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A Celebratory Journey

April 23 – May 3, 2023

Ride a hot air balloon over the Golan Heights

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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.

ACCOMODATIONS

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Mamilla Hotel - Alrov Mamilla Avenue

Itinerary

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Day One: Shehecheyanu

Sunday, April 23
  • On arrival, VIP fast-track entry and private transportation to hotel
  • Meet in hotel lobby at 2 PM for welcome drinks at at Mount Shaul 
  • Opening program + drinks at Mount Shaul 
  • Late lunch at Rutenberg 
  • Guest Speaker on Israel’s Declaration of Independence with a specially curated exhibition 
  • Check in to the hotel 
  • Ottoman-style dinner with live music

Overnight: Pereh Hotel, Golan Heights

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Day Two: Erev Yom HaZikaron

Monday, April 24
  • Lookout over the Israel-Lebanese border with speaker
  • Fly high on a private hot air balloon with incredible views of the Hula Valley
  • Knafeh or Hummus workshop 
  • Lunch at Dubrovin Farm Restaurant
  • A tour of Rosh Pina and the moshava with the curator
  • Meeting with Chezi Segev at Mizpe Nimrod, who lost his son in the Lebanon War
  • Relax at the hotel
  • Erev Yom HaZikaron ceremony with the Katzrin English-Speaking community
  • Light dinner at hotel

Overnight: Pereh Hotel, Golan Heights

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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 the Eli Cohen Trail
    • Visit to the house of poet and freedom fighter Hannah Senesh on the beach of Sdot Yam
  • Mark the transition from mourning to celebration
  • Check in and free time at hotel
  • Enjoy a street food dinner
  • Celebrate Israel’s 75th at Tel Aviv’s annual Independence Day street party
Overnight: The David Kempinski, Tel Aviv
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Day Four: Yom HaAtzmaut

Wednesday, April 26
  • Watch the Independence Day air show from the beach
  • Lunch at high-end shipudiya 
  • Free time
  • Private guide for individual activities 
  • Choice of dinner location from one of Tel Aviv’s best restaurants 

Overnight: The David Kempinski, Tel Aviv

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Day Five: The Buzz of Tel Aviv

Thursday, April 27
  • Private guide and travel for individual activities (including lunch)
  • Free time
  • Festive dinner at HaSalon

Overnight: The David Kempinski, Tel Aviv

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Day Six: From Urban Vibes to Desert Stillness

Friday, April 28
  • Choice of a stroll through Levinsky market and the Gazoz workshop OR 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
  • Dinner at hotel

Overnight: Six Senses Shaharut, Negev Desert

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Day Seven: Engaging Your Senses

Saturday, April 29

  • Free day to relax
  • Option to scuba dive 
  • Havdallah overlooking the Arava Valley
  • Private dinner at Six Senses
  • Star gazing

Overnight: Six Senses Shaharut, Negev Desert

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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 to experience the peaceful border with Jordan and meet farmers collaborating from both sides
  • Mud experience at The Dead Sea
  • Shalom Jerusalem from a panorama overlook
  • Dinner at Hatzot

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem

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Day Nine: The Last Remnant of the Second Temple

Monday, May 1

  • Private guide for individual activities (tour the Old City, Visit the Western Wall Excavations, Western Wall Tunnel tour, Eichmann Trial exhibition at Beit HaAm)
  • Free evening, dinner on your own

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem

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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
  • Dinner at Machneyuda
  • Sound and Light Show at the Tower of David

Overnight: Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem

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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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