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Israel Journey

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Israel Journey (General Trip)

Ages: 18-22

Dates leaving in: May, June, July and August.

Imagine a Taglit-Birthright Israel trip that’s even better than everyone promised it would be. Imagine a trip that absolutely makes your summer break. With Israel Experience, your 10 days in Israel will be a whirlwind of self-exploration, new friends, celebrating, volunteering, and fun. You’ll dive into the glittering Mediterranean sea, backpack the rugged north, bury your face in a mouth-watering falafel, travel back in time to Israel’s independence day, slip a note into the Western Wall, live it up in Tel Aviv, and share every single lifelong memory with new American and Israeli friends.

With Israel Experience, we make sure that you experience everything on your trip to the max—you’ll get more Israeli soldiers (they’ll be with you for 10 days instead of the usual 5), more social action, and we’ll keep you connected 24/7 with WIFI on our buses.

On your Taglit-Birthright Israel trip, we make sure you get nothing less than the whole Israel Experience.

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Day 1

Afternoon arrival in Israel
Drive north
Opening ceremony and program orientation
Icebreakers
Overnight: Kinneret region (Sea of Galilee)

Day 2

Tsfat – tour of the old city, ancient synagogues and artists’ galleries
Winery in the north
Kabbalat Shabbat (candlelighting)
Shabbat Dinner
Oneg Shabbat – fun group activity
Overnight: Kinneret region (Sea of Galilee)

Day 3

Kiddush
Shabbat discussions
Visiting Hours for Friends and Family
Havdalah
Fun night in Tiberias
Overnight: Kinneret region (Sea of Galilee)

Day 4

Gilabun water hike-introduction to the north
Mt Bental – overlook into Syria and entire region, introduction to the area and the story of the Golan Heights
Valley of Tears
Rafting on the Jordan River
Fun group activity
Overnight: Kinneret region (Sea of Galilee)

Day 5

Drive south to Tel Aviv
Neve Tzedek, oldest neighborhood in Tel Aviv
Independence Hall: Site where state of Israel was born
Lunch on Sheinkin Street
Yitzchak Rabin Square
Israel update with guest speaker
Night out in Tel Aviv
Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day 6

Drive south
Volunteering at ecological farm
Ein Avdat desert hike
David Ben Gurion’s Grave – Visit the grave of the first prime minister of the State of Israel, learn of his story, his leadership and his special connection to the Negev.
Bedouin Hospitality in Kfar Hanokdim
Overnight: Bedouin Tent

Day 7

Early ascent to Masada – enjoy the sunrise and tour the site that has a unique story of faith and survival and that has become a central part of Israeli culture and Jewish legacy
Ein Gedi Hike
Swim in the Dead Sea!
Drive to Jerusalem
Resting at the hotel
Prepare for Yad Vashem
Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 8

Yad Vashem – visit the National Memorial for the Victims and Martyrs of the Holocaust
Mt. Herzl – the tombs of the leaders of the nation and the military cemetery tell the story of the struggles for Jewish independence from the first days of Zionism to today
Cultural event displaying Israeli diversity
Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 9

City of David and Hezekiah’s Tunnels – explore the first Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem, when King David chose Jerusalem as his capital, forever linking the city with the story of the Jewish people
Tour the Jewish Quarter – learn the stories of its inhabitants, then and now
The Kotel – the central, most significant site in Jewish tradition
Machaneh Yehudah open-air market
Kabbalat Shabbat (candlelighting)
Shabbat Dinner
Oneg Shabbat – fun group activity
Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 10

Morning Services
Shabbat discussions
Time to rest
Visiting time for family and friends
Havdalah
Program evaluation
Night out in Jerusalem
Depart for airport

TAGLIT-BIRTHRIGHT ISRAEL PROVIDES THE GIFT OF FIRST TIME, PEER GROUP,
EDUCATIONAL TRIPS TO ISRAEL FOR JEWISH YOUNG ADULTS AGES 18 TO 26.

Taglit-Birthright Israel is an innovative partnership between the people of Israel through the Government of Israel, private philanthropists and thousands of donors and Jewish communities around the world (North American Jewish Federations through the Jewish Federations of North America; the Jewish Agency for Israel; and Keren Hayesod).

Taglit-Birthright Israel is an innovative partnership between the people of Israel through the Government of Israel, private philanthropists and thousands of donors and Jewish communities around the world (North American Jewish Federations through the Jewish Federations of North America; the Jewish Agency for Israel; and Keren Hayesod).

VISION STATEMENT OF: ISRAEL EXPERIENCE®

Our programs combine the fun of touring with hands-on learning experiences. Programs include visits to historical and religious sites, exposure to the diverse aspects of Israeli society, nature hikes and studies, adventure activities, encounters (mifgashim) with Israeli peers and more.

Educational and adventure components are interwoven and integrated in order to involve all the senses, to encourage an emotional as well as an intellectual response, and to stimulate participants to think, feel, question, argue and hopefully to act. Open discussions are encouraged. Through on-site seminars provided by knowledgeable and experienced tour guides, through simulation games, drama, creative arts, seminars and encounters, conducted by experts in various fields, our participants confront the issues facing contemporary Jewish youth. Themes and issues: Jewish identify and Jewish sovereignty in Israel, the historical continuity of the Jewish people, the multifaceted aspects of Israeli society, Israel-Arab relations, Judaism symbols and values, the Holocaust, Shabbat, Hebrew, Jerusalem, mutual responsibility, the relationship between Diaspora and Israeli youth, Israeli culture.


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