, May 29

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Final taste of Israel at Shuk Ha’Carmel, Tel Aviv’s Central Market
  • Departure 

Highlights from our 2017 culinary trip

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