A Celebratory Journey

April 23 – May 3, 2023

Explore Zionist beginnings in Haifa

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Experience the moving silence of Israel halting for Yom HaZikaron

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Dance across Tel Aviv at the Independence Day Street Party

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Stargaze in the Negev

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Cover yourself in the mud at the Dead Sea

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Dig in Jerusalem

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Revel in Israel’s genius

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Sample the country’s amazing flavors

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Dates & Pricing

April 23 – May 3, 2023

Double Occupancy: $13,750 per person
Single occupancy supplement: $3,500
Non-Temple Emanu-El Member Fee: $1,500 per person

This is an all-inclusive trip, covering:
  • VIP transfer from Ben-Gurion International Airport to hotel
  • All accommodations (5-star hotels)
  • All experiences, meals and activities
  • Luxury bus + private tour guide
  • All tips
  • A souvenir photo book
A $2,500 per person deposit due upon registration
(fully refundable, minus $200 application fee, until January 23, 2023)
Balance Due by January 23, 2023
No refunds after January 23, 2023

Not included:
  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
The minimum age of participation is 21.


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Mamilla Hotel - Alrov Mamilla Avenue


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Day One: Shehecheyanu

Sunday, April 23
  • On arrival, VIP fast-track entry and private transportation to Haifa hotel
  • Meet in hotel lobby at 2 PM for welcome drinks at synagogue of Mikvah Israel
  • Opening program with Israel Insights speaker at Mazgega, the first wine bottle manufacturer in Israel
  • Sunset tour of the ancient port city of Tel Dor by lantern
  • Ottoman-style dinner with live music
Overnight: Yaarot HaCarmel
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Day Two: Erev Yom HaZikaron

Monday, April 24
  • Visit Atlit Detention Camp, where clandestine immigrants were incarcerated during the British Mandate
  • Ride through the Jezreel Valley on an Ottoman-era train route, with speakers joining us at every stop to tell unique stories of the area
  • Lunch and discussion with the chefs at Rutenberg Restaurant
  • Tour the picturesque village of Rosh Pina, one of the first Zionist settlements
  • Visit memorial garden of Mitzpe Nimrod and meet its founder, who lost his son in the Lebanon War
  • Relax at hotel
  • Erev Yom HaZikaron ceremony in English at Leo Baeck School
  • Light dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Yaarot HaCarmel
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Day Three: From Grief to Jubilation

Tuesday, April 25
  • Israel Insights speaker: Remembrance to Independence
  • National moment of stillness during the 2-minute siren for Yom HaZikaron

  • Choice of:
    • Short walk along Shvil HaNoflim (Road of the Fallen) with Druze families telling community stories
    • Easy hike with a man whose brother’s kidnapping led to the second Lebanon War
    • Visit to the house of poet and freedom fighter Hannah Senesh on the beach of Sdot Yam
  • Mark the transition from mourning to celebration with a reading from the Declaration of Independence
  • Check in and free time at hotel
  • Enjoy a street food dinner in a private venue with live music
  • Celebrate Israel’s 75th at Tel Aviv’s annual Independence Day street party
Overnight: The David Kempinski
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Day Four: Yom HaAtzmaut

Wednesday, April 26
  • Watch the Independence Day air show from the beach
  • Traditional BBQ with music
  • Free time
  • Interactive walking tour along Independence Trail to ten heritage sites with iPads bringing the city’s history to life
  • Dinner at Claro with lone soldiers
Overnight: The David Kempinski
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Day Five: The Buzz of Tel Aviv

Thursday, April 27
  • Choice of morning excursions with experts: Fashion / Art / Social justice
  • Lunch at Carmel Market to taste Israel’s melting pot
  • Musical tour of the diversity of Jaffa
  • Free time
  • Festive dinner at HaSalon
Overnight: The David Kempinski
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Day Six: From Urban Vibes to Desert Stillness

Friday, April 28
  • Morning stroll through Levinsky market and the Gazoz workshop
  • Tour of Ayalon Institute, secret underground bullet factory built in the 1940s
  • Transfer to airport and fly to Eilat
  • Check in to hotel and free time
  • Kabbalat Shabbat with live music
  • Dinner at hotel
Overnight: Six Senses Shaharut
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Day Seven: Engaging Your Senses

Saturday, April 29
  • Free day to relax (option to scuba dive or visit Timna National Park)
  • Havdallah overlooking the Arava Valley
  • Private dinner at Six Senses, including an option to cook with the chef
  • Star gazing
Overnight: Six Senses Shaharut
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Day Eight: On The Road of Peace

Sunday, April 30
  • Visit to Vidor Center, the hotbed of Israeli agricultural innovation
  • Travel Derech HaShalom by bike or bus to experience the peaceful border with Jordan and meet farmers collaborating from both sides
  • Mud party at a private beach on the Dead Sea
  • Shalom Jerusalem from a panorama overlook
  • Dinner at Hatzot
Overnight: Mamilla Hotel
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Day Nine: The Last Remnant of the Second Temple

Monday, May 1
  • Tour of the Old City with a Rabbi, a Priest and an Imam
  • Visit to the Western Wall excavations with an archaeologist
  • Western Wall Tunnel tour
  • Explore the fascinating new Eichmann trial exhibition at Beit HaAm
  • Free evening, dinner on your own
Overnight: Mamilla Hotel
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Day Ten: The City of David

Tuesday, May 2
  • Visit the Israel Museum or Yad Vashem
  • Tour Shalva, which provides services to children with special needs, and meet its band members
  • Israel Insights speaker: Israeli history through music
  • Dinner at Machneyuda
  • Sound and Light Show at the Tower of David/li>
Overnight: Mamilla Hotel
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Day Eleven: L’hitraot

Wednesday, May 3
  • Israel Insights speaker, an interactive program about the map of the Middle East
  • Closing Lunch at Rama’s Kitchen in the Jerusalem Hills

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