Community Mission Itinerary

MJF Community Mission: Community Track
Draft itinerary as of October 13, 2015

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Day 1: Monday, March 28 |Bruchim HaBayim! Welcome to Israel!

  • Arrive in Israel – you will be met at the airport by your guide and an IsraelExperts Representative.
  • Drive to Jerusalem
  • Check into hotel
  • Happy Hour and Welcome Reception
  • Dinner at Jerusalem restaurant Darna Moroccan Restaurant (or similiar) with speaker (TBD) from Women of the Wall
  • Staff orientation.
  • Overnight: Jerusalem
  • Includes dinner


Day 2: Tuesday, March 29 | The Holiness of History and the History of Holiness

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • After breakfast, hear from Tom Segev, an Israeli historian, author and journalist.
  • Tour the Old City of Jerusalem and visit Judaism’s holiest site, the Western Wall.
    • Walk along the ramparts – walk the rooftops through the Old City
    • Burnt House
    • Davidson Center
  • Lunch on own in the Old City during touring
  • Early evening program: Changing Map of Israel with Joe Perlov – an experiential program on the Changing Map of the Middle East, focusing on the political and demographical issues of yesterday and today and engaging participants in a discussion about the future
  • Panel with Palestinian students to hear first-hand about their experiences and look together into the future.
  • During dinner at Restaurant TBD, hear from Palestinian journalist Khalil Shikaki on the current atmosphere on the Palestinian street.
  • Overnight: Jerusalem Hotel
  • Includes breakfast and dinner


Day 3: Wednesday, March 30 | Jerusalem and Tel Aviv: Where it all began

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out
  • Visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s national memorial to the Holocaust, which presents the historic events that befell Europe following the Nazis’ rise to power in Germany, and the fate of the Jews under Nazi rule.
  • Visit Mount Herzl, Israel’s military cemetery and burial place of Israeli leaders such as Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir and Theodore Herzl as well as thousands of soldiers killed in the line of duty.
  • Lunch on own and short afternoon visit to Machane Yehuda – Jerusalem’s largest “shuk” (outdoor market). Depart Jerusalem.
  • Visit Kibbutz Tzora on the drive to Tel Aviv and visit the home of our shlichah!
  • Check in to the Hotel
  • Group dinner and meet with US Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro (subject to availability)
  • Overnight: Tel Aviv Hotel
  • Includes breakfast and dinner


Day 4: Thursday, March 31 | Tel Aviv

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Visit Independence Hall where David Ben Gurion declared the new State of Israel. This is where it all began!
  • Walking tour of Jaffa – one of the world’s ancient ports. Modern Jaffa has a heterogeneous population of Muslims, Christians and Jews with an exciting combination of old and new.
  • Enjoy some free time at the flea market (Shuk Hapishpeshim) and lunch on your own.
  • See a different side of Tel Aviv with Guy Sharett, linguist extraordinaire, who will guide you through the streets of the Florentine neighborhood and tell you about the city and the country by deciphering the graffiti on the walls.
  • Return to the Hotel to change/freshen up
  • Group Dinner at Liliyot (or other, TBD) for former shlichim and shinshinim to Milwaukee (covered by MJF Israel Center).
  • Overnight: Tel Aviv Hotel
  • Includes breakfast and dinner


Day 5: Friday, April 1 | Higher & Higher – Spiritually and Physically High Places of the North

  • Early Breakfast at the hotel and Check Out (depart by 08:30)
  • Drive up North
  • Explore Safed, the city that is regarded as one of the four Holy cities in Judaism along with Jerusalem, Tiberias and Hebron. It is a center for Kabbalah, an esoteric form of Jewish mysticism. Tour the ancient synagogues and artists’ square.
  • Lunch on own in Safed
  • Witness the natural beauty and strategic advantage of the Golan Heights from Mount Arbel.
  • Meet with Partnership for Welcome to Region and Shabbat (At Mount Arbel)
  • Friday Night Shabbat Dinner with the Partnership Region
  • Overnight: Degania Bet Galilee
  • Includes breakfast and dinner


Day 6: Saturday, April 2 | Partnership Shabbat

  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Day with Partnership / Details TBD
  • Shabbat Lunch with the Partnership region
  • Mifgash with choirs in the region (TBD)
  • Mifgash for young leaders (TBD)
  • For more observant participants: time on kibbutz Lavi (TBD)
  • Dinner with the Partnership Region
  • Overnight: Degania Bet Galilee
  • Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 7: Sunday, April 3 | Time in Region

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Day in the Partnership Region / Programming TBD by Region (including lunch with the region)
    • Other possibilities: Kadoori school, Ilania pre-army camp for troubled youth, Jordan Village, center for handicapped soldiers
  • Dinner with the Partnership Region
  • Overnight: Degania Bet Galilee
  • Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 8: Monday, April 4 | Haifa “City of Coexistence and Collaboration”

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out
  • Beit HaGefen – a Jewish-Arab Culture Center in Haifa, is a nonprofit organization which strives for the creation of common and equal spaces that encompass the variety of identities and cultures in Haifa in particular and in Israel in general. Our activities are founded on the belief that meeting and interacting with a different culture are important to building trust between the different national, ethnic and religious groups living in Haifa and Israel.
  • Spend some time learning about Haifa’s importance to Israel
  • Drive to Tel Aviv
  • Farewell lunch at TBD
  • Go down to the beach for your last tie-in session about what these shores have seen – critical, joyous and meaningful moments we’ve experienced during our exploration of Israel.
  • Drop off for check-in at P2G conference hotel.
  • Includes breakfast and lunch