Between Heaven & Earth
ISRAEL
From Ancient to Modern Times
March 1–10, 2023

Overview

The archetypes and myths of ancient Jerusalem and the pulsating energy of modern Tel Aviv bookend this unique trip. In between, we will see Israel’s most magnificent landscapes as we tour the Galilee and the Golan Heights.

We begin in Jerusalem, referred to by mystics as both the Jerusalem above, the “Heavenly Jerusalem,” and the Jerusalem below, the ground we stand on in the present-day living city. From there, we continue by deluxe coach to the Galilee, where we will be based at an elegant Kibbutz Guest House in picturesque Kfar Blum. During the course of our stay in the Galilee — which coincides with the joyous holiday of Purim — we will explore the Golan Heights with its historical and scenic sites, partake in a wine tasting, and view some of the most spectacular scenery in Israel. Our program will culminate in Tel Aviv, founded in the early 20th century and today a symbol of the exciting commercial and cultural energy that Israel has come to represent.

We invite you to join this special program which will combine discussion, dialogue, and presentations with the opportunity to experience sacred sites and the striking landscapes of Israel. Throughout, we will be enjoying deluxe accommodations. In Jerusalem, we will be a five-minute walk from the Old City; in the Galilee, we stay at Israel’s leading kibbutz guest house; and in Tel Aviv, our hotel offers us awe-inspiring views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Highlights

  • 9 nights’ accommodations including deluxe hotels in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and two nights at the Kibbutz Kfar Blum guest house in the Galilee
  • Guided tours through Yad Vashem — the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, the Israel Museum, the ANU Museum, and the Yitzhak Rabin Center
  • Walking tours of Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter and the Kotel (Western Wall) and Yemin Moshe (optional Saturday morning tour)
  • Presentations and discussions with local scholars
  • Shabbat dinner with an Israeli family

Itinerary

Wednesday, March 1 | Jerusalem

Our Israeli adventure will begin in Jerusalem with check-in at the modern, 5-star David Citadel Hotel — designed by Israel’s most famous architect, Moshe Safdie, for an architectural blend of Middle Eastern and classical Jerusalem elements — right on King David street and close to the entrance to the Old City.

That evening, we’ll meet our guide, a local scholar, and get to know our fellow travelers. There will be an informative presentation on current-day Israel, “People, Politics and Identity,” by political analyst and public opinion expert Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin, followed by a delicious welcome dinner in the hotel dining room (included).

Thursday, March 2 | Jerusalem

We’ll start the morning at the Israel Museum, one of the world’s leading art and archaeology museums. Our private guided tour will include the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Second Temple (Holy Land) Model of Jerusalem, and much more. There will be plenty of time for everyone to explore on their own. (With 500,000 pieces of art ranging from prehistoric to contemporary and extensive Biblical and Holy Land archaeology, you’ll have plenty to choose from.)

Following lunch on our own, we will walk through the rebuilt Jewish Quarter in the Old City and visit the Kotel (Western Wall) and stroll through the Cardo, an ancient thoroughfare in the Jewish Quarter packed with artisan workshops, boutiques, and spice stalls. After a short rest at the hotel, we’ll take in a presentation and discussion led by Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin: “What Is Threatening Israeli Democracy, and Where Did It Start?” followed by dinner on our own.

Friday, March 3 | Jerusalem

We’ll visit Yad Vashem — the World Holocaust Remembrance Center. The group will take a private guided tour before speaking with a museum curator about current research in Holocaust studies and education. In this singular experience, you’ll view the nine galleries of interactive historical displays, the Hall of Names, Yad Layeled (the children’s memorial), and the Hall of Remembrance illuminated by the eternal flame.

The afternoon will be your time to rest and reflect as you choose. This evening we will divide into groups of four or five and enjoy a shabbat meal and warm company in the home of a local, Israeli family.

Saturday, March 4 | Jerusalem

This will be your free day to rest or explore those parts of the “holy city” — with quiet streets and little traffic on Shabbat — that call to you. There will also be an optional morning walking tour of nearby Yemin Moshe with its landmark windmill and stone buildings constructed by Sir Moses Montefiore in the 1890s. In addition, you can attend (or observe) services at the neighborhood’s historic Ashkenazi and Sephardic synagogues.

This evening will have no scheduled plans, and dinner will be on our own.

Sunday, March 5 | Jerusalem | Galilee

This morning, we will depart Jerusalem board deluxe, air-conditioned coaches — equipped with oversized windows to enjoy an unencumbered view — for our trip to the Galilee. Lunch will be included before our tour of Akko (Acre), a historic walled port city that’s been rebuilt over and over since the Phoenician period. Previously a fortified Ottoman walled town during the 18th and 19th centuries, Akko still contains a preserved citadel, mosques, khans, and Turkish baths. These were all built on the ruins of the Crusader town, dating from 1104–1291, when Acre was a capital of the medieval Crusader kingdom of Jerusalem.

From there, we will visit Zichron Ya’akov, a historic town at the southern end of Mount Carmel with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean. One of the first Jewish settlements in Israel, it was founded in 1882 by Baron Edmond de Rothschild and named after his father. It is now known for its wine, cobblestone streets, and historic 19th-century, red-roofed buildings. We will have lunch separately at one of the town’s many charming cafes before arriving in the Upper Galilee and the beautiful, tranquil Kibbutz Guest House in Kfar Blum. There will be time to rest and enjoy the hotel’s pastoral garden and spa, before dinner (included).

Monday, March 6 | Galilee | Golan Heights

Today we will have a full day exploring the most spectacular scenery in Israel: the Golan Heights. With beautiful views of the Sea of Galilee and Mount Hermon and some of the country’s most fertile land, the Golan plays important strategic roles — both for security and as a water resource. We’ll take in the lush nature and enjoy an included lunch and a wine tasting at a local winery — part of an industry that has transformed the region — before returning to the Kibbutz guest house.

In addition, there will be a tour of the kibbutz and a meeting and discussion with one of its members on the operations, history, and evolution of Israel’s kibbutzim. This evening  dinner together (included).

Tuesday, March 7 | Galilee  | Tel Aviv

After an early-morning departure for the bright lights of Tel Aviv, we will stop at the completely updated and renovated ANU — Museum of the Jewish People (formerly known as Bet Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Diaspora) on the Tel Aviv University campus. We’ll be greeted by a curator for a private tour and enjoy a unique learning experience through the interactive and fascinating exhibits that relate the stories of Jews across the diaspora — covering over 80 countries and thousands of years.
We’ll arrive in Tel Aviv after lunch (included) and check in to the deluxe, 5-star Sheraton hotel — one of the city’s most lavish beachfront properties, within walking distance of the best hotspots — by late afternoon, leaving time to relax, refresh, and enjoy our waterview rooms. Dinner on our own at one of one of the many fine restaurants in Tel Aviv- a city known today as a worldwide ‘foodie destination’ city, as your many options.

Wednesday, March 8 | Tel Aviv

The day will begin with a tour of the Israeli Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin Center, created to explore the development of the State of Israel as a young democracy. Designed in a downward spiral, the museum presents two parallel stories: the history of the state and Israeli society and the life of Yitzhak Rabin.

Lunch will be separate with options at Tel Aviv’s Levinsky market, a cultural gem with food stalls showcasing culinary treasures from almost every corner of the globe.

The evening’s presentation and discussion will be “The Role of Israel in Jewish Literature,” led by Hepzibah Alon, M.A., a longtime teacher and mentor at an Israeli high school, followed by dinner on our own.

Thursday, March 9 | Tel Aviv

We will spend the morning touring the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Keep an eye out for Portrait of Friedericke Maria Beer by Gustav Klimt, Kandinsky’s Untitled Improvisation V, and the giant two-panel Lichtenstein mural in the entrance foyer. The afternoon will be your opportunity to check out personal sites of interest in the city and complete some last-minute shopping.

The evening will close with a final festive dinner for the entire group (included).

Friday, March 10 | Tel Aviv / Home

Depart Israel for home.

Traveling with you…

Hepzibah Alon earned a master’s degree in English literature from Bar-Ilan University and a bachelor’s in English literature and linguistics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has been a teacher for 17 years, having taught high school and college in the U.S. and Israel. Currently teaching at the Alexander Muss High School in Israel, she is also a program associate for Facing History and Ourselves, where she mentors teachers and provides professional development for Jewish day schools in the United States.

Iddo Katz is an archeologist and tour guide licensed by Israel’s Ministry of Tourism. Iddo is a 7th-generation born Israeli who graduated from Bar-Ilan University with degrees in Land of Israel Studies, geography and biology. A former lecturer at the Schools of Tour Guides at Bar Ilan University, Iddo has also lectured widely throughout the United States and Israel and was the area manager on archaeological excavation sites, including a well-known site at Shiloh. Iddo also leads trips, and is accompanying scholar to other countries, including Spain, Portugal and Morocco among others.

Aryeh Maidenbaum, PhD, with a strong background in history, psychology, and Jewish studies, has over 28 years’ experience in organizing and leading educational programs, including psychology seminars and conferences and travel programs focusing on Jewish culture and history. Director of the New York Center for Jungian Studies, he earned his doctorate from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and is a former faculty member at New York University. Dr. Maidenbaum is a contributing author to Current Theories of Psychoanalysis and editor and contributor to Lingering Shadows: Jungians, Freudians, and Anti-Semitism and Jung and the Shadow of Anti-Semitism. Some of his other publications include Psychological Type, Job Change, and Personal Growth; The Search for Spirit in Jungian Psychology; “The Jungian Dilemma,” a chapter in the recently published book Psychiatry and Anti-Semitism; and “The Golem of Prague: An Archetype,” forthcoming in the journal Psychological Perspectives.

Dahlia Scheindlin, PhD, is a leading public opinion and strategic consultant based in Tel Aviv. With over 20 years’ experience as an academic and international political and strategic consultant, Dr. Scheindlin conducts extensive research and policy analysis on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, democracy, and religious identity in Israel. She earned her doctorate in political science from Tel Aviv University and is cohost of The Tel Aviv Review podcast. Currently, she works for a wide range of local and international organizations dealing with Israeli-Palestinian conflict issues, human rights, peacemaking, democracy, religious identity, and internal social issues.

Accommodations

Jerusalem: David Citadel Hotel

A five-star, deluxe hotel, the David Citadel is superbly located near the upscale Mamila mall and within easy walking distance of the old and new cities of Jerusalem. Architecturally, the hotel reflects the vision of Israel’s most famous architect, Moshe Safdie; he designed the hotel while keeping in mind a blend of Middle Eastern and classical Jerusalem elements. Containing all the amenities called for in a five-star hotel (and originally opened as the Jerusalem Hilton), the deluxe David Citadel has hosted international VIPs and political leaders, including then-president Bill and Hillary Clinton, Senators Barack Obama and John McCain, Russian president Vladimir Putin, and, most recently, the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Pastoral, Guest House at Kibbutz KfarBlum

Set within a tranquil kibbutz and close to all the attractions of the Upper Galilee, this hotel is surrounded by beautiful gardens and greenery — the perfect getaway for a peaceful nature experience. With spacious, elegantly appointed rooms and a spa that includes a rain cave and Turkish-style steam bath, the Pastoral will be a rejuvenating, relaxing oasis after a day of exploring and adventure.

Tel Aviv: Sheraton Hotel

The luxurious Sheraton sits on a prime beachfront location, right in the heart of the Herbert Samuel Boardwalk, with rooms directly overlooking the Mediterranean coastline for unparalleled views. This five-star hotel — equipped with a fitness room, three different restaurants, and a unique spa offering dead sea treatments — is within walking distance of the city’s finest hotspots, the artists’ quarter, and picturesque Jaffa.

Details

Program Cost: $5,980* includes:

  • 9 nights’ accommodations including deluxe hotels in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and two nights at the Kibbutz Kfar Blum guest house in the Galilee
  • Full breakfast daily; three lunches, wine tasting; and five dinners (including Friday evening Shabbat dinner with an Israeli family)
  • All group transportation via deluxe air-conditioned coach
  • All lectures, presentations, guided tours, and site entrance fees

*Per person, double occupancy; single supplement: $1,950. Fees not included: gratuities: $165. Museum of Jewish Heritage membership for nonmembers: $54.

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Payment Reserve your space with a nonrefundable deposit of $1,000 per person. Final balance is due 120 days prior to departure.

Membership Tours offered by the Museum of Jewish Heritage are available to active members. The individual annual membership is $54 and will be collected at the time of final payment for any nonmembers. To see the list of benefits, visit the museum’s website.

Participation Tour sizes are limited to 26 participants unless otherwise noted. Trips entail considerable walking including over uneven terrain. Participants need to be in good health, be able to keep up with the group, be able to experience group and cultural differences with grace, and be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Please let us know if you have any physical conditions that may require special attention while on tour.

Cancellations All cancellations must be received by Jewish Heritage Travel in writing. Cancellations received 120 days or more prior to departure: full refund less nonrefundable deposits, per person; 119–90 days prior to departure: 50% refund per person after nonrefundable deposits. 89–0 days before departure: no refund.

Trip Cancellation Insurance Jewish Heritage Travel strongly urges all participants to purchase travel insurance for coverage of losses necessitated by having to cancel due to illness or accident. For your convenience, we are providing a link to Allianz Global Assistance, which many past participants have used. Please use code ACCAM/Agency ID# F026815 or feel free to use your own insurance agent. When purchasing insurance, please consider the plans carefully to familiarize yourself with what is covered. In this context, do take note that most insurance companies generally will waive exclusion for preexisting conditions only if your application is received by them within 14 days from the date of your program registration. If you have a preexisting medical condition and are interested in taking trip insurance, you should do so either with Allianz or through your own insurance agent within 14 days of registration.

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